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Thursday, 19 October 2017

October 2017 knitting and crochet workshop with Carol Meldrum

Carol is back again to Knitting holidays in France for another Texture with a Twist workshop.
The weather has been fantastic and we have managed to sit outside every day so far! The projects are all coming along well with some very different ideas to last month.

On Sunday morning we had a trip out to one of the local brocantes at Annepont which was packed with a wide variety of goodies. I managed to find 14 balls of Alpaca for the bargain price of 18 euros and a trug!

Interesting mix of gourds & a spinning wheel


I don't think we need any of these........






After lunch Carol set up the workshop ready for everyone. They started with a stitch dictionary, trying out different textures and then went on to decide on a project to make using various techniques.







Monday was a full day workshop, then on Tuesday morning we went to Saintes for shopping and sightseeing. Starting with a visit to l'Oasis for yarn and fabric




and then a wander along the river to the yarn shop and back through the town to Maison du Monde




via the chocolate shop



and the lovely cafe outside the museum


Back to the barn for more knitting and crochet in the afternoon


and a few lessons on how to block their swatches





On Wednesday morning a few of us went into St Jean d'Angely to the food market for a few supplies, fresh fish for supper and local honey for gifts to take home.




Ceps for garlic mushrooms







Friday, 6 October 2017

2018 knitting and crochet holidays in France

The full list of dates for the 2018 holidays is now available here.

If you would like to book to come on one of the holidays please use our contact form stating the date of the holiday you are interested in and I will send further details. Places are filling up quickly so don't leave it too long!

Enjoy the French countryside on one of our early Spring retreats

One of the en suite bedrooms at The Barn

Relax by the swimming pool

Learn to crochet

Enjoy the fresh seasonal produce from the local markets

Visit a brocante for haberdashery and vintage buttons

Go on shopping trips for gorgeous French fabrics and yarn

Sunday, 1 October 2017

September knitting and crochet retreat

The last retreat in September went well, with some warm sunny days, lots of shopping and plenty of knitting and crochet.

The guests included 4 returning visitors and 3 new ones, after half an hour they were all chatting away like old friends. The projects everyone brought along varied wildly, ranging from gorgeous snoods, shawls and scarves to sweaters, blankets and chicken jackets!

We started the week with a day at home relaxing, then the next day a visit to Saintes for shopping and sightseeing.

First stop l'Oasis for yarn and fabric.



Then a wander through the town to the Bergere de France shop






 
and of course the compulsory visit to Maison du Monde


On Wednesday morning we went to the market in St Jean d'Angely


 
then back home for an afternoon in the sunshine. On the last afternoon we went to Cognac



Then back home for a show and tell of all the projects


Cecilia and Cornelia's chicken jackets

Fiona's Fairisle snood

Emma's Frieda's Flower blanket by Jane Crowfoot


Nina's lacy sweater

Sue's cable gloves and shawl

Ann's sweater hiding in the background