The Wool Cabin Spring Retreat – May 17th – 20th 2018
The Homestead Resort
Midway, Utah

 


It’s Spring Time in the Rockies and there’s no better way to indulge in all things knitting! Bring your friends or meet new ones as we knit, laugh and learn together in this gorgeous mountain setting. Curl up in front of a crackling fire. Relax and refresh as you soak in warm, soothing mineral springs. See and touch beautiful fibers at a trunk show. Let go of the stress of everyday life; start the day with an hour of Yoga.  Go for a walk and breathe the fresh mountain air AND Knit to your heart’s content!

Registration opens February 5th 
Book your room early at the Homestead 435-654-1102


Schedule of Events

May 17 – Thursday – Hors d’oeuvres and drinks to kick off the weekend. Meet the presenters and your friends for an informal evening talking and laughing.  Bring your knitting and start to unwind.
May 18 – Friday – Morning Yoga, Morning and Afternoon Classes, Lunch, Trunk Shows and Social Knitting.
May 19 – Saturday – Morning Yoga, Morning and Afternoon Classes, Lunch, Trunk Shows and Social Knitting.
May 20 – Sunday – Morning Yoga, light breakfast, Social Knitting and Checkout.

Included in your registration: Morning yoga – optional, Wine and Cheese Party Thursday night – highly recommended, Snacks and Lunch Friday and Saturday, Light breakfast Sunday Morning, Six hours of Classes, New friend making – expected, and all the fun it is legal to have!!


Classes

Nancy Bush – Estonian Kolmnurk Ratik 

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: part one – Friday Morning, part two – Saturday Morning

Estonian Lace knitters have several ways of shaping triangular shawls. In this class, we will discuss the variations and study, in depth, one interesting way to create a triangular shape where decreases rule. We will make a miniature triangular shawl, easily translated to human size, with unique patterns and special details.

This class includes a follow up session in the shop following the retreat.

Skills required: Long Tail cast on,  some experience with lace knitting.

 

Lisa Sewell – Latvian Mittens 

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: part one – Friday morning, part two – Saturday morning

We’ll delve into the world of Latvian mitten construction and design in this workshop. Students will learn about the history behind these wonderful treasures as well as techniques used in making them. For this classic mitten, begin with a two-color cast on and a Latvian Braid; knit the cuff, the body and learn the special technique for knitting the thumb in pattern. This class includes a follow up session in the shop following the retreat.

Skills required: Must be very comfortable with double point needles, working in small gauge and two color knitting.

 

Kristin Drysdale – Three Color Knitting – Colorwork Cowl

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: Part one – Friday morning, part two – Saturday morning

Join Kristin for this class to conquer your fear of knitting with three colors at once. Learn how to carry multiple colors in both hands, weave in when needed and survive to tell about it! Choose from two of Kristin’s original cowl (or snood) designs for this class. These designs will not be released for publication until after the retreat, so you’ll be the first to see and knit them! Each lovely design is knit with 5 colors of cozy alpaca, but only 3 colors at one time.

Skills required: Long tail cast on, chart reading, two-color knitting.

Jeane de Coster – What NOT to Knit 

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: Part One – Friday Morning, part two – Saturday morning

Don’t like rules about body types? We don’t either! But if our hand-knit garments don’t fit or flatter us, we won’t feel good when we wear them. They get “gifted” or stashed in a drawer. What to do?? This cclass starts with a personalized fit analysis for each student. Along the way, your learn the guidelines about ease, length, neck and shoulder lines that you can use to make your next garment knitting project a success. All sizes, curves and knitting experience welcome!

Carolyn Chen – Mosaic Cowl

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: Part one – Friday morning, part two – Saturday morning

Don’t worry if you are a new knitter! You don’t have to take on an intermediate or advanced class to attend and enjoy the retreat! We have something for everyone. Mosaic knitting is all over Ravelry lately. In this 6 hour class, let Carolyn walk you through the fun and beautiful technique of mosaic knitting as you knit a beautiful mosaic cowl designed by Katy Carroll.

Skills required: Cast on, knit and purl

 

Afternoon Classes

Nancy Bush – Nupp Secrets – The Jewel of Estonian Lace 

This is a three hour class taught on Friday afternoon.

There is a fascination surrounding the Estonian lace technique of the nupp (bud or button in Estonian). In this class, you will learn how to make the perfect nupp, how to correct problems with them, how to troubleshoot when making them and some very unique ways to use them. You will have a whole new appreciation for the nupp upon completion of this class. This is a great building block for Saturday afternoon’s Knitting Estonian Lace Class.

Skills required: Some experience with lace knitting.

 

Nancy Bush – Knitting Estonian Lace

This is a three hour class taught on Saturday afternoon.

Estonia has a lace tradition spanning nearly 200 years. Learn about the stitch patterns and history of these lovely garments.  In this workshop you will learn several of the unique ways Estonian knitters use to create texture in lace. You will receive 4 patterns to knit a sampler.

Skills required: Some experience with lace knitting

 

Lisa Sewell – Introduction to Shetland

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions parts: Part one Friday afternoon, part two Saturday afternoon

In this workshop we’ll cover the techniques used in knitting Fair Isle sweaters, including color swatching, corrugated rib, two color work, steeks and finishing work. Each student will receive a Fair Isle kit of Spindrift Shetland wool and a pattern to create a mini-cardigan. We’ll work through the sweater sampler using the techniques we learn in class. Suitable for experienced knitters comfortable with two color knitting technique. Please bring to class a set of circular needles (16”) and a set of double point needles in size #2, #3 and #4. This class includes a follow up session in the shop following the retreat.

Skills required: Two color knitting, knitting in the round.

Kristin Drysdale – Icing on the Cake

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: Part one – Friday afternoon, part two – Saturday afternoon

Join Kristin to make a pair of Nordic Slippers that will give you all the skills you need to knit anything you want with colorwork. Learn colorwork both flat and in the round and two color purling. In part two,  learn different techniques for embroidery embellishments that will take your slippers over the top.

Skills required: Two color knitting, knitting in the round.

Jeane de Coster – Easy Fit!

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: Part one Friday afternoon, part two Saturday afternoon

Learn some easy tips to make your hand-knit garments fit before you knit them.  Learn how to use graph paper to analyze and change a pattern, how to make a quick mock up to test fit before you knit. We’ll discuss and demonstrate proper body measurements and translate them into pattern measurements.  Receive and learn to use Jeane’s “Made to Measure” pattern in class.

Skills required: Suitable for confident beginner knitters.

Carolyn Chen – Beginning Lace

This class is taught in two 3 hour sessions: Part one Friday afternoon, part two Saturday afternoon

Don’t worry if you are a fairly new knitter! You don’t have to take on an intermediate or advanced class to attend and enjoy the retreat! We have something for everyone. This class is structured to help the new knitter become an intermediate knitter. Learn all the tips and tricks to knit your first lace project. In this class, Carolyn walks you through left vs. right leaning increases and decreases, how to read a simple lace chart, and the magic of lifelines. Carolyn has a whole bag of tricks and tips to help you as you take on this lovely lace project with confidence.

Skills Required: Cast on, knit and purl


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.

 

Kristin Drysdale

Three Color Knitting – Colorwork Cowl – part one

Join Kristin for this class to conquer your fear of knitting with three colors at once. Learn how to carry multiple colors in both hands, weave in when needed and survive to tell about it! Choose from two of Kristin’s original cowl (or snood) designs for this class. These designs will not be released for publication until after the retreat, so you’ll be the first to see and knit them! Each lovely design is knit with 5 colors of cozy alpaca, but only 3 colors at one time. Skills required: Long tail cast on, chart reading, two-color knitting.

Jeane de Coster

Jeane would rather knit an XXL Fair Isle sweater than a scarf. She is a garment knitter and wants to wear what she knits. Early on, she became tired of knitting things and giving them away because they didn’t fit. Since then, she has studied the techniques that guarantee her knitted garments will fit beautifully and she will feel beautiful when she wears them. Her classes are designed to help knitters share those feelings for their own knitting.

 

Carolyn Chen

Carolyn 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 kumahimo. She especially  loves to share her love of knitting with knitters of all skill levels.

 

Morning yoga with Jenna and Heather – Everyone is welcome! This is a no judgement zone!!


Plans to ensure an enjoyable retreat for everyone who signs up are made months in advance. Payments to the venue are also made well in advance. Therefore, the cancelation policy is as follows:  Before March 1st will receive a 75% refund, before April 1st will receive a 50% refund and after April 1st, no refund will be given.

Special circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis.