You probably know I’m in Provence teaching workshops with Susan Wolcott’s Knitting in Provence this month. I thought I’d share a bit of the program with you so you can get a first jump at the waiting list for next year if it sounds like something you’d like to do. The openings are limited and it fills up fast. In fact, Knitting in Tuscany for 2016 is already 50% full, so you might want to get your name in for that one, too!
This is the first year for this program. Susan has hosted Knitting in Tuscany for 7 years and is beginning to reach out to add other locations. She found a lovely villa (Bastide) in Aix-en-Provence for us all to stay in. We have the entire place to ourselves and it’s been wonderful: lots of room for socializing or retreating for some downtime.
Our first day, Saturday, was spent getting acclimated and acquainted. We had a wonderful dinner prepared by the cutest couple, Maura and Devin. They graced us with other meals throughout the week, including cooking lessons from Devin one night and an intro to etiquette and language from Maura.
The following days were full with shopping, touring, and, of course, knitting! I had no idea Aix en Provence was so large. I had come fully expecting a small village. The week included two days of hitting the various markets in town: vegetable, textile, and a flea market, and shops a-plenty. I was told the variety of shops rival Paris.
We also had a lunch and wine tasting - and tour- of an organic winery in the area. And toured Arles and my favorite: Les Baux de Provence, a quiet little hilltop village.
I was planning to give you a day by day report, but as I started writing, I couldn’t stop and it all grew far too long. So suffice it to say it’s been a fun week. We found two yarn shops in Aix, and one in Arles. One was a Phildar shop and the other Lang; interesting that they focused on one yarn company- unlike our shops in the states with multiple options!
So be sure to check it out if you’re interested in something like this and get on the waiting list for Provence next year. Susan learned just this week that the Bastide we’re in is up for sale so she’s looking for another location before she can announce the 2016 trip- or you can sign up for Tuscany 2016.
’Til next time,