Knit for Fun
Past Retreats 2018
September 20 to 23, 2018
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
The Lodge at Leathem Smith
1640 Memorial Drive
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Instructors: Susan B. Anderson, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, and Laura Nelkin
Susan B. Anderson
Susan B. Anderson of Madison, Wisconsin, is author of six best-selling knitting books—Itty-Bitty Hats, Itty-Bitty Nursery and Itty-Bitty Toys series, Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out, and most recently, Kids’ Knitting Workshop—as well as four popular Craftsy.com online workshops. In late 2016 Susan and her son started Barret Wool Company. Susan’s favorite part of her knitting career is traveling the country teaching and meeting knitters from all over the world. Visit Susan at her award-winning blog.
The daughter of a professional tailor, Olga Buraya-Kefelian (aka olgajazzy) acquired an understanding of clothing construction at a young age. That understanding has evolved into Olga’s imaginative yet versatile knitwear designs that balance a love for texture with a minimalist approach. Her designs evolve from technique-driven elements that provide her students with a greater learning experience and impeccably finished knitwear.In addition to publishing her own designs, Olga is a contributing designer, author and co-author of numerous titles. Learn more atwww.olgajazzy.com.
Laura Nelkin, author of KnockOut Knits, lives in upstate New York, where the short sunny season leaves plenty of time for knitting. She received a degree in apparel design from Cornell University, but took to knitting years ago and hasn’t looked back. Laura is currently enamored with lace and with incorporating beads into knitted jewelry. She teaches these techniques and more at workshops across the country. Laura has a line of knitting kits, self-published patterns, and runs mystery Knit-A-Longs multiple throughout the year. Visit her at www.nelkindesigns.com.
Retreat Class Offerings
Each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor
The regular retreat classes will be scheduled during five class periods: Friday morning, Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning. You will be given three classes with regular registration. Additional classes can be purchased provided space is available (see prices below).
Classes by Susan B. Anderson
Design Your Own Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts—An Exploration in Latvian Braid, Corrugated Ribbing, and Tensioning Yarn with Both Hands
In this class, you’ll 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.
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.
Homework: Work a gauge swatch (you’ll want 5 stitches/inch) to make sure you’ve paired the right needles with your yarn. Materials to bring: About 150 to 200 yards of worsted-weight wool or wool-blend
yarn, plus at least two contrasting colors of the same yarn; size U.S. 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) double-pointed needles (you may substitute two circular or the magic-loop), as necessary to get a gauge of 5 stitches/inch; stitch markers (one detachable); tapestry needle; ruler or tape measure.
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, after-thought techniques, and much more. You’ll leave class a confident toy knitter!
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.
Homework: Check your gauge and change needles if necessary to get between 7 and 8 stitches/inch.
Materials to bring: About 25 grams (about one-quarter skein) of fingering weight
or sock yarn; size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm) double-pointed needles; tapestry needle;
scissors; tape measure or ruler.
Smooth Operator Socks—A Recipe for Happy Feet
Do you love using self-striping and patterned yarn for socks but hate the way the stripes go awry at the heel? Susan’s Smooth Operator Afterthought Heel is for you! Work through Susan’s twist on the perfect-fitting afterthought heel in class while learning tips for making matching socks, a new way to place a waste-yarn holder, methods for eliminating those pesky holes at the sides of the heel, a surefire tip to remember the Kitchener stitch and eliminate donkey ears, a no-Kitchener version of heels and toes, and so much more! The Smooth Operator Socks pattern will be provided in class.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must be familiar with knitting socks, comfortable knitting small circumferences in the round on double-pointed needles or with the magic-loop method, and reading knitting instructions.
Homework: Choose a 100-gram skein of fingering or sock-weight yarn. Reserve 7 grams per sock for the heel. If you’re winding the ball of yarn and will be pulling from the outside of the ball, you’ll need to wind off the yarn for the heel before you cast on. If you’re using a ball winder to make a cake of yarn, you can use the other end of the yarn for the heel.
Come to class with a fingering weight sock cuff knitted at 8 stitches/inch to your desired length and at the point where you want to start your heel as follows:
Size: To fit foot circumference of 7 (8, 9, 10)”, allowing for 1” of negative ease (the 9” size fits a US women’s shoe size of 7.5).
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch in stockinette stitch.
Instructions: Using the long-tail method, cast on 48 (56, 64, 72) stitches.
For double-pointed needles divide the stitches as follows:
Needle 1: 16 (20, 20, 24) sts
Needle 2: 16 (20, 20, 24) sts
Needle 3: 12 (16, 24, 24) sts
For Magic Loop place half of the stitches on each of the two needles.
Join for working in rounds, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.
Work in k2, p2 rib for a total of 8 (10, 12, 14) rounds.
Continue to knit every round until you have reached the desired length for the leg of your sock.
Materials to bring: Your homework; 100 grams of fingering or sock-weight yarn
(part will be used for your homework); size U.S. 1 (2.25 mm), or size
necessary to achieve a gauge of 8 stitches/inch, set of 5 double-point or your preferred method for working in rounds; an extra set of needles in the same size; removable stitch marker; tapestry needle; ruler or tape measure; about 3 yards of smooth cotton waste yarn.
Classes by Olga Buraya-Kefelian
Brioche and Beyond — Learn the Technique while Knitting a Reversible Cowl
Ever wonder what’s the difference and what’s in common between brioche stitch, tuck stitch, and fisherman’s rib, and how each is worked? In this class you’ll learn all three methods, how to tell them apart, and how to choose between them for the most benefit while knitting either the two-color Reimei Cowl or the one-color Boshoku Cowl. The pattern will be provided in class.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Materials to bring: Choose between the two options below.
Reimi Cowl: 140 yd chunky weight yarn each in a main color and contrast color; size U.S. 10 (6 mm) 24” or 36” circular needle; size G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook; stitch marker; tapestry needle.
Boshoku Cowl: 240 yd chunky weight yarn; size U.S. 11 (8 mm) 24” circular needle; size G/6 or H/8 (4.25 or 4.75 mm) crochet hook; stitch marker; tapestry needle.
3-Dimensional Knitwear — A New Dimension in Knitting
Note: This is a short version of Olga’s optional 6-hour Thursday class; do not sign up for both.
Designed for the adventurous knitter, this class is part demonstration, part swatch-fest, and all inspiration. Learn Olga’s signature 3-dimensional philosophy and take your knitting to a new dimension. From critical cast-ons to ingenious short-rows and how to chart them, you’ll learn a number of techniques and even more possibilities while knitting your choice of the Moko-Moko Cowl Moko-Moko Cowl or the Boko-Boko Cowl (). Patterns will be provided in class.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Materials to bring: Choose between the two options below.
Moko-Moko Cowl: Finished measurements 30” circumference and 11” tall; 340 yards of worsted-weight wool; smooth waste yarn in a similar weight; size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) 24” circular needle plus a spare needle of the same size; size F/3 (3.75 mm) crochet hook; stitch markers; tapestry needle.
Boko-Boko Cowl: Finished measurements 17½ (24½, 35)” circumference and 7½ (7½, 12½)” tall; about 375 (575, 1000) yards of fingering weight yarn; the same length of silk-wrapped stainless steel yarn from Habu Textiles (http://habutextiles.com/A-20); size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm) 24” circular needle; size D/3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook; stitch markers; tapestry needle.
Modular Knitting — Creating Fabric Block by Block
Based on Olga’s Asanagi Wrap, this class explores the theory of modular knitting through construction of a stunning ombrè wrap. In addition to a variety of necessary cast-ons, ways to pick up stitches on right and wrong sides, and different decrease methods, you’ll learn valuable tricks, tips, and customization options while knitting your own beautiful wrap.
Experience level: Beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Homework: Choose 233 yards of fingering weight yarn, each in five (or more) complementary colors (1115 yards total). Work a garter-stitch swatch to determine the needle size needed to obtain a gauge of one garter motif measuring 5” wide and 3” tall after washing and drying. Do not cut the yarn. Wash and block the swatch. Bring the swatch and yarn to class.
Materials to bring: Your homework; 223 yards of fingering weight yarn, each in
five (or more) complementary colors (1115 yards total); size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) short straight or two double-pointed needles (or size necessary to obtain gauge); size C/2 or D/3 (2.75 mm or 3.25 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle.
Classes by Laura Nelkin
Beading 101—Put Some Bling in Your Knitting
Note: This class covers the same material in Laura’s 6-hour class named Lace with Beads; do not sign up for both.
In this introductory class, you’ll learn how to place beads with a crochet hook or superfloss, how to work with pre-strung beads, and how to work with beads on bind-offs and I-cords. We’ll discuss choosing beads and yarn, along with how to add beads to a pattern. The skills learned in this class will translate to many of Laura’s patterns.
Experience level: Beginner. Must know how to knit and purl.
Materials to bring: About 40 yards of fingering weight yarn; about 10 grams of size
6/0 beads to match your yarn (some beads will be available in class for those who can’t find them); size U.S. 3 (3.25 mm) needles.
Reversible Undulating Waves—Beading on Both Sides
In this workshop, Laura covers choosing yarn for working with beads, shopping for beads, working lace with beads, reading charts, and some advanced lace knitting techniques. You’ll work a swatch of the undulating waves pattern with beads. In this double-sided lace motif, the beads float on yarnovers to create waves of “bling.” You’ll leave class ready to tackle a number of beaded lace projects.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. Must know how to knit, purl, work lace, and read a pattern.
Materials to bring: About 30 yards of smooth fingering weight yarn in a light or
bright solid or semisolid color; about 5 grams of size 6/0 Japanese seed beads (some beads will be available in class for those who can’t find them); size U.S. 4 or 5 (3.5 mm or 3.75 mm) needles; stitch markers.
Design Your Own Cowl—Unleash Your Inner Designer
In this fun workshop, we’ll explore a variety of cowl constructions, including flat, circular, and moebius, and how to create these shapes with yarn and needles. You’ll then play with an assortment of stitches and consider ways to adapt them to fit into your design. Finally, we’ll discuss ways to incorporate edgings for a finishing touch. You’ll leave class ready to cast on your personal design!
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must know how to knit and purl.
Materials to bring: Yarn for swatching and appropriate needles; pencil; eraser; stitch dictionary (optional).
Design Your Own Novus Sweater—Side-to-Side Construction
Learn the basics of Laura’s “Novus” construction—a seamless, yet structured, approach to the side-to-side sweater. Explore how the construction works, how to make modifications to fit your body, and how to plug in a stitch pattern or motif (see Laura’s Vindur and Novus Jacket patterns for examples). After a discussion on choosing yarns, you’ll be ready to independently knit your own sweater from the collection. Please don’t purchase yarn ahead of time unless you are sure what you want to use.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate: Must know how to knit, purl, and read a sweater pattern; having knit a sweater before is a bonus.
Materials to bring: DK- or worsted-weight yarn for swatching (this is for learning techniques; not for knitting the sweater); size U.S. 6, 7, and 8 (4.0, 4.5, and 6.0 mm) needles.
In 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. Please email Cindy, email@example.com, to book your appointment with the doctor. The schedule fills quickly, so don’t wait!
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, 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 homework; 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.
Exploring Shawl Shapes—Design Your Own Masterpiece (Susan B. Anderson)
In this 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. You’ll leave with an excellent understanding of how to design a 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.
Homework: If you choose to include beads, make sure the beads fit on your yarn (most size 6/0 beads will fit on fingering to sport-weight yarn).
Materials to bring: 1 skein (at least 400 yards) of fingering weight yarn (you could use a variety of colors) or 300 to 600 yards of sport, DK, or worsted-weight yarn; appropriate needles for a nice drape (size U.S. 5 to 7 for fingering weight; size 6 or 7 for sportweight; size 7 or 8 for DK weight; size 8 or 9 for worsted weight); two 24-gram tubes of beads to fit your yarn (optional); tiny crochet hook to pull your yarn through the beads (optional).
3-Dimensional Knitwear—Take Your Knitting to A New Dimension (Olga Buraya-Kefelian)
Note: This is an expansion of Olga’s 3-hour class that includes a shawl project measuring 68” wide and 28” deep; do not sign up for both classes.
Designed for the adventurous knitter, this class is part demonstration, part swatch-fest, and all inspiration. Learn Olga’s signature 3-dimensional philosophy and take your knitting to a new dimension. From critical cast-ons to ingenious short-rows and how to chart them, you’ll learn a number of techniques and even more possibilities while knitting Kune-Kune Shawl. Patterns will be provided in class.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Materials to bring: 2160 yards of lace weight yarn (if held double stranded for an
unblocked gauge of about 6 stitches/inch) or 1080 yards of fingering or sport weight yarn (for an unblocked gauge of about 6 stitches/inch); size U.S. 5 (3.75 mm,) 24” or 32” circular needle (to accommodate the increasing number of stitches); size D/3 (3.25 mm) or E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn in similar weight to working yarn; one double-pointed needle 1 or 2 sizes smaller than main needle; tapestry needle.
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 breakfast on Sunday, snacks and beverages throughout the weekend, as well as all taxes and gratuities.
Basic Package/Double Occupancy: $1150
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1395
Commuter Rate (no lodging): $950
Additional Three-Hour Class (space available): $85
Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class, including lunch: $175
Registration opens January 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time
Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1150
A security deposit of $384 is due upon registration; $383 is due by March 15, 2018; the final $383 is due by May 15, 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): $1395
A security deposit of $465 is due upon registration; $465 is due by March 15 2018; the final $465 is due by May 15, 2018.
Commuter Rate (no hotel): $950
For those who live nearby and prefer to sleep in their own beds, a commuter rate of $950 is available. This rate includes everything in the basic package except lodging: classes, swag, meals, and all the fun.
A security deposit of $317 is due upon registration; $317 is due by March 15, 2018; the final $316 is due by May 15, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a reservation at the same group rate. Do not call the Doubletree Hotel by The Lodge at Leathem Smith directly for this reservation.
A $150 fee will be charged for cancellations before May 30, 2018.
No refund will be given after May 30, 2018; we will, however, send the fabulous swag bag to you after the event.
Contact us at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.