April 2017 has been a busy month – nothing new there then!
A knitting and spinning Retreat at Higham Hall in Cumbria, English Lakes. This was a new venture. Although I regularly deliver courses for Higham, this was the first Retreat I have done there and I am sure it will not be the last.
An absolutely brilliant time and Higham let us use their sitting room with it’s wood burning stove. We were knitting, crocheting and spinning. Not all at once you understand but people chose what they wanted to focus on. We did a wee project as usual. this time it was mug hugs or cosies.
And courses for Wigtown and Eden Valley guilds of weavers, spinners & Dyers this month too. An ‘Improve Your Spinning’ course at Wigtown and Silk Spinning at Eden Valley. We stayed in the Lakes for a few days and had the very great pleasure of visiting the Camping Barn near Keswick and having a good old knit, natter and cake eating afternoon with Sarah and her friends!
There will be another Retreat at The Old School in October 2017 by the way… They of course are our regular Retreat venue. Only four rooms, but they can accommodate a couple of camper vans and day places are available too.
Hot news! Lee (illustrious and darling Hubby) is now making blending boards. In our humble opinion many more expensive ones are overly fancy for the job they do. Ours are simpler and therefore cheaper.
People tried mine and they wanted one. I still don’t have one, because every time he makes me another, someone buys it.
So as of yesterday, the garage is his workshop. And blending boards are officially for sale at £69 including postage. There may be a wait of a week or two as he has been very busy.
Watch this space for our weaving frames, two piece and hence easy to store scarf looms and other products soon.
These retreats have just sort of grown organically. Our wonderful Ayrshire venue, The Old School became known to us via Victoria, the neice of the owners. She came to Create With Fibre for a one to one spindling lesson, having failed to get a place on any of the spindling courses Janet was teaching at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. She is a jazz singer and what with her and Fiona, who sings wonderful Gaelic songs, some wine and the woodburning stove, the evenings are the best of fun.
And then it just sort of grew and now there are four retreats a year, two in the spring and two in the Autumn. They have become knitting, crochet and spinning retreats because people learn whatever they like and have an individual programme worked out for them. And people just keep coming back. You can see why!
The dining room at The Old School has been lovingly restored, just like the rest of the building. You have a whole classroom as your bedroom!
Knitting, crochet and spinning at a Create With Fibre Retreat.
Results of a productive weekend Retrat. Rachel and Kerrie travelled all the way from Bedfordshire for this Retreat. Some Retreaters live just down the road though.