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Thursday, 11 October 2012

October knitting retreat

The first of the two knitting retreats this month is underway. We have four guests, I went to meet Sandra and Sue at La Rochelle and Culli went down to Bordeaux to pick up Geraldine and Rosemary. Both flights were on time, so we all got to know each other over gin and tonic's followed by supper of smoked salmon pate, chicken fricassee and chocolate pots. Everyone has brought along knitting projects for the week, Sandra is knitting an advent calendar made up of tiny Christmas stockings, Sue is alternating between gloves and fairisle patches knitted in felted tweed, possibly for a throw. Geraldine is making a beautiful lacy cardigan which needs a bit of concentration and Rosemary is knitting a lovely pattern for a stole from the knitter which is knitted in two colours using short row shaping.

The weather is a mix of sun and showers, so yesterday we spent the morning knitting and then went for a stroll around Cognac with a quick look in the Hennessy shop at the beautifully packaged and very expensive bottles of cognac, then up to the town for a visit to the fabric and yarn shop and a coffee in the square.
The sun was shining when we got back to La Verderie, so we had apero's and knitting outside, followed by supper of pear, walnut and feta salad, lasagne and plum pavlova.

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