A KNITTING WEEKEND IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
November 9, 10, & 11, 2018
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. Classes will be taught by Kate Atherley and Sally Melville.
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.
Kate is known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes. Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. Her latest book, ‘Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves’ was released in fall 2017, and the first printing sold out in record time. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines.
Sally has published patterns on Ravelry, Craftsy, and Patternfish. Plus she teaches through the wonderful company we know as Craftsy! Her most well know book published is Knitting Patterns Essentials.
We can’t be more thrilled to have these two fabulous ladies join us for a weekend of learning from them!
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.
Arrival anytime after 2 pm. Rooms will be designated at the time of registration.
Dinner 6 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.
7:30 pm 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!
Breakfast 8 am – 9 am 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)
1A. “Two Colours, Two Hands” with Sally Melville –
Two colour stranded is one of knitting’s most glorious traditions. This workshop explores the techniques we need to make beautiful fabrics with heavy emphasis on alternative methods of using your hands (and even your neck) to manage the yarn.
SKILL LEVEL intermediate
SUPPLIES TO BRING more homework yarn + part ball another colour
HOMEWORK With DK or finer yarn and appropriate size circular needle, long-tail cast on 120 stitches (or whatever number of stitches fits comfortably on the needle). Join work, and knit 1 round.
1B. “Two Socks at Once: Side by Side” with Kate Atherley
For anyone that wants to sort out how to knit 2 socks at once and not ended up confused and turned around! Kate will show you how using the Magic Loop with only 1 circular needle. No more lonely single socks waiting for their mate!
Students should bring: a 32-40 inch 4-5mm/US #6-8 circular needle, and two colours of medium-weight yarn, approx. 50gm of each color
Lunch 12:15 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.
Saturday Afternoon Workshops 1:30 pm – 4 pm (Choose one)
2A. “Learning to Love Intarsia” with Sally Melville
Intarsia (also known as picture knitting) is glorious stuff but not without it’s challenges. This workshop will explore techniques to create beautiful fabric, tricks to minimize the ‘mess’, and possibilities to design your own.
SKILL LEVEL intermediate
SUPPLIES TO BRING more homework yarn + part ball of light-coloured yarn, same weight: colourful magazine (knitting or gardening do not work; fashion or home décor do), tapestry needle, one piece blank white paper, pencil, scissors.
HOMEWORK With worsted weight yarn in dark colour and appropriate needles, cast on 20 stitches. Knit 5 rows, then purl 1 row.
2B. “Intro to Brioche” with Kate Atherley
For Brioche novices, covering the skills for single-colour and two-colour brioche, flat and in the round, and how to read patterns. By the end of the class, students will have started a 2-colour brioche shawl.
Students should bring: 16-20 inch circular 4mm/US #6 needle and 2 strongly contrasting colours of scrap worsted weight yarn; 250-300 yards each of two colours of yarn: recommend one variegated, one solid; newer knitters should bring DK or worsted; more experienced knitters can bring fingering or sport.
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.
Breakfast 8am at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.
Sunday Morning Workshop 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (Choose one)
3A. “Knit to Flatter and Fit” with Sally Melville
A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? Because the knitter chooses the wrong pattern OR choose the right pattern but follows the directions without questioning them OR makes the right garment but wears it with the wrong thing.
There are a few simple rules to follow for successful knitting: start with styles that flatter, knit with appropriate decisions for a personalized fit, then wear it with something that makes it look wonderful! This presentation looks at these decisions and puts the power for successful results into your competent hands. YAY!
SKILL LEVEL anyone
2B. “Fearless Finishing” with Kate Atherley at the MacDonald Hall
An overview of key finishing sills: seaming, blocking, weaving in ends, Kitchener stitch, picking up stitches. Emphasis is on practice of the skills.
Students should bring: any projects that need finishing, the swatches below, and a blunt-tipped darning needle.
homework: Using 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles and medium-weight yarn in a light colour, make the following squares: 2 4 x 4 in squares in stocking stitch, 1 4 x 4 in square in garter stitch, 1 in 4 x 4 in square (k1, p1) ribbing; 2 15-stitch swatches of stockinette stitch – work 4 rows and leave the stitches on holders.
Rooms to be vacated by 11 am
Lunch 1 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.
Departure following lunch