The following is an unpaid knitting commercial. But this could be the best knitting trip you'll ever take.
Alice Trueman, the wonderful knitting teacher whose Salt Spring Island (Vancouver, BC area) workshop I attended in 2005, is taking a knitting group to Wales. She led a group to Scotland last year and it was a resounding success. Sadly, I wasn't able to go last year and won't be able to this year either, but I wanted to clue you in on a fabulous opportunity. The group will be in Wales from September 22 to October 4.
Alice has lined up a gorgeous house, The Colloquy , for the visit, with all modern conveniences including a pool. (The two links give you different views and information.) Several day trips are scheduled, including visits to the Colinette factory and to Hay-on-Wye, the little town full of bookstores, which are reputed to have 500,000 used books for sale. (Oooohhhh! Books!! Yarn!!) All of your meals at the house - all of them! - are included, prepared by Jenny the Wonder Chef, whose delicious food I enjoyed in 2005. Five meals a day, including elevenses and afternoon tea; tasty, proper-sized portions and yet completely satisfying. Honest, I only put on 2 pounds in a week of this.
Sasha Kagan, who lives in Wales, will be teaching a 2-day workshop on working with color and designing from nature using her special intarsia technique, and Alice will direct the other knitting, designing and knitting a paneled cardigan or pullover incorporating Sasha’s instruction with fitting to flatter your unique shape.
Your costs for this, besides your airfare to and from Wales, will range from $3,200 to $3,900US, 3,700 to 4,500Cdn. If you want to bring a non-knitting partner, the additional cost will be $2,700US or 3,100Cdn. I don't know much about knitting tours, but based on the incredible bargain that Alice's Salt Spring Island retreats are, I'm sure these are the best prices you'll ever get for so much enjoyment.
I want to go, oh, I want to go, but DH can't get away then, and I won't make my first trip to Europe without him. Boo hoo. Another year. Alice is the knitter who taught me to make cables and to read and make charts. I may be frustrated sometimes about these, but I'm not afraid of them!
If you want more info, please email me, and I'll send you the full information.