Monday, May 21, 2018

Bit Off More Than I Could Chew

No matter what I write before a Men's Spring Knitting Retreat, don't EVER believe me if I say I'll try and post every day.

Not Enough Hours In A Day

This is not a complain...when life is full and joyous and satisfying, blogging just takes a backseat to fully participating and reveling in all that is amazing about this annual event.

After arriving home last night and unloading the car, I wanted nothing more than to enjoy hanging out with Thaddeus and Finn and eat some of Thaddeus' potato pancakes with sour cream.

Even today, the unpacking of all that makes up the retreat seems daunting.  Editing hundreds of photos and determining which photos to include in the blog and which aren't worth salvaging looks like something I will never complete.  Sifting through hundreds of e-mails and replying to the 3% that require it might take a little while.

I promise to start posting a blog entry or two this week that will convey how magical this past week was for me and 40 other guys...but for now, I need to get a bit organized.

As a teaser (which I hope you will find satisfying enough), I offer you one photo from the buffet line for lunch at Easton Mountain.

Not-So-Spoiler Alert - This was probably the best MSKR yet.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 MSKR Day 3

My heart is full.

Awesomeness Persists!

With the arrival of some of the early guys, I am restored to full capacity and ready to retreat.

I am reminded again about what amazing men this retreat attracts every year.

We're also putting together the project bags for all of the guys (including some fantastic Juniper Moon yarns for all the guys).

Forecast continues to be excellent for the upcoming week.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

2018 MSKR Day 2

Fat, happy and revving up for the first official day.

Waking Up in Paradise

Unusually for my first night in an unfamiliar bed, I slept soundly and woke to the cacaphony of chirping, whistling and honking birds.  Here are some photos of the early morning as the sun rises on the horizon.

And then there was breakfast!

So far, so good.

Monday, May 14, 2018

2018 MSKR Day 1

The 11th annual Men's Spring Knitting Retreat will begin officially this coming Thursday, May 17th.

Early Days

Later today, the car will be packed and I will kiss Thaddeus and Finn goodbye and head up to Greenwich, NY for a few days to relax and prepare for the retreat.  I love the three pre-retreat days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) as they give me a chance to relax, eat well and hang out with some of the other guys who arrive a day or two or three early.

I'm hopeful to be able to post photos and small blog posts every day this week so that folks that can't be there can at least have a taste of the exciting week.

Most of the guys who have ever attended any of the Men's Knitting Retreat know that I don't knit at retreats (or at least very rarely knit), and so I won't have any knitting progress on the blog this week.

But since this past weekend I did make some negative progress...

Current Knitting

I ended up ripping out the entire sleeve this time and re-started it alternating two colorways of yarn.

Not sure I'm going to be pleased with this either, but I have plenty of time to ponder it this week.

Be good while I'm away.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Yarn Chicken or Weighing Yarn

When knitting was still new, I think it would have been preferable to know for certain that I had enough yarn to finish a project.

Cynical Old Knitter

Even back then, it hadn't really occurred to me that I could knit one sleeve, weigh the completed sleeve and weigh my remaining yarn to make sure I had enough for the second sleeve.  It should have been obvious, I know, but it takes a while for revelations like this to dawn on me sometimes.

Now that it's not such a hardship to rip out perfectly good knitting, I'd just rather play yarn chicken with my knitting and estimate as best I can whether I'll have enough yarn to complete a project.

I can usually estimate with some level of accuracy whether I'll have enough yarn to finish a project.  But even in the event that I miscalculate, it seems like it's a minor inconvenience anymore when I have to rip back and do something differently.

After is just knitting and I enjoy knitting...even re-knitting.

Current Knitting

I successfully ripped back the sleeve and re-attached the other hank of yarn I have left for the Briar Rose Pullover.

In fact, I've actually almost come to point where I'll shape the top of the I've even made some progress. I noticed that there was a difference in colorways in this latest hank as well, although no where near as pronounced as the other one.  I'm sorry to say, I think I'll need to rip this back again...this time all the way to the beginning and start using both hanks of yarn intermixed every other row.

Thank goodness I love knitting so much!