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Saturday, 20 June 2015

Knitting holidays in France June retreat

We have just had an amazing week of knitting and crochet at La Verderie and Bercloux. It has turned into an annual event for a large group of our regular visitors to meet up, this year there were 8 of them - Caroline, Felicity, Elizabeth, Amanda, Wendy, Toril, Astrid and Katherine with two new visitors to Knitting Holidays in France - Joanne and Terry.

The week started with cloudy skies, pouring rain and a few delayed flights, but that didn't stop the constant chatter, hysterical laughter and of course endless knitting and crochet. Within a few hours everyone was looking relaxed.........

and ready for the week ahead...........

They brought along a a variety of projects, including this years Debbie Abrahams mystery blanket and cushion, a gorgeous sparkly purse kit, crochet blankets, Wendy's unique multi stitch sweater, socks, a knitted dress, top down sweater and yes - I am still finishing my sideways shrug, but only the sewing up to go now!

Toril even managed to find time to make a beautiful dream catcher, which I have just discovered she left in her room for me - thank you!!!

We had a swop shop of unwanted stash - and lucky me as I ended up with all the leftovers - more thank you's to everyone.
We went shopping in Saintes and Cognac for fabric, yarn, clothes, shoes, Indian tablecloths and cushions and more Pandora jewellery.

We sat in cafes with our knitting and crochet.

 In the evenings we sat listening to Wendy's magical story-telling, sipping the odd glass of wine or two, looking out at spectacular sunsets.

They managed to eat every scrap of food that was put in front of them, even fighting over the last few morsels of the strawberry pavlova

Culli has also been busy creating more yarn bowls. Elizabeth had pre-ordered two, but Amanda, Toril and Astrid also bought more.

He is now working on a new line of hand turned wooden crochet hooks coming soon, watch this space........

The week has flown by, everyone left this morning with promises to meet up at Ally Pally in October and to return here next year.