Warm Tidings from Burnet, Texas
Why do we complain about the weather? It’s too hot or cold or windy or damp or foggy or whatever. Lately, there has been plenty of conversation about the cold weather in Central Texas.
But at the Canyon of the Eagles Ranch in Burnett, the 90-plus attendees of the Knitting in the Hills Getaway didn’t complain about the cold. Instead, they just added another layer of warm hand-knits to their ensemble. The meeting rooms were filled with knitters clad in wool sweaters, wrapped in shawls or sporting knitted chapeaux.
So outside, while the cold wind blew and the temperature dropped, wool-wrapped knitters were learning the magic of cables or two-handed Intarsia or how to make striped pompoms from a trio of rockstar instructors, Norah Gaughan, Cirilia Rose and Meghan Fernandes.
And then there was the swag! Every attendee got a sturdy knitting bag filled with goodies including Civility yarn from Elemental Affects in special HCW colors, a mission-ready project bag from JunieB outfitted with an assortment of necessities like cable needles and row counters and a portable gram scale so you’ll never run out of yarn for a project.
When the knitters got cold or were between classes, they gathered in a wool-lined room — the market. Two favorite local dyers were there, Lizzy Inman of Vice yarns and Ana Clerc of Yarn Carnival with special retreat colorways. Mrs. Crosby dropped off a selection of her yarn that included an exclusive HCW colorway. Knitters also fondled Titus from Baa Ram Ewe, Silken Straw from Alchemy, and Madtosh lace. In addition, they got an introduction to Twig, the new yarn from Shibui that was not yet released!
There’s more — prizes. In addition to the great swag and classes, there were door prizes that included signed books, sweater project kits, and handspun. No one went home empty handed.
There was a different kind of warmth here too — a warm heart. This group donated over $3000 to LIVESTRONG in a raffle drawing for a secret grand prize. This show of support is a testament to the generous nature of all knitters.
And the grand prize — a Golden Ticket granting the winner a free ride to next year’s retreat with Clara Parkes, Stephanie Pearl McPhee and Julie Weisenberger.
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