Roadtrip recap: The Small Wool Gathering

Things continue to move at breakneck pace here and it's been a whirlwind with Karen's two week visit, which wrapped up this past Saturday. The week before we were fortunate enough to gather with some other P3 alumni and knitting friends in a beautiful country house near Berkeley for a weekend of relaxing, knitting, spinning, and general un-winding.

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Avebury Henge - a delightful yet slightly soggy detour on our way to the retreat! 

Avebury Henge - a delightful yet slightly soggy detour on our way to the retreat! 

 Not quite as big as Stonehenge...

 Not quite as big as Stonehenge...

 ...but plenty big enough!

 ...but plenty big enough!

Our first stop along the way was Avebury - a recommendation of our monthly spinning hostess Caro and it was an excellent one! The henge is quite large and spread out by comparison to Stonehenge (you can see how the village is quite close and even a road runs through part of it!) but with significantly less crowds of visitors. The chilly, blustery day may have also had something to do with it, but it was nice to stretch our legs and wander around the gorgeous serenity of this place.

 A sweet yarn shop tucked away on a cobblestone side street from Bath's centre square.

 A sweet yarn shop tucked away on a cobblestone side street from Bath's centre square.

Our next stop was Bath where we found an adorable yarn shop named Wool - appropriately enough. Maybe next time we'll be able to see a bit more of Bath itself!

And finally we were off to Peddington Manor for the retreat and where I forgot to take any pictures of the venue itself!  Click the link though to see the post with the gorgeous pics that Catherine took earlier in the year to whet our appetite for The Small Wool Gathering.

Class gets underway with the delightful Amy Singer from Knitty 

Class gets underway with the delightful Amy Singer from Knitty 

It was one thing to say (in the face of the cancelled P3 retreat for this fall) that we'd all get together anyway, but quite another to actually organise the logistics for a dozen or so women! Catherine and Jenny did a bang up job and we were happy to be the guinea pigs as they launch this venture in their retirement - how exciting!

Sally was wearing these fab sparkly gloves at the Saturday night dinner where we were encouraged (but not obligated!) to "go a little glam".

Sally was wearing these fab sparkly gloves at the Saturday night dinner where we were encouraged (but not obligated!) to "go a little glam".

 Over the top: I decided to wear the MOH dress from my BFF Lisa's wedding this summer. If you look closely, my left sleeve isn't quite finished. The ball of yarn is in my pocket!

 Over the top: I decided to wear the MOH dress from my BFF Lisa's wedding this summer. If you look closely, my left sleeve isn't quite finished. The ball of yarn is in my pocket!

To their credit, Catherine and Jenny did an amazing job of not only keeping us well fed but also ensuring that things wonderfully low-key and relaxed. Peddington Manor had lots of nooks and crannies for small groups of knitters and spinners to come together, and the workshops on offer from Knitty editor Amy Singer were diverse in their subjects and skills. At the same time, they were also comfortable and without any pressure, which is a unique talent the Amy has for making students in her classes feel at ease.

 Some samples from my experimenting following Amy's Digital Camera Secrets for Knitters class. 

 Some samples from my experimenting following Amy's Digital Camera Secrets for Knitters class. 

 Amy even made new spinners!

 Amy even made new spinners!

After three very full days it was hard to believe that it was time to head for home already. But how nice to do so while feeling refreshed and well rested, inspired with new creativity, and that it was a productive time too!