There is a simple formula for a successful stitch and bitch.
You need to collect up an excessive amount of stuff … things you will need … and lots of things you won't need … but better take … just in case … cause you just never know. You're only going for two days … but it is imperative that you pack as if you're leaving home for a month.
Amongst all this stuff you will include a "project" … now if you are an avid and motivated stitcher you will have a new and exciting project every year. If you are me however, you will be working on the same project for the fourth year running.
You load all this stuff in your car … and head south … pausing briefly in the "big smoke" to pick up your fellow stitcher/bitcher … sister Juliet. Now it is very important to head south … because when you are planning a getaway from the winter blues … it's imperative that you head in the direction of the coldest weather possible.
Upon your arrival you set up your sewing machine … and settle in for a weekend of serious crafting.
Oops … how did that get in here.
There will be other crafters there … and they will be doing clever, crafty things … things they have not been dawdling over for four years.
You will sew a bit … and drink a bit …
and then you will somehow manage to con your sister into believing that her time would be much better spent helping you out with your project than working on one of her own.
Then if you manage to stay on track just long enough … and survive the cold nights and frosty mornings …
you might … you just might … have something to show for your weekend away.
Hurrah … success!
Of course now it just has to be quilted … but that's a post for another four years time.