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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Fantastic Stitchy Weekend

I had a good and busy weekend (I think I'm starting to get a little tired of the busy thing)! I first got to check-in with Beatrice, a lovely visit and we chatted about our Southwestern adventures!  Of course we stitched.


Beatrice spoiled me with these lovely Birthday goodies!  I know I'll be putting these to good use.  Thank you Beatrice, and thank you for your hospitality.


Clare putting in the outlining on the ruler pocket

I continued my trip to go and spend the weekend with Clare, another wonderful friend I've made through stitching.  We of course stitched, but the main purpose of this trip was for Clare and I to go check out Gitta's first Needleworker's Marketplace.  There was a retreat as well but we didn't attend that, however they did have classes open to not only retreat members but the public too.  We both registered for Jeannette Douglas's class Three Pines Accessories.

Jeannette teaching us a really cool way to do Queen Stitches!

As usual classes with Jeannette are just fantastic, we didn't really get any true stitching done, but I learnt some really cool finishing techniques/ideas that I'll be putting to good use down the road.  I suppose this means I now have one more WIP in the stitching bag.

Me & Jeannette

It was also so nice to see Jeannette again, its been too long, and she really hasn't done much teaching in the area.  Jeannette if you read this... we want more of your classes in Eastern Ontario!

Gorgeous painted fabric from X's and Oh's -- dunno what I'm doing with this yet

I had to buy something from Jeannette and I have stitched Pomegranates and Pears and the needlebook too

After our morning class Clare and I hit the Marketplace!  This was a great start for Gitta's and I hope they'll be planning a repeat for next year, and that more vendors will get on board.  The first year is always tricky trying to get people on board.  I know from when I was doing my shopping the rooms were crowded and people were buying!  If they run this again next year I'll be there again to show my support!

A new Michael Powell kit

Some Canadiana

So I did shop, and did enough damage on the weekend.


For lunch Clare wanted to try a local place she had heard a lot about, called Burrito Boyz.  Its just a little building, with not really any seating, an assembly line of burritos and a line up out the door.  Always a good sign!  Doesn't this just look tasty?  I can assure you it was!  Great idea Clare.



On our way back to Clare's place we stopped to check out a local Fiber Arts exhibit that was going on this weekend as well.  It was VERY impressive.  I was drooling over the work by the weavers, wonderful scarves, blanket and shawls that I couldn't afford (I of course have wonderful, expensive tastes!).  There were also vendors there too... lots of gorgeous wools that would almost tempt me to try my hand at knitting.

Speaking of knitting, I once said to Clare who is an avid (sock) knitter I didn't understand the point of knitted socks.  Well NOW I DO!  Clare gifted me with a gorgeous pair of hand knitted socks for my Birthday... eat your heart out Dee (whose socks I've been mocking as well... I mean who in Florida needs knitted socks?)

27 comments:

Mary said...

I might have to put Gitta's Getaway on my things to do in 2012 if she plans to have it next year. It sounds like lots of fun.

I'm glad you and Clare had a great time!

Carolyn NC said...

Fun, fun, fun! If I could have made it, I was heading to Gitta's this year. But maybe next! Lots of good times and stitching! and the socks are great!

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend. Some lovely new stash.

Christine said...

Sounds like another fabulous weekend.
Your socks are gorgeous!

Kate said...

Great gifts & stash - sounds like a wonderful weekend.

Carol said...

Nothing like a weekend spent with fellow stitching addicts! You bought some great stash, Dani--and I love your socks. They'll certainly keep you warm during this chilly "spring" we're having :)

Giovanna said...

That all looks like great fun! Great new stash, and the socks are fab. I love the pics of the kitten in the previous post, what a cutie!

Angela P said...

Sounds like you had a very busy but fun weekend! I wish I had known about the Gitta's retreat, I'm only 20 minutes away from there and it would be fun to meet a fellow blogger :)

I love knitted stuff too and with so many knitters around me I've been really tempted to try it too!

Karen said...

Fabulous new stash, stitchy weekend, what more could a girl ask for!?! Looks like you had a blast and I LOVE everything you picked out. One of these days I'm going to get one of those Michael Powell kits. They are so vibrant and fun and totally different from any other designer out there.

Bette said...

Ohhh, a new Michael Powell kit! I love his stuff. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Alice said...

Such a terrific weekend Dani! Great new stash.

Alisa said...

Love those socks!!! You picked up some really great stash!

Dee said...

Are they the most gorgeous pair of socks EVER??? Beautiful.

Now you GET it, right???? LOL

Your friend did a wonderful job on the socks and I hope you enjoy many happy wearings.

The fiber show was unbelievable. I love the geisha.

staci said...

Gorgeous socks! I'm with Dee, you DO "get it" now, don't you???

Oh that burrito looks tasty!

Silverlotus said...

I thought I caught a glimpse of you on Saturday. I was helping out in Laura's room, putting together kits.

I agree, the marketplace was great and busy. I hope there are more vendors next year, too.

riona said...

After reading a post like this, I find myself wondering when you find time to breathe, never mind stitch. The exhibit looked wonderful, I covet the socks [the 10th commandment notwithstanding!], you can never have too many finishing techniques in your repertoire, stitching classes are always enjoyable whether you get much actual stitching done during the class or not [I seldom do]. Enjoy your purchases ... I love the maple leaf chart. Whew!!! I think I have responded to almost all points in your post.

Bekca said...

Wow, it looks like you've had a very busy, but very fun-filled few weeks. I love your latest stash, especially that printed fabric. Hope you've got time to rest now! :) Best wishes.

Erna said...

Sounds like you have had a wonderful weekend, thanks for sharing with us...
Erna x

jane said...

Sounds like a great weekend, lovely gifts and a good stash haul. The socks are fab!

Daffycat said...

For goodness sakes, I plan on spending my weekends with you from now on! LOL don't I wish? What an awesome time you had!

Sally said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time Dani. Nice new stash :)

Melanie said...

WOW. Fun fun fun and great stash too!!

Welcome to the dark side of knitted socks. lol I caught that bug about 5 years ago and I've now knitted over a hundred pairs. :)

Suzanne said...

What a great weekend! I love the class project and all that stash you picked up.

The quilt with the circular motif is amazing, it must have been a great display.

Lynn said...

Fantastic stash Dani! Looks like it was a fantastic weekend. You've certainly put in quite a few miles lately!

Julie said...

A great weekend, love the socks, super colour.

Jodie said...

I love the Ottawa Tulips pattern! I've never seen one like that before...I need to scope out more stitchy stores! I do LOVE the Tulip Festival!

Aussie Stitcher said...

MMMMM, that burrito looks amazing, I am hungry just looking at it. LOL at the socks comment and mocking Dee. They look great by the way.