Retreats 2017 – Vancouver

Knit for Fun Retreats 2017

September 22 to 24, 2017
hudsons-vancouverVancouver, Washington

Heathman Lodge
7801 NE Greenwood Dr.
Vancouver, Washington 98662
360-254-3100

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Instructors: Ann Budd, Carson Demers, and Lorilee Beltman

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, and New Directions in Sock Knitting. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and teach workshops across North America and beyond.

Carson Demers
carson-demers-head-shot-reducedBy day, Carson is a physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program for a medical center in the San Francisco Bay Area. Every other moment, he’s knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, writing, or otherwise up to fiber fun with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares at yarn shops, guilds, and knitting events across the country. A regular contributor to Ply magazine, Carson aims to keep us all creating healthfully and comfortably ever after. Learn more at http://www.ergoiknit.com/.

Lorilee Beltman
DSC_0052 copyLorilee collects experiences while camping in National Parks, where she finds the prettiest spots to sit and knit. She’s known for her patience in the classroom and her ability to communicate clearly and kindly. Her students are curious knitters who want to improve their confidence and broaden their skill sets. Lorilee has conducted classes at national events since 2009, and is the Techniques Columnist at Knitty.com and online instructor at Craftsy and Interweave. Her designs and articles have been published in numerous books and magazines. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, lived in Grand Rapids for twenty-five years, and now calls Seattle home. You can find Lorilee at lorileebeltman.com.

Retreat Class Offerings

Each class is three hours; choose one from each 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.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be comfortable reading charts.

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 and reading charts.

Read Your Knitting—Your Stitches Tell A 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 and on charts. 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.

Socks At Any Gauge—Create A Custom Top-Down Sock Pattern
Want to make socks that fit perfectly, no matter what yarn or needles you use? This workshop will teach you how to measure your foot, knit a swatch, and devise a standard top-down pattern for any size foot and any gauge of knitting.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must have experience knitting socks from the top down.

Classes by Carson Demers
Swatch Buckling—Swatching for Improved Posture, Comfort, and Efficiency
Bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique by examining yarn tensioning techniques, all phases of stitch formation from simple to challenging stitches, and ways to add movement to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be comfortable knitting basic knit-purl stitch combinations, as well as simple cable and lace patterns.

Socks Unraveled—Risks and Remediation for Sock Knitting
Making socks should be as comfortable as wearing them. But many sock knitters experience aches and pains while creating their fantastic footwear. Fear not! This class will teach you ergonomic basics for injury prevention and explore risks and remediation for knitting socks. A little knowledge and some simple changes will help make your body happy from head to toe.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be comfortable knitting socks.

Group Ergonomic Consultation—Direct Feedback on Your Knitting Ergonomics
Ever feel aches or pains after or during knitting? This group setting is an opportunity for you to receive direct feedback about your knitting ergonomics and personal habits that create risk of injury. You’ll learn how to identify and reduce risk of injury and discomfort through working individual analysis with Carson and observing others do the same.
Experience level: Beginner to expert.

Knitting Happily Ever After — An Overview of Ergonomics for Knitters
In this shortened version of the all-day intensive class (see below), you’ll learn how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. A risk-of-injury assessment will show you how knitting contributes to aches and pains throughout your body. More importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce the discomfort. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after.
Note: A longer version of this class is offered during the optional Thursday Intensive class; do not sign up for both.
Experience level: Beginner to expert.

Classes by Lorilee Beltman
Pick Your Knits and Purls—An Introduction to Continental Knitting
When you learn Lorilee’s brand of Continental knitting, you’ll minimize your hand motions for a more comfortable, and perhaps speedier, way to knit. Each finger has a job to do. Understand exactly what motions have a bearing on stitch gauge (it’s not what you may think!). Learn to create even knitting by sizing your knits and purls equally, and how your choice of tools affects the outcome. Practice the knit stitch, then move on to purl, increases, decreases, and ribbing, where efficiency really pays off.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Beginner to expert.

Colorful Garter Stitch—Easy, Unexpected Color Patterns
Garter stitch groupies get your groove on with this charming and simple technique for adding color to this fabric by carrying strands of contrasting color vertically from row to row. Don’t worry; the yarn management is easy, even with multiple colors going at once. Freely add your newfound technique to garter-rich projects such as EZʼs Adult or Baby Surprise Jacket, or simply highlight a garter-stitch detail on a garment. You’ll learn to apply the technique to existing patterns. The samples will inspire you!
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert. Must be comfortable casting on, knitting garter stitch, and be willing to work from a chart (with teacher’s help).

Professional Cuffs—Adventures with Invisible Cast-Ons
Learn to knit professional-looking cuffs and hems without crochet hooks or waste yarn. Class begins by learning Judy’s Magic Cast-On, then proceeds to knitting in the round to learn what a beautifully tensioned invisible cast-on can look like. Next, work a hemmed cuff (both plain and picot) without waste yarn or sewing down bulky edges. Finally, create the professional and tidy tubular cast-on in 1 x 1 and 2 x 2 rib, again without waste yarn or crochet hook. You’ll leave prepared to apply these techniques to sweater sleeves, sock cuffs, and hems on all sorts of projects.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be comfortable knitting, purling, and trying new things.

Kitchener Stitch Made Easy—Learn the Ins and Outs of this Amazing Stitch
Grafting with the Kitchener Stitch is a flawless way to finish the toes of your socks and invisibly join live stitches. The problem for many is the need to look up the instructions each and every time they set out to do it. In this class, you’ll gain an understanding of the path the grafting yarn takes. With a few tricks, you’ll quickly memorize the steps for stockinette stitch, garter stitch, as well as one method used for k1 x p1 and k2 x p2 ribbing.
Experience level: Advanced beginner to expert.

Optional Thursday Intensive (Six-Hour) Class

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.

Knitting Happily Ever After (Carson Demers)
In this class, you’ll learn how knitting effects the “fabric that makes the fabric”—your body! Plus, you’ll learn how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. A Risk of Injury assessment will show you how knitting contributes to aches and pains throughout your body. More importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce the discomfort. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after.
Note: A shorter version of this class is offered during the regular retreat; do not register for both.
Experience level: Beginner to expert.

Vertically Stranded Colorwork (Lorilee Beltman)
Explore various ways that color can be added when contrast stitches climb vertically from round to round. These techniques do not inhibit the elasticity of the fabric. We’ll play with simple zigs and zags, colorful cables, lines between lace, and purl-only columns that look like caterpillars. We’ll explore its use in Rovaniemi knitting, as a substitute for duplicate stitch in argyle.
Worsted-weight yarn will be provided.
Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be able to work in the round on a small circumference without assistance. Charts will be used in class but will be thoroughly explained by teacher.

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, snacks and beverages throughout the weekend, as well as all taxes and gratuities.

Basic Package/Double Occupancy: $995
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1255
Commuter (everything but the hotel) $750
Additional Three-Hour Class (space available): $60
Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class: $125 (includes lunch)

Registration opens January 30, 2017

Deposits

Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $995
A security deposit of $332 is due upon registration; $332 is due April 30, 2017; the final $331 is due by July 31, 2017.
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): $1255
A security deposit of $419 is due upon registration; $418 is due by April 30, 2017; the final $418 is due by July 31, 2017.

Optional All-Day Exclusive Six-Hour Intensive Class: $125 (includes lunch)
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. You’ll need to contact the hotel directly to get the group-rate price for this extra night.

Cancellation Policy

A $100 fee will be charged for cancellations before July 31, 2017.
No refund will be given after July 31, 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.