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Monday, November 12, 2012

Annual Knowledge & Needles Retreat

Before I get onto great stitchy stuff, Jan who left a comment on my Remembrance Day post... can you e-mail me tkd_chick at hotmail dot com)?  I can't access your Blogger profile to get in touch with you... thanks!

This weekend was one of my favorites of the year!  I get together with a whole bunch of my stitchy friends at the Timberhouse in Brighton and we stitch until our butts are square!  I made a good start on my new mystery project (still can't share the details as its an exchange piece) and excellent progress on The Accolade

Our hostess and owner of Knowledge & Needles, Ann

Besides stitching with great friends for two days, some of the other highlights are:

The finished stitching on display:
 Sharon has stitched all of these snowflakes... of course she has to finish them too!

 Close up of one of her snowflakes

 Judie's fisherman, reminds her of her husband

Dinner Chez Dan:

 Our Chef, Dan

The night's menu


 Dessert courtesy of Fran (recipe here)

 Beatrice and Judie

 Joyce and Sylvia


The annual ornament exchange!

All of the exchange ornaments are "disguised" in brown paper bags under our Charlie Brown tree

Best reaction from Bernie!  She received Judie's ornament

Judie received Kathy's ornament she can't join us as she's on the road but she will often put an ornament in the exchange anyhow!

Sheila picked Sharon's ornament one of the most lovely ones stitched up

Anne received Beatrice's ornament, it was a big hit and we all want the pattern now!

Sylvia received my ornament!  Will blog about it later

I got Ann's ornament!

 Closeup of Ann's ornament that I received

 Our "Charlie Brown" ornament tree after the exchange

As usual its over all too quickly, we all go home our separate ways and some of these lovely ladies I won't be seeing again for months, until the spring.  Ann puts on a great retreat!


Bonnie Brown said...

Great pictures Dani!
It was great seeing you again, and I agree it was a great weekend.

Kathy A. said...

Great post Dani. The photos are wonderful! The gornaments are gorgeous.

Unknown said...

What a great exchange, and I love the chef... What a wonderful time

sharine said...

Looks like a great time:)

cucki said...

Looks Like a happy fun time..the ornaments are so cute x

Lesleyanne said...

Great pictures. Look like you all had a great time. All of the stitching looks gorgeous.

Mii Stitch said...

Great pictures, looks like you all had a really good time! Love the ornaments!!!

Giovanna said...

Love seeing all the stitching and ornaments - what a talented bunch of ladies!

Jan said...

What wonderful ornaments....are retreats not the very best! I will contact on!

Catherine said...

Looks like fun!

Annette said...


Vickie said...

Thanks for sharing. How wonderful.

Bea said...

Looks like a fantastic weekend. Those ornaments are lovely, as is the rest of the stitching.

geeky Heather said...

What fun! I always love seeing what Chef Dan cooks up. =)

Linda said...

Looks like you all had a great time. Love all the ornaments.


Unknown said...

Oh wonderful photos I long to go to a retreat like this one day. Gorgeous stitching and ornies xxxx

Julie said...

Well done to your stitching friends on their beautiful work.

Mouse said...

oooo gorgeous ornaments and can see why you all wanted that chart
its great to meet up with like minded stitchers and get on sooo well :) love mouse xxxx

Jodi S said...

Love to see all of your exchange ornaments. I agreed with your group and would like to get the chart for Beatrice's ornament. Can you post the designer?

Nic said...

Looks like a great time.
What pattern is the redwork santa sleigh one from?

Ann said...

Seems like you had a lovely time! All the ornaments are lovely and I recognize most of them but I'm also curious to know where Beatrice got her pattern for the santa with sleigh and reindeer. Did all of you obtain this information?
Have a nice week with lots of rest! ;-)

Carol said...

I always look forward to this post each year, Dani--such great ornaments everyone put together!! Love them all :)

Lynn said...

Fabulous photos Dani! I'm glad everyone enjoyed themselves and it was such a successful weekend. Chef Butthead looks like he has come through again with that wonderful meal!

Melanie said...

Oh god, there is always so much great stuff to see in these retreat posts! Everyone puts together such amazing things.

Jackie's Stitches said...

It like a good time was had by all! I love the Charlie Brown tree!!!

Brigitte said...

Such agreat get-together with a wonderful ornament exchange!

Nicola said...

What a super get together, the photos are so joyous.,

Ann said...

Dani (and all the other readers) ... I've located the pattern from Beatrice everyone is talking about (and wants to have). It's from a book called "A Rainbow of Stitches". Will blog about it today or tomorrow on my website!