Retreats 2018 – Savannah

Knit for Fun Retreats 2018

Doubletree Hilton Savannah

April 26 to 29, 2018
Savannah, Georgia

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Savannah Historic District
411 West Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia
912-790-7000

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Instructors: Meghan Fernandes, Sivia Harding, and Joji Locatelli

Meghan Fernandes
Meghan FernandeMeghan is a former American transplant to London, where she lived for a decade. Now back in her native land, she is at the helm of Pom Pom magazine in North America. While in London she wrote her MA dissertation on knitting in 20th-century women’s literature and worked for a publisher, a gallery, and a knitting shop, leaving her with a random but particular set of skills that could really only lead to running a knitting magazine. Her favorite things about running a knitting magazine include photo shoots, testing out the cocktail recipes, and getting yarn in the mail. Meghan now lives in sunny Austin, Texas, with her husband and baby daughter. Learn more at pompommag.com.

Sivia Harding
Sivia HardingSivia Harding likes to combine her background in visual art with her passion for beads and knitting, especially lace knitting. Her work has appeared in many books and collections, including Jared Flood’s Wool People series and online magazines such as Twist Collective and Knitty. Her patterns are known for their innovative use of embellishment (especially beads), shape, and structure. Sivia is an energetic teacher who enjoys connecting with all her students. She lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit siviaharding.com to see Sivia’s impressive work.

Joji Locatelli
Joji LocatelliJoji Locatelli, arguably one of the most popular knitwear designers around, 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), self-published her first design in 2008, and now has more than 100 patterns on Ravelry, as well as four 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 Meghan Fernandes
Twisted Stitches, Nupps, and Eyelets — The Wick Lane Shawl
Knit a mini version of the Wick Lane Shawl from Pom Pom Quarterly in this three-hour class. This pattern is a lace knitter’s smorgasbord — you’ll learn how a triangular bottom-up shawl is constructed, how to knit a twisted stitch rib, work nupps (an elegant, bobble-like stitch), and two different variations on eyelets, all the while boosting your chart-reading confidence.
Experience level: Intermediate.
Materials: About 50 grams of smooth fingering weight yarn; size US 6 (4 mm) needles, stitch markers.

Pom Poms, Tassels, and Embellishments — Making Your Knits Unique
In this class, you’ll have fun adding a bit of pizzazz to your knits. You’ll learn how to craft the perfect pom pom using a few secret tricks as well as variations on the traditional pom. We’ll also cover tassels and fringe in different colors and designs (and different methods and tools for making them), plus how to attach them securely to your knitting. We’ll also do a bit of embroidery, duplicate stitch/Swiss darning, and monogramming, as well as Latvian braids.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner.
Materials: A selection of scrap yarn in various colors (any weights), enough fingering or DK weight yarn for a swatch and appropriate needles, darning needle, and scissors. A selection of yarns and other tools will also be provided.

Warm Weather Knits — Enjoy Your Knits All Year ‘Round
When we think of knits, we most often think “cozy”, but that doesn’t always have to be the case! In this class, we’ll cover the ins-and-outs of working with fibers such as linen, cotton, silk, and bamboo, and the pros and cons of each. We’ll also discuss considerations for choosing patterns for warm weather, including ease, stitch pattern, and gauge, as well as substituting a warm-weather yarn for a wooly one.
Experience level: All levels.
Materials: Please bring any yarns you’d like to discuss working with. A selection of yarns will be provided for sampling.

Classes by Sivia Harding
Harmonia’s Rings — Moebius and More
The Harmonia’s Rings family (cowl, tunic, and sweater) use Cat Bordhi’s Moebius cast-on to achieve the mysterious spiral neck shape. They feature a stitch pattern that creates concentric rings reminiscent of ancient architecture. The cowl sits cape-like over the shoulders and flatters a wide range of body types. This class introduces many techniques: the Moebius cast-on, shaping and texture within the Moebius structure, a charming beaded picot bind-off, and more, all while knitting a cowl. We’ll discuss customizing the cowl shape to fit any body type. This class is guaranteed to take you through the looking glass!
Experience level: Adventurous Beginner. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and bind off, and be comfortable knitting in rounds on a circular needle.
Materials: 350-500 yards of worsted-weight yarn (you’ll need more if you incorporate modifications); size U.S. 8 (5 mm) 47” long circular needle; stitch markers in two colors, size U.S. 14 (0.75 mm) steel crochet hook; 25 size 3/0 seed beads, roller, or crow beads (available at fusionbeads.com). Note: Bead kits will be available in class for $4.
Homework: Watch Cat Bordhi’s Youtube demo of the Moebius cast-on. You’ll review the steps in the class so don’t feel you have to fully learn from the video.

First Beaded Lace Workshop — Ophidian Beaded Shawlette
This perfect introductory lace project is a top-down triangle that begins with easy garter stitch and Sivia’s favorite tab start. Before long, you’ll see a lovely textured lace pattern emerge that’s embellished with beads. We’ll cover the basics of chart reading and discuss intuitive ways to increase accuracy and speed in your lace knitting.
Experience level: Adventurous Beginner. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and bind off.
Materials: At least 400 yards of fingering weight yarn in a light color; size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) 24” or 32” circular needle; stitch markers in two colors; size U.S. 14 (0.75 mm) steel crochet hook; highlighter tape, post-it notes, or magnetic chartkeeper for keeping track of your place in the chart; 240 size 6/0 seed beads (preferably Japanese beads, which have larger inner holes).
Homework: You’ll get extra points for checking that your beads fit on your yarn and you like the color effect.

Decorative Mending — More Than “Making Do!”
Mending and “making do” is a principle we usually associate with the frugality of the War years in the U.S. and Europe. But mending traditions are far more ancient and of far more philosophical interest. In this class, we’ll look at old items of interest with new eyes and bring mending up to present day with a peek at modern fiber artists’ new interpretations of old techniques. You’re guaranteed a beautiful, poetic presentation that will make your fingers twitch to get mending!
Experience level: Adventurous Beginner. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, ssk, p2tog, slip stitches, and bind off.
Materials: Small amounts of smooth firm worsted wool in a variety of colors; yarn or tapestry needles; any damaged or holey knitwear, along with various yarn(s) that match the gauge, if possible; appropriate-sized double-pointed needle.
Homework: Knit a 4×4″ stockinette-stitch swatch (with a garter stitch edge, if desired) in worsted-weight wool with U.S. size 8 (5 mm) needles (or whatever needle size gives you a rather firm fabric). We will snip holes in the swatch to create holes to be mended.

Beaded Buttoned Bracelets — An Exploration in Beads
Through working a bracelet tutorial, explore several beading techniques and learn about a million things about beads in the process. You’ll emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas. The class handout includes three additional bracelet patterns for you to enjoy making on your own.
Experience level: Adventurous Beginner. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and bind off; I-cord experience helpful but not necessary.
Materials: About 20 yards of fingering-weight yarn; size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm) double-pointed needles (straight or circular can be substituted but are not preferred); 88 seed beads total: 70 of one color, size, shape, or texture (MC) and 18 of another (CC) in size 8/0, 6/0, or 5/0 triangle, magatama, round, or cube shape (Japanese beads, which have larger inner holes, are preferred); size U.S. 14 (0.75 mm) steel crochet hook for placing beads; decorative button of your choice; dental floss for stringing beads; yarn or tapestry needle. (Note: Bead kits will be available in class for $5).
Homework: Make sure that all the beads you’ve chosen fit onto your yarn. String the 70 MC beads onto the outside end of yarn (not the center pull end) with a dental floss threader (available at pharmacies). Use the threader just like you would use a needle as follows: thread the yarn through a loop of dental floss, then pick up several beads with the long end of the floss threader and slide the beads down onto the yarn, a few at a time.

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.
Materials: Pen or pencil; notepad; tape measure.

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 than 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 instructions 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.
Materials: Pen or pencil; notepad.

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. You learn about yarn textures and their combinations, when to make texture match and what happens when it doesn’t, how to identify yarn weight (thickness), and how to determine 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. Must be able to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and bind off.
Materials: Pen or pencil; notepad; tape measure; a small assortment of yarn.

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.
Materials: Pen or pencil; notepad; tape measure; any garment that inspires you (or a photo of such a garment).

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. Please wear leggings or yoga pants for ease of taking body measurements.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, increasing, and have a sense of adventure.
Materials: 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 24” circular needles for your chosen yarn, plus needles at least one and two sizes smaller (you may need to go down a needle size to achieve a good fabric); calculator; tape measure.
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.

Beautiful Increases for Top-Down Raglans (Meghan Fernandes)
This workshop is all about adding interest to an often-neglected detail in top-down sweaters: the raglan increase. We’ll go over the basic structure of a top-down raglan sweater and talk about how increases work to create the classic yoke. We’ll talk about simple increases and their appearance and benefits, and then move on to fancier increases such as cables, lace, and the Estonian flower motif. We’ll also consider how to substitute an increase in an existing sweater pattern.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Basic sweater knitting knowledge, increasing and decreasing, and some chart reading skills recommended.
Materials: DK to worsted-weight yarn (enough for a few swatches) and appropriate needles.

Sideways Lace Design — An Exploration of Lace Edgings (Sivia Harding)
Sideways-knitted crescent shaped shawlettes are easy and satisfying to knit and provide a fun way to play with lace edgings. In this class, you’ll explore the structure of lace edgings and choose one to showcase in your own project. You’ll leave ready to put together your own lace shawl design based on skills you receive in the class. This is a no-fail method of producing a striking and unique lace garment!
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to cast-on, knit, purl, work basic lace stitches (including increases, decreases, and slipped stitches), and bind off.
Materials: 400 to 800 yards of a light-colored solid or semi-solid fingering weight yarn depending on the size shawlette you want to make; size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm) circular needle (or the size that gives you a pleasing lace fabric with your yarn) at least 24” long; about 300 size 6/0 seed beads (preferably Japanese that have a larger inner hole); size U.S. 14 (7.5 mm) steel crochet hook, stitch markers in two colors; highlighter tape, Post-It Notes, or a magnetic chartkeeper to keep your place on the chart; pencil with good eraser.
Homework (Optional): Peruse charted lace edging pattern in stitch dictionaries or on Ravelry (there are some free edging patterns under “edgings” in the pattern tab), and bring one or more of the patterns to class.

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.
Materials: Pen or pencil, tape measure; close-fitting clothes for ease in taking body measurements.

Knit Doctor

Dr. AnnIn addition to three 3-hour classes, you’ll be able 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 you, from taking measurements and choosing yarn to finding your place in a piece gone wrong and fixing mistakes. With more than 40 years’ knitting experience, I’ve seen (and corrected) almost everything (well, a lot of things, anyway).
Please email Cindy at knitforfunretreats@gmail.com to book your appointment with the doctor. The schedule fills quickly so don’t wait!

Cost

The following rates cover everything: three 3-hour classes (one with each teacher), 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: $1296
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1695

Early return registrants have filled the limited number of rooms at our host hotel, Hilton Doubletree! Attendees are now being placed in the Hilton Garden Inn next door (less than a 2-minute walk). The Hilton Garden Inn is slightly more expensive and the cost per attendee will be $1695 for a Single and $1296 for a Double.

The breakdown will be $565 for each payment for the Single room; $432 for each payment for the Double room.

Commuter Rate (no lodging): $925
Additional Three-Hour Class (space available): $85
Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class: $175 (includes lunch)

Deposits

Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1296
A security deposit of $432 is due upon registration; $432 is due by November 21, 2017; the final $432 is due by January 5, 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.

Early return registrants have filled the limited number of rooms at our host hotel, Hilton Doubletree! Attendees are now being placed in the Hilton Garden Inn next door (less than a 2-minute walk).

Single Occupancy (1 Queen Bed): $1695
A security deposit of $565 is due upon registration; $565 is due by November 21, 2017; the final $565 is due by January 5, 2018.

Early return registrants have filled the limited number of rooms at our host hotel, Hilton Doubletree! Attendees are now being placed in the Hilton Garden Inn next door (less than a 2-minute walk).

Commuter Rate (no hotel): $925
For those who live nearby and prefer to sleep in their own beds, a commuter rate of $925 is available. Except for the lodging, this rate includes all the classes, swag, meals and fun in the basic package.
A security deposit of $309 is due upon registration; $308 is due by November 21, 2017; the final $308 is due by January 5, 2018.

Additional 3-hour class: $85
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: $175 (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. Please email Cindy at knitforfunretreats@gmail.com to set up a reservation at the same group rate. Do not call the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Savannah Historic District directly for this reservation.

Cancellation Policy

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