The Vermont Fall Retreat took place at the Trapp Family Lodge, in Stowe, VT. Yes, it is owned and operated by the von Trapp family of “Sound of Music” fame, and we spent lots of time checking out framed memorabilia that lined the walls. I learned a lot about the family’s true story and came away with great admiration for them and the lives that they have built. The lodge is a spectacular place to stay, with lots of cozy nooks, views of the mountains from most windows, and really, really, great food. I learned a lot about maple syrup, too, and now I want to put it on everything, just as they do in Vermont. It was a wonderful place to teach, learn and visit and none of us wanted to leave at the end of the weekend.
The retreat was limited to a couple dozen knitters, and the emphasis was on learning in a relaxed atmosphere. We had lots of breaks and time to visit with each other. It was a lot of fun. Knitting retreats bring together people from a wide variety of places, occupations, personal history and backgrounds, with love for fiber arts in common. It is a wonderful way to meet people and get to know them.