We're back from the weekend retreat to Winchester. We had eight brand new retreat attendees, two mother/daughter sets, one mother-in-law/daughter-in-law pair, and return friends who came from as far away as Boston and Florida for the weekend! It's a lovely little mini vacation at a beautiful venue with great food, but the most fun part is simply being together with other knitters. No matter how happy you are in your marriage or relationship, there's no substitute for your girlfriends, and for knitters, that's doubly true. Only another knitter will understand some of the seemingly irrational decisions we make - like going 20, 30, or even 60 miles out of our way to stop by the local yarn store. We get each other because we look at things through our own lens. We see the world through yarn-colored glasses.
Once you're a knitter, you'll never look at a sweater again without analyzing it and thinking, "I bet I could knit that." You'll find yourself taking a sweater into the dressing room, not to try it on, but to turn it inside out to see the construction, take its measurements, and sneak a close up photo of the stitch pattern.
As a knitter, you belong to a wonderful, generous community ready to celebrate your successes and share your disasters. The most loving partner is simply not going to fully understand the triumph of a stranded sweater on size zero needles or the agony of ripping back hours worth of lacework. Only another knitter can.
That's why we love to be together. It's why we gather at the shop and why we look for excursions together. It's why I do the retreat and the other fun things like the book club (which is this week) and the bra salon trip (next month), and other fiber-related trips. If you have not joined us for any of these events, I hope you will come along and be with your people, your community, your tribe. We are here for you, and you are always welcome here.