We started off knitting the Garter Stitch, then knitted lace, then we did a little cabling and we finished on Sunday with Finishing Tips. If we weren’t knitting, we were shopping. There were 5 vendors at The Yarn Market plus the DKG Market where we were selling our new small project bags and other stuff. Carol Anderson’s daughter, Lori was selling all of Carol’s booklets. The Raffle was going on the whole time too. Mary and Kelly did a fantastic job this year with more than 100 Raffle items. Mary and Kelly gave out door prizes throughout the retreat also. Our Vendors donated most of these fabulous things.
The Garter Stitch project was started before the Retreat. Everyone made 3 red squares out of 100% wool yarn using US 5,6,&7 sized knitting needles. That way we could check our gauge. Which square looked more square? What were the measurements of all three? The 2″X2″ square was probably where most knitters started. This is an ambitious group project done by 48 knitters. We are making a Log Cabin Afghan for Barbara Richardson our DKG President. Barbara is stepping down as President this year. Wanda Royer (Treasurer, Secretary, and Membership chair) will be getting a well deserved knitted gift as well.
Jane Lippmann stole the show with her Shadow Knitting. She wore a fabulous tunic with Elvis on the back. Then she showed us “The Girl with the Pearl” done in an afghan. There were so many fabulous objects at the “Show and Share” portion of the retreat that you really had to be there to appreciate it.
We had several women show up on Saturday at 7:30 pm to watch this part of the retreat. Barbara had told DKG members at our last meeting that they could come to this part of the retreat. We have never opened up the Show and Share portion of the retreat to the DKG members before.
Carol Anderson was a joy to have as a teacher. Everyone could relax and not feel stressed out by too much lecturing. Carol gave a lot of hands-on instruction. If you needed any one on one time with Carol, she was there to oblige. We had 40 finished log cabin squares by the end of retreat. We only need 8 more and they will be donated at the May DKG meeting. We will be presenting the gifts for Barbara and Wanda at the June picnic. You won’t want to miss that. (If you weren’t at Retreat but want to make a square I can fix you up. Just call me and I will get you started)
During the retreat we presented Barbara and Wanda with a photo album filled with pictures of everyone at this years retreat. We all signed them. Christine Hall’s husband did a great job of taking all of the pictures. We were all working on our log cabin squares while we were being photographed. I think you can still order one of these books if you want to. Just ask Christine Hall to make you one for $25. They make a great souvenir.
Next years 23rd Annual DKG Retreat will be held April 20, 21 & 22 2018. Beth Brown-Reinsel will be our teacher. You better send your registration form in early next year. I’m sure this one will fill up fast.