My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Solomons Island


Early Saturday morning I hopped in my car for the 90-minute drive down to Solomons Island, Maryland.

The private knitting retreat I mentioned last week was held in a beautiful Victorian house, owned by the organizer of the event. This is the front of the house.


Isn’t it gorgeous? Built in the 1880s, if I am remembering properly, it has been fully restored and is a lovely place for a group of happy, feisty knitters to spend a weekend.

This is the view from the front lawn, with the house behind me:


The house is on the very tip of the island, with just the road in-between it and the water.

On Saturday we had two sock classes — toes techniques in the morning, and heel techniques in the afternoon. Our hostess Marie provided a wonderful breakfast and lunch, and after the second class she put out a sundae bar. You know, to help us keep up our strength after all the work we did.

We all went over to the Solomons Pier Restaurant for dinner. It was pounding down rain for parts of the afternoon and evening, but we were able to see the spectacular sunset from our table.

The evening was spent in knitting, spinning and conversation. Some of our group were staying in the house, some at nearby hotels or motels.

Sunday morning was the sock design class. Here is Denise, who started a toe in Saturday’s class and that night looked up my sock templates on my website to adjust the heel to fit her foot, and knit the heel that night:


Beautifully fitting sock, Denise!

All too soon the weekend was over. We had another yummy lunch, courtesy of Marie, and then gathered on the front lawn for a group shot.


Then back in the car for the quick drive home. Thank you, all! I had a wonderful weekend.

Oh, and guess what I finished Friday night? Lucy wanted to give you a hint:


“It’s my new kitty blanket!”

Yeah, we’ll talk.


  1. What a beautiful setting! Sounds like a great weekend.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Idle Hands… =-.

  2. Beautiful. Who could not be happy in a place like that?
    .-= Aunt Kathy´s last blog ..Sunday- Smile is Sunday’s Theme =-.

  3. What a lovely, peaceful time that must have been…even despite the rain!

  4. Gorgeous! Solomon’s Island is a beautiful place. Ideal for a knitting getaway!
    .-= betzi´s last blog ..On the Not-so-Fine Art of Putting Yourself Out There =-.

  5. The setting is absolutely stunning! I wish I could have been there with you!!!

    Lucy looks VERY comfy. I bet she missed you…good thing you got some cuddle time when you got back.
    .-= Muriel Correa´s last blog ..Another Obsession =-.

  6. Looks like my kind of place for a knitting
    weekend!!! I’m still trying to figure out
    my first sock from “Toe Up”.

  7. How wonderful, what a great way to spend a weekend…I’m very envious! I spent the weekend doing yard work

  8. You were in my “back yard”! I worked for six years at the University of Maryland campus right there at the end of the island! I live just across the bridge in St. Mary’s County. I love Southern Maryland! So much nicer than the place where I spent my first 19 years. I won’t name it, there may be some who like it, it is about half an hour south of your current home.
    I hope you’ll visit us again!


  9. Wow! That looks like the ideal mini-vacation! when’s the next one?

  10. I hope it was cooler there than at home! That looks like a bunch of happy knitters!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Custom listing for dlchan6 =-.

  11. Wow, your car probably didn’t understand what was happening. A long distance trip? That must have used up all your milage quota for the year.
    .-= Ann in CT´s last blog ..Dropping the Ball =-.

  12. Wendy,
    Thanks again for the all your help in teaching us this weekend. We all had a great time. It was over all too quickly and yes, we all agree that the house and the hostess are fantastic.

  13. Gorgeous! (and I say that from 110° Phoenix!)

  14. Lucy wears it well.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  15. That looks like a house I could be very happy living in.

  16. Lovely setting for an apparently delightful and intimate event. I’m so glad everyone had the opportunity to enjoy it.

    Lucy looks pretty contented with the FO!

  17. Beautiful! And can’t wait to see the shawl/Lucy’s new blanket…
    .-= Sidra Vitale´s last blog ..sidravitale jury duty…completed. =-.

  18. Paulette Lehrer says:

    It was a wonderful weekend, and you were as feisty as the class participants. I really enjoyed the classes and picked up a lot of knitting tips. Thanks. I also learned that I’d like to be a permanent guest at Marie’s.

  19. What a beautiful place to knit!

  20. Oh, the weekend looks gorgeous!!!
    Can’t wait to see the kitteh blanket….

  21. Beautiful location for a knitting retreat.

    I wouldn’t take any bets on your winning the kitty blankie debate. Lucy looks determined.

  22. And a lovely pink lace kitty blanket it is!
    .-= janna´s last blog ..It fits! =-.

  23. What a wonderful treat to read! When I was a kid my family used to vacation at Solomons Island!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Picture Heavy Post =-.

  24. Wendy,

    I just found your website. I have two kitties who love to help me. Wouldn’t have it any other way!

    I wish I were close and physically able for a lovely getaway such as that retreat. The rainy weather makes for perfect knitting weather. The place is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    I am hopeful that your help sheet on knowing how many stitches to cast on, how many for each step, etc. will greatly help me. I’ve already had one aha moment – using a smaller needle for the heel, etc. The socks are just too big for me just above the heel – I have skinny ankles – that ought to help bring the sock in so it’s not so big and it might take some of that bulge out.

    Thanks for your blog

  25. Pink is such a wonderful color for Lucy!
    .-= Kim B.´s last blog ..Adventure Hat =-.

  26. Oh my gosh that looks like such a wonderful, wonderful weekend! Solomon’s Island is really beautiful, isn’t it?
    .-= TrishD in MD´s last blog ..The Dog Days of Summer =-.

  27. This would be my idea of heaven.

  28. you were in my backyard too! (i’m in calvert county.) that really is a gorgeous house–but you’re spoiled for choice in solomon’s for lovely houses, really.
    .-= madison´s last blog ..the completion of the sunday swings (minus pics) =-.

  29. Oh Wendy – that looks like it was a fabulous weekend. I love the idea of having half a day each for toes and heels 🙂 I think a bit of rain on an all-knitting weekend sounds kinda cozy.

    Did I read correctly? You had dessert and then went out to dinner? 😉

  30. That sounds like a great weekend–knitting, water, good food, SUNDAES, sunsets…

    Welcome back and congrats on getting all of that seed stitch done!

  31. It sounds like it was an idyllic weekend. It’s been so long since I’ve been to any kind of crafting retreat. I really should change that. It’s like the ultimate in a weekend without cooking and cleaning!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..aaiiieee! oh, and some new socks =-.

  32. I think pick is definitely Lucy’s colour!!! Looks like you had another great weekend!!

  33. Very nice kitty blanket!!! It IS for Lucy, isn´t it??!!!! //Mia and Sissela the forrest cat

  34. Many, many thanks to Wendy for teaching us so much and making us laugh even more. I can’t tell you how much we appreciated your willingness to include us on your busy calendar. We could hardly tell your were recovering from all that stockinette. The shawl, the socks and oh yes, your swatches were divine! It was a weekend we will long remember. Perhaps, you’ll agree to come back? Lucy, keep us in mind next time you’re planning a party. You have my number!

    Tracy…yes desert first! Sometimes you just have to break all the rules! 🙂

  35. Wow! I just saw a bunch of folks from the Columbia Sip ‘n Knit! Your photo captured Denise perfectly, but Lynn (sitting next to her) is exercising remarkable restraint – she is about 2000 times more irrepressible!
    Sounds like you all had a great time! So neat!
    .-= Joan´s last blog ..Noggin, Noggin, who’s got a Noggin? =-.

  36. Wendy …The weekend was great and oh so helpful ..can hardly wait to finish and
    wear my new socks a la Wendy…also can hardly wait until the new book is out and the happiness can continue…Our great hostess, Marie out did herself with the beautiful accomodations,food and great company…lets not forget to mention the knitting,,the perfect weekend…