Estes Park – Retreats 2016

Knit for Fun
Past Retreats 2016

September 22 to 25, 2016
Estes Park, Colorado

Estes Park, CO cabin

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YMCA of the Rockies/Pattie Hyde Barclay Cabin
2515 Tunnel Road
Estes Park, CO 80511
Instructors: Ann Budd and Galina Khmeleva

Ann Budd
In addition to being a fun-loving knitaholic, I worked for Interweave Press for more than 20 years and am now a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. I’ve authored more than a dozen books, including the Handy Book series, Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, and many of the Style series. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and teach workshops across North America and beyond.

Galina Khmeleva
A Russian-born expert on lace knitting and handspinning, Galina is author of Gossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs: The Design Collection, as well as dozens of articles in magazines such as Interweave Knits, Spin-Off, PieceWork, Knitting Traditions, and Knitter’s Magazine. Galina teaches lace knitting and spinning workshops and retreats around the world. Learn more at


Retreat Class Offerings

Each class is three hours; choose a total of three classes—two from one instructor and one from the other instructor.

Classes by Ann Budd
Shadow Knitting—Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Shadow knitting is an ingenious method of alternating two rows each of two colors in combinations of knit and purl stitches to create patterns that appear as simple stripes at some angles and as distinct motifs when viewed at other angles. In this class, you’ll knit a heart motif to learn the basics of this intriguing pattern stitch.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Fixing Mistakes—Be the Boss of Your Knitting
In this class, we’ll examine how the basic stitches look in a piece of knitting, and practice fixing common mistakes, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), reversing the direction of a cable turn, and correcting a snag that breaks the yarn.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Intro to Sweater Design—Why Instructions Are Written the Way They Are
Learn how designers go about figuring out the stitch counts and coming up with the instructions for a simple garment. Go a step further and learn a magic formula for evenly spaced increases or decreases as well as how to convert instructions for one gauge to a different gauge.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Decorative Cast-Ons—Begin With a Bang
Learn an assortment of decorative cast-on techniques that will add unexpected style to the edges of whatever you knit. Techniques will include Channel Island, I-Cord, Braid, Fringe, and others as time permits.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Classes by Galina Khmeleva
Dimensional Knitting Russian Style—An Exploration of Motifs
Give your knitting projects a crisp, bold, easily defined look while adding style, substance, and texture. You’ll learn the “spider,” “clover leaf,” and “mooshky” (lily-of-the-valley) motifs that will add exquisite dimension to your knitting. Traditional, they’re not, but they are a lot of fun to knit!
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert; must be familiar with knitting lace.

Grafting with a Russian Twist and More—From Start to Finish
In this class, you’ll learn the simple, yet effective, Russian method for grafting “seamless” seams. You’ll also learn creative Russian cast-ons to fit every occasion, as well as a unique Russian bind-off that will leave you breathless.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Knitted Lace Embellishments—The Perfect Edge
Orenburg knitted lace is perhaps most often recognized by its exquisitely detailed scalloped border (teeth). In this class, you’ll learn the techniques that make this “perfect edge” and explore various ways to use this edge to turn ordinary table, bed, and bath linens; curtains; clothing; or, of course, shawls into luxurious collectibles.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert; must be familiar with knitting lace.

Handspinning the Orenburg Way—Fun with Luxury Fibers
Learn the magical handspinning techniques that result in arguably the most luxurious shawls in the knitting universe. This class will emphasize spinning luxury fibers (cashmere, quviut, pygora, buffalo, etc.), the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, and economical use of the precious yardage.
Experience level: Beginner to expert.

Optional Thursday Intensive (Six-Hour) Class

Steeks and Zippers (Ann Budd)
Steeks are essential for truly even stitches in stranded colorwork projects that will be cut open for armhole, front, and neck openings. In this class, you’ll make a coffee-cup warmer utilizing steek stitches that will be cut open, then finished with a zipper.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert; must be comfortable knitting in rounds and have a sense of adventure.

An Overview of Orenburg-Style Knitted Lace (Galina Khmeleva)
This class will focus on elegant borders, sensational pattern motifs, and intriguing knitting techniques, from both a technical and historical perspective. In addition to knitting samples, you’ll get a rare opportunity to see Galina’s private collection of original handspun/handknitted lace and engage in a lively discussion of the evolution of knitted lace.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert; must be familiar with knitting lace.