Saturday, 16 May 2009

tricot français

A very busy and emotional few weeks have seen a lack of posting from me, but I have finally found a free moment to sit down and write about a lovely weekend spent knitting and crocheting in the beautiful South of France. I was there to give a craft workshop weekend with Les Soeurs Anglaises and had a thoroughly lovely time. The house is stunning, and we had the good fortune to be there in the spring time with the garden in full colourful bloom.

More indulgent pictures of the grounds can be found here.
The course was great fun, with hilarious anecdotes regarding learning French shared, new stitches and techniques learned and great food served aplenty to fuel the creativity. Katie and Mike, who own the house and run the courses, provided fabulous culinary delights, including fresh salad leaves from their veggie patch, all accompanied by fantastic wines from Mike's wine cellar.
Here are just a few of the lovely necklaces, beads, flowers and other delights created over the weekend.

We also made a trip to the local yarn shop, where I liberated some of this fab rug yarn from the top shelf - the 'vendeur' told us nobody had bought any for 25 years, whereby I promptly purchased a lovely sicky green colour for one euro. I shall of course never use it, he probably saw me coming a mile off, but I think it's a fair price to pay for such a lovely sixties label. It shall be proudly going on show somewhere in my studio room!

the only downside to the weekend was that it did drizzle on and off over Saturday and Sunday, but when the sun came out, it was absolutely glorious. Les Soeurs Anglaises have some dance classes coming up, as well as some with Julie Arkell, so keep an eye out on their site for those, and some more next year, it is well worth the trip.

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