The Wool Cabin Spring Retreat – May 18th – 21st 2017
The Homestead Resort
Midway, UT

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Explore the possibilities

Attend a workshop.

Come to a yarn tasting.

Breathe the fresh mountain air.

Talk, laugh and knit with friends.

Soak in warm mineral spring waters.

Relax and Refresh.

 


Retreat Registration

Attend all 4 days: $295

Includes: the wine & cheese party on Thursday evening, lunch and snacks Friday and Saturday, a swag bag, 9 hours of classes in any combination, lots of knitting, fun & friendship!! Sign up for a combined 9 hours of classes at the time of registration.

Registration opens February 20th – Register Online Here

 

Attend for one day, Friday or Saturday: $175

Includes: Lunch and snacks for the day, one 6 hour or two 3 hour classes, a modified swag bag, and a full day of knitting & lots of fun. Sign up for a combined 6 hours of classes at the time of registration.

Registration opens March 15 – Register Online Here

 

What if you don’t want to take classes?
Do you just want to attend to knit and relax for 4 days?  $195
Includes: Wine & cheese party, Lunch & snacks Friday and Saturday, a swag bag and lots of relaxation time.

Registration opens February 20th – Register Online Here


Schedule of Events

May 18 – Thursday
3pm: Check-in and retreat registration in the Timpanogos Room. Pick up your retreat information and your swag bag, then get settled in your lovely guest room and have dinner at the restaurant on site or choose one of the restaurants in the area.

7pm – 9pm: Wine and Cheese party. Mingle with friends and meet the presenters.

May 19 – Friday
Breakfast on your own.

9am – 12: Class session 1

Noon: Lunch is served in the Timpanogos Room.

2:30-5:30pm: Class session 2

Throughout the day on Friday and Saturday: knit with friends, attend a trunk show or yarn tasting, go for a walk, a swim in the indoor pool or a relaxing soak in the crater. The choice is yours!

May 20 – Saturday
Breakfast on your own

9am – 12: Class Session 1

Noon: Lunch is served in the Timpanogos Room.

2:30–5:30pm: Class Session 2

May 21 – Sunday
Breakfast on your own.

Check out of your guest room.

Come to the Timpanogos room for coffee and sodas. Relax and knit. Visit with friends until noon when we’ll all say,“See you next year!”


Classes

Tvåändsstickning – or Twined Knitting – Nancy Bush -6 hours – Friday AM & PM
Travel to Sweden in this workshop! We will study the traditional technique of two end,
or twined knitting, a special way to make mittens, gloves, socks and other warm and
sturdy projects. Learn how to carry the two yarns, how to make interesting textures and
how to add in colors – all while making a wonderful pair of mittens! Students should be
familiar with using double point needles for this class. This class will use special Z plied
yarn from Sweden supplied by Nancy Bush.

Materials Fee: $18.00 for yarn and handouts

Bring: #2 or #3 double pointed needles and the usual knitting supplies –
including a metal board with magnets or similar for reading and keeping track of charts.

 

Estonian Traveling Stitches – Nancy Bush – 3 hours – Saturday AM

The Estonian’s have a unique way of creating texture! In this class, we will take a look at the traveling and textured stitches used in both traditional and modern knitted garments. We will learn how Estonian knitters make their stitches move and how the stitches combine to form enticing patterns. We will discuss the many applications of these techniques.

Materials fee of $10.00 includes yarn and handouts.

Bring: Set of #3 (3.25mm) or #4 (3.5mm) double pointed needles as well as the usual knitting supplies including a metal board with magnets or similar to read and keep track of charts.

 

Estonian Embellishments – Nancy Bush – 3 hours – Saturday PM

There are many intriguing techniques used to decorate traditional Estonian knitting, especially the cuffs of gloves and mittens. In this class, we will make a colorful cuff or wrister incorporating horizontal braids and simple stitches that create appealing textures. These techniques can be applied to mittens, gloves, socks, and even sweaters.

Materials fee: $16.00 includes yarn and handouts.
Bring: Set of #2 (2.75mm) or #3 (3.75mm) double point needles as well as the usual knitting supplies including a metal board with magnets or similar to read and keep track of charts.

 

Two Color Knitting – Lisa Sewell – 3 hours – Friday AM & Saturday AM
This workshop will take beginning knitters to the next level as we dive into the world of two-color stranded knitting techniques.  You’ll learn how to carry 2 or more colors using the English and Continental methods, how to catch colors, how to introduce new colors, & how to weave in ends as well as a few other little tips and tricks to make your adventure into 2-color knitting easier. We’ll explore reading color charts, how to do a color-gauge watch, and how color and techniques are used in a variety of sweaters styles.

Materials Fee $18
Bring:#8 or #9 16-inch circular needles (or size suitable for worsted-weight yarn), stitch markers

 

Fair Isle Hat – Lisa Sewell – 6 hours – Friday PM & Saturday PM

We’ll knit up this hat pattern using Shetland Wool and explore the shading techniques and use of multiple colors in a project. The use of color shading in this hat mimic color-work seen in Fair Isle sweaters. This project is a great introduction for those interested in exploring how shading works in Fair Isle sweaters and how fun it is to play with six or seven colors in a project. Knitters will work on stranding, catching colors and changing color techniques. We’ll add in a two color cast on and braid embellishment to the mix just for interest. Suitable for knitters familiar with two-color knitting techniques.

Materials Fee: $20

Bring: Circular & double pointed needles suitable for working with worsted weight yarn

 

 

Double Knit – Carolyn Chen  – 3 hours – Friday AM & Saturday AM

Learn knitting with two colors  to create a reversible Stockinette fabric with a positive/negative image. We will cover Double Knitting tips & hints, Cast-ons, working from a chart, recognizing and fixing mistakes, and binding off. Knit a swatch that when completed after class, can be used as a cell phone cover or coin purse.

Bring  US #7  24” needle

 

 

 

The Antidote for “The Short Row Phobic” Cowl – Carolyn Chen – 3 hours – Friday PM

Do you shy away from short row projects? Let Carolyn hold your hand while you knit the Antidote Cowl designed by Laura Aylor. This is an easy Garter stitch pattern where short rows make up the shaping on the wider edge. Make a colorful, warm, soft, squishy cowl while learning a short row technique and making a buttonhole.

Materials Fee :$18.00
Bring a US #17 24” needle.

 

 


Presenters

Nancy Bush

Nancy has a passion for traditional knitting techniques & ethnic knitting patterns. She has a degree in Art History and did post-graduate studies in color design and weaving in San Francisco and Sweden. Nancy has traveled extensively to Estonia to study the people, culture and art of Estonian knitting. She has published many articles about the art and techniques of Estonian Knitting. Her workshops are in high demand both in the US and Europe .

 

Lisa Sewell

Lisa has been teaching knitting classes for over 25 years. She took a break to get her professional career on track and now she’s back to doing one of her favorite things – sharing her love of all things knitting! Whether you are new to the craft, just starting to explore the knitting world or a seasoned knitter, she can get you to that next level. Lisa’s emphasis is on technique and mastery of the art of knitting. She builds confident and self-sufficient knitters.

 

Carolyn Chen

Carolyn Chen is an engineer by day and a fiber hoarder by nights and weekends.  She is active in many local handcrafting guilds and teaches sewing, knitting, crocheting and kumihimo. She likes to create reversible garments, which led to her addiction with Double Knitting.

 

 


A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate for retreat participants.

Deluxe rooms are $119/night. Luxury Suites are $129/night. There is no additional charge for double occupancy. The number of discounted rooms is limited. We recommend you make your room reservations early.

No reservations are needed for the pool or fitness center. Reservations are recommended for “soak time” in the crater.

For room reservations or reservations for the crater, call The Homestead Resort directly at  435-657-3806.

There are many public areas around the resort for social knitting, including the patios – weather permitting.