"Sleep in, let someone else cook, take a class, knit, take a nap." If the following schedule sounds like something you could seriously get behind, then join a crew of crocheting connoisseurs and weaving whizzes at the Pilgrim Cove Camp in McCall for the Puffy Mondaes 2010 Fiber Arts Retreat. From Friday, March 5, through Sunday, March 7, attendees will have the chance to take courses like beginning weaving, dyeing yarns, core spinning, knitting/crocheting with alternative materials and Nuno felting (Japanese wet felting). While the registration fee is a steal at $135 per person, which includes lodging and grub on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as breakfast on Sunday, each fiber arts course also carries an additional fee that ranges from $30-$55 a pop.
"This is our second-annual retreat. We did it last year and it was a big hit," said Puffy Mondaes co-owner Aaron Brown. "We went to Albion, Idaho. There's a big women's college there, where they restored one of the buildings so it was pretty cool."
Puffy Mondaes, an organic and Fair Trade yarn and craft store in Nampa, has been offering community craft classes since it opened last year. Teaching everything from pottery-making to yarn-spinning to mosaic, the store draws in craft-minded folks from all around the Treasure Valley. This weekend's fiber arts retreat, which already has 25 registrants, has drawn in both Puffy Mondaes newbies and seasoned vets.
"I think that probably half the people registered so far haven't been to the retreat before and maybe haven't even taken classes here before," said Brown.
For more information on the weekend's schedule, carpooling to McCall and a suggested packing list, visit puffymondaes.com/retreat.
Friday, March 5-Sunday, March 7, $135 plus course fees, Pilgrim's Cove Retreat Center, 1075 Plymouth Road, McCall, 208-407-3359, puffymondaes.com/retreat.