Oh. My. God, that was SO. MUCH. FUN! We met in Munich and took the train and there was a delay so we missed our connection and had to sit at the station café in Tutzing for awhile before we got the train to Benediktbeuern but we didn't mind the delay because we were all knitting and chattering away and we got there and checked in to our (fabulous! cheap! so pretty!) hostel and then went to harrass the Wollmeise and Yarnissima (not only a designer of mind-bendingly beautiful socks, but also a really great roommate!) and meet the Schneeschaf, and ooh and ahh over an unbelievable number of pretty fibrous things, felted flowers and woven stuff and insane colors of rovings and silk yarn dyed with plant-dyes and is this still all one sentence? Sorry. I'm still a bit light-headed. I had a great time. I met some wonderful people. I saw some really beautiful yarn (and I think I bought most of it), and I nabbed cards from a bunch of the artisans there, I'll put up links when I find them. I didn't take photos, but I'll ask for copies from the people who did. There were a few Northerners in the group, and it was such a hoot to see them reacting to all the Bavarian-ness around us - stuff I'd been taking for granted, that I'm now seeing with new eyes.
I now have: gray silk to make a Henry scarf for DrBob; lilac Marisilk to make a Flower Basket Shawl for my MIL; still more Wollmeise sock yarn; indigo laceweight for the Secret of the Stole. Ye gods and little fishes, what to cast on first?
Whew. What a weekend. And I didn't even tell you about the booze!
eta: and I got new needles from these people; the site's still under construction, but you can see a picture - I got the ebony ones, and let me just say: swooooon!