Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
Wool & Wine Knit Retreat November 2021 Class Choices
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November 12th - 14th, 2021 - 6th Annual!
Isaiah Tubbs Resort, Prince Edward County

If you have completed STEP #1 and paid for this weekend Knit Retreat you are now in the right place to pick your classes!! If you haven't registered and paid for your weekend follow this link to do so.

I have never been more excited for our Knit Retreat!!! Luckily I was able to invite Kate Atherley and Fiona Ellis to teach for our weekend get away. Both ladies have taught at our Knit Retreat before and are both double vaccinated as well as myself!


Workshop/Class details are near the bottom of this page.

$725 per person includes shared room, all meals, three classes, and of course some knitting swag and lots of door prizes to win! To register and pay for the weekend follow the link here.

Please note, there will be a $100 fee for cancellations before October 1st, 2021. After October 1st, 2021 no refunds will be available.

Kate Atherley is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly. Known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines. An expert instructor, Kate has over a decade of experience teaching at local yarn shops, guild gatherings, retreats, and large-scale events. Technique classes are a lively mix of discussion, demonstration, and hands-on practice, with individual attention and guidance provided. All classes include high-quality handouts.

Books by Kate:
Custom Shawls for the Creative and Curious Knitter Abrams (Sept 2020), ISBN 978-1419743979
The Knitter’s Dictionary: Knitting Know-How from A to Z Interweave (Oct 2018), ISBN 978-1632506382
Knit Mitts: Your Handy Guide to Knitting Mittens & Gloves Interweave (Oct 2017), ISBN 978-1632504920
The Beginner’s Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns: Learn to Write Patterns Others Can Knit Interweave (Apr 2016), ISBN 978-1632504340
Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet Interweave (Aug 2015), ISBN 978-1620337752 Beyond Knit and Purl Cooperative Press (Nov 2011), ISBN 978-1937513030

Fiona Ellis’s career is certainly one about escapism. After pursuing a sensible career in laboratory work for textile production and colour cosmetic formulation, Fiona escaped from career-captivity in the early 1990’s to pursue fashion design at De Montfort University. She graduated with a degree specializing in Knitwear design. Fiona then founded her independent design business, selling designs to major fashion houses in New York, Paris and London. Her contacts in New York helped her to add design for the independent knitter to her repertoire. This led to her published patterns in major print and on-line magazines, and two successful books published by Random House. Fiona helps people escape from the mundane and bring creative design sensibilities to their knitting.

 

Itinerary

FRIDAY

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 

SATURDAY

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)

Introduction to Brioche Knitting with Kate Atherley: Brioche knitting uses a simple and clever technique to create beautiful fabrics – deep ribs and fascinating colourwork. It’s particularly effectively in two colours, and is an excellent way to tame a busy variegated yarn. This class covers the skills for working brioche patterns, including reading the sometimes - complicated instructions, and fixing mistakes. Knitters will leave with a one-of-a-kind shawl or scarf project well underway.

Skill level: no specific skills required, but knitters must be confident with increasing and decreasing length

Supplies: 
• 2 strongly contrasting colours of scrap worsted weight yarn; 250-300 yards each of     two colours of yarn: recommend one variegated, one solid
• 16-20 inch circular 4mm/US #6 needle
• newer knitters should bring DK or worsted; more experienced knitters can bring
   fingering or sport.

• Usual knitting paraphernalia.

 

Drawn-Thread Work: Then & Now with Fiona Ellis: 
Inspired garment designs often draw from historical techniques, applying them in new and refreshing ways.  Fiona enjoys taking techniques originally developed for other purposes and applying them to knitted design.  Drawn thread work is traditionally associated with woven fabric yet Fiona has discovered ways to apply it to hand-knit fabric to great effect.
Fiona will take you on a journey that begins with a historical review of decorative embroidery techniques, onto her creative ways to incorporate drawn thread techniques into knitwear design. You will then get to this unique technique worked into ladder stitches. She will leave you with her trademark - an inspired springboard - ready to dive into experimenting with the technique for yourself!

 Supplies: 
• ball of med weight light coloured yarn
• appropriate needles
• graph paper and a pencil
• 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)

Smart Strategies for Garment Knitting by Kate Atherley: 

This class takes a deep dive into garment knitting, beginning with how to choose a style that suits your body type and how to choose the most flattering size. You’ll also learn how to choose appropriate yarn and how to get gauge, and you’ll leave prepared to tweak the fit with your own alterations and adjustments.

Skill level: intermediate, suitable for knitters who have worked a couple of garments from a pattern length

Supplies:

  • paper &pencil
  • a tape measure and a calculator/app
  • any patterns they wish to discuss


 

  

Shaping The Silhouette and Decorative “Fully Fashioning”
Required Skills: Intermediate – Advanced level

In this workshop Fiona will focus not only on the methods of increasing and decreasing stitches used to change the shape of a piece, but also how these stitches can be used to create decorative effects within the fabric itself.

Supplies: 
• ball of med weight light coloured yarn and appropriate needles
• appropriate needles
• graph paper and a pencil
• Usual knitting paraphernalia.

Homework: none

 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 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Choose one)

 

Soxpertise with Kate Atherley (the queen of sock knitting!): Improve Your Sock Knitting
You’ve worked a few socks, now it’s time to expand your skills a bit. In this class you’ll learn how determine size and fit needs, how to choose a good yarn and reinforce for longevity. We’ll address the tricky bits like how to avoid holes at the top of your heel, how to get a tidy gusset pick up, and special cast-ons and cast offs. We’ll talk about both toe up and top down socks, and discuss different heel and toe constructions – and when to choose one over another.

Skill level: intermediate; students must have knitted a few pairs of socks

Supplies:
• 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles in your preferred configuration for sock knitting
worsted weight yarn
tape measure


 

Fractured Fair Isles with Fiona Ellis:

As demonstrated in her book Inspired Fair Isle knits Fiona proves that Fair Isle patterns don’t have to be repeated all the way across a row or even be symmetrical. In this workshop you will explore this idea as you work on a sampler of patterns suitable for making into a small bag.

Required Skills: This class is aimed at an intermediate level knitter.

Supplies:
• 5-7 part balls (a few yards each) of differently coloured yarn in a medium weight
• appropriate sized needles
• graph paper & pencil
• Usual knitting paraphernalia

Homework: none

 

Rooms to be vacated by 11 am on Sunday.

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

Departure following lunch