A KNITTING WEEKEND IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
November 8, 9, & 10, 2019
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 Fiona Ellis and Holli Yeoh.
Fiona Ellis graduated 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.
At the age of 16, Holli Yeoh spent her savings on a Ralph Lauren argyle sweater and decided she wanted a pair of gloves to match. A dedicated do-it-yourselfer, she headed to the LYS and found perfectly matching Kroy fingering yarn and a Patons pattern. It didn’t even enter her mind that it might be difficult to knit gloves worked in intarsia. She just did it.
Years later at a knitting retreat, Holli’s mother was describing Holli’s precociousness as a knitter to the gathering and her pride that Holli would presume to knit argyle gloves and succeed. It was the first time Holli had seen her accomplishment through her mother’s eyes and recognized that her flair for knitting might be notable.
You can read more about Holli’s knitting experiences and her design adventures on her blog. You will find her as HolliYeoh on Ravelry, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Visit with her as she shares with you her insights into the pleasures of knitting and design.
We couldn’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 roving yarn truck, Van Dyjk Designs knitting project bags and Rene Lortie and her hand-dyed yarn will be there 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 – 12:30 pm (Choose one)
1A. “Cabling Beyond the Edge: Extensions, Holes & I-Cords “ with Fiona Ellis –
Fiona’s in depth study of all things cable related has led her to experiment with patterning that extends below the usual hemline, spaces or holes in the centre of cable shapes and adding i-cords to give the appearance of the cords spilling out of the fabric. In this class she will show you how to work all three of these methods and encourage you to experiment with your own ideas.
SKILL LEVEL advanced beginner
SUPPLIES TO BRING 1 part ball of light coloured medium weight yarn, appropriate needles, cable needle, graph paper, a few safety pins.
1B. “Modular Strip Knitting” with Holli Yeoh
Learn to knit strips that are joined together as you knit so there are no seams. Impressive colour effects are achieved by knitting with one colour at a time. We’ll discuss how this technique lends itself to growing the fabric until it’s the right size and shape and can be used in all sorts of projects like sweaters and knits for the home. We’ll take the technique one step further and create chevrons for a really impressive effect that has great stash busting potential. This workshop teaches the techniques used in the popular Evening Mesa Blanket and in the seamless Jamie pattern.
SKILL LEVEL advanced beginner – knit, purl, cast on and bind off
SUPPLIES TO BRING Two or more colours of dk or worsted weight plain wool in light to medium colours, appropriately sized knitting needles and basic knitter’s toolkit.
Lunch 12:45 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.
Saturday Afternoon Workshops 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm (Choose one)
2A. “Experiment with Colour and Fair Isle” with Fiona Ellis
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.
SUPPLIES TO BRING 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).
2B. “Knit Plaid” with Holli Yeoh
Inspired by the plaid fabric from our weaving cousins, Holli will take you on a knitting exploration of a few different ways to inject a little tartan and checked patterning into our hand knits. The highlight is learning all the techniques required to make the buffalo plaid in the Lumberjack Mitts pattern including intarsia, slipped stitches and swing knitting. Other stitch patterns you’ll have a chance to try out will have you using a crochet hook and stranding to achieve a plaid fabric.
SKILL LEVEL intermediate – you have mastered the fundamentals of knitting, can follow a written pattern and are ready for colour work.
SUPPLIES TO BRING 3 colours of worsted weight yarn; 4.5 mm/US 7 circular needle, 24”/60cm long; 4mm crochet hook, tapestry needle.
HOMEWORK One swatch in worsted weight yarn—instructions will be provided.
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. “Dive into Design” with Fiona Ellis
A single image can be a great springboard for generating many design ideas. In this workshop, Fiona will supply images and show you how to dive headlong into your interpretations. Part one will allow you to work on your own samples and share ideas with fellow participants. Part two will give you time to refine the ideas begun in part one or work on new ideas. WARNING: This workshop may change the way you see the world!
SKILL LEVEL anyone.
SUPPLIES TO BRING 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 (optional).
2B. “The Crochet Hook – A Knitter’s Friend” with Holli Yeoh
A crochet hook or two should be in every knitter’s bag. Join Holli to learn an array if trusty tricks and techniques to add to your repertoire. You will build your skills as a knitter and learn alternate ways to cast on, bind off, seam, incorporate beads, and reclaim those pesky dropped stitches or correct errors.
SKILL LEVEL advanced beginner – knit, purl, cast on and bind off
HOMEWORK Two small swatches in worsted weight yarn—instructions will be provided upon booking the class.
SUPPLIES TO BRING Homework swatches, two colours of worsted weight yarn in a light to medium colour, 4.5 mm knitting needles, 3 crochet hooks, one about the same size as your needles, a second one or two sizes smaller, and a 0.6 mm hook.
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