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Monday, August 18, 2008

Knowledge & Needles Retreat 2008 - The Report

Greetings Blog Readers! I'm back home (again) and rested enough that I feel ready to blog. I had a wonderful weekend, and I'm sure that fact that I just wanted to lie down for a nap when I got home was testament to that.

Christin at Retreat
Friday after work Christin and I headed to our first stop for the weekend, Kingston. Christin was going to spend the night with her family and I was invited to Beth's house for the night. This is what we used to do several years ago and I missed my sleep over at Beth's. It was nice, and as usual she cooked up a wonderful dinner!

Beth at Retreat

Saturday morning we got back in the car, picked up Christin and it was time to head off to Brighton for the Knowledge and Needles retreat! Ann has hosted this retreat for 8 or 9 years now, she started it before she opened her store. This retreat is only for the day, and it has a great price tag, food for the potluck lunch and dinner... and your gas to get there. We were told that we could show up around noon, well we showed up 15 minutes early and I have to say... there were a lot of stitchers already there and settled in!

A new feature of the retreat this year was a display of stitcher's work. In past years it was more of a show and tell to those sitting in the room you were in. If you were in the room when someone pulled out their finishes and WIPs you were lucky to see them, if not you might of missed something pretty cool. So this year Ann and Dan set up racks in the garage (thanks for painting the floor Dan, it looked great!) for us to display our pieces on. It was a great exhibit!

The day was great, it was seeing faces you haven't seen in a year. Stitching, talking, and eating. There are no official events to the day, its just a great big get-together! I think I'll let some of the pictures do the talking.
Clare - who I have e-mailed back and forth with from time to time, so it was wonderful to finally meet her!
Ann & Barb looking at Christin's "Book"
Marie Paul
Marg, Colleen & Carmen
Isolde & Marjorie
The Gang - Again about 22 stitchers in attendance.
And ... Me! Since I had my tripod out I figured it was about time to take a picture of myself.


vEr0n!c@ said...

That looks like soooo much fun! Wish I could attend something like that too. Everyone's finishes and WiPs looks amazing.

Suzanne said...

Wow, look at all that beautiful needlework. The retreat looks like so much fun and I am very jealous.

karenv said...

What a great idea to have the display stands! Sounds like you all had a fun time.

Mylene said...

Wish we have something like that here. It looks like everyone had lots of fun and beautiful stitching!!

Anonymous said...

Good for you that you had such a great time. I bet it feels great to have a picture taken after having lost so much weight. Congratulations again! You look great. Ann

Paula said...

The retreat looks like a lot of fun.

Wendy said...

Great pictures, Dani! You look great - congrats again on your amazing weight loss. I love seeing the racks of WIP's and finishes - awesome. I was so sorry to have missed the year!

Bette said...

It looks like everyone had a fabulous time.

staci said...

Looks like you had tons of fun!!!

Becky K in OK said...

What great fun. Looks like all of you had a great time.

Carla said...

Looks like you all had a great time :)
Oh, and you look great Dani!

Dani said...

Looks like you had a blast Dani! I love the displays of everyones work ... that's always fun to see.

geeky Heather said...

What a GREAT idea to display all the FOs and WIPs together!!! Now THAT's some eye candy!

Ruth said...

Oh, I envy the fun! And those displays!!!! I itch to circle them for hours.

tkdquintmom said...

Oh Dani, I wished I lived closer!!! It is so much fun to get together like that and do nothing but stitch! Everyone's work looks great. Thanks for sharing it with us!

ollie1976 said...

Looks like fun....You look FANTASTIC!!!!!!!

Miokka said...

The retreat looks like a wonderful time! Thanks or sharing the pictures!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Dani,

Well, the weather was finally
kind to us and it didn't rain
on our events. What a relief!

The stitchers gathering looks
like it was a great time for
all who attended, and I'm
enjoying the pictures that
you've posted. What a great
turn out.

Seeing everyone's projects
on display like that would
have been a highlight for me.
What an incredibly talented
bunch of ladies!


Lynn said...

Wow, there's some beautiful stitching there! It was great that they had the display set up for you like that this year. Your pics are great as always.

Carol R said...

Looks like you had such a fun day!
Super pics Dani - your photography skills are great - thanks for sharing

Sally said...

The retreat looks like a lot of fun Dani! I'm really envious.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

It was a wonderful time and I can't wait for next year!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Looks like you had an enjoyable retreat. I am envious too.

Kajsa said...

Looks like a great time! Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures!

Itching To Stitch said...

Sounds like so much fun!! I would just love to go to a retreat for stithcers ;)

Stitcher S said...

It was wonderful to see all the stitched projects, and to read of all the fun you had.

Congratulations too on the WW success. You look great.

Take care, Sue

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Beatrice said...

That is a great photo of you. All the pictures are fun.

Karan said...

So many lovely WIP's & finishes. Looks like you all had a lot of fun. :0)

Sharon said...

Looks like fun! You look great!

Janaina said...

I just LOOOVE all the pics! Nice to meet you!
Next time, lets plan for some online friends to come over to Brazil... Beach and stitches are a great combo! =D