Retreat – Merriam-Webster Definitions
a (1): an act or process of withdrawing especially from what is difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable (2): the process of receding from a position or state attained <the retreat of a glacier>
b (1): the usually forced withdrawal of troops from an enemy or from an advanced position (2): a signal for retreating
c (1): a signal given by bugle at the beginning of a military flag-lowering ceremony (2): a military flag-lowering ceremony2: a place of privacy or safety : refuge
3: a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director
A knitting retreat can be considered under both the second and third definitions! It is a place of safety to practise without criticism the craft that we love and the place to study and learn under an instructor. Everyone who comes to the retreat comes for a different reason.
As an instructor I come to share and celebrate the craft that I love – but I also come as a student. I often learn as much or more from the students at the retreat. Not all of the learning is about knitting. Much of it is not, much of the learning is about the more important things.
Sometimes it is about life, endurance and joy! As women we share in the commonalities of our lives and the differences between us. We learn from each other, how to cope, when to cope and when to relax. There is a great deal of joy in life shared at the retreat. We all walk away from the weekend, refreshed and renewed and sometimes even learning something new.
The focus is knitting; the opportunity is there to learn; but the options include walking the grounds, chair massage, sleep, hot tubs and anything that you bring to relax with! Reading is popular – so is more knitting.
I can breathe again. I can slow down and knit at a less forced pace – I am pretty sure that I have enough yarn to finish the edging. Why?
- I found more yarn – about 12 grs worth – that is about 5 pattern repeats!
- I finished knitting one ball and it took me to what I believe is the 25% point in the edge – it actually took me about 2.5 repeats further!
- The math looks good!
Once blocked Crystalline will be a good-sized wrap, warm and cozy; something to cuddle into when knitting or working! I am debating whether or not I should write-up the pattern. If I do I might have it reknit in a finer weight of yarn – a shawl this large and heavy is not for everyone – it would appeal to more in a fingering/4-ply kind of weight. Something like the yarn for the painting class.
The yarn for the painting class has arrived. I will be starting that project as well. I will be working with the undyed Fleece Artist Blue Faced Leicester 2/8. It is a beautiful yarn with a nicely defined twist in the spin. It feels bouncy and will produce a knit with life and vitality – I can hardly wait.
Whether you are at the Retreat or at home. Spend a little time and retreat from your norm, go for a walk, read a book and care for yourself.