I’ve arrived in Humboldt, Saskatchewan at St. Peter’s Monastery. This has been my best journey this year: everything was on time and I got to the right destination! I’m recognized and warmly greeted as “You’re the knitting lady?” I’m here in the company of quilters and sewers. One knitting tutor amongst a gang of the sharp needle brigade! This is an interesting experience, as I don’t really speak the language of sewers! I’m immensely curious to learn and glean whatever I can, especially with my new-found interest in fabric piecing. I wouldn’t dream of calling myself a quilter in this company. Well, not in any really. I’m just a dilettante, a rank beginner.
I’m amazed by the amount of equipment sewers need to carry around when on retreat: the range of machines, tools and the accompanying number of essential gadgets and gizmos that are required and available. I’m relieved that the colours of fabric available here in the little on-site store are not wild enough to seduce me. Perhaps the SK colour palette is different. I’m sure that Wendy Toye, the organizer of this week-long event, would have temptation galore at her store, Haus of Stitches, in the nearby town of Munster. I will try not to visit it!
This interesting monastery has been here since 1903, a very long time in the history of Saskatchewan – which didn’t become an official province until 1905! St.Peter’s is both a college as well as a religious institution.