Oh. My. Lord.
We had so much fun at the first-ever Sip Sip Knit Retreat. So much fun, I was afraid we’d get arrested. (Especially when we pretty much got thrown out of the hotel lobby at 10 pm for being too raucous. Although the bartender did ask the security guard to take a group photo of us because she said we were the most fun group she ever served.)
Over fifty intrepid knitters joined us for our retreat in steamy St. Louis. We didn’t have a chance to see the Gateway Arch, so I took a selfie near the Faux-way Arch in front of our hotel:
Since this was our first retreat, we were a bit nervous: would anybody come? did we overlook some hugely important details? would everyone have fun? and most important of all, would we have enough wine?
Luckily things went beautifully.
We started out Friday night with an informal get-to-know-each-other knit-in, where we had a Knitting Ephemera trivia contest, gave away tons of door prizes from our wonderful sponsors, and of course had good snacks and wine.
A big thanks to Brooke’s mom, who was our caterer.
After checking in, registrants were given these wonderful goody bags (here is charming Melissa giving out one).
We also had lots of books and dvds and Black Bunny Fibers yarns to sell, along with some special kits — I am sold out of all the yarn for the kits (and all my yarn period!!), but we’ll get some yarn packs up in my online shop as soon as I can in case you’d like to knit along with our attendees.
While I knew some of the lovely knitters who joined us, from teaching classes at various shows, and also from visiting Kirkwood Knittery before, I also got to meet so many wonderful new friends.
Each attendee got to pick four classes from offerings taught by Brooke Nico, Patty Lyons, Melissa Leapman and me. Our students were fun and smart and you could see how much they loved knitting.
They learned a lot but even better, there was so much laughter and community happening, and that makes it even better.
A huge shout-out to our lovely helper, who ran errands, fetched things and kept our spirits high throughout all the many administrative things that had to happen behind the scenes.
We are really excited about planning some more SSK retreats, and we will keep you posted as soon as we have the next one scheduled. We’re going to move the location around a bit to enable more people to come, and we’re tentatively looking at the Philadelphia area sometime in the spring of 2017.
Thanks to everyone who came and made the weekend such a success!