knitting, woodturning and “islanding” in France…

…and sorry for the following picspam 🙂

We left the riverside for a week of knitting and woodturning at Sue and Culli’s (and Bebop’s) beautiful home in the Charente-Maritime Region in France…you can visit Sue’s Blog here http://www.knittingworkshops.blogspot.com – and if you check the September 2013 entry, you’ll actually find some photos of our stay there.

We had a brilliant time there and enjoyed our stay a lot – Sue and Culli are excellent hosts! Only letdown was a cold that I brought along with me from home, which knocked me out for pretty much the first three days of our stay – still, I started on my first big project (a cardigan from the current issue of Verena (Herbst 2013) – and I actually managed to finish the back by the time we came back to Germany. Pics will follow…

On Tuesday we visited Lina, who is an expert into dyeing with funghi, as is Irene, who was another guest at the knitting retreat.  She not only provided us with a very nice second breakfast…(or was it elevenses?)…but showed us some amazing examples of the colours you can achieve by dyeing with funghi…

 

On Wednesday, we visited Bordeaux (and the amazing treasue trove which is “La Drogerie – I bought some pins and buttons to make myself a shawl pin (for the many shawls I’ve yet to finish!)…

Frank had four excellent days with his tutor Roger (and Culli) – he set out with the objective to make a yarn bowl…and left with a very beautiful “Not-yarn-bowl” 😉 – for which we now may have to purchase a special “Not-yarn-bowl”-shelf in order to present it accordingly…

© Susan Culligan 2013

© Susan Culligan 2013

On Friday we left…and drove further west, and further west…until we reached the Ile d’Oleron, where we stayed for another six nights…a beautiful, quiet (at this time of the year), down-to-earth place…

We visited La Rochelle – a lovely town with quirky shops, lots of nice places to eat, and – although the weather was a bit murky that day, providing a lot of nice photo opportunities…

Going through my pictures, I realised that I did not take many pictures of knitting related issues, which is a shame, as I’ve done quite a lot of knitting – so knitting pics will have to wait until the weather and the light are better to take some WIP pictures…

current mood: ready for the next holiday
current soundtrack: Lisa Hannigan – Home
currently on the needles: Mormorio by Heather Zoppetti, Strandwanderer by Lea Victoria, One Love by Claire Ellen
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Coming back…

…from a holiday isn’t always the easiest thing to do, in particular if the holiday has been as good and inspiring as this one…

we came back yesterday, and I’m just in the process of uploading the pictures, so hang on and I’ll tell you something about a great knitting (and woodturning!) adventure in France…

What’s new…

 

…well, I’ve decided to leave FB, so this will be the place to watch out for me in the future 🙂

 

current mood: not very hopeful
current soundtrack: Alela Diane – A Pirate’s Gospel
currently on the needles: Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, Strandwanderer by Lea Victoria, One Love by Claire Ellen