Last week I was away for 4 days with 10 of my knitgroup friends on our annual knitting retreat to Buxton. It is now almost guaranteed to be glorious sunny weather each time we retreat to Buxton – this was our third retreat and we had wall to wall sunshine again.
Buxton is beautiful in the sunshine (and not too bad when it rains either!) and it feels like a home-from-home. The hotel we stay at looks after us very well, their hospitality is wonderful and they cater perfectly for a group of knitters. In fact we have already pencilled in next year’s retreat at the same venue!
We have some favourite shops and cafes that we visit, and always discover something new. This year 2 of us (Julie and I) took the train to Whaley Bridge to locate a yarn shop – it is Yarnbirds and is situated just a stone’s throw from the station within a lovely café. The yarn selection is excellent, I came away with a skein each from Peak District Yarns (a sock yarn – merino/nylon/sparkle in ‘Brilliant Boots’) and The Little Grey Sheep (British Stein Fine Wool in ‘My Girl Lollypop’).
We always hold our own workshops at the hotel – this year Sue did an excellent workshop on sock knitting, Margaret and Lorraine did a weaving demonstration (I am holding back the urge to buy my own loom…but it is so hard….) and I had a ‘crochet corner’ for anyone wanting crochet help or wanting to make the Buxton Satchel.
The 4 days flew by, and I can’t wait til next year 🙂
Meanwhile here’s the Buxton Satchel – I have a ‘recipe’ for this (not a full blown pattern) and will share it on this blog next week.
Happy crocheting xxxx