Just like junior high girls at a slumber party (the annual Packwood weekend)

The “G” rated short version
We ate too much chocolate, stayed up too late, giggled at the use of sex words, and made prank phone calls to our LYS.
The maybe “R” rated long version
This past weekend was our annual trip to Packwood WA. A small town at the base of Mt Rainier with not much for entertainment so we bring our own! This year the Packwood weekend was attended by Blogless Kim, Famous Jessica, Judie Knitting, Even More Blogless Nancy, WylieLea, Rae, KitKatKnit, and special guest Heide!!

WylieLea and I went up early on Friday morning to open up the cabin. The owners were there opening it up for the season so I finally got to meet them in person. We’d always done our communicating by mail and email. They live in Sequim and were going to visit the kids and grandkids for the weekend so they had spent the night at their cabin. After WylieLea and I brought in a Subaru Outbacks worth of goodies and knitting toys, we walked down to “downtown” Packwood. Stopped for lunch at Peter’s Inn and then walked the rest of the main drag. We stopped in at the quilt show but didn’t go in, and then checked out what was being set up at the Packwood Mountain Festival vendor location. We walked back to the cabin and waited for others to arrive and decided we’d better taste test the Limoncello.
Yes they are as good as they look. Picture also shows my sock as I was tearing it back after deciding to change needle size. Soon afterward other knitters started arriving. Including Heide the Brave!!! She’d joined us this year and drove up from the Vancouver WA area. I told her that knitting hubby thought she was very brave and nuts, we could have been a group of mass murderers or a coven of witches. When she answered back “what makes you think I’m not??” we knew she’d fit right into our crazyness. As each car arrived, the table top got more filled with goodies and the refridge with food for the weekend.
One of the things I like most is that there is a view of Mt Rainier from the cabin’s deck. I’ve loved Mt Rainier from the time I was an infant and it’s very special to me. I also love all the green. Living now in the desert of eastern WA all we see is brown and grey most of the year. You may have noticed that in my Saturday Sky photos.
Dinner Friday night was Tom’s Steak Salad, made by Judie and Nancy. It was a “No Boyz Allowed” weekend so Tom wasn’t allowed to come cook for us. It was extra yummy and I don’t even like salads! We all got so busy with our knitting that we forgot to have happy hour until someone mentioned it somewhere past 9pm. We stayed up till past midnight knitting and giggling about silly stuff.

Saturday we slept in until 6 or 7 am (whats up with that?) Rae was in charge of coffee. The rule? Never ever let someone’s coffee mug go cold or dry. I consumed 5 mugs of coffee before 10 am so I was feelling fine. Jessica made rhubarb tart/crumble with meringue topping. I could have eaten it all leaving just the giant chocolate bars that Heide brought as breakfast for everyone else. You know me, I’ll take fruit over chocolate any day.

Knit knit knit knit knit crochet.

Heide’s Koala Bear


Nancy’s Sweater


Rae’s Crocheted Jacket


My hand dyed hand spun socks in progress


Wylie Lea’s enterlac blanket #3

I made lentil soup for lunch and Heide made cornbread. After lunch we walked down to the Packwood Mountain Festival. The alpaca lady wasn’t there this year, but goat lady was. Note that Heide is wearing a Ribbi Cardi in the picture.
Towards mid afternoon we remembered to have our happy hour from the day before. Nancy made Key Lime Pie Martini’s! They were so good I didn’t have a chance to take a picture when the glasses were full. They were also so good that we 1) made a prank phone call to our favorite LYS (where it was suggested that we ask the owner how many yards of yarn is required to knit a willy warmer) and 2) were creative enough to not mess up too bad for our Stamping Workshop taught by Rae. The stamping was challenging and lots of fun! We made knitting journals. We learned that one of the stamping tools is called a “boner”. Giggle giggle.
Sometime during the afternoon we walked down to the edge of the property and tried to find a route to the Cowlitz River. I assumed the role of “Momma Grizzly Bear” and had to reprimand a few of the “cubs” for getting too close to the edge of the “cliff”.
Some time during early evening we decided it was time for a trip to Cruiser’s Restaurant. In Packwood you have your choice of 1 regular restaurant – Peter’s Inn, Cruisers – a pizza, beer, sandwich place, Doobie’s – it looked like a bar, some other bar, a yet to be opened ice cream parlor and an internet espresso place. When we returned to the cabin it was time for post dinner happy hour hosted by WylieLea. She made drinks called Sip Sip Knit.
I finished a sock, Heide modeled some she was giving away. She never keeps socks for herself and we told her it was time!
Sunday morning we all had coffee and tea before setting out for breakfast in town. I spun a little out on the deck.
When we returned from breakfast it was time to break camp, clean up and head home. We had a wonderful weekend and we all enjoyed meeting Heide in person!!! She fit right into our Friday Night Knit Night group like she’d been knitting with us forever. Thanks all for coming up this past weekend. Same time same place next year!!!


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. keanalee
    May 07, 2007 @ 21:24:33

    OH my what a wonderful weekend that you all did have! The mountain looks gorgeous, I saw it once from an airplane when I was visiting Seattle……love your socks.


  2. Chris
    May 07, 2007 @ 23:11:36

    It sounds and looks like SO much fun. I think I gained a few pounds just reading. 🙂


  3. heideho
    May 07, 2007 @ 23:37:05

    Susan, I can never thank you enough for inviting me to join in with your knitting group. The weekend was marvelous and everyone was so nice and wonderful. Hopefully we can get together again before next year.


  4. Cristina
    May 07, 2007 @ 23:46:23

    ooh man!! it looks like you guys had sooo much fun!!!


  5. Judie
    May 08, 2007 @ 02:51:54

    What a great time we had! Can’t wait for the next one. It was better then last year, don’t ya think? See ya at KnitNight if I’m able after working all day Friday.


  6. Jessica
    May 08, 2007 @ 03:53:28

    Had a great time again, but definitely ate too much and was too sedentary! My natural inclination, but still! Thanks again for organizing it all.


  7. Nancy
    May 08, 2007 @ 03:58:51

    Thanks for organizing the knit retreat, it was a blast. I’m going through chocolate withdrawals today, LOL


  8. Jeanne
    May 08, 2007 @ 09:11:30

    Sounds like a lot of fun!


  9. Bad Jeanne
    May 08, 2007 @ 16:52:30

    Sorry I missed this year. Better than last year? Last year was fantastic. It is always fun when we get together. I didn’t see any elk pictures or comments about elk, this year. Where were they? I did see the chocholate, the drinks, the giggles, the food, the knitting, the knitting. ah what a life.


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