The Knitter’s Review Retreat is a very special kind of event, for the teachers as well as the attendees. It truly carves out a separate space in time, special and honest and deeply personal. It’s a place for exploring big ideas, and reminding myself why I have made this my life’s work.

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It’s restorative and I need it oh-so badly by the time I hit November, hurtling at break-neck speed through the many events and designs and interactions that make up the fall, in the fiber world. (Not to mention the new book and the new site.) The ability to not only spend that precious classroom time with students, but to also engage throughout the weekend, is a gift unlike any other.

Getting pictures of my next design, and sharing a few new sweaters with the group was all the more special.

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And ending with a lovely drive home, filled with thoughts about clothing that truly honors who we are, while finishing one sweater and starting another?

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Perfection in weekend form, really. I feel blessed to have been there, and so incredibly lucky to be chasing my passion. Even at break-neck speed.

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Speaking of chasing that passion, thank you so much for the wonderful outpouring that has made the launch of CustomFit such a success. It’s thrilling beyond words to see the sweaters you’re all creating, and the happiness and pride with which you’re wearing them. I have so much planned and so much I want to share and experience and do with you all!

That doing has been hampered, recently, by the amount of time it takes to keep things running behind the scenes. So Jackie and I are very very pleased to announce that the wonderful Lauren is now working with us to make sure everything is in tip-top shape. Please give her a warm welcome in the comments?

And may you all have a generous, warm, and restorative week, too.