My First Knitting Retreat!

A year ago I was contacted by a lys in Bloomington, IN about teaching a couple of classes at their 2017 Knitting Retreat. One of their customers had suggested me as a teacher! The store is In a Yarn Basket. I have been to the store just once, when I was taking one of my sons on a college visit to Indiana University. I dropped my son off at his cousin's dorm for a couple of hours after our tour, so I could slip away and visit the local yarn stores.

I am really excited to be asked to teach. I teach small groups and individuals all the time, but this is my first time teaching for a larger group. Public speaking is not my forte, but talking about something that I love and am passionate about just comes naturally. I am a little nervous, but mostly I am excited to have this wonderful opportunity to spend the weekend and share my knowledge with a group of knitters. I have thought often about applying to teach at TNNA or Stitches, or at a Fiber Festival, but I had never gotten past the "thinking about it" stage. I really thank In a Yarn Basket for spurring me on to do something that I really want to do. The retreat is at a camp in Brown County. For those of you that are not familiar with Brown County, it is one of our Hoosier treasures. Hilly and pretty year round, but especially in Fall. It is the home to Brown County State Park, the quaint little town of Nashville, and smaller burgs like Bean Blossom and Gnaw Bone. Brown County is only a little over an hour away, so it would have been entirely do-able as a day trip, but I wanted to get the entire retreat experience. I am going for the entire weekend.

I will be teaching cables in the morning with a hat that is based on the cables in the Celtic Grace Cardigan. The class will include cabling techniques, including working a cable with out a needle and chart reading. I will also talk about reading your knitting to know where you are at in the stitch pattern. The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash & the pattern is the Celtic Braid Hat.

I am also teaching brioche, using the pattern, Brown County Brioche. In this class we will go over basic brioche, as well as increasing and decreasing in brioche. This is a quick knit using Cascade 128 Superwash. My hope is that the retreaters will complete this project during the retreat. Some people may even complete both projects, but for those who don't, I will be at the store for a follow up later in the month.

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