Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Extent of My Ignorance is Infinite

A few weeks ago, I had a profound revelation and realized that the amount that I don't know, is infinitesimally large.

But That's a Good Thing

This revelation also had a corollary...that the opportunity for growth and learning was also infinite.

I guess I've always known that I didn't know everything and that I never would, but usually that thought came as some form of self-criticism or excuse for a mistake I had made.

The reason this was so revelatory is that I got to see how much opportunity I had.  And that I had a desire to pursue that opportunity for growth and learning.

Typically, I hate reading about others' revelations...I've either had them already, and they're not at all revelatory to me, or I don't experience the realization in the same way they do.

All that being said, I still felt compelled to share this one.

One Last Men's Knitting Retreat Note

The success of the retreat each year relies, in part, on the generosity of fiber-related vendors who donate prizes to the guys that we use as "thank-you gifts" when they volunteer to lead workshops.

I wanted to use every means possible to help promote those folks that help promote us, so please know that the following vendors are fucking awesome!

Thanks to our MOST GENEROUS supporters:
Please know that any patronage you have toward any of these businesses, helps promote the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat as well.

Current Knitting

Even though I'm going gangbusters on the latest blanket (since I got home from the retreat)...

...I've still got about 3 feet left to knit on this beauty.  I'm thinking about doing this stitch pattern or some rendition of it for a number of future projects as well.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Is Memorial Day a solemn occasion to remember our fallen veterans or is it a day to take advantage of retail sales and gather with family and friends for cook-outs?


Originally, Memorial Day was always May 30th in the States and was clearly put on the calendar as an annual reminder to remember and be grateful for the sacrifices of the brave men and women who gave their lives to make this country great.  It was a day to honor the sacrifices they made for us.

Then, like all things honorable, corporations stepped in to make it all about them...they changed the date to the last Monday in May, so it would always be a three day weekend, and then turned it in to a day of discounted sale days for whatever they were hawking.

Most of you who know me, know I'm not overly religious, but I will take time out today to focus on the men an women that died to give me the life I value.

Final Photos - MSKR 2015 - Road Trips

Each year, we schedule a road trip to some fiber-related venue and this year, we got to see a tour of a local fiber mill - Battenkill Fibers.  MJ, Karin and Devlin showed off a most amazing place...if you're ever up in that area, try to schedule some time to tour this wonderful place, run by fantastic people.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Men's Spring Knitting Retreat - The Setting

One of the general principals of the regional Men's Knitting Retreats is that they take place in a beautiful/inspirational setting.

Easton Mountain

The venue for the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat has always been Easton Mountain Retreat Center in Greenwich, NY, and it certainly complies with the beauty/inspiration requirement.  Here are photos of retreat center and of some of the volunteers/residents/staff.

Chapel, pond and slope - the trifecta of serenity

Spinning wheel farm...I think they breed each year

Adirondack seating in front of rooms

Awesome volunteer Rick

The lilacs were in bloom - frangrant

Lush green and rutted road to heaven

Sun rising to highlight the mountain

Wishing I was back here

Cars give the setting some perspective of size

Upper pond and lower mountain peak

Gateway to happiness

Another awesome volunteer, Chris

Rustic home peaking through the leaves

Current Knitting

While I don't get much knitting done while I'm at the retreat, I have made a bit more progress on my niece's blanket...need to finish it by the end of the month.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Revved Up For Another Year

This year's Men's Spring Knitting Retreat was again phenomenal!  It will never cease to amaze me what a fantastic group of guys this event attracts.

The Men in MSKR

This post will be photos of the men who attended this year with no commentary (other than any you leave).  Hopefully the bliss and joy in their eyes will tell you all you need to know about how the retreat went this year.  I was originally planning on posting blog entries every day of last week and weekend, but the WiFi was painfully slow and I just couldn't spend the time.

There were 46 guys at the retreat this year, and I fell in love with each and every one of them again.

Deck of guys knitting

Ian and Han

Jack looking through last year's roster in his room

Lars and Bill

Matthew and Phil
Aaron and Jaye

Just Aaron


Bill Lars Ronnie and Ray

Bruce and Tom (being photo bombed by sexy Lars)

Bruce and Tom


Christopher after a severe paparazzi attack


Dave and Leo

Ian and Phil


Jeff (with Ron and Bill in the background)

Kirk John and Ronnie

Mark and Stephen

Michael, Ian and Phil

Michael, Matthew and Steven


Nick and Jaye
Hammock knitters and hangers (final team) - Raúl, me, Jaye, Kirk, Michael, Han and our mighty leader, Matthew

Han learning to weave

Matthew and Steven

Michael, Ian and Phil


Nick and Jaye

Nick, Roy, Veryl, Patrick and Mark


Patrick, Tom, Ron and Bruce at the Tag Sale table

Phil and Dave

Ian and Phil

Matthew, Phil, Christopher, Ray, Rob and Jaye


Ray, Scott, Barry, Alasdair, Raúl, Colin and Mark


Rob and Matthew



Roy and Stephen

Stephen, Ted and Dennis


Steve, Patrick and Tom


Tim and Ray

Tim Roy and Ray

Tom, Michael, Dave and Jack