We are opening our retreat to day passes and drop in classes!
Day passes ~ $350 includes:
2 classes, lunch and a modified swag bag. You’re welcome to stay for dinner at an additional cost.
Drop in Class: $200 per class:
Pick one of the morning or afternoon classes. Arrive early or stay after class and join us at lunch for an extra $15. if you want lunch, please let us know when you register.
To register for a day pass or a single class, call the shop at (360) 379-9273
We regretfully announce that Susan B. Anderson is not able to join us for this years retreat. We wish her all the best and hope that she will be able to join us in the future.
Mary Scott Huff will be taking her place.
A little about Mary…..
Mary Scott Huff is the author of six knitting books:
The New Stranded Colorwork, Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit, Fun and Fantastical Slippers to Knit, The
Creative Kids Photo Guide to Knitting, and The Mitten Handbook.
An Information Technology refugee, Mary now leads a yarn-centered life. The many friends she’s found along the way have helped her become an internationally-recognized designer, teacher and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares a wee little house there with her family, some Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary. You can join Mary on her adventures playing with string at www.maryscotthuff.com.
Classes she will be offering
Stranded colorwork knitting is lots of fun: Working in the round, easy shaping, minimal seaming; but how do you get from knitted tubes to people-shaped garments? Easy: Make Steeks!
Steeks are areas of knitting designed to be cut (gasp!) with shears and then finished with knitting. Steeks allow knitters to work in three dimensions, creating garments that fit! Scared to slice into your work? Not after this class with Mary Scott Huff. Students will make homework swatches (either back and forth, or in the round) suitable for steeking. In the half-day version of class, Mary will guide you through three techniques for marking, securing, and cutting open your steek. You will also learn various ways to finish the cut steek edges. With step-by-step instructions, photos and real finished garments, you’ll understand the many ways steeks can become your new knitting friends!
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced. Students should be comfortable knitting with two strands and working in the round.
Eeek! Steeks! Class Homework:
Please knit 3 swatches for class. Each should measure roughly 4″(10cm) square, and use two colors of yarn. If you prefer, you can work one big swatch in the round, to be cut in 3 places during class. Please use 100%, non-superwash wool for your swatches. Any weight yarn will do, but DK or worsted will make it easier to see your stitches as you work. Alternate your two colors with every stitch, stranding loosely across the back of the work. On the WS, float one color on top and one color on bottom consistently. The cast-on and bind-off rows of each swatch can be worked in one color. We will be securing the strands in each swatch using one of three different techniques, then cutting them apart. Eeek!
This chart is an example of what a swatch might look like in worsted-weight yarn (4 sts/in). Block your swatches using your preferred method. Don’t forget your class supplies:
3 class swatches
Crochet hook (size B or similar)
3 yards 100% wool fingering weight yarn (non blended, non-superwash)
Handsewing needle & thread
Sharp Dressmaker shears
Explore the entrelac technique as you create a beautiful trinket bag.
Worked in two colorways of long-repeat self-striping yarn, this project is the perfect introduction to entrelac knitting. Watch the yarn change colors as you knit, and soon you’ll hear yourself say “Just one more block!”.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Materials: Worsted-weight long repeat self-striping yarn, 1 ball each of 2 colorways. Needles:
1 size 6 (4 mm) 16″ (40 cm) circular needle
1 set size 6 (4 mm) DPN
18 sts and 28 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in st st
2 yds (2m) 3/8″ (9mm) satin ribbon (Shown : Offray # 2447)
Optional: misc. beads & sequins, hand sewing needle & thread
Homework: Work top edge of bag to point designated in pattern, before class meets.
Down the Slipper-y Slope
Knit a pair of delightful Twinkle Toes slippers! Students receive the free pattern in class. As you work, enjoy the story of how Mary became a slipper-knitter, including a slideshow presentation and trunk show. We’ll explore the various slipper architectures she discovered and/or invented
while creating designs for her newly-released Fun & Fantastical Slippers to Knit book.
Embellishment, felting, and various sole treatments will also be discussed.
2 100g skeins medium-weight 100% wool yarn suitable for felting, stitch markers, size 10 (6 mm) set of dpn or size to obtain gauge, spare dpn in same size or smaller.
To Finish: Tapestry needle, hand sewing needle & thread, 11/2 yd (1.5 m) 11/2″ (38 mm) velvet ribbon, eight 5/8″ (16 mm) buttons, optional leather or suede scrap(s) for soles.
Practice Judy’s Magic, or other toe-up sock cast on technique.