Reflecting- that's what I've been doing this week.

And recouping... as much as I can.

 After a 15+ hour drive home on Sunday, and arriving after midnight, it was back to work for me on Monday morn.  I've been getting through the week... but yearning for the weekend.  Some rest is most definitely on order.

Squam was just as amazing as you would have imagined.  The setting, the crafting, the company- truly top notch.  Although it was in many ways hard work- you can't beat the office when your classroom looks like this:

I can't complain about my commute either (sure beats the I-96 drive that usually consumes my morning):

My students coworkers?  Amazing!

I enjoyed spending my days with these ladies- watching them create, and sharing the joy of a completed project with them.

In my free time, I got to hang out with my two most favorite people in the world:
(sorry, only instagram picture of the two of them- more pictures from my camera will soon follow)

Although the days were long and quite jam-packed, nights were peaceful and quiet.  I can't quite explain the charm of cabin, but after a long day, it felt like home. 

Warming by the fire on chilly evenings became the Squam norm (so did toasting marshmallows and making s'mores, no complaints from me).

And then, after cozy-ing up under our big down blankets, I would wake up to this view and do it all over again:
(can you see the screen?  I'm not exaggerating, I actually took this from my bed one morning) 

At meals, there was a large table for people to show off their creations.  Although I loved taking a peek, it made me quite jealous that I was not a student of Squam myself.

And in the few free moments I had, we did have time for a hike up to Rattlesnake Mountain and a dip in the lake (although there are no pictures to prove it I swear it happened, even if it was quite brief).

And now we are home, and after almost a full week back at work, things seem to be getting back to normal.  Laundry is done and put away, the house is starting to take on more orderly shape, and my work routine is back to what it was.  

I've noticed one thing that is different.  My knitting still smells a bit like campfire, but I don't mind.   In fact, I quite like it.  If it stays this way forever, I'd be fine with that too.  It's a remembrance of the experience I had, and a reminder that I can't wait to go back.  Who's in for Squam 2013?

The Big News

So what is it?  I'll be teaching at Squam this next June!

After seeing beautiful pictures and hearing remarkable experiences about this event for the past couple years, I could not believe it when I received an email back in July requesting my presence.  I am seriously- take a look at the list of teachers.  I'm not sure how I was included in this amazing group, but I am beyond honored and truly humbled.

If you are not familiar with Squam Art Workshops, hop on over to the website and look around- I'm sure you will feel inspired.  Maybe inspired enough to join us this coming June?

ps... Need some help getting to Squam?  Let your loved ones know that gift certificates are available- just in time for the holidays!

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And We're Off...

The needles, that is.  I just finished sewing buttons on to my second Sheep Yoke Cardigan and it is officially a FO!

Sheep Yoke Cardigan is a free pattern on Ravelry from designer Jennifer Little.   This pattern was one of the first patterns I found when joining Ravelry, and I knew I had to make it.  After making it the first time, I wanted to make it again (and that doesn't happened too often with me and patterns).

Now, as I was knitting this one, I was inspired all over again.  I decided I would make this sweater yet another time with thinner yarn in a very neutral color palette.  The idea is that this will be what Baby Bernardi comes home from the hospital in.  Last week, I made a visit to Center Street Knits to pick out my colors. Here's the color scheme:

 *Sigh* So beautiful- makes me want to start another one right away!

If you haven't done so already, go take a peak at this designer's Ravelry page.  I may already see a few more kids knits that will be on my needle in the near future. 

How cute is this!?!

In other news, today Joe and I are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary- I am beyond blessed to be married to such a  wonderful man.  I can't believe that this will be our last anniversary before we're a family of three!   

I think Joe has a little something planned for the weekend, but before we take off, I'll be teaching a slipper workshop at Knitting on the Fringe in West Bloomfield tomorrow morning.  As of this morning, there are still a few spots available for the class (Interested? Contact the shop).  If you are local to the area, I'd love to see you there.