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Knot Hysteria Retreat


I’ve been a very bad blogger.  I went on a trip and didn’t even blog it.  I had good intentions.  I also didn’t have a camera.

So, I’ll start with last week Thursday.  My sister and I flew to Seattle and spent an afternoon touring Pike Place Market.  We also ate our way through Pike Place Market.  The Mac and Cheese was amazing, as was the smoked salmon, pears, and Honeycrisp apples.

On Friday we took the ferry to Bainbridge Island and stopped at Churchmouse Yarn and Tea.  We then made a little trek to Port Ludlow, where we spent the next four days.  I attended the Knot Hysteria Retreat while my sister stitched tiny little hexagons, hiked, and read books.  (I’ll get her knitting yet!!!)  The theme of the retreat was Color!  Yep! That’s my thing.

I dyed yarn one day.  Tina was amazing as usual!  (She’s the creativity and energy behind Blue Moon Fiber Arts.)

We did four coordinating skeins.  I’m not sure yet if I’m going to be able to pull this combo off.  I’ll let you know when I try it.  We also dyed roving and a few other things.

I spent one day with Stephanie, knitting color work.  I learned more about stranded knitting and fair isle.  I also remembered why I hate intarsia.  A day is never dull when you spend it with Stephanie.  She works you hard, but she’s also very funny.

The last day was spent spinning with Judith MacKenzie McCuin.  (She doesn’t have a website, as she’d rather be spinning than wasting time on a computer.  I should try that!)  I learned just enough to know how much I have to learn about spinning.  One of the things we did was to spin two totally different colorways of roving together.  They looked awful side by side, but look what I ended up with.


I now have lots of new ideas.  If you have a roving you don’t like, chose another one and spin them together.  Or if you don’t have enough of one, add another!  The ideas are limitless.

We had an entire day to spin different colors and fiber.  It was amazing

I also knit a second hat.  I’m going to have to get a photo with Frankie, but Stephen will have to do for now.  Stephen (along with Debra) works for Blue Moon Fiber Arts and has the honor of schlepping around gorgeous yarn and roving, hauling dye supplies, and generally keeping the retreat organized.


I’m addicted to these hats.  I never make anything more than once, but there will be more of these in my future.  (For details on the hats, go to the previous post!)

Yesterday, Shan and I packed up and made the trek home.

I had to laugh one night, because I was hanging out knitting and watching The Wizard of Oz.  I so totally agree with Dorothy when she was clicking her heels together and saying, “There’s no place like home.”  Adventures are the decorations of life, but home is what makes life good!


Author: mariajhmom

I'm a wife, mom, quilter, knitter, and spinner. I blog at

4 thoughts on “Knot Hysteria Retreat

  1. I so agree. Travel wouldn’t be nearly as fine if we didn’t have our havens to come back to. (Nice spinning)

  2. I just met Stephanie at the end of September at KnitEast- she is so much fun! She and Tina together must have been a BLAST! Your colors are amazing. As always!

  3. Anything your hands touch just look amazing! Whether it is a knitted project, a quilt, dyed yarn, and spun yarn!

  4. Love it all, but that spun yarn is delicious!! Enjoy all that you post.

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