Retreats 2018 – Edmonton

Knit for Fun Retreats 2018

October 25 to 28, 2018DoubleTree in West Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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

Registration

Once again, Knit For Fun Retreats will partner with River City Yarns for my second Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Canada. Sister co-owners will ensure that a variety of Canadian yarns and notions will be represented in the marketplace. There’s a lot of talent in the northern reaches of North America!

Instructors: Carson Demers, Bristol Ivy, Justyna Lorkowska

Carson Demers
By 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 book Knitting Comfortably combines his passion and experience in fiber arts with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics, topics 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 www.ergoiknit.com.

Bristol Ivy
Bristol is a prolific knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine. Her work focuses on the intersection of classic tailoring and innovative technique, and her designs have appeared in a number of publications, including Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People, Quince & Co, PomPom Quarterly, Interweave Knits, amirisu. Bristol’s first book Knitting Outside the Box was published in 2017. You can find Bristol at bristolivy.com, and on Twitter and Instagram as @bristolivy.

Justyna Lorkowska
JustynaJustyna (aka Lete’s Knits) is a mother, former English teacher, and knitwear fanatic. She learned her first stitches as a teenager from her mother but gave up on knitting until she had her first child. At that time she took up her needles with passion and began to design knitwear for children and adults. Justyna’s true passion is designing unique garments, especially seamless ones, with intricate details and beautiful finishing. Her first book, Tabula Rasa: Neutrals, was published last year. Her second book, Tabula Rosa: Speckles, will come out in 2018.
Justyna lives in Poland with her yarnie husband, two kids, and a bolonka zwetna dog. Learn more at www.letesknits.com.

Retreat Class Offerings

(each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor)
The regular retreat classes will be scheduled during four class periods: Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon. You will be given three classes with regular registration. Additional classes can be purchased provided space is available.

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.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable knitting basic knit-purl stitch combinations, as well as simple cable and lace patterns.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 25 grams of worsted-weight wool; U.S. size 8 (5 mm)
needles (straight or circular); bath-size towel (borrow one from your hotel room).

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 Intermediate. Must be comfortable knitting socks.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: A sock in progress to work on.

Knitting Happily Ever After—An Overview of Ergonomics for Knitters
Note: A longer version of this class is offered during the optional Thursday Intensive class; do not sign up for both.
In this shortened version of the all-day intensive class, 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.
Experience level: Beginner.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: A project of your choosing in progress; bath-size towel (you
can borrow one from your hotel room); materials for taking notes.

Classes by Bristol Ivy
Short-Row Techniques—Shaping Made Simple
Short-rows are a handy way to add shaping to your knitting in both conventional and unexpected ways. Use them to turn a heel on a sock, better tailor a garment to your shape, or add unexpected twists and turns to accessories. In this class, you’ll learn the mechanics of short-rows, try out different techniques, and explore when and where to use them.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to decrease.
Homework: With smooth, non-haloed light-colored worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles, cast-on 30 stitches and work 1” (2.5 cm) in stockinette stitch. Do not cut the yarn and leave the stitches on the needles. Bring your swatch, yarn, and needles to class.
Materials to bring: Homework swatch, yarn, and needles.

Introduction to Brioche—Find Love in Squishy Fabric
Note: A more in-depth version of this class is offered during the optional Thursday Intensive class; do not sign up for both.
Brioche is an easy stitch that creates a lush, drapey, warm fabric. In this class we’ll learn the basic principles of working brioche flat and in the round, increasing and decreasing in pattern, and get started knitting Bristol’s Hey, Little Songbird pattern.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, and decrease.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 70 yards of worsted-weight yarn and size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm)
needles for swatching; about 800 yards of sport-weight or DK yarn and size U.S. 10½ (6.5 mm) needles for starting the stole in class.

Knitting Outside the Box—Bringing Inspiration to Fruition
In this class, we’ll talk about different forms of inspiration and different ways of thinking about knitting, then explore methods and theory to bring those ideas to reality. This is a great class if you’re interested in designing or just want to experiment with the vast possibilities knitting has to offer.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable with stitch patterns and be willing to experiment and play!
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 20 grams of yarn and appropriate needles for swatching
ideas; items/photos/tearsheets that inspire you; pencil; sketchbook.

Classes by Justyna Lorkowska
Shawl Shapes—Explore the Possibilities
Shawls are the hottest projects in the knitting world right now. They’re the perfect way to explore new techniques or use just a few skeins of precious yarn for something lovely. We’ll look at how to create triangular to crescent shapes and discuss how to add stitch patterns and how to play with unconventional shaping.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and follow a pattern.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 20 grams each of fingering weight yarn in a variety of
colors; appropriate needles for your yarn; copies of stitch patterns you’d like to experiment with.

Knitted-On Borders—A Perfect Finish
They can be simple or intricate, lacy or cabled—your choice—one thing is sure: knitted-on borders give a unique touch to a shawl. This class will focus on how to attach knitted-on borders to a variety of shawl types (and garments!), how to create your own border pattern, and how to determine the amount of yarn you’ll need. You’ll leave this class able to knit your own one-of-a-kind shawl.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and follow a pattern.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 10 grams each of fingering weight yarn in a variety of
colors; appropriate needles for your yarn; copies of stitch patterns you’d like to experiment with.

Color Play—Getting Comfortable with Possibilities
Are you afraid to play with colors? Is your yarn stash very colorful and you have no idea of what to cast on? In this workshop, we’ll focus on color play and step out of our comfort zones by learning basic principles of color mixing, finding inspiration, thinking outside the box, and how to translate color preferences into knitting.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and follow a pattern.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 20 grams each of fingering weight yarn in a variety of
colors; appropriate needles for your yarn; camera (a cell phone is fine).

Knit Doctor

Dr. AnnIn addition to three 3-hour classes, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one sessions of 20 minutes each with the Knit Doctor (that’s me, Ann Budd) on a first-come, first-serve basis. I’ll help you with anything that ails your knitting, from taking measurements and choosing yarn to finding your place in a piece gone wrong to fixing mistakes. With more than 40 years’ knitting experience, I’ve seen (and corrected) almost everything.

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, and cast on during class. Please wear leggings or yoga pants for ease of taking body measurements.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, and increasing knit and purl stitches.
Homework: With your chosen yarn and needles, cast on 46 stitches and work in rounds for 3”; do not bind-off. Bring your swatch (on the needles) and yarn to class.
Materials to bring: Your choice of fingering, sport, DK, or worsted-weight yarn for a
skirt (you’ll be notified how much yarn you’ll need based on your hip size prior to the class); appropriate 32” circular needles for your chosen yarn, plus needles one, two, and three sizes smaller (you may need to go down in needle size to achieve a good fabric); calculator; tape measure.

Knitting Happily Ever After (Carson Demers)
Note: A shorter version of this class is offered during the regular retreat; do not register for both.
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.
Experience level: Beginner.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: A project of your choosing in progress; bath-size towel (you
can borrow one from your hotel room); materials for taking notes.

Brioche Stitch—The Basics and Beyond (Bristol Ivy)
Note: This class covers much of the same material in the three-hour Introduction to Brioche class; do not sign up for both.
Brioche is an easy stitch that creates a lush, drapey, warm fabric. Learn the basic principles for working this exciting stitch pattern, increasing and decreasing, incorporating two colors, working in rounds, and a few complex decreases that really let your fabric shine.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and work in rounds.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 50 grams of worsted-weight yarn in a main color and 20
grams of a contrasting color; size U.S. 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5.0 mm) 16” circular needle.

Knit to Fit—Take the Guesswork Out of Your Next Garment (Justyna Lorkowska)
Do you ever wonder if a particular seamless design will look good on you? Our individual shapes and sizes affect how a garment will “fit.” In this class you’ll learn about various body shapes and how clothing change one’s appearance, how to determine your own body shape and take measurements for a perfect fit, how to compare your measurements against a schematic and identify changes you might want to make for your body type, and how to calculate waist shaping and bust darts.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must know how to knit in the round, increase, decrease, and read charts.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: Favorite yarn for swatching; appropriate needles for your yarn;
tapestry needle; tape measure; calculator.

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 breakfast on Sunday (8 meals total), snacks and beverages throughout the weekend, as well as all taxes and gratuities.

For this retreat, we’re offering an early-bird special discount that’s good until April 15. After that date, the cost increases $75 USD.

Basic Package/Double Occupancy: $1240 USD ($1315 USD after April 15)
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1450 USD ($1525 USD after April 15)
Commuter Rate (everything but the hotel): $995 USD ($1070 after April 15)

Additional Three-Hour Class (for attendees; space available): $100 USD ($125 USD after April 15)

Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class (for attendees only; includes lunch): $225 USD ($250 USD after April 15)

Deposits

Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1240 USD ($1315 USD after April 15)
A security deposit of $414 USD is due upon registration; $413 USD is due April 2, 2018; the final $413 USD is due by June 2, 2018.

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): $1450 USD ($1525 after April 15)
A security deposit of $484 USD is due upon registration; $483 USD is due by April 2, 2018; the final $483 USD is due by June 2, 2018.

Commuter Rate (no hotel): $995 USD ($1070 after April 15)
For those who live nearby and prefer to sleep in their own beds, a commuter rate of $995 is available. This rate includes everything in the basic package except lodging: classes, swag, meals, and all the fun.

A security deposit of $332 is due upon registration; $331 is due by April 2, 2018; the final $331 is due by June 2, 2018.

Additional 3-hour class: $100 USD ($125 after April 15)
Payment for this extra class is due at time of registration.

The basic package provides three 3-hour classes with one free half day Friday or Saturday. This option is for those wanting a fourth 3-hour class.

Optional All-Day Exclusive Six-Hour Intensive Class (includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks): $225 USD ($250 USD after April 15)
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. Do not call the DoubleTree by Hilton directly for this reservation.

Cancellation Policy

A $150 USD fee will be charged for cancellations before June 15, 2018.
No refund will be given after June 15, 2018; 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.