Winter Retreat!!

We’re hosting a Winter Mini-Retreat from March 2 – 4, 2012.

After receiving many emails about this weekend I hosted for some friends from Toronto, I thought I’d host one for the rest of you!  This is a small, very informal, very cozy getaway.  There will be knitting.  There will be excellent food (and quite possibly some wine).  And did I mention we unload a carload of yarn into the living room for you to squoosh?

We rent a house together.  We share meal making (even if you hate to cook, we’ll find something for you to contribute.  Don’t worry!)  We knit.  A lot.

It’s the most fun and relaxing time I have all year.

Did I mention Ron is already preparing himself for hourly yarn deliveries?

Location:  We rent a house in Haliburton County, not far from the Indigodragonfly Studio.  You’re responsible for getting yourself here, but we can help you find people to carpool with.  There’s also a bus that comes to Haliburton and we’d be happy to pick you up.

Cost:  We need to cover the rental of the house, so we’ve developed a sliding scale.  If we fill the house, the cost is significantly lower for everyone.  We have some sign ups already, so here’s where the sliding scale stands:

  • 1 person – $150 per person (shared room/bed); $300 for a single room
  • 2 people – $130 per person (shared room/bed); $260 for a single room
  • 4 people – $100 per person (shared room/bed)

Questions?  Want to sign up to go?  Email us at (replace “AT” with “@” and make sure it’s “.ca”, not “.com”) and we’d be happy to answer!




Can I Keep Them?

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I live in my favourite place in the world.  It took a long time to get here…to figure out what we needed to do to live here.  And it was worth it.  I wake up every morning, in every season, to beauty…everywhere I look.

But I do miss my friends in Toronto.  So every year (OK, 2 so far, but I don’t see this ending) a small group of friends make the trek north in the dead of winter to see me.  Seriously.  Not in the summer, when the roads are clear.  They wait till it’s -30° C and the weather network is throwing around phrases like “flash freezing warning”. I know we like wool and everything, but THAT’S friendship.

This is Anastasia.


She brought us cake, made by her cousin at Good to the Last Crumb.   That blur behind her? Stephannie racing to the cake.


And not just any cake…YARN CAKE!  With a pattern.  Which we ate.  All of it.  No, you can’t have some.

We got to roll around in Glenna’s Midnight Collection samples:


What’s even more amazing is that the samples were out romping around with her carrot cupcakes a hair’s breath away. Brave woman, that.

We moved right in to the house we rented and sprawled across every spare bit of space.




Getting up occasionally to cook:


(I love Martha because she brought me purple carrots. PURPLE!)

And we knit.


While introducing the uninitiated to Firefly and Buffy. (Though I somehow managed to dodge Dr. Who again…and I wasn’t even trying to!)

The Boy helped me bring over a little yarn. Two carloads full. So there was some very organized and well thought out hoarding:

Retreat 2011

And more food:


“Drizzle the cream ARTISTICALLY”, were the instructions.

We entertained Little Miss Lambie Toes…


Why yes, that IS a demon on the TV. Children’s Aid is SO going to be after us. And yes, that IS a world famous knitwear designer making faces at the munchkin. The extent some people will go to to avoid designing an entire Firefly-based sock collection in one weekend…

Really, this post should be all about the child:


“Mummy, this is MY stash…YOUR stash is purple.”

This year, this was more than a retreat to me. It was a milestone. At last year’s retreat, our entire stock fit into 2 plastic tubs. This year, we couldn’t bring it all. A year ago I was certain that no one would ever buy our yarn ever again. And this group of women encouraged me, made me laugh and told me I was crazy. They told me they had it all figured out and all I had to do was make beautiful yarn. And then each one went home and did at least one little thing to help us grow. It wasn’t exactly the same group this year. It may not be the same group next year. But this weekend. This oasis of calm and laughter and flavour and colour in the middle of winter is just what I need at exactly the time I need it.

(PS:  We really REALLY missed you Sandi and Andrea and Joyce and Jen!)