Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall Knitting Retreat

Last weekend was my group's fall knitting retreat as I said in the last post. We are a group that got together from Ravelry and have been knitting 2-3 times a month since early 2008. It's an informal group, no leader or program, just friends getting together to knit, talk, complain, laugh, and sometimes eat. The past few years we felt the need to get away and have an extended time together. Someone in the group will find a place to rent an hour or 2 away and off we go.

This time was a converted church about 2 hours away near Mankato, MN. It was set up so each side was independent with sleeping for 5 a living room, kitchen and huge bathroom (I forgot it get a pic of the one on our side). We moved the chairs from one side to the other and camped out on the one side. Up in the balcony area was a computer with wifi and 2 craft rooms. really a nice set up! We always bring too much food and it always tastes great.

I ran up to the balcony to get a few pictures. Here's the eating area with the tables from from sides pushed together to fit us all in.

With all the chairs and couches pushed into the room we were all comfortable knitting and chatting.
The far end of each side had mirror images of these stained glass windows. When the sun shined they were absolutely beautiful.

Here's one of the craft rooms tables, chairs and lights ready for quilters or scrapbookers.

 Over the computer and in one of the craft rooms were a couple quilt wall hangings.

Saturday we headed out to Mankato to visit Mary Lou's yarn shop. Back in the day Mary Lou's was in St Peter and was the Brother Knitting Machine Distributor for our area. Every quarter all us dealers would head down to St Peter for a 2 day meeting to see the new products and share ideas with each other. When St Peter and Mary Lou's was damaged by a tornado we all headed down there to help clean up. I hadn't been down to see the new shop so this was a fun adventure.
The shop is in Old Town portion of Mankato and filled with all sorts of wool and other fibers to knit with. I came home with some fingering weight that will end up being a shawl.

 One of the odd things about Mankato - just outside the shop the sidewalk had a very strange poem. It was between the yarn shop and a bike shop. I just don't get it!

Finally, Sunday I headed home to see the boys. They spent the weekend alone doing what boy like to do - have pretend fights.

Wondering what I knit and worked on over the weekend? Well, keep wondering. I'll show you pictures next time. Enjoy a great weekend.

Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm Alive - really I am

I just noticed the date of the last post. It's been almost a month. I was thinking maybe a couple weeks but obviously I follow my cousin's theory of time measurement. However long ago you think something is - double it and you're probably closer. So my couple weeks ago is in reality almost 4 weeks. In my defense, its been a busy month.

At work one of the things I do is train the New Hire class. It's a one day, cramp as much information as you can type class and afterward I'm pooped. I spend the entire day being perky and excited about the company and service excellence and all sorts of things. It's good stuff I believe in but it does wear me out. Well, my usually 1 class a month has been every other week lately and this month I did 1 one week and 2 classes a week later. One of those classes included driving 2 hours there and 2 hours back. I've also been out at some of our remote locations helping mentor site managers 1-3 days a week (more driving, more being perky all day).

Then I went on a knitting retreat this past weekend (more driving). I had a great time and finished several projects but because I went to my quilt guild tonight I haven't had time to get the pictures out of the camera.

All this to say, sorry its been so long between posts. Sorry there's no pictures tonight. But- I will post with lots of fun pics shortly - maybe tomorrow night if I get my act together.

In the meantime I'll leave you with a joke the food delivery guy told us at one of the training sessions.

A skeleton walks into a bar and asks for a beer and a mop........ (I'll wait till you laugh)..... then someone noticed he wouldn't cross the street. So he asks - why not cross the street? The skeleton says - No guts!

Did I mention he was a really old delivery guy?