Retreats 2020 – Beaver Creek

Knit for Fun Retreats 2020

September 24 to 27, 2020Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
Beaver Creek, Colorado

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa
136 E. Thomas Place
Avon, Colorado 81620
970-949-1234

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Beaver Creek is a 5-star resort within a 15-minute walk of Beaver Creek Resort and Beaver Creek Tennis Center. It’s 12.8 miles (20.6 km) from Vail Ski Resort and 13.3 miles (21.4 km) from the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. The luxury rooms are air-conditioned and include refrigerators, flat-screen televisions, complimentary wireless Internet, premium bedding, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
The full-service spa offers massages, body treatments, facials, and 5 spa tubs. What’s more, all attendees will receive 10% off all spa treatments!

Instructors: StevenBe, Andrea Wong, and Ann Budd

Steven Berg
Steven BergSteven Berg (a.k.a., StevenBe) is a whirlwind of color and texture, and every encounter with him will leave you irrevocably changed, awed, inspired, and ready to tackle new challenges. Steven’s adventurous and fashion-filled life has taken him around the world and back home to Minneapolis where he holds court in his firehouse-turned-fiberhouse, named StevenBe. Steven is known for his cavalier attitude toward the rules of the fiber arts, often proclaiming, “there are no mistakes, only variations.” His chunky funky style has made Hollywood and runway knitwear fashions accessible to all knitters, and his belief in the transformative power of creativity will have you under his spell and ready to cast on anything you can imagine. With Steven anything is possible! Learn more at www.stevenbe.com.

Andrea Wong
Andrea WongAndrea Wong learned to knit from her mother in Portugal when she was 7 years old. She didn’t realize that her style of knitting was different from those used in most of the rest of the world. When Andrea came to the U.S. in 1991 and realized that she knit “differently,” she researched the method and named it Portuguese Style of Knitting. For nearly 20 years Andrea has taught the method of knitting with the yarn tensioned around a knitting pin on one shoulder (or around the neck), among other classes. She has self-published three technical DVDs on the subject, one book, has three online classes with Craftsy (Bluprint), and was featured in Knit Stars 4.0 in 2019. Visit Andrea at www.andreawongknits.com.

Ann Budd
Ann BuddIn 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 Knitter’s Handy Book seriesGetting Started Knitting SocksSock Knitting Master ClassNew Directions in Sock Knitting, and many of Interweave’s Style series books. I live in Boulder, Colorado, and teach workshops across North America and beyond. You can follow me at www.annbuddknits.com and my Ravelry page Budd’s Buds.

Retreat Class Offerings

Each class is three hours; choose one from each instructor
Classes by Steven Be
Short-Rows—The Lazy Knitter’s Short Cut
Impress your friends with gorgeous short-row curves without intense technical knitting. In this class Steven, the ultimate Lazy Knitter, will show you his unique short-row technique to make an amazing cowl, less the stress! Work smarter, not harder. Use Steven’s signature mixing of textures, yarn weights, and color for a truly unique result that looks like it took months to finish. Embrace lazy and be fabulous! Minimal homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must be comfortable casting on, knitting, and purling.
Materials: Pen or pencil and paper for notes; 5 to 7 pre-wound yarns in a variety of colors (be sure to include at least one “pop” color) and textures, including fingering weight and lace weight each in different fibers such as mohair and silk or sequins and beads to be combined into heavier weight yarns; a variety of needle sizes (interchangeables are recommended) from U.S. 6 to 10 (4 to 6 mm); stitch markers; tapestry needle; tape measure; scissors.
Homework: Wind your chosen yarns into balls.

Color and Texture and Combining, Oh My!—Let Steven “Be” Your Crystal Ball
Acting as your crystal ball, Steven will help you discover your true colors and unleash your inner fiber artist, be it dignified and classic or a fiery red spotlight seeker. Learn to express your unique personality and make your knitting more about YOU. In this class, you’ll experiment with your color loves and color shoves, and elevate your knits to the next level. Show off a finished object of work in progress and Steven will tell your project’s past and future! Minimal homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must be comfortable casting on, knitting, and purling.
Materials: Pen or pencil and paper for notes; 5 to 7 pre-wound yarns in a variety of colors and textures, including a fingering weight and a lace weight each in different fibers such as mohair and silk to be combined into a heavier weight yarn, in a cohesive color palette that includes at least one color you wouldn’t normally use; a variety of needle sizes (interchangeables are recommended) from U.S. 6 to 10 (4 to 6 mm); stitch markers, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors; a work in progress or finished project for show and tell.
Homework: Wind your chosen yarns into balls.

StevenBe Legendary—The Best of StevenBe
Let Steven release your inner designer, broaden your horizons, and change your knitting life with his inspirational philosophies, techniques, and true-ish stories. This fast and furious workshop is an amazing opportunity to have fun while learning Steven’s best tips and tricks through the magic of mixology—combining yarns of different brands, weights, and fiber contents to create magical and unique results. You’ll be set free from patterns as written and gain confidence in making your own modifications and design decisions. Minimal homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Pen or pencil and paper for notes; 5 to 7 pre-wound yarns in a variety of colors, including a fingering weight and a lace weight each in different fibers such as mohair and silk to be combined into a heavier weight yarn, in a cohesive color palette that includes at least one color you wouldn’t normally use; a variety of needle sizes (interchangeables are recommended) from U.S. 6 to 10 (4 to 6 mm); stitch markers, tapestry needle, tape measure, scissors; a work in progress or finished project for show and tell.
Homework: Wind your chosen yarns into balls.

Classes by Andrea Wong
Portuguese Style of Knitting—Wrap Your Neck Around This!
Learn the Portuguese style of knitting that’s different from the German (picking) and English (throwing) methods. For this fast and ergonomic method, the yarn is fed and tensioned around the neck (or a knitting pin), leaving both hands free to hold the needles while a thumb is used to loop tensioned yarn around the receiving needle. Because both hands are used equally, it doesn’t matter if you’re right- or left-handed, and there is less strain on the hands. You’ll leave class prepared to knit your next project the Portuguese way!
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.
Materials: Worsted weight yarn in a light color for practicing the technique; size U.S. 6 or 7 (4 or 4.5 mm) needles.
Homework: None.

Two-Color Knitting Portuguese Style—Adventures in Colorwork
Let Andrea teach you how to work two colors in the round using the simple and ergonomic Portuguese style of knitting (no previous experience with Portuguese knitting is necessary). You’ll first learn how to control tension with both your right and left hands, then you’ll practice incorporating a second color. Once you’re comfortable with the technique, Andrea will guide you through starting your own two-color hat (instructions will be provided). Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to knit with two colors in rounds and how to trap floats as you go.
Materials: For practice you’ll need worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors (no black or fuzzy yarns, please); size U.S. 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) circular needle in 24” (60 cm) length; stitch markers; pen or pencil and paper for taking notes.
For a hat, you’ll need 2 contrasting skeins of yarn that knits up to 18 stitches and 28 rounds to 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch (such as Crystal Palace Yarns Crème in #01 Off White and #20 Charcoal, or the colors of your choice); size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) circular needle in 16” (40 cm) length plus a set of double-pointed needles; stitch marker; tapestry needle; tape measure.
Homework: With your chosen needles and main color, use an elastic method of your choice to cast on 96 sts. Join for working in rounds and work in k1, p1 ribbing for 10 rounds.

Double Knitting Portuguese Style—Twice the Fun!
Learn a different way to knit and purl, progress into ribbing, and then to double knitting. Once comfortable with the double-knitting concept using Portuguese knitting, you’ll start a two-color double-knitted headband (instructions will be provided in class). You’ll learn how to read the chart, produce the double fabric, and control yarn tension on both hands (one for each color) Portuguese style.
Experience level: Advanced. Must know how to read charts and knit, purl, and work k1, p1 ribbing in two-color double knitting.
Materials: For practice, you’ll need worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors (no black or fuzzy yarns, please); size U.S. 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) circular needle in 24” (60 cm) length; stitch markers; pen or pencil and paper for taking notes.
For the headband, you’ll need 2 contrasting skeins of yarn that knits up to 20 stitches and 26 rounds to 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch (such as Rowan Wool Cotton in #951 Tender and #903 Misty, or the colors of your choice); size U.S. 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle in 16” (40 cm) length; stitch markers; tapestry needle.
Homework: None.

Classes by Ann Budd
Intro to Sweater Design—Make Your Own Choices
Knitwear designers use gauge and body measurements to create the perfect fit in a sweater, hat, or other knitted piece. In this class, you’ll learn how to transform body measurements into a sweater. You’ll learn why patterns are written the way they are, as well as the magical formulas that will help you design your own garments or adjust existing ones with ease! No more puzzling over how to increase or decrease evenly in a single row or gradually over many rows—you’ll have the answers in minutes. You’ll also learn tips and trick that simplify the knitting and finishing process.
Experience level: Must know how to knit and purl; experience knitting a sweater is a bonus.
Materials to bring: Pen or pencil and paper for taking notes; calculator.
Homework: None.

Turning Oops Into Ahhs—Fixing Knitting Mistakes
In this class, you’ll learn how to fix common mistakes in your knitting, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), and reversing the direction of a cable that was turned several rows below. You’ll also practice how to correct a snag that pulls the stitches tight. If time permits, you’ll also learn how to fix a snag that breaks the yarn.
Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, and turn a cable. A sense of adventure is helpful.
Materials to bring: Your homework swatch (see below); cable needle; crochet hook.
Homework:
Using a partial ball of your choice of yarn (tightly twisted worsted-weight wool or wool blend yarn in a solid light color is recommended) and appropriate needles, CO 18 sts.
Row 1 and 3: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Rows 2 and 4: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Row 5: (RS) K4, p2, slide 3 sts onto a cable needle and hold in front of work, k3, k3 from cable needle, p2, k4.
Rows 6 and 8: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rows 7 and 9: (RS) K4, p2, k6, p2, k4.
Row 10: (WS) K6, p6, k6.
Rep Rows 1–10 once more (20 rows total). Place sts on a holder. Do not cut yarn.

Happy Feet—Custom Socks at Any Gauge
Want to make socks that fit perfectly, no matter what yarn or needles or stitch pattern you use? This workshop will teach you how to measure your foot, knit a swatch, and devise a standard flap-and-gusset sock pattern for any size foot and any gauge of knitting. You’ll also learn how to pick up stitches along gussets without forming holes.
Experience level: Must be comfortable knitting small circumferences in the round; experience with knitting socks helpful but not necessary.
Materials: Tape measure; calculator; yarn of your choice (fingering, sock-, sport-, DK-, or worsted-weight) and appropriate needles (choose between double-pointed, 9” circular, two circulars, or the “magic loop” method); removable stitch markers; ring stitch markers.
Homework: None.

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. Please wear leggings or yoga pants for ease of taking body measurements. Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, increasing, and have a sense of adventure.
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); homework swatch; appropriate 24” 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.
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.

Creating from the Ground to the Stratosphere—Tips and Tricks from the Lazy Knitter (StevenBe)
This workshop is designed to broaden your knitting horizons, set you free from patterns as written, and to have fun while combining Steven’s style of mixology—blending different yarn brands, weights, and fiber contents—and using modular knitting to add shape to create magical fabrics. The first half of the class will focus on texture, color mixing, and stitch technique, followed by an exercise in knitting to shape without the use of written patterns. In the second half, Steven will guide you in designing and casting on your own one-of-a-kind custom garment or accessory. You leave with the confidence to finish it on your own. Homework is required (see below).
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, increase, and decrease.
Materials: Homework swatch(es); 5 to 7 yarns (ideally lace and fingering weights to be combined together to make a heavier weight yarn) in a cohesive color palette (unusual elements such as wire, cassette tapes, etc., to be used as “art fiber” are encouraged). You’ll want enough yarn to make a project or at least get started. You can add more yarn later for a total of 800 to 3000 yards, depending on the end result.
Homework: Wind your chosen yarns into balls; knit a sampler swatch with your chosen yarns and needles as follows: Cast on 20 stitches and experiment with your yarns by using them individually and combining them on a variety of needles to find your ideal fabric and to get ideas on the direction you’d like your design to take. Steven will use these swatches to provide design direction.

Peruvian Knitting—A Rich History (Andrea Wong)
Students will learn how to knit using the inside-out Peruvian style, which is much like the Portuguese style (no prior experience with either method is necessary). You’ll learn about Peruvian knitting culture, history, and influences on the technique and designs. You’ll also learn about their rich designs and symbolism, and how to make popcorn yarn, puntas, and earflaps. You’ll leave with a hat masterpiece (instructions will be provided) in the making!
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to work color stranding or Fair Isle knitting in rounds.
Materials: For practice, you’ll need DK-weight yarn in 3 or 4 contrasting colors; size U.S. 7 or 8 (4.5 or 5 mm) circular needle in 16” (40 cm) length; stitch markers; scissors; pen or pencil and paper for taking notes.
For the project hat, you’ll need one skein each of 5 colors of sportweight yarn that gives a gauge of 30 stitches and 32 rounds in stranded colorwork pattern (such as Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in #107 Red Rover, #611 Magnificent Mile, #1111 Skyway, #?? Natural Ons, and #67ns La Regina); size U.S. 2 (3 mm) circular needle in 16” (40 cm) length and set of 4 or 5 double-pointed needles; size C-2 (2.75 mm) crochet hook; stitch markers; tapestry needle; scissors.
Homework: None.

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; all taxes and gratuities.

Basic Package/Double Occupancy: $1,572
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1,896
Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class: $200 (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 Hyatt directly for this reservation.

Deposits

Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1,572
A security deposit of $524 is due upon registration; $524 is due July 1, 2020; the final $524 is due August 1, 2020.
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): $1,896
A security deposit of $632 is due upon registration; $632 is due July 1, 2020; the final $632 is due August 1, 2020.

Optional All-Day Exclusive Six-Hour Intensive Class: $200 (includes lunch)
Payment for this class is due at time of registration.

Optional Extra Days

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa has offered to honor the group room rate for up to three (3) nights prior to the event and up to three (3) nights after the event. This is a great opportunity for you to stay awhile and explore the area. Please email Cindy at knitfrofunretreats@gmail.com if you’d like to add some extra days to your stay.

Cancellation Policy

A $150 fee will be charged for cancellations before August 1, 2020.
No refund will be given after August 1, 2020; we will, however, send the fabulous swag bag to you after the event.

Contact

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