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We're thrilled to announce our fifth
Bazaar Girls Getaway Retreat!
Thursday, April 28 - Sunday, May 1, 2022
Anne Berk Keith Leonard Ann Budd
With Special Guests:
Yoriko Oki Mary Elizabeth Scott Jeane deCoster
View behind the Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop ~ Port Townsend, WA
The retreat will be held Thursday, April 28 - Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Port Townsend, Wa, at the Northwest Maritime Center.
Spend four days knitting in a beautiful place, surrounded by expert teachers, Indie dyers, and fellow fiber fanatics!
We recommend early registration. Our last retreat's returning participants nearly filled our event and based on a show of hands, we are expecting the same this year!
Yoriko Oki kicks off this year's event with an informal talk for all participants, sharing her favorite tricks in picking colors to help you create projects you are proud of. A perfect start to our knitting weekend. Yoriko is also bringing some of her beautifully hand-dyed yarn to sell in our "market".
We will continue our tradition of having a cocktail (knitting) party on Friday night in the suite at The Swan Hotel.
In addition to the 3 classes with Keith Leonard & Anne Berk included in your tuition, Ann Budd will be available for one on one consultations throughout the retreat as the "Knit Dr." So be sure to bring any projects and questions that have stalled your knitting.
We are excited to have Jeane deCoster and Mary Elizabeth Scott returning in 2022. Mary and Jeane bring with them a wealth of knowledge, experience, and lots of fun. Mary is offering a talk during High Tea at Cafe Tenby, on Sunday after the retreat ends. REGISTER HERE
We've also included free time to just sit and knit with your tribe.
Photos borrowed from the Northwest Maritime Center website
The Maritime Center is a short walk from our shop.
There will be plenty of opportunities to visit our shop during your free time.
Each participant will get 3, 3-hour classes with Keith Leonard and Anne Berk,
plus a private appointment with the Knit Doctor.
If you'd like to take a 4th class, you may do so for an additional $100 fee.
A little bit about Keith…
Keith gained a love for knitting at the age of eleven when he joined a lunchtime knitting program at school in his hometown of Haworth, New Jersey. After working at four major knitting stores in Upstate New York, New Jersey, and New York City, he realized there was no specialized service for knitwear finishing. He took the initiative to start his own business, called Knits All Done, a service for knitters to outsource their knitted items for professional finishing. Keith’s expertise in finishing and knitting then led to requests from yarn shops and knitting guilds to teach his techniques. He now travels the country teaching classes while also selling his own custom Zen Yarn Garden, Three Irish Girls, Malabrigo, and Koigu yarns and colors. He is also the American distributor forSoulwool, a hand-dyed Merino yarn from Israel.
Keith will teach the following classes…
Learn to professionally assemble your knitwear from the finishing master, Keith Leonard, owner of Knits All Done. In this class, you will use your prepared swatches to learn Keith’s tricks behind five different seams. You will also learn the correct way to pick up stitches across both the top and sides of our knitting. Be amazed as the magic unfolds and walk away with the proficient skills to finish your knitwear professionally for years to come.
• Darning Needle
• 2 colors of worsted weight yarn
• 1 pair of size US#7 OR 8 straight OR circular knitting needles
• Scrap paper
• Joining bound off edges (Shoulder Seams), stockinette stitch, reverse
stockinette stitch, garter stitch, vertical-horizontal seams
• Assembling a drop shoulder
• Picking up stitches
Advanced Flawless Finishing
Had fun in “flawless Finishing?” or perhaps you are a finishing pro that wants to jump to the next level in your knitwear-finishing. In this class, we will bypass basic seaming and jump into more complex finishing techniques. At the end of this class, you will have the skills to conquer the finishing techniques of any project. Learn how to set in different types of sleeves, master duplicate stitch while weaving in your tails, learn how to line up horizontal stripes, and more! This class has minimal homework.
• Darning Needle
• 2 colors of worsted weight yarn
• 1 pair of size US #7 OR 8 straight OR circular knitting needles
• Scrap paper
• Joining horizontal color stripes
• Lining up seams
• Joining raglan seams
• Proper sweater decreasing
• Sleeve increases
• Picking up stitches around a neckline
• Weaving in tails
Short Row Fun!
Short row fun anyone? In this class, Keith will teach you how to properly work short rows using two different colors of yarn to create 1 of 24 squares that combined turn into a beautiful afghan called “The Lizard Ridge.” Learn how short rows build your knitting and where to use them in different projects. Disclaimer: Once started, this project will be hard to put down. Be prepared for addiction, laughter, and bursts of color!
• Size #7 or #8 Knitting Needles (straight or circular)
• One skein worsted weight self-striping yarn OR 2 colors of worsted
• 9 stitch markers
A little bit about Anne Berk…
Anne Berk was certified by TKGA as a Master Knitter in 2003. Anne has designed for many yarn companies, published DVDs on intarsia technique with Interweave, and she has 3 classes on Craftsy, teaching various colorwork techniques. She has written patterns and articles for many publications, and designs can be found in her Ravelry store. She teaches classes nationally for events, Knitting Guilds, and Yarn stores on subjects ranging from Argyle socks to Zipper insertion into hand-knits.
“Annetarsia Knits” is a reference book for learning to knit intarsia flat or in the round, in stockinette or garter stitch. The book includes workshops, a motif library, and 28 patterns for using the techniques. Content is designed for knitters of all skill levels
Anne is also an optometrist in private practice in Happy Valley, Oregon. Contact Anne at www.annetarsia.com
Anne will teach the following classes…
Zipper Insertion into Handknits
Prerequisites: Knit, purl, bind off, pick up sts, and basic skills using sewing needle and thread
Edgings are an important design element, providing beauty and function. Learn how to pick up and knit stitches into the side of your knitting, to stabilize the edge. We will demystify the process of the perfect installation of zippers into hand-knits, learning basic hand-sewing stitches.
Students Should Bring: Projects that are ready for edging or zippers are welcome. Bring supplies suitable for those projects.
- Zipper the length of your project or swatch
- Extra swatch yarn to use for edgings
- Knitting needles 2-3 sizes smaller than used for the swatch
- Sewing needle
- Thread that matches the swatch yarn (for sewing zipper)
- Sewing thread in a contrasting color (for basting), sewing pins.
Homework: Assemble supplies. If no project is ready, knit and bring to class: 2 swatches at least 3 inches wide, and 4” long, or the same length as the zipper you are bringing to class.
Annetarsia: a fresh approach to intarsia knitting
Skill: All Levels
Prerequisites: Knit, purl.
Expand your horizons to conquer non-stranded color knitting. Learn ways to manage multiple yarn supplies, read colorwork charts, and deal efficiently with the ends. Confidently link the yarns between sections to create a flat, single layer of stockinette where YOU control the color and make beautiful motifs. The class sample is an argyle diamond and can be turned into a small bag.
Materials: Smooth, worsted weight yarn in 3 or more contrasting colors, and appropriately sized needles (size 7-9 US). We will be knitting flat, and long dpn’s or straight needles are recommended, if available, to help keep the yarn supplies separated from each other.
Annetarsia: Intarsia “in the round” (ITR)
Prerequisites: Knit, purl. Some experience with traditional intarsia and working from charts will be helpful, but not required.
Learning to do the “impossible” is fun! Like all magic, it is tricky, but easy once you know the secret and put it into practice. Knit intarsia in the round (ITR), with no visible seam, being able to knit motifs, pictures, and messages on hats, socks, and sweaters with smooth, single-layer fabric. Learn techniques to manage yarn supplies, bury ends, and read charts, as well as the ITR technique.
Materials: Smooth, worsted weight yarn in at least 3 contrasting colors, and appropriately sized needles (7-9 US, circular needles 16” length). Yarn needles, scissors. You will have the option of working 6 sections of 11 sts or 11 sections of 6 stitches. So, choose colors accordingly!
Homework: Using any method, cast on 66 sts with one color onto a 16” circular needle. Being careful not to twist sts, join to work in the round. Work in k1, p1 ribbing for ½ to 1” deep (this is the edging for a small bag). This yarn for edging can be the first color section of the body if desired.
A little bit about Ann Budd…
Ann Budd is a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. She has authored more than a dozen books, including the Handy Bookseries and many of the Style series, as well as several books on sock knitting, including Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, and New Directions in Sock Knitting. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops around North America and abroad. Learn more at annbuddknits.com.
In addition to the classes that you'll choose, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one sessions of 20 minutes each with Ann (a.k.a., the Knit Doctor) on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ann will help you with anything that ails your knitting, from taking measurements and choosing yarn to find your place in a piece gone wrong to fixing mistakes. With more than 40 years’ knitting experience, she's seen (and corrected) almost everything. Make sure to check the box on your class schedule so that an appointment can be made for you.
A little bit about Yoriko…
Hi, my name is Yoriko Oki. I am a Japanese living in Canada.
I am a dyer, weaver, knitter, and overall fiber art enthusiast. I have been a regular instructor at Vogue Knitting Live and will be teaching at Stitches at Home and Stitches West in the near future. My mission is to inspire, liberate, and empower my fellow fiber artists through my work so that you can keep creating and having fun.
I admit that I am a slow learner. Although I've enjoyed working with yarn and fiber since I was small and grew up surrounded by the rich history of textile, my path to get where I am now was not straightforward.
I was originally trained and practiced as an architect in Japan where I hit a glass ceiling early in my career. I moved to Canada and earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of British Columbia. After finishing my master’s program, I worked as a freelance translator specializing in IT and building engineering. In 1999, I graduated from Helen Lefeaux School of Fashion Design with honor, where I rediscovered my love of textiles.
In 2004, I joined Fibre Art Studio On Granville Island – a shared textile studio/gallery shop in Vancouver. I started dyeing yarns for my own weaving projects and started offering them to other fiber art lovers as my yarns soon caught their eyes.
In 2014, after my husband suddenly became critically ill, I thought about the meaning of my life and decided to make my fiber art business my full-time job. I opened an online shop on Etsy in 2016 offering hand-dyed yarn. In 2019, I participated in Vogue Knitting Live LaunchPad program – a small business accelerator program for fiber art businesses – which lead to many other opportunities.
A little bit about Jeane…
From a young age, I’ve been fascinated with yarn and all the things you can do with it. I think the earliest project I remember is starting a needlepoint butterfly and “accidentally” leaving it at my auntie’s house. It was proof that all things yarn are magical when Santa returned it to me - completely finished. This led to an education in textiles and fashion but I was led astray to pursue both fashion and computers under various corporate umbrellas.
I finally started my own yarn company in 2005 as a way to continue exploring that lost magic. Elemental Affects (a U.S. yarn company) started out specializing in breed-specific yarns sourced from our local farms and processed wholly in the United States. Along the way, I’ve branched out to include a little bling (silk from China) but always designing yarns that deliver quality construction and celebrate the characteristics of various sheep breeds. elementalaffects.com
Accommodations and Costs
The retreat will begin on Thursday with check-in beginning at 12:30 p.m. (please note that lunch is not included on Thursday). Classes will begin at 9 am on Friday, and the retreat will end following a Continental breakfast Sunday morning.
The cost for the weekend is $875 and includes three 3-hour classes, an appointment with the Knit Doctor, 3 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, an invitation to our cocktail party Friday night, a SWAG bag, and fun, fun, fun!!!
Historic Port Townsend is a beautiful little harbor town with several options for accommodations. The Water Street Hotel, The Palace, and The Swan hotel have graciously given us a 10% discount. All are within an easy walk of the Northwest Maritime Center. When you call to register, please mention that you’re with the BG retreat for your discount.
The Water Street Hotel 360-385-5467
The Swan Hotel 360-385-1718
The Palace Hotel 360-385-0773
Two Payment Options:
1. Pay in full at the time of registration.
2. Pay a $300 deposit at the time of registration, followed by two equal payments of $287.50 on January 1, 2022, and March 1, 2022.
The balance of your deposit is refundable sans a $150 cancellation fee until January 1, 2022. After that, we regret that all cancellations are non-refundable.
Registration will open today, November 13, 2021
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