Sunday, 23 October 2016

Knitting holidays in France - October knitting retreat

The last retreat for this year has just finished. We have had a fantastic week with plenty of sunshine, lots of outings, masses to eat and a bit of knitting.

We started the week with a visit to the Brocante in Saintes and found a few bargains - metal signs, trays, beads, necklaces and fabric.

On Monday we had a day at home working on projects. There is a good mix of scarves, shawls, gloves, a child's sweater and a lovely X-stitch project.

Veronica's completed shawl

 Experimenting with double knitting

A bee from my bargain bracelet from the Brocante completes Purl's scarf
Sue's fish sweater
On Tuesday we spent the morning in Cognac shopping and sightseeing, then in the evening we went to Egreteau our local Cognac producer for a tour of the distillery and tastings of Pineau and Cognac.

On Wednesday it was a visit to Saintes, shopping for fabric and yarn at L'Oasis and gifts at Maison du Monde.

 Some amazing fabrics for cushion covers and bags

A lovely gift for me - a Louisa Harding shawl pattern and yarn
For our final outing we went to La Rochelle for the day, starting with a loo break at the Aquarium where there was an amazing exhibition of x-ray photographs.

Followed by a walk in the sunshine around the old port and down to the beach

 where we had a coffee in the sunshine
 and a paddle

 then back to the old port for lunch
 followed by a wander around the shops

 and a visit to the wonderful little yarn and fabric shop Mercerie l'Aguillee

We managed to squeeze in a quick visit to the market in St Jean d'Angely on Saturday morning before the trip to Bordeaux for their flight home.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

The final day of knitting and crochet with Carol Meldrum

On Friday morning everyone was slaving away to get their projects finished for show and tell in the evening. After lunch we went into Cognac for a last afternoon of sightseeing and shopping.

Then home for gin and tonic and a chance to admire the finished projects, all of which are amazing! Bearing in mind the mix of skill levels and the fact that they were all working from the same pattern the results are fantastic. Everyone has chosen completely different colours and incorporated different ideas and embellishments to make each one completely unique,

It has been a great week with a lovely bunch of ladies and lots of laughter, they all got on so well that plans are underway for the same group to meet up here again next year.

The last supper of Gazpacho, paella and croissant and brioche custard.