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Sunday, 5 May 2013

May knitting retreat in France

Our second retreat this year is well underway. Pat who lives in London arrived at La Rochelle on Friday and Anne (our first French guest), who lives on the outskirts of Paris came into Angouleme by train on Saturday. The weather has been lovely with hazy sunshine and light breezes, we have sat outside in the garden or studio all day. Pat has come for a relaxing week with a sock project and some crochet flowers to make. She is keen to make more accessories and gifts to sell at a Christmas Open House and has been enthusiastically ploughing through my Marie Claire Idee magazines for inspiration. Anne has not knitted for many years and is here for a bit of help and a few reminders so has brought along a simple short sleeved sweater to knit, having spent the morning experimenting with cast on and tension squares she has made a start on the sweater and is doing brilliantly. I am finally working on some new kit ideas for KnitKits.

Pat knitting in the studio
Yesterday Pat and I went into St Jean d'Angely for a quick wander around the market, but otherwise we have been very lazy, enjoying the sunshine, peace and quiet, lots of knitting and sharing ideas.

The spring flowers are at their best and provide plenty of inspiration for knitting or crochet, I love the vivid colour of the euphorbia and am determined to try and reproduce this somehow.

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