Sunday, November 22, 2015

Woolbearers First Knitting Retreat with Xandy Peters at the Northwood Inn in Ocean City NJ was a great success.

We were warmly welcomed at the Northwood Inn by our hosts, Marj and John Loeper.

For those who aren't familiar, Xandy is the designer who's pattern "Fox Paw" launched an interest in her own "unvention", Stacked Sttiches.

Friday evening we devoured  pizza from Manco and Manco.  Later in the evening  Xandy gave a talk  about her design process.  It was great being in a place where you were surrounded by yarn and knitters ---you know -- everyone spoke the same language.

.  I had a Pop-up Shop in one room. Everyone hung out and knitted in several other rooms around the house.

After breakfast  on Saturday we started learning how to do stacked increases and decreases and learned how to incorporate this method into our knitting.

We took a  break  for lunch and played with more yarn and patterns

In the afternoon Beth (Xandy's mom) gave a class on photographing your knits.  She also took all of these amazing pictures you see in this blog post.  We had plenty of time for free knitting and yakking, and of course more delicious snacks.

Saturday night was a yummy dinner at Mosaic 701.  After dinner we hung out and knit until late in the evening.

After another delicious breakfast on Sunday we sat down to knit  and Xandy helped everyone with their projects.

What a wonderful weekend. Everyone came away with new skills and some of us even made great headway on our new projects.
Thank you Xandy and Beth -- we can't wait for the next retreat.