Twenty-seven Guild members gathered in January at the Vina De Lestonnac Retreat Center in Temecula for three days of communal knitting and friendship. Though the weather was cold and at times rainy, the bright lights of the community room kept everyone warm and cozy. It was amazingly restorative to not have to worry about meal preparation or any other household tasks. All we had to do was to relax with likeminded crafters. Maja, a long-time Guild member and recent Retreat coordinator, reflected about our time together:
“The retreat was wonderful, again! It’s always great rubbing shoulders with good friends and inspiring knitters. As usual I came home with an unreasonable number of potential projects. I won’t live long enough to complete them all! Nicely enough I didn’t have to rip my project (as I sometimes must) due to seductive distractions. Speaking of seductive, the 20-foot snack table bent under the huge selection of tasties: healthy and sinful, alcoholic, and benign, handmade and purchased, savory and sweet. The rattle of one little bag was enough to elicit the attention of previously contented knitters.”
Although our time together was generally unstructured, we did gather round several laptops to participate in the Guild’s monthly meeting, which luckily was via Zoom. Sandy Levin, a new Guild member, led us each day in much-needed yoga sessions, encouraging everyone to move and stretch stiff muscles. Carol Myers got out her famous “Yarnopoly”, which proved to be a fun and competitive game with a wide array of prizes. Stacy Mann was the top winner. When the weather improved, the serene and beautiful locale encouraged long walks.
Our next retreat will be in August, and we hope you can join us.
— Debbie Cravets and Mary Lovett, Retreat Co-Coordinators.
Please refer any questions to Mary.