Back from another great quilt retreat.
I was at the Jones Mansion in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, from last Wednesday night to Sunday. Now that's what I call a weekend. And what a place! It's a hundred year old house with a studio that's been fitted out just for quilters and crafters with great lighting and places to sew, cut, and press. Owner Lori Bartol does a wonderful job of making quilters and other groups feel welcome and cared for.
And Mineral Point itself is chock full of charming old houses, intriguing galleries, shops, and restaurants. It's a great place to spend a few very relaxing days.
A dozen friends and I had a terrific time sewing, eating (some meals were collaborated upon at the house and others were enjoyed at some of the many cool eateries in town), and catching up on each others' lives.
There was one heart-stopping moment. One evening I was knitting while others sewed. The vibration of sewing machines on the table caused a glass of red wine to tip over all over me, a table mate, the carpet, and worst of all, on THE WHITE KIDSILK HAZE SHAWL. Arrgh.
Two of us bolted downstairs with the shawl and two balls of yarn, which were also dotted with red wine. We rinsed everything out and I was reasonably optimistic that things would be OK. Then Lori, the owner of the house, appeared with a spray bottle of this stuff. Let me tell you, it's a miracle in a bottle. After treating the shawl, the yarn, and our clothes and shoes, and the carpet with it, all appeared fine. HIGHLY recommended.
We spread the shawl out to dry and the next morning it looked perfect. Thank goodness. When it was all dry, I picked up the knitting, needles still poised in mid-stitch, right where I was when the wine glass flipped over, and I was able to go on knitting like nothing had happened.
I'm not much for believing in miracles, but that may be as close to a miracle as I'll ever see,
Perhaps the wisest course is to NOT enjoy red wine while knitting with white yarn? But if the worst happens, all is definitely not lost. And I'm living proof.