My dear knitting friends,
I just came back from a eight day trip to New Hampshire. This time I have spent my days in Harrisville (teaching and taking classes) and in other locations of the state as well, like the White Mountains. What a beautiful state. Cost of living is high though, compare to Ohio! Gas prices are $2.69/gallon when I pay $2.42 here. I had a wonderful time anyway!
It started getting there on a Wednesday late afternoon and staying at a house built in 1843 on the Peanut Row Drive. Harriville let the teachers use the house when teaching workshops. I had 9 wonderful students! I mean it! People from diferent places of the country with quite some knitting and life experiences. Intelligent questions and an enthusiastic group. Needless to say I went to the boarding house in the evening to stay with them because the Peanut house was lonely!
Before and after the classes I took the time to walk, pray and meditate. Put life into perspective again away from the noisy and busy life we have here at home. My son gave me an Ipod for my birthday and with that I have been listening to a great amount of audio books and inspirational CDs. I love every minute of it and I am thankful to God that I still have another half of my life to apply my new knowledge!
Over the weekend I went to the White Mountains to a state park called Franconia Notch. Just gorgeous. That’s where the covered bridge is located from 1886!
I had reservations for the Cafe Laffayette train ride and had a very pleasant evening taking the two hour ride in very good company and eating all the good food you can imagine! Actually ate too much and decided it was not a good idea to travel back to Harrisville that night. So I stayed overnight and walked the trail at Franconia Notch the next day.
After this unforgettable weekend, I had four days of knitting classes with Donna Kay: Shetland Laces Shawls. If you ever have a change to take one of Donna;s class, please take it! She is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. We had a history background, wonderful shawls she designed to inspire us and taught how to design your own! And I did. Not quite finish knitting yet, but I will.