I am quite sure I can speak for both Meredith and I when I say that trying to put down into words the ‘experience’ that was Knit East 2015 is going to be extremely difficult…but, here goes!
My biggest takeaway from the weekend is this – a knitting retreat is the one time that we are the majority, surrounded by 100% likeminded people, where we can be 100% ourselves…the Knitters [with capital Ks] that we are! The energy that was floating around that place this past weekend was indescribable. Those of you reading, I’m sure you understand… A weekend away with all the Knitters; It just feels so good! Not often do we get to strut our stuff in our knitwear, guaranteed to have some lovely comments made, and know that EVERYONE is going to not only NOTICE, but appreciate the work that has gone into, and the art that is, our handmade garment.
Meredith and I will have a Knit East re-cap episode coming out this weekend with a ton of video clips of the fun we partook in, and the interviews we had the privilege of doing with some remarkable people. Get excited about that! It’s going to be good!! Also, we realized that we didn’t get the chance to film a wrap-it-up segment over the weekend; we’ll have a Knit East conclusion segment to kick off our next episode, Episode #3. By the time we thought of it, we had both returned to our separate homes. Expect that in a few weeks, and maybe we’ll take a few minutes to show you our Knit East stash enhancements a little more closely…or if we’ve already got them worked up into some WIPS…I know I have already cast on TWO projects with my new yarn!
Then… there are all the incredible people that we had the chance to meet and knit with over the weekend. The knitters… old friends, new friends and acquaintances that we don’t necessarily get to see all the time. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend some time with – Clara Parkes, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Fiona Alice…!!! I just can’t believe we have these incredible knitterly human beings attend OUR LOCAL retreat and I can only hope to someday exude as much ALL-THINGS-YARNY knowledge as they do! They live and breathe this stuff and it provides us with so much inspiration, motivation, excitement, knowledge…and mostly…the proof that knitters are wonderful people.
We all need to be sure to acknowledge that if it weren’t for Donna, owner of Cricket Cove and founder of this event, we wouldn’t have this weekend getaway to look forward to. I have immense appreciation for her and her team for organizing and hosting this incredible event. The amount work that goes into this – I can’t even imagine! I think seeing/being at the event, I was reminded why this only happens every two years; it’s an enormous job! All that to say, Thank YOU Donna, for giving us Knit East.
I’ll end with a favourite moment from the Yarn Harlots Knit Smart class:
She said that if we’re here…at Knit East—spending an ENTIRE weekend devoted to knitting, and that we call ourselves knitters, then she considers us to be missionaries. We are the ones out in the world telling people how awesome knitting is, getting others to pick up the needles, helping them with their mistakes as they are learning… I love that...because it’s so true!
OK, one last thing...Jenny’s Surprising Stretchy Bind Off is NOT Jenny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, it’s really a re-named “Shetland Island Bind Off’. That’s right folks! Write that down and remember to call it that from now on.
If I took the time to type out all the things I want to tell you about our Knit East weekend this blog post would be miles long. Bottom line is this: If you ever have the chance to come to Knit East, DO IT!