Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thinking Ahead

Well, here we are in December. No snow on the ground here yet, and that's a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. Skating rinks are being prepared,

 Newly flooded rink in Kingston's market square.
 my window boxes are dressed up for the season,

 and the pot by our front door is filled with red dogwood branches. No wreath on the door yet.

I'm working on some Christmas knitting. Here's this year's version of  "Tumnus", a favourite scarf recipe, photographed in appallingly poor light on a wet, grey day. The original was in red. At the time, we had a garden gate, which opened onto a small, private park. We used to joke that on a winter day, we expected to see Mr. Tumnus and Lucy come through the gate into our garden.

This is a unisex scarf with reversible cables (looks the same from both sides). I hesitate to call it a pattern, since it's so ubiquitous. My own twist (pardon the pun) has been to add a trick that keeps the ends from flaring out. I'll post it as a free Ravelry download later today.
Thinking ahead in a bigger way, I'm ruminating about the possibility of organizing a winter knitting retreat here in Kingston for the winter of 2012. Here we are, with several wonderful inns within easy walking distance of skating, restaurants, a university, shops, fabulous 19th century architecture, and Lake Ontario. We're accessible by Via Rail (in case driving doesn't appeal in February), and close to Interstate 81.
So, I'm wondering, what makes a knitting getaway work? What would make you want to attend such an event? Is it the place, the teachers, the "students", some combination of the above?


  1. Hello,

    Could you please tell me where to find a sock pattern to make garter-stitch heels? I found one, but it's a toe-up pattern, and from your photo, yours is cuff down.. right? (I much prefer cuff-down sock.)

    I very much enjoy your knitting and pictures.


  2. I think it's the getting-away part that makes a retreat good. But after that all of the retreats I have been too as a participant and as a teacher have been different and I mean REALLY different. One had no program of teaching at all, one I go to has participants who volunteer to teach whatever they want to (very small, casual and very relaxing) and several have had teachers with sceduled classes where you can learn a lot. All of them were terrific to go to.

  3. Hi Gaile,
    I used Cabin Fever's new sock book,"Need a Sock?". It's available on Patternfish as a download. Most useful sock book around!

  4. Retreat? In Kingston? Sounds great to me. What makes me want to attend a retreat? Dedicated time away to knit, not having to cook, the people attending, the classes/teachers - approximately in that order.

  5. Just found my way to your blog via the WoolTyme blog and loved looking through the posts and pictures. I used to live right in your new neighbourhood (I now live on the other side of the University) and I miss being right downtown. Our house was over 100 years old too.

    Looking forward to reading along in the future!

  6. Natalie,
    Thanks for your thoughts. I'm only thinking about this so far... I'm originally from Ottawa and LOVE your work--don't know how you do it! It would be great to talk to you sometime.
    Will I see you at Thurs. knit night at WoolTyme?

  7. Liz,
    Thanks so much for the information on Cabin Fever's book. I'm hoping to hear from them soon so I can order the sock book.