Wednesday, March 11, 2020

March 2020 Newsletter

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March 2020 Newsletter

Hello Friends! I hope this email finds you healthy and safe. There is so much to share this month! I will jump right in.

Our Cape Ann Retreat is just around the corner. We are so excited to welcome Denise Bayron --we will be working on 2 amazing projects with her, practicing Yoga and enjoying time on the ocean at the Yankee Clipper Inn.  Denise just released a pattern, The Wave of Change Jacket and has a KAL that just began, if you want to give that a look over in the Bayron Handmade Group on Ravelry.

You may have seen over on Instagram or Facebook that we have a very exciting addition to Knit Maine! We are thrilled to welcome the Queen of All Things Orange to our final night Farewell Party--Welcome GG of GGMadeIt!! GG will join us on Saturday night where we can come together and celebrate the community we have been a part of at Knit Maine. We can hang out in our comfies (PJs welcome!), knit, laugh, play some games and round out our weekend with a final, fun activity! If you are considering attending Knit Maine--it is going to be AH-MAZING. We can't wait!

Here is some thrilling news--We are adding an additional destination in 2021!!  Knit Niagara Falls is scheduled for May 13-16, 2021. We will stay at the Niagara Crossing Hotel and Spa overlooking the mighty Niagara River in the quaint town of Lewiston NY.  Join us and guest Instructor Norah Gaughan for a weekend of knitting instruction, yoga and a trip to see majestic Niagara Falls! And that's not all folks--since there isn't a yarn store in Lewiston--we will be bringing one right to us! Western NY's very own mobile yarn store Knit Buffalo will be on hand for your yarn shopping needs. Let's face it--we have yarn shopping needs!

Lastly, we previewed some new merchandise on Social Media. We are loving our new PeaceTree Fiber Adventures t-shirts featuring our new logo. We hope to add more merchandise that can be ordered in the near future because that's just fun :)

Hope to see you soon! As always, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Peace,
Christine
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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Feels like Groundhog Day

Hello Friends!

It is in fact Groundhog Day as I write this--and apparently the little guy did whatever he does that indicates 6 more weeks of winter. Boo hiss! It is snowing outside my window now so I guess that's true.

If you've been over on Social Media, you know I introduced the PeaceTree Fiber Adventures new logo. I love it to pieces! My best friend drew it for me, making it even more special. Looking forward to growing this brand and living the theme that everything grows from a place of Peace. If you haven't seen it, zip on over to our Knitting and Yoga Adventures Facebook page or @knittingyogi on Instagram to read the post.

Registration for all 2020 Retreats is in full swing. Cape Ann is full, Vermont has 6 spots open and Knit Maine (being a much larger event) still has plenty of room. What is interesting to me in receiving all of the registrations and questions is the vast array of people interested in attending. From beginners to advanced knitters, younger and older, from all over the US, attending with friends or attending solo--it's fantastic! All of these people trying to carve a weekend out that is just for them--I am all about time for self-care!

In answering the question about "is there something for me?" at the retreats around emerging, beginner knitters--the answer is a resounding "Yes"! At Knit Maine, there are lots of choices for learning, building on and improving skills. At Cape Ann and Vermont, we have a wide range of skill levels in our participants but the projects are always do-able. What's even better still is that the more advanced knitters are always willing to help those who need it, during class and in the evenings when we are just hanging out together with our projects.

Looking back over the years when I first started attending these retreats, I realized that my skill level has really sky-rocketed. Much more than had I been on my own, I'm sure of it.  The exposure to the amazing instructors that we bring in and the people that you meet, gives you so much confidence and the guts to try something new. To name a few, I've learned color-work and stranded knitting with 2 and 3 colors, a bit of design, shawl designs, fancy schmancy mittens and I learned something that I hadn't known about myself--I can learn and execute complicated cast-ons like it's my job. Who knew??
Denise Bayron and me in Rhinebeck.
This Entrelac shawl is one of my very first
"Just Be Brave and Do It" projects.  

Don't let your abilities, or perceived lack there of, keep you from attending. Instead consider this the perfect opportunity to dig deep into your awesome hobby and take it to the next level. For the more advanced knitters, there is always more to learn and even the most seasoned knitters will have a moment of "Wow. That's a great way to do that!".

I look forward to seeing you soon! Please feel free to keep the questions coming.

Peace,
Christine







Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Friends!

I hope this post finds you well and recovering from the holidays. This is the weirdest time of the year when no one knows what day it is or where we are supposed to be. I had no idea the kids were off of school the entire week after New Year's Day and tried to convince my daughter she had to go to school on Jan 2. I am NOT the Mom who knows what is going on!

Which brings me to my topic of this post--self care. What do you do for yourself? How do you care for you? As adult humans, we have so much on our plates. Work, Kids, Parents, Homes etc etc. The list goes on and on. When is there time for us? That is what drew me to these retreats in the first place. It was high time to put the focus on me for a hot minute. I had just started Knitting seriously, as opposed to dabbling in it, and a weekend in Vermont knitting and doing yoga felt like just the ticket.

Rhinebeck 2019
I grabbed my friend Ann and off we went! Best decision ever. Within just a few hours of being there, we met 20ish other women who were taking care of themselves too. Everyone was from different places, at different stages in life, had different reasons for being there but we all love to knit. We chatted, learned from one another, laughed together. A real sense of community.

Knitting has brought more to my life than I could ever have imagined. Through knitting retreats I have met the most amazing bunch of people, I have improved my skills by leaps and bounds, I have seen new places and experienced new things. I have started a new career! I have cared for me. My grandmother, who taught me to knit, believed that knitting and crafting in general, was the key to keeping your mind sharp. If you asked her why she crafted so much that would have been her answer.  I think we can all agree that while this is true, the real answer is that it keeps us grounded in community through a shared love of fiber. It helps us care for ourselves. On a side note, my grandmother would have been 96 today.
Learning to Knit in 2003--Myself, my brother and grandparents 

My tagline for this venture has been--"The best time of the year. Your time." I think this is so true and valid. These retreats are so nurturing to the soul. Relax, recharge, learn. It makes me a better person in the rest of my life. Most of us have spent a lot of our lives being spouses, raising kids, taking care of others, working and now it's our time. Even for just a long weekend!

Treat yourself to a Knitting and Yoga Adventure. Registration is OPEN!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Anxiously Awaiting

Hello Friends!

I hope this holiday season finds you well and just the right amount of "whelmed". I try so hard not to become overwhelmed but it's an uphill battle every year! I have delighted in getting about 90% of my shopping done from my couch this weekend. Bless you Internet.

Not to rush things along, but I am so anxious for 2020 to get here--bringing us that much closer to  Retreat time! Let me brief you on 2020....

The Cape Ann Retreat with Denise Bayron is full but we are accepting Waitlist registrations.

Jan 1, 2020--Registration Opens for Knit Maine and Quechee VT. WooHoo!

Knit Maine is Sept 3-6, 2020--the Instructor Introductions and Class Lists are available on the website if you would like to start planning your dream schedule. We have an amazing group of talented instructors teaching an unbelievably exciting and varied list of subjects.  Knit Maine is being sponsored by JaggerSpun Yarns, Green Mountain Spinnery, Berroco and Knitty.com.  The Marketplace will feature yarns and swag from On The Round, PortFiber, Madder Root, DirtyWater DyeWorks, Seacolors Yarns, North Light Fibers and JaggerSpun. Information on cost and accommodations can be found on the KnitMaine page of our website.  This weekend is going to be phenomenal!


Mary in her "Farrah Fowler" sweater.
Quechee VT is November 5-8, 2020--We are thrilled to welcome Mary Annarella as our Instructor for Quechee in 2020! Mary's designs are beautiful, wearable and fun. Our weekend in Quechee at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms will include 3 classes with Mary and a special field trip Saturday Afternoon is in the works. Information about the Quechee Retreat can be found on the Quechee Retreat page of the Website. Everyone always loves Vermont!

I hope to see you all in 2020. Please do not hesitate to contact me at peacetreefiberadventures@gmail.com with any questions.

From my home to yours, I wish you peace, health and joy in 2020 and always. May your holidays be merry and bright!

Warmly,
Christine

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

New Beginnings

We are back from an amazing, and I mean AH-MAZING, weekend in Quechee. So much goodness.

First of all, hats off to Kristin Drysdale who proved to be a fantastic instructor and fast friend. She is informative, clear and oh-so-very patient. She was the last to bed each night as she made sure each of her students was on a good path in their knitting project. 

Our last dinner was a lovely affair honoring Lisa Evans and all she has done for the many, many people who have taken the time to travel with the Knitting Yogi. We had a champagne toast, scrumptious dinner, lovely words, and more than a few tears and hugs. We wish Lisa the best in her future endeavors! We are thrilled that she will be joining us at Knit Maine next September. 

We have some housekeeping matters to discuss-- We have a brand new beautiful website! The website address www.knittingandyogaadventures.com remains the same but will be directed to the new site. When this happens, you will see a new name in the browser address bar. Don't be alarmed--you have arrived at the new site.

With this new site, you will start to see a new name attached. We are still Knitting and Yoga Adventures (K&YA) but my spin on the name will include "PeaceTree". For those of you who have met me personally, you may know I have a tattoo of a Peace Sign with the Tree of Life coming out of it. That holds significant meaning for me--everything grows from a place of Peace. The new name and logo will incorporate that. 

The new website address is www.peacetreefiberadventures.com if you want to add a bookmark but again, the usual web address still works and gets you where you need to go. 

All registrations for upcoming retreats will be done from the new site. 

If you check out the new site--all of the Knit Maine instructors are listed!! Mark your calendars--the classes will be announced before Jan 1. It will be an incredible weekend!

Cape Ann Registration opens soon! I will send out an email to subscribers for the inside scoop on that. Have you seen Denise Bayron's new pattern? The Moving Forward Wrap--how apropos for her to be our Instructor in April. It's all about moving forward now. 

Peace. 


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lots of Excitement!

Hello Friends!

As we finish out the 2019 retreat season in Quechee VT, we will celebrate with Lisa Evans as she leads her last retreat as the head of Knitting and Yoga Adventures. I am so thankful that Lisa will be around to help me take K&YA into next year and, have no fear, you will see her again at Knit Maine!

As we continue our transition, I am thrilled to announce that Cape Ann 2020 in Rockport MA will be open for Registration, early Dec 2019  ( a departure from our usual Jan 1 date).  We will be taking over 2 buildings at the Yankee Clipper Inn and have exclusive use of the property. It is a beautiful setting and if it were any closer to the water we would need a
The Yankee Clipper Inn
boat! Yoga will take place in the  mornings overlooking the ocean. If we get lucky with weather, we may even be able to take our practice outside. Bliss. Feel free to inquire directly with Mike at the Yankee Clipper Inn about rooms and to make reservations.

Denise wearing her #Hatdana as a Cowl
One of many ways to style it!
I am thrilled, elated, over the moon to announce our Cape Ann instructor--Denise Bayron of Bayron Handmade! Denise has many talents and will be sharing techniques from her most popular knitting patterns in our class time. Give Bayron Handmade a look to learn more about Denise and her passions.

Denise's many accomplishments include pattern mentions in the New Yorker and her Grace Pullover was published in the April issue of Laine Magazine. Her CardiZen was nominated in the Mason Dixon Knitting Bracket, Cardigan category. She also has a pattern, Indoorsy Tunic, featured in the upcoming issue of Making Magazine, #8 Forest. She is currently teaching at Vogue Knitting Live in Austin and New York.  You can also find her on Instagram @BayronHandmade.

She and I have gotten to know each other over the last few weeks--she is lovely and wonderful and I am so happy she is joining us! There will be something for everyone in Denise's lessons. She believes making your own clothing is an empowering practice, one in which you can make affordable, durable garments. Denise's design aesthetic lives at the intersection of innovative making and sustainable fashion. It is her hope that her patterns enable you to create garments that make you feel confident and are comfortable to wear. I think we can all get on board with that!

I will be sending out an email to our newsletter subscriber list as Registration time draws near. I hope to see you in Cape Ann. Please visit Knitting and Yoga Adventures for more details on Cape Ann, Knit Maine and Quechee VT 2020.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Finding my Tribe

What a Year!

Hello Friends!

Christine here. It's been a pretty big year so far. I turned 50 and my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. One kid moved away, one kid is studying abroad and one kid is the only kid left in the house. So. Much. Change.
My Family

The good thing about turning 50--I felt like a switch was flipped. I felt like I was finally becoming the version of me that I wanted all along. No longer all wife or all mother, free to explore the things that I loved to do. More importantly, I began to realize the importance of self care and building my tribe. It is my turn now.  

A few years ago, I began attending the Quechee Vermont retreats. The women,  the Inn, the food, the YARN. Scrumptious. Vermont--you had me at Hello! That first retreat cemented my love of fiber, obsession with knitting and my desire to find a way to make this my job.  I just kept noodling the idea around in my head. 

Fast forward 4 years and here we are. I am taking Knitting and Yoga Adventures into the future! I can't believe this is my life now.  I cannot begin to express how much the connections I have made over the years, through the retreats, have stuck with me and influenced my life. My tribe is firmly in place and they are awesome. Let's build it up even more, together. There is lots of room here!
Posted on Instagram last year with
1 more sleep til Vermont

I look forward to being with all of you in the upcoming retreats. For 2020, we have the Cape Ann MA Retreat in April, KNIT MAINE in September and Quechee Vermont in November. What else does the future hold? We will see but I have lots of ideas spinning around up in my brain. I am anxious to share those ideas with you and hear your thoughts as well. 

See you soon!

Christine

March 2020 Newsletter

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