On Saturday, I held my first ever full-day workshop at Deanfoot - though when I say "I", I really mean it was a team effort. One of the vital team members was Dana, most wonderful friend and skilled crafter herself (have you seen her gorgeous children's clothes?). Dana, and her military-style organisational skills, meant that the quiet preparation all came together at just the right time. With some additional help from Sheena, little miracles kept occurring: Furniture magically moving back under the gazebo, dishes cleared and who can forget the ball-winding dance! Thank you both very much.
Now you know that no workshop of mine would be complete without food playing quite an important role and so immediately after yoga, we sat together and enjoyed a breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, croissants and muffins. And then the knitting started!
One of the major learning points for me is the revelation that chocolate brownies are essential for lace knitting – for which I also need to thank Dana (I'd baked them for afternoon consumption - of course we had enough for two servings!). During that first row of knitting, which is always a bit tricky following the cast on and particularly if you've just learnt a new method to do so, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed: So much to take in – new techniques, the counting, the repeats, the counting, the keeping your place in the pattern, the counting, the occasional TINKing, the counting and then oh! The blessed relief of reaching the end of the row with the correct number of stitches! It can be exhausting! And put that way, it's blindingly obvious that brownies are required – and seemed to do the trick just nicely.
Little Miss Worry Pants (that's me, in case you’re wondering) always starts to feel uneasy at such times because I worry that I'm not doing my job if I'm not busy helping others – but there's something to be said for just being one of the knitters, and that thing is "thank you. Thank you very, very much".
Our day concluded with a soak in the hot tub. Not really sure what needs to be said about sitting in blood temperature water with the sun shining down on you: Bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles. It was a bit difficult to get out – as Husband will affirm as he found Sheena and me still wallowing nearly two hours later!
Which leaves me to say an enormous "thank you" to everyone who came. Thank you for sharing so much of your precious time with me, thank you for being such excellent company, thank you for making a truly wonderful day xx