Wool & Wine in the County 2022 - Fall Knitting Retreat

Wool & Wine in the County 2022 - Fall Knitting Retreat

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November 11th - 13th, 2022 - 8th Annual!
Isaiah Tubbs Resort, Prince Edward County

We are thrilled to announce Patty Lyons and Lucy Neatby as our instructors this year! Read more about them in the description below.

Workshop details are near the bottom of this page. If you booked earlier send us an email with your class choices.

$820 per person includes shared room, all meals, three classes, and some extra goodies.

You can choose to pay a deposit or pay in full. If you choose a deposit, the remainder of the amount owing will be due September 1st.

Please note, there will be a $100 fee for cancellations before October 1st, 2022. After October 1st, 2022 no refunds will be available.

Patty Lyons is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.

Patty teaches nationally at guilds, shops, and knitting shows around the country such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, and STITCHES. Her popular classes can also be found on DVD and online at Interweave, Annie’s, and Craftsy where her “Improve Your Knitting Class” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013!

Patty designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue KnittingInterweave KnitsKnit PurlKnitter’s MagazineCast OnKnit StyleCreative Knitting, and Twist Collective. Patty also is a regular contributor to Mason Dixon Knitting where she writes a knitter’s advice column: “Ask Patty.” Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles, Sugar Bush and Willow Yarns.

Patty has been a repeat guest on PBS’s Knitting Daily TV and even quoted as a subject-matter expert in the Wall Street Journal.

Patty loves to knit, crochet, spin and has even dabbled on the knitting machine. She is currently attempting not to get sucked into another yarncraft, but weaving is looking pretty interesting. Patty lives in Brooklyn with her husband, a room full of yarn, and her garden.

Lucy Neatby is a passionate knitter, who designs and writes patterns to entertain the mind as well as the fingers. Lucy has an eclectic fashion sense and loves mixing lots of vibrant colours. Lucy Neatby shares her love and knowledge of the art of hand knitting by giving a myriad of entertaining workshops.

Lucy has been an independent knitting designer for the past 15 years. She has numerous DVD's teaching all manner of different techniques of knitting. Lucy has produced over 50 teaching videos for Craftsy, which is now Blueprint, and has now begun working with Knit Stars to produce more teaching videos.

We are so lucky that we were able to bring Lucy to our retreat and have her show us her favourite technique of Double Knitting which has be on my bucket list for a while to learn!




Arrival anytime after 2 pm at MacDonald Hall at Isaiah Tubbs Resort. Rooms will be designated at the time of registration.

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

After dinner at 8 pm, we will all meet back at MacDonald Hall where Lucy is going to bring along a slide show of her life and influences in the Maritimes.


Breakfast 8 am - 8:45 am at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property down by the lakeside.

Saturday Morning Workshops 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Choose one)

1A. "Patty’s Knitting Bag of Tricks Class" with Patty Lyons

Skills Required: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and simple increases and decreases.

There are so many wonderful knitting tricks that make our lives better. Over the years of knitting and teaching I’ve accumulated quite a few fantastic tricks. I love it when I’m teaching a class and a student declares “I love that tip!”. So, I’ve decided to dig into my knitting bag of tricks and put them all in one class. From how to do a better SSK, make matching size YOs, to how to avoid the gap at the end of a bind off, how to tighten your first stitch, how to make better neck divides, and more. Get ready to find your new favorite knitting tricks!


1B. "Dabble into Double" with Lucy Neatby
No double knitting experience necessary.

Make a voyage of discovery to achieve a deeper understanding of your knitting! Try a variety of types of Double Knitting to produce two-layer fabrics. Starting with tubular knitting on straight needles, open and condensed bind-off methods and the magnificent double knit pocket trick. Using two yarns we will introduce positive/negative Double Knitting colour patterning techniques and quilting for added texture and warmth.
• Two double pointed needles of sizes 3.5 - 4 mm/US #4 - 6.
• 20g each of two contrasting solid colours of smooth DK or Worsted weight yarn.
• Scissors
• Crochet hook
• Usual knitting paraphernalia

Lunch 12:30 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Saturday Afternoon Workshops 2:00 pm - 5 pm (Choose one)

2A. "Let it GO! Drop Stitch Patterns" with Patty Lyons

Required Skills: Know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off.

Remember when the thought of dropping a stitch made your heart stop? Now learn to let that GO! Discover the beauty of dropping a stitch on purpose! Drop stitch patterns are fun and add a wow factor to anything you knit. In this hands-on knitting class, we will explore a variety of beautiful drop stitch patterns that include manipulated drops and lifted floats. Add a bit of wow to any pattern. Come on, drop a stitch, and let it go!


2B. "The First Cut is the Deepest!" with Lucy Neatby

Cutting your knitting is a liberating experience. It really isn’t scary. It offers many benefits and opens up new construction and design possibilities. What exactly are steeks? Whilst knitting a sample for with centre front and armhole steeks we will discuss suitable yarns and how to plan for cutting. We will practise fully fashioned shapings, use of markers and securing methods. We look at possibilities for disaster management, adapting armholes and necks for cutting, making mixed gauge fabrics fit and Siamese sleeves. For our finale, we will make the first incision!

• Darning needles - blunt
• A 3.5 - 4.5 mm x 40 cm circular needle, (US #4 - 6/16”)
• Yarn, preferably wool and wool blends, DK or sport (5 sts per inch) weight in at least 2 colours.
• Pencils
• Eraser
• Ruler
• Usual knitting paraphernalia, including a crochet hook.


Relevant DVD titles
Knitting Gems 2
Knitting Essentials 2


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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Choose one)


3A: Easy Does It: Unraveling the Mystery of Ease and Sweater Construction by Patty Lyons

Have you every knit a sweater and it didn’t fit? We’ve all heard so much about ease, but what do we do with this information? In this sweater tour, Patty will walk you through a variety of sweater constructions (set in sleeve, raglan, yoke, drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder and dolman) and discuss how each sweater works with bust, armhole and shoulder. The armhole fit can be the most confusing when looking at sweaters other than the set-in sleeve. Learn what is a high chest measurement and when do we use it and most importantly learn how to make your own decisions about fit when you read things like “meant to be worn with 2 - 4” of ease”. If time and space allow, we will pair up so students can create their own custom measurement sheet.

Materials list: 
OPTIONAL Bring a pattern you’d like to discuss.

Needles & Notions:
OPTIONAL (to take measurements) Bring two straight needles or two rulers (these are used as a measurement tool), and a tape measure.

Homework list: 

3B. "Hallelujah Grafting!" with Lucy Neatby

Are you afraid of grafting (aka Kitchener St)? Do you?
A) Avoid it.
B) Get a book out.
C) Say a mantra?
Forget all of the aforementioned and take command of all possible grafting situations without any risk of coming unraveled! From an easily removed provisional cast on, to the tips of your sock toes with the aid of waste yarn we can handle it all. Basic stitch-top to stitch-top grafting (shoulders). Where to begin, joining in new grafting yarn, how to follow waste yarn and checking for errors. The pros and cons of grafted shoulders. Sock toes, use of the ‘toe chimney’ to hold the stitches and prevent splitting. Neatening the toe for the best finish. We will study the difference between grafting stitches top to top (with consequent half stitch discrepancy) or bottom to top for a perfect graft and circumstances where this may be used. Perfect grafts to complete an ‘unbroken’ circle of knitting containing a cable, knit and purl stitches, with an explanation of the trick of using a slippery yarn to simply disconnect the initial waste yarn from the beginning of the work. Planning your knitting to permit a perfect graft.

• Homework swatches and yarn oddments both in main colour and two of other colours.
• Darning needles, blunt pointed and not too large for the size of the stitches you are working with.
• Scissors
• Usual knitting paraphernalia

To get the most out of this class, the following swatches will give plenty of opportunity to practice techniques. The swatches are not large but detailed - please follow the directions carefully. For all swatches use a light coloured, smooth (not fluffy or textured ) worsted weight wool yarn (approx 5 sts/in) and 5 mm (US # 8) needles. Waste yarn should be smooth, contrasting and of a similar weight - cotton is good choice. Ideally use the same Main and Waste yarns for each swatch.
MY: Main yarn.
WY: Waste yarn.
K2t: Knit two stitches together


Rooms to be vacated by 11 am

Lunch 12:30 pm at the Restaurant on the Knoll on the Isaiah Tubbs property, down by the lakeside.

Departure following lunch