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A Remarkable Retreat!

This past weekend was our 4th Annual Yarn Cupboard Retreat and Market.  Frankly, it was a brilliant weekend. Maggie Jackson, Lori Versaci,Lisa Ann Merian,  Laura Nelkin, Jill Draper, Courtney Kelley, and Kate Gagnon Osborne all traveled to Syracuse to teach this weekend. We also had local dyer Jennifer Van Calcar, artist Marcela Hanford and spinning whiz Beth Coye who round out the teachers roster.

There were also wonderful vendors–MelissaJean’s Buttons, Jill Draper Makes Stuff, Laura Nelkin designs, Saori Looms, Spun right around, Holly Page designs and Spinner’s Hill.The marketplace was  hubbub of activity.

As always it is so special to see returning attendees. We all have made great friendships as we are together all weekend.

This year we had a MaggiKnits fashionshow Friday night with her beautiful designs. Maggie Jackson is so entertaining.  We even learned alittle “Irish” syntac: We thought she said “pickled ham” it was picot hem…and instead of “Mare” it was Mirror. Hmm…

Saturday night was Lori Versaci’s trunk show, Show and Tell and our raffle. Lori’s very wearable designs were a hit with everyone. The show and tell was bigger and better this year as well. Lynn Wilson brought 2 gorgeous shawls and 1 pair of Laura’s Mica mitts. And the girls with their Meadowsweet shawls from the Fibre Company KAL looked fantastic.

The Yarn Cupboard debuted some new yarns and alot of new patterns and garments. Imperial yarns, new patterns for Erika Knight, new patterns for Fibre Company and Berroco.  And new yarns for Shibui and Ito with patterns and garments.

Next year- the retreat will be the April 17th weekend. Circle your calendar. We are lining up some exciting instructors and a few of the fabulous ones from this year will return. So, we will again have a weekend full of glorious colorful fibers, interesting classes and many happy people.