Men's Mini-Retreat

teejtc's picture

My apologies to the REAL Men's Knitting Retreat (which are WONDERFUL), but I didn't know what else to call this post so I hope you'll all forgive me.

I've had an idea, so I thought I'd throw it out there....

My church owns a house (aka "the Koinonia House") - essentially, it's available for retreats, group meetings, etc. My wife and I also get to use it if we have guests visiting. It can sleep 6 comfortably (7 if someone's willing to sleep on a futon... maybe even 8 if everyone's nice to one another). We're in Pultneyville, NY.

Don't worry... it isn't a congregation (nor am I the kind of pastor) that's going to get all huffied up about alternative life styles. Some of you know me well enough to vouch for that.

Anyhow, I've reserved the house for September 16-18. That's creatively timed to coincide with the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival (

Here's the invitation: I'm inviting a handful of guys to stay the 16th (Friday) through the 18th (Sunday). It's time for knitting, fun, chatting, and I thought maybe we could carpool to the fiber festival on Saturday (I'll be taking my two little girls but can still get a few others in.)

I'm thinking something LOW STRESS... HIGH RELAXATION. Bring your WiPs and spend some time knitting together. We can hit a few wineries if you'd like and a few yarn shops if interested. Maybe watch a few movies.... Basically, we'll figure out what to do when we figure out who's coming.

There's no cost (except whatever you buy, eat, drink and the entrance to the Fiber Festival.) I'll provide unlimited coffee... maybe some cocktails... maybe breakfast... we'll see.

If you'd like to, you're welcome to drop a donation to the church for the use of the house, but that's certainly not a requirement.

The two caveats are this: (1) I've never been to this fiber festival so I can't speak for how good it is or isn't, and (2) I have to work Sunday morning from 8:30-12... you aren't expected to attend church but obviously I have to :-) (Of course, you're welcome to attend if you'd like.)

Anyhow... if you're interested, drop me a message here (teejtc) or an e-mail (teejtc [at] gmail [dot] com).

Grace and peace,

(Note: I cross posted this on Ravelry)


teejtc's picture

I'm just bumping this up...

I'm just bumping this up... there's plenty of space left. I have 2 likely attendees so far.

Let me know!

(Oh, and if anyone is considering flying or taking the train, that's fine, I can gladly pick you up in Rochester.)

Grace and peace,

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Still wishing....and hoping

Still wishing....and hoping it is a big success.

Aaronknits's picture

What a wonderfully generous

What a wonderfully generous offer! And it's such a quick drive from Albany. I'm so sorry though, our annual Italian Greyhound Rescue Reunion picnic is that weekend. I'll be forced to dress up in my finest renaissance garb for this one. Garb that I have yet to make too! But I'd much rather spend the weekend knitting amongst men.

teejtc's picture

On the other hand, if you

On the other hand, if you come out this way, you get to meet our firstborn: an Italian greyhound named Carina ;-)

Maybe next time though!

Grace and peace,

Aaronknits's picture

Yay! I'll have to come and

Yay! I'll have to come and visit and meet Carina another weekend.

TomH's picture

I think it's a great idea. I

I think it's a great idea. I wish I could attend but I'm already booked for that weekend. - Tom

potterdc's picture

Oh Tim, I would have so

Oh Tim, I would have so liked to have come! We could have kicked back and talked about Holland, Michigan! Unfortunately my fall weekends are more packed than I want them to be. Another time?

Jonathan in DC

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Oh Tim...If I was in the

Oh Tim...If I was in the area I'd gladly take you up on the offer. How kind of you to set it up. I hope it is a big success. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

Hmmm - If I don't go to my

Hmmm - If I don't go to my parents that weekend I might come up!

teejtc's picture

Would love to have

Would love to have you!

Grace and peace,

Crafty Andy's picture

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That is something very nice to do , and is perfect. YOu can call it a Mini Men Retreat,but no need to call it a Mini Retreat, it will be a nice Men Retreat for Knitting. You can post it on Ravelry and see what kind of response you have. I am sure you will find some guys to go along with the plans. i Say go and talk to Queer Joe or any of the guys who have made a Retreat. I am sure you can get some guys from your are to visit and have a great time.

Tom Hart's picture

Man! I'd be so there if I

Man! I'd be so there if I lived in that neck of the woods. What a great idea and a generous offer! It sounds ultra casual. Good luck with it and good on you, Tim!