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Ever fancied yourself taking a bit of time out of life to relax, knit and spend time in the company of like minded people?

Developed by knitting podcaster and designer Brenda Dayne, the Gwlana retreat takes place in Wales twice a year, with the next retreat happening on the weekend of 15-18th May 2015. There’s another planned for October 2015 too.

Brenda will be teaching a workshop, along with the wonderful Felix Ford of Knitsonik, with her Quotidian Colourwork. Gwlana means wool-gathering in Welsh, which seems a perfect moniker for this retreat, which attracts knitters from across the UK and Ireland as well as further afield.

“Knitting is an international language,” says Brenda Dayne, the voice behind the original knitting podcast Cast On. “We’ve had knitters come from across the UK, Ireland, the US and Canada and even as far as New Zealand to be part of the Gwlana retreats. No matter where someone is from, knitting creates connections that are as strong as knitted fabric itself. We’re really proud of the friendships that have been forged at Gwlana and the community that has grown from the various retreats.”

On the Sunday afternoon of the retreat, knitters will enjoy a pop up marketplace featuring wares from online retailer Purlescence and local Welsh indie dyer Triskelion Yarn, among others. The marketplace will be open to the public and an opportunity for an informal ‘knit and natter’ with the retreat participants. If you can’t make the full retreat, this would be a great way to spend a Sunday on the coast.

If you can’t make either, why not check out the group on Ravelry?

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