Gitta’s Getaway 2010

As you probably know, I was at a stitching getaway this weekend, hosted by my LNS Gitta’s.  And because I am a woman of few words, I’m not sure how to describe it other than to say I had a fabulous time and wish it could have gone on longer. The hotel itself was quite nice, the food was very good (but why must chicken always be served on the bone? yuk), and the location was perfect for a walk to the shop.

The ladies put together some wonderful gift packages which we got when we signed in and at the dinner on Saturday night.  There were also random draws and several big prizes awarded as well.  I did win one of the big prizes, a fabulous needlepoint kit, which came with wool. 🙁 It was a lovely kit of a Celtic knot, and to say I was disappointed by the wool is an understatement, but the ladies were so kind and managed to put together another little package for me, and awarded the kit to someone else.

Gifts and Prizes from Gitta's Getaway

Our Saturday class was a dragonfly needle book/scissor case and scissor fob set.  There were two colourways, teal and burgundy. Since, honestly, neither were really my colours, I got the burgundy.  It is gorgeous, even if it isn’t purple. 😉 The kit also came with a nice pair of scissor.  My only real concern with this is find the right colour of fabric for finishing it.  I think I almost would have preferred getting a finishing kit instead of the scissor (but maybe the scissor were donated?).

Dragonfly Case & Fob class piece

I did find some time to do some shopping on Saturday. I walked down to Gitta’s and bought the last few things (except beads) that I needed for the Châtelaine lotus temple design, and Just Nan’s Keep a Little Secret. (I’m not a fan of Just Nan at all, but I love this design! And, yes, I know the felt is wool. I’m not sure what I am going to do about that yet.)

Stash from Gittas

I also stopped by the yarn store a few doors down, Linda’s Craftique, and picked up The Great American Aran Afghan (for which I now need to buy 20 balls of yarn to knit!), some metal dpns, a ball of Tahki Yarn’s Nova (a cotton with some sparkle, to make a hat for me), and two skeins of Araucania’s Ruca, a yarn made of sugar cane fibre.

Yarn from Linda's

Oh, and here is how my name tag turned out.  I think it is quite pretty, even if it isn’t what I imagined.  I wanted to do a bouquet of ribbon flowers, but without the ribbon that is very difficult. 🙂

You can read more about the retreat at the Gitta’s Getaway blog.  I’m even in one of the pictures. Do you see me?

I am looking forward to next year’s retreat, which is also supposed to have a needle worker’s market and offer day passes to shoppers. I will say, if you were on the fence about going to this year’s retreat and you decided not too, you really did miss out on something special.

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6 Responses to Gitta’s Getaway 2010

  1. Missy Ann says:

    Take a look on Etsy, search felt sheet. There are a bunch of sellers that will sell a single sheet of felt in just about any color under the sun. And tons of them sell Eco felt or 100% acrylic felt that is much quality than the thin not very stuff you find at craft stores.

    Your name tag turned out very pretty, I really like the beaded swag at the bottom.

  2. Genevieve says:

    I’m glad you went and had such a nice time away, I hope you are feeling a little more rested, I love dragonflies, all your stuff is amazing, have a good night Silverlotus 🙂

  3. Erica says:

    I’m glad you had a good time Silverlotus.

    I did mean to tell you that the chicken was boneless – the bone at the top was just for show. Another of those details that slipped my mind. Sorry for that!

    And the scissors were a donation. 🙂

    Your nametag was very pretty – and if memory serves only missed being a winner by a few votes. Everyone liked it, me included…

    And I see you in the picture, but then again, I am the photographer! – and you may yet appear again, once I get the rest of them uploaded….. 🙂 I promise to only pick the flattering ones, or at least the ones with your eyes open! 😉
    .-= Erica´s last blog .. =-.

  4. Bonnie says:

    Was nice meeting you. Your nametag looks even better in person.

  5. Lisa says:

    I love the dragonfly design! Sorry the colour wasn’t what you hoped for. Is the design available for sale? I couldn’t find it on the website and this is one I wouldn’t mind snagging…

  6. Darlene says:

    It was great seeing you at the Retreat. I agree that it went way too quickly.
    .-= Darlene´s last blog ..Great Retreat =-.