Wool & Wine in the County – November 2017 Knitting Retreat

When:
November 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – November 12, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
2017-11-10T15:00:00-05:00
2017-11-12T13:30:00-05:00
Where:
Isaiah Tubbs Resort
1642 County Rd 12
Prince Edward, ON K0K
Canada
Cost:
$495.00 (+HST)
Contact:
Lesley Snyder
613.476.9092

A KNITTING RETREAT IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY

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Join us for 3 days of knitting, learning new techniques, eating fabulous food, and having fun with a bunch of avid knitters in Prince Edward County at the beautiful and cozy Isaiah Tubbs Resort.

We are thrilled to tell you that the classes will be taught by Fiona Ellis and Kim McBrien of Indigo Dragonfly Yarn.


Fiona Ellis
graduateFiona Headshotsd from DeMontfort University (England) with a degree in fashion knitwear design in 1993. Her work appears in leading magazine publications including on-line at Twist Collective, and in yarn pattern booklets. She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits. She is also an instructor at Craftsy. You can find out what she is currently doing at fionaellisonline.com – check out her blog post on the 9th of each month.

Kim McBrien knit her way to a BFA in classical music — her first clue that she was a lifelong textile maven and there was no stopping that. After many years wrangling professional divas, artists and an arts council or two, she fled the art/rat race and conjured up the circus that is Indigodragonfly. Now she produces hand dyed yarn known for deep, multifaceted colours and clever, offbeat names in the middle of the Canadian woods. She spends most days elbow deep in yarn and colour and teaching others how to bend these to their will.

We are being hosted by Isaiah Tubbs Resort on the beautiful shore of West Lake in Prince Edward County. Isaiah Tubbs is about 15 mins from the town of Picton and is on the way to the Sandbanks Provincial Park.

Our rooms will be in the Annex and there is a short walk to MacDonald Hall and to the Restaurant on the Knoll. This is a map of the Resort so you can see where everything is situated.

All the rooms are set up to be a shared occupancy so tell us in the registration form who you will be rooming with. Anyone that needs a single room there will be a $145.77 ($129 + HST) additional fee for the weekend. You’ll find the ‘single room’ option when you go through the online form when purchasing your spot.

We have also invited a few vendors to join us and show us their wares on the Saturday so bring along some cash for a yarn treat to take home. Purlin J’s yarn truck, Van Dyjk Designs knitting project bags and hopefully a couple of others will come too.

Itinerary

FRIDAY

Arrival anytime after 1pm. Rooms will be designated at the time of registration.

Dinner 6pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.

knit books7:30pm Friday night Book Club – Bring your favourite knitting book to our first gathering together. Show us the book that inspires you, or is the one you always pick up when you are stuck on a problem or whatever the reason. If you have a favourite website or blog we also love to hear about those too!! Plus any interesting apps or tools that are perfect for us Knitting Addicts!

 

SATURDAY

Breakfast 8am – 9am at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.

Saturday Morning Workshops 9:30 am – 12 pm (Choose one) – Part ll – 1:30 pm – 4 pm

fiona ellis colour work
1A. “Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle” with Fiona Ellis at the MacDonald Hall – this is an all day class

Advanced beginner to advanced level

Working with colour can be so much fun! And dreaming up your own colour story is very rewarding. In this workshop we will look at colour theory and apply it to knitting. There will be time to experiment by yourself to see what happens when you introduce a new colour palette to a tried and tested pattern. For students who are unsure of how to work the Fair Isle method instruction will be given.

Materials: part balls (a few yards each) in medium weight yarns, bring as many colours as you can and are willing to share, pair of yarn appropriate needles, squared paper, coloured pencils (if you have them).

Homework: none.

1B. “Creative Approach to Knit & Design” (Part I) with Kim McBrien at the MacDonald Hall – this is an all day class

There is a place for patterns, and a place for learning to let go of traditional knitting structures and make creative design decisions on your own. This is what we will explore in this class. Look at the things you do everyday as a knitter: basic structures, stitch patterns, colour and design. Learn how to “break” those structures, change them and how far you can bend them to your will. Through a series of exercises, gain confidence in your own experiments and design ideas and learn how to bring them to your knitting.

Materials Fee: $10 per person
– includes a creativity kit with materials and tools for use in the class and beyond for executing creativity exercises.

Materials: needles (bring a variety of needles you enjoy working with). Bring along small amounts of yarn to play with. There will be samples of yarn to play with in a range of weights, so don’t worry if you don’t have this don’t worry! Gauge will not be important, so a few different sizes of yarn that feel good in your hands is more important. Your own stash of favourite knitting tools: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors or snips, etc. Notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes/sketching/etc.

Lunch 12:15 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Saturday Afternoon Workshops 1:30pm – 4pm Part ll of classes

“Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle – continued” (Part II)

“Creative Approach to Knit & Design – continued (Part II)

Dinner 6 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Fashion Show & Tell – 8 pm at the MacDonald Hall – This is your chance to show us what you have created and show it off! Wear your spiffiest knitted creation so you can model it or you can also just bring a couple of hangers or just hold it up if you are feeling shy. We can always try and get a couple of ladies who don’t mind strutting their stuff to wear the garments to show them off for you.

SUNDAY

Breakfast 8am  at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Sunday Morning Workshop 9:30am – 12:30pm (Choose one)

2A. “Trims and Edges” with Fiona Ellis at the MacDonald Hall
All levels

Ever run out of yarn and wondered how to make the added contrast not look like an afterthought? In this workshop Fiona will show you how to add zing to any project by adding knitted edgings, playing with I-cord, simple crochet stitches and generally making your edges the focus rather than looking like an afterthought, or like you ran out of the main yarn.

Materials: 2-3 part balls of medium weight, yarn appropriate needles, crochet hook, pair of dpn’s (if you have them), blunt ended sewing needle,

Homework: 1 small piece of stockinette fabric (approx 6 in x 6 in).

2B. “Short Row Insanity” with Kim McBrien at the MacDonald Hall
Short rows are a handy technique to have in your knitting tool box. Learn several different methods of short rows and applications for them. Learn how to use them in colour work, to shape shoulders, hemlines and much more.

Materials list: Small amounts of light coloured yarn in any weight. A smooth, round yarn (3 ply or 4 ply) is best. DK or worsted weight may make it easier to see your work. Needles: bring needles appropriate for your yarn, a few removable stitch markers or safety pins. Your own stash of favourite knitting tools: stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors or snips etc. A notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes.

 

Homework:
Cast on 25 stitches.
Knit 4 rows in garter stitch.
Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.
Leave live stitches on your needle and bring yarn and needles to class.

Rooms to be vacated by 11 am

Lunch 12:15 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Departure following lunch

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