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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Knowledge and Needles January Timberhouse Retreat

The Second Annual January Timberhouse Retreat put on by Knowledge and Needles this past weekend was a huge success!  We arrived ready to stitch!  We stitched, we ate, we were happy, we were sad to go home when it all ended on Sunday.

 Ann, the owner of Knowledge and Needles showing off the gorgeous table runner her Friday Stitchers made for her

For me the weather was perfect for both the drive down and the drive up.  The roads were clear and there was none of that awful winter weather I recently told you about... but it sure was cold on Friday!  I was relieved to have a good drive, as its 3 hours per way at a fair click in my little blue bomber.

 Lianne's Stitched Pieces

 More finished pieces by various stitchers

This winter piece, was stitched with Clare... lookie, snow in the background (evil snow)


I arrived, eager to make awesome progress on Enchantment of Winter!  However I had trouble settling down to stitch!  Of course I was happy to see everyone and we had to have a good chit chat too!  By the time I arrived I think almost everyone was there!  Already there were fantastic stitched pieces on display.

 Bonnie and Clare waiting for lunch to be served




 We each found these "stitchers loot bags" at our places!

This year's lunch menu

Chef Dan aka Butthead#1 telling us about the menu

Dan, serving up lunch

Wonderful presentation

Maggie, begging for some food

Saturday we stitched until lunchtime, when we headed over to our hostess's house where Ann's husband Dan was preparing a fantastic lunch for us!  We arrived to beautifully set tables with wonderful service by or maitre'd.  As usual the food was fantastic and quite sinful for a girl on Weight Watchers!

 Debbie looking at the Kreinik thread

Leslie & Jeannine... the best way to shop!

Of course eating is followed by shopping!  This time, I wasn't doing any shopping for myself, but for my good friend Tracey who sent me with a .... blank cheque!  Oh the trust!  I could of been really bad... or naughty but I behaved and took care of Tracey's shopping list.

 Judie working on a beautiful Rosewood Manor Table Runner

 Talking about charts!

 Jeannine really enjoy her first time at the K&N Retreat!

 Our Hostess & Shop Owner (aka "our dealer") Ann

Shopping was of course followed by more stitching!  We stitched the afternoon away and into the evening. 

After slaving over a hit stove for so long, Dan needed a massage!

Sunday morning we were treated to a wonderful breakfast made by the Timberhouse staff and we stitched away until noon when we all started to pack up, it was time to go home!

I look forward to next year!

28 comments:

Dee said...

Looks like a WONDERFUL way to spend a wintry (or really ANY) weekend. Glad you had a good time.

Cole said...

Looks like such a great time!!

Joysze said...

What a fantastic time you guys had. It's a wonder you guys went home. ;)

Nicola said...

I really enjoyed your post, how I wish I could attend a sewing retreat. Thank you for sharing.

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. Great photos, thank you for sharing.

cucki said...

it really looks like a fun time..
very sweet retreat..
love xxx

Bekca said...

Thanks for sharing pics of such a fun retreat, it looks like you had a blast!

Ruth said...

Love the photographs and sounds like you had the most wonderful time. What I'd give for a stitching retreat lol...I love the sound of gingerbread cheesecake, this I'd like to know more about please ?

Nicola said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time Dani. There's some really beautiful stitching there, I especially like the winter piece stitched by Claire, do you know who the design is by? Oh and the food looked fabulous!

Chris said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time!!

Bette said...

Everyone always looks like they are having such fun. So glad you had your wonderful weekend.

Jackie said...

It looks like a wonderful weekend! Loved looking through the photos.

nima said...

Good to see all lovely pieces of work...i'm sure that you had nice time with your friends

Bonnie Brown said...

It was a great weekend.
I was nice to see you again :)

Lynn said...

Another successful retreat! I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend. There certainly was some lovely stitching as a result!

Christine said...

That all looks like such fun!

Von said...

What fun, Dani! A retreat really recharges your batteries, I think the laughter might have something to do with it. :D

Carol said...

I can tell by the smiles on everyone's faces that you were all having a grand time! I love that gorgeous table runner that Ann received--what a wonderful gift...

Julie said...

A fun time had by all! wonderful menu, the food looks amazing. Love the stitched wolves, what a fab project.

Sally said...

What a fantastic way to spend a weekend. I'd have been in 7th heaven with stitching and snow!

geeky Heather said...

I gotta say, as I look at your pictures of this retreat each year, I'd love to go just to eat the food cooked by Dan!!!

Melanie said...

Looks like a FANTASTIC retreat!! And OMG THE FOOD??? What a treat.
I just love looking at everyone's finishes. (The snowman one, in a particular, will probably burn a hole in my head until I figure out what pattern that is. lolol) Thanks so much for posting pics! :)

Siobhán said...

Fun pictures! It looks like such a fun time.

Mangogirl said...

looks like you had a wonderful time.

ollie1976 said...

again...so jealous! looks like another great time had by all.
-Jen

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great retreat. I've only done one but will definitely do more when my boys are grown-up.
If only I had a cook I'd organise one myself!

Veronica said...

Looks like a great time was had by all. All those stitched pieces are gorgeous!

Hugs,
Veronica.

Suzanne said...

Great pictures and a fun time! Glad the weather held out for you for the long drive.