Retreats 2017 – Edmonton

Knit for Fun Retreats 2017

November 2 to 5, 2017DoubleTree in West Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

DoubleTree by Hilton, West Edmonton
16615-109 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5P 4K8
Canada

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Instructors: Ann Budd, Susan B. Anderson, and Joji Locatelli

Ann Budd
annIn 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, New Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of the Style series. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and teach workshops across North America and beyond.

Susan B. Anderson
Susan B. AndersonSusan B. Anderson of Madison, Wisconsin, is the author of several best-selling books, including Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery, Itty-Bitty Toys series, Spud & Chloe at the Farm, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out, and Kids’ Knitting Workshop. In addition to her self-published pattern line, her designs have appeared in Parents Magazine, Knit Simple, Interweave Knits, and Noro Magazine, as well as independent yarn and design companies including Quince & Co., Infinite Twist, and Little Skein in the Big Wool. Susan loves traveling domestically and abroad teaching and meeting knitters from all over the world. Visit her award-winning blog susanbanderson.blogspot.com.

Joji Locatelli
Joji LocatelliJoji Locatelli enjoys living her life in sunny Buenos Aires, Argentina, while dreaming of visiting the rest of the world armed with knitting needles and yarn. (She believes life is much sweeter when served with coffee and chocolate.) Joji has been actively knitting for twelve years (and counting). She self-published her first design in 2008 and now has more than 100 patterns on Ravelry, as well as three Interpretations with Veera Valimaki. Visit www.jojiknits.com to learn more about Joji and her patterns.

Retreat Class Offerings

Each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor

Classes by Ann Budd
Intarsia in the Round — Isolated Color-Block Patterns in Knitted Tubes
Many knitters believe that intarsia (color block) patterns, such as argyle, can only be knitted back and forth in rows. Learn how to knit color motifs while working in rounds by knitting a simple wrist warmer with an argyle pattern. Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must have experience knitting intarsia patterns and be comfortable knitting in rounds.

Read Your Knitting—Your Stitches Tell as Story
Many knitters run into problems because they’re unable to recognize how different stitches, including increases and decreases, appear in a piece of knitting. In this class, you’ll knit a reference swatch that includes the most common stitches, including directional increases and decreases, and learn how to recognize them in your knitting. Once you know what stitches are supposed to look like, you’ll have much easier time recognizing and fixing mistakes! Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be able to recognize the difference between stockinette stitch, reverse stockinette stitch, and garter stitch.

Happy Heels—Explore Three Heel Variations
Because the heels of socks are typically worked on half of the leg stitches, it’s easy to make substitutions. In this class, we’ll explore three types of heel that will expand your sock-knitting repertoire. Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be comfortable knitting small circumferences in the round.

Two-Layer Mittens—Want to Hear Them Say “Ahhh”?
Mittens are a necessity in cold climates and high elevations. Learn how to add a luxurious lining to turn ordinary mittens into heavenly hand warmers! We’ll start by knitting the cuff and into the gusset of the outer mitten (if there’s time), then pick up stitches with a contrasting (luxury) yarn and work the lining in the opposite direction. The same technique can be used to line hats, too.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be comfortable knitting small circumferences in the round.

Classes by Susan B. Anderson
The Owl and the Egg—Two Toys in One!
In this three-hour class, you’ll zip through a nearly seamless (only one small and quick seam in the entire toy!) Topsy-Turvy Toy. The toy starts as a palm-size egg that turns inside out into an adorable little owl. Through group discussions, technique demonstrations, and plenty of individual attention, you’ll learn about gauge issues, simple seams, picking up stitches, face embroidery, and stuffing, and you’ll leave a confident toy knitter!
Homework is required.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must be comfortable working small circumferences in rounds (double-pointed needles, two circular, or magic loop), increasing, and decreasing.

Design Your Own Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts—An Exploration in Latvian Braid, Corrugated Ribbing, and Tensioning Yarn with Both Hands
Combine a few colors of worsted weight yarn to make a pair of beautiful colorwork fingerless mitts! You’ll learn corrugated ribbing, Latvian braid, and tensioning yarn with two hands, and see plenty of options, charts, and examples that will give you confidence to pick and choose your own combinations. Armed with the general recipe, you’ll leave with the confidence to explore options on your own.
Yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must be comfortable working small circumferences in rounds (double-pointed needles, two circular, or magic loop), increasing and decreasing.

Sheep!—An Adorable Introduction to Knitted Toys
Have some serious fun while knitting an adorable little sheep and learning toy-knitting tips. Choose between a textured wrap stitch, a loopy stitch, or a simple stranded colorwork pattern. Through large group discussion, small group demonstrations, and individual attention, you’ll learn general toy-knitting tips and tricks from a master, including fiber choices, gauge guidelines, embroidery, stuffing, and ways to make toys that stand the test of time.
Homework is required.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. Must be comfortable working small circumferences in rounds (double-pointed needles, two circular, or magic loop), increasing, and decreasing.

Sock Yarn Bunny—Put Your Leftover Sock Yarn to Good Use
Knit your leftover sock yarn into a sweet seamless bunny! Join renowned toy designer Susan B. Anderson for a class packed full of techniques that you can use in all sorts of seamless top-down toys (as well as other projects), including picking up stitches, face embroidery, stuffing and after-thought techniques, and much more. You’ll leave class a confident toy knitter!
Yarn will be provided but feel free to bring your own leftovers.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. Must be comfortable working small circumferences in rounds (double-pointed needles, two circular, or magic loop), increasing, and decreasing.

Classes by Joji Locatelli
Boxy Sweaters — The Popular Design that Fits All Body Types
Boxy tops and sweaters are quite possibly the most universally flattering style there is. Learn how ease and drape can make or break the look and how to pick a pattern that suits you best. You’ll also learn ways to hack a boxy sweater—such as adding side vents, curved hems, and thumbholes.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and work in rounds. No sweater experience required, but you should have completed a few accessories.

Design Your Own Crescent Shawl—Explore Your Imagination and Creativity
Crescent shawls are the ideal canvas for imagination and creativity, and they’re easier to knit that you may think. In this class, we’ll discuss how different yarns behave in a crescent shawl, how to include lace patterns, use short-rows, and handle different colors. We’ll end with a discussion on how to write instruction and turn them into a good shawl pattern.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and bind off. Must have completed at least one shawl.

Multicolor Projects — Clever Ways to Reduce Your Stash
In this colorful class, you’ll learn how to mix and match yarn in your stash for fun and stylish results. We’ll discuss yarn textures and their combinations, when to make texture match and what happens when it doesn’t, identifying yarn weight (thickness), and determining the yardage in partial balls. Through a sampling of her colorwork designs, Joji will explain how to combine colors, tone down yarns that are too bright, and brighten colors that are too dull.
An assortment of yarn will be provided but bring some of your own for more options.
Experience level: Beginner to Expert.

Joji’s Approach to Sweater Design—From Finding Inspiration to Grading Patterns for Different Sizes
Learn Joji’s design process from start to finish, whether you’re in the mood to design your own sweater or are simply interested in the behind-the-scenes decisions. Topics include finding inspiration, following trends, important measurements, and ease. You’ll also get an overview of choosing the best construction for your body shape, adding details, and even grading patterns to different sizes.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, work in rounds, and bind off. Must have completed at least one sweater.

Optional Thursday Intensive (Six-Hour) Classes

A Skirt for All Seasons—Design a Custom-Fit “Pleated” Skirt (Ann Budd)
Knitted skirts are becoming wardrobe staples—and they’re a lot easier to knit than you might think (they require just three to four skeins of sock yarn)! Learn how to take proper waist and hip measurements and combine them with your gauge to create a “pleated” skirt with a perfect fit, no matter your size. You’ll leave with a personalized skirt pattern for your yarn and gauge.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, increasing, and have a sense of adventure.

Exploring Shawl Shapes—Design Your Own Masterpiece (Susan B. Anderson)
In class, you’ll get in-depth instruction on designing your own shawl and directions on exactly how to create the shape you want, including crescent, triangular, half-hexagon, asymmetrical, semi-circle, and many more. Choose any stitch pattern—stockinette stitch, garter stitch, lace, cables, stripes—and add beads if you’d like. The sky’s the limit! Bring the yarn you’d like to use (400 yards of fingering-weight yarn; 300 to 600 yards of sport-, DK-, or worsted-weight yarn), appropriate needles, and a pencil, and you’ll leave with an excellent understanding of how to design your own shawl from cast-on to bind-off and everything in between as you plan and start your very own shawl design.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must be comfortable casting on, knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, and binding off.

Sweaters That Fit—Realize Every Knitter’s Dream (Joji Locatelli)
In this friendly workshop, we’ll talk about how to choose a sweater that will make you happy. Topics include choosing the best silhouette for your body type, taking measurements, choosing the right yarn, and adding darts, waist shaping, and curved hems.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and work in rounds. No sweater experience required, but you should have completed a few accessories.

Friday Night Extravaganza

I’m over-the-top excited to announce that two of the hottest podcasters in North America, The Grocery Girls (Tracy on the left and Jodi on the right) will join my Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Canada, this fall (November 2–5). I can promise you that you’ll enjoy every minute you spend with these spontaneous, smart, witty, energetic, and fun-loving sisters!

In addition to attending classes with other participants, they’ll host the special Friday night (November 3) extravaganza during which they will interview the three teachers—Susan B. Anderson, Joji Locatelli, and Ann Budd (that’s me). The Grocery Girls will use their unique style to bring a smile to everyone’s face while revealing the teachers’ hidden secrets. It’s bound to be a learning experience for all of us, and a ton of fun, too!

The event, which includes dinner, is included in the retreat registration fee and no further action is needed. Non-participants can attend for $150 US, which includes a mini swag bag and access to the retreat marketplace as well. Space is limited so email Cindy at knitforfunretreats@gmail.com today to secure a spot.

 

Cost

The following rates cover everything: three 3-hour classes, a great swag bag, three nights’ lodging; all meals (vegetarian and gluten-free options will be available) from dinner on Thursday to brunch on Sunday (8 meals total), snacks and beverages throughout the weekend, as well as all taxes and gratuities.
For this special retreat, we’re offering an early-bird special discount that’s good until April 1, 2017. After that date, the cost increases $75 US.

Basic Package/Double Occupancy:
$1,180 US ($1,255 after April 1, 2017)
Basic Package/Single Occupancy:
$1,395 US ($1,470 after April 1, 2017)
Commuter Rate (everything but the hotel):
$995 US ($1,070 after April 1, 2017)
Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class (includes lunch; for attendees only):
$225 US ($250 after April 1, 2017)
Additional Three-Hour Class (space available; for attendees only):
$100 US ($125 after April 1, 2017)

Deposits

Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1180 US ($1255 after April 1, 2017)
To qualify for the early-bird special, a security deposit of $394 US is due upon registration; $393 US is due March 1, 2017; the final $393 US is due by May 1, 2017.
For registration after April 1, 2017, the entire $1255 US fee will be due upon registration.

Should you need a roommate, you’ll be matched up with a new knitting buddy. If you have a roommate in mind, please specify the name on the registration form.

Single Occupancy (1 Queen Bed): $1395 US
($1,470 after April 1, 2017)

To qualify for the early-bird special, a security deposit of $465 US is due upon registration; $465 US is due by March 1, 2017; the final $465 US is due by May 1, 2017.
For registration after April 1, 2017, the entire $1470 US fee will be due upon registration.

Commuter Rate (Everything Except the Hotel Room): $995 US
($1,070 after April 1, 2017)

To qualify for the early-bird special, a security deposit of $332 US is due upon registration; $332 US is due by March 1, 2017; the final $331 US is due by May 1, 2017.
For registration after April 1, 2017, the entire $1070 US fee will be due upon registration.

Optional All-Day Exclusive Six-Hour Intensive Class (includes lunch): $225
($250 after April 1, 2017)
Payment for this class is due at time of registration.
Please note that hotel accommodations for the night preceding this optional class are not covered in the fee. Please email Cindy at knitforfunretreats@gmail.com to set up a reservation at the same group rate.

Additional Three-Hour Class (space available; for attendees only): $100 US
($125 after April 1, 2017)

Payment for this class is due at time of registration.

Cancellation Policy

A $100 fee will be charged for cancellations before August 15, 2017.

No refund will be given after August 15, 2017; we will, however, send the fabulous swag bag to you after the event.

Contact

Contact us at knitforfunretreats@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.