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.
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?).
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.)
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.
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.