Retreats 2020 – Edmonton

Knit for Fun Retreats 2020

August 27 to 30, 2020DoubleTree in West Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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

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Once again, Knit For Fun Retreats will partner with River City Yarns for what will be the third Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Canada. Sister co-owners Barb and Cynthia 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!

For even more fun, sign up for the add-on package of additional Edmonton attractions with your hosts Ann and Cindy.

Instructors: Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Xandy Peters, and Shirley A Scott.

Olga Buraya-Kefelian
OlgaThe 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 at www.olgajazzy.com.

Xandy Peters
Xandy Peters Xandy Peters is a knitting designer and teacher, best known as the innovator of the stacked stitch technique and for her Fox Paws pattern. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a degree in Industrial Design, she started out as a footwear and product designer. Xandy turned to knitting as a way to explore textiles and surfaces without using factory production and has since made a career out of knitting, publishing new patterns monthly, and teaching workshops across the country. Xandy has been published in magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective, Knitscene, Knitty, and Pom Pom Quarterly, but continues to self-publish most of her work on Ravelry. Visit her website to read about her knitting.

Shirley A Scott
Shirley ScottShirley A Scott (aka Shirl the Purl) is a handknitter with a special love for history and North Atlantic culture that led to her first book Canada Knits: Craft and Comfort in a Northern Land, which chronicled the history of knitting in Canada. She went on to publish her own knitting newsletter, to establish her own craft tour company, and to design and publish many knitting patterns. She is now co-author with Christine LeGrow of Saltwater Mittens, Saltwater Classics, and the upcoming Saltwater Gifts books, all of which celebrate the Newfoundland aesthetic. A native of New Brunswick and a survivor of 50 years of living in Toronto, Shirl now makes her home in Newfoundland, where she has found shared interests, deep friendships, and much food for the soul.

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 (one with each instructor) and one free period with regular registration. Additional classes can be purchased later, provided space is available.

Ann Budd, aka The Knit Doctor, will be available for appointments on Friday and Saturday. You may sign up for a FREE 20-minute session with Ann when you register. The session will be scheduled during your free period.

Classes by Olga Buraya-Kefelian

3-Dimensional Knitwear—A New Dimension in Knitting
Note: This class covers some of the same material as Olga’s optional 6-hour class; you may not want to 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 or the Ginga Cowl. Patterns will be provided in class.
Experience level: Beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Homework: Choose between the Moko-Moko Cowl and the Ginga Cowl and purchase yarn accordingly (see below).
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.
Ginga Cowl: Finished measurements 36.5” circumference and 9” tall; about 270 yards in two color of other worsted weight yarn; smooth waste yarn in a similar weight; size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needle; size H/8 (5 mm) crochet hook; stitch marker; tapestry needle.

Brioche and Beyond—Lessons in 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. Patterns will be provided in class.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Homework: Choose between the Reimei Cowl and the Boshoku Cowl and purchase yarn accordingly (see below).
Materials to bring: Choose between the two options below and purchase yarn accordingly.

Reimi Cowl: 140 yards 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 yards 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.

Novelty Cables—Crossing Stitches in New Ways
We all love the look of cabled knits but some of them can be quite complex to execute. In this class, you’ll discover five novel options for creating cables without using the traditional technique! You’ll learn various cast-on methods and their benefits, ways to pick up stitches on the purl side and work welts, several methods of cable decreases, and tips and suggestions on when to use all of these techniques in knitwear. Students will receive a new accessory pattern that utilizes a novelty cable.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring:

200 yards [183 meters] each of two to three colors of worsted-weight yarn for swatching; size U.S. 6 and 7 (4 mm and 4.5 mm) straight or circular knitting needles; size U.S. 4 and 5 (3.5 mm and 3.75 mm) double-pointed needles; size F/5 (3.75 mm) or G/6 (4.25 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle.

Classes by Xandy Peters

Intro to Stacked Stitches—So Many Angles in a Single Row
Note: This class covers some of the same material as Olga’s optional 6-hour class; you may not want to sign up for both.
Stacked stitches are an innovative approach to striped colorwork, best known as the technique behind the popular Fox Paws pattern. Stacks can add shaping, create 3-D texture, replace short-rows, and, when combined with stripes, create intricate motifs without unsightly strands on the wrong side. You’ll never need to manage more than one color at a time or worry about bobbins because stacked stitches bend rows of garter stitch into new shapes and patterns using only increases and decreases. In this class, you’ll practice the stacked stitches technique in a swatch. The focus will be on mastering the increase and decrease stitches and learning several strategies for avoiding problems and fixing mistakes.
Experience level. Beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Homework. None.
Materials to bring:

Partial balls of worsted-weight yarn in multiple colors; metal or plastic circular needles (no wood needles, please) with a flexible cord in a corresponding size to your yarn and a few adjacent sizes; stitch markers.

Color Theory for Fiber Artists—Color with Confidence
In this interactive and conversational class you’ll learn strategies to help you quickly and efficiently try out exciting yarns and colors in your knitting. You’ll begin by coloring pages to explore your innate color sense as Xandy introduces the fundamental concepts of color interaction and theory, including the color wheel, historical points of interest, the fashion industry, and methods of exploring color combinations without the expense of yarn and the time-intensive process of swatching. Students are encouraged to bring “difficult” yarns, spinning fiber, and color inspiration. Together, the class will review everyone’s coloring pages and yarn comparisons to demonstrate a range of palettes and color perspectives and how a pattern is changed by color.
Experience level. All.
Homework: Fill in at least one coloring page on paper or digital printout (PDF will be sent to students prior to class) or knit a stripe contrast swatch to show in class.
Materials to bring:

Homework (see above); partial or full balls of yarns that you’d
like to use together; colored pencils or crayons (optional); a finished color project you’d like to share with the class (optional).

Center-Out Knitting—Building Shapes from the Center
In this guided tour of center-out construction, you’ll learn three cast-on methods and the unique strengths of each. You’ll then experiment with different arrangements and types of increases to build various shapes, such as a square, rectangle, oblong, almond, and circle. You’ll also examine traditional lace and colorwork motifs that can be converted to work with these shapes for spectacular results. By the end of class, you’ll feel confident in creating a center-out piece in a variety of shapes to which you can add stitch and color patterns.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must be comfortable working on double-pointed needles.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring:

Partial ball of worsted weight yarn in one or more colors for swatching; size U.S. 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5 mm) double-pointed and 16” circular needles; stitch markers.

Classes by Shirley A Scott

Wreckhouse Wristers—A Taste of Newfoundland Knitting
Not up to the full Newfoundland mitten experience? Practice your fairisle while knitting a pair of fingerless wristers. You’ll learn tips for two-handed fairisle knitting, no-tangle stranding, carrying yarns for even colorwork, paired half-hitch increases, and weaving in ends. This class will consolidate your learning and set you up for more advanced fairisle projects of all kinds.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit small circumferences in rounds.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring:

About 50 grams each of highly contrasting light and dark worsted-weight wool such as Briggs & Little Regal Wool or Cascade 220; oddments of additional light colors; size U.S. 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles (two short circulars or a long circular needle for the magic-loop method of knitting may be substituted for the body of the wristers, but double-pointed are needed for the thumb trim); stitch markers.

Glove Knitting for Newbies—So Many Fingers
Simple in tools and techniques, glove knitting is all about patience and perfection, something we all have in abundance, right? Other than these modest requirements, this is a deeply relaxing class. You’ll make a child size (an adult pattern will also be provided) stockinette-stitch glove to learn all the techniques, including thumb gusset increases, customizing for a proper fit, picking up stitches for thumb and fingers, and the two-round bind-off.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit small circumferences on double-pointed needles.
Homework. None.
Materials to bring:

About 50 grams of a solid color of worsted-weight wool such as Briggs & Little Regal Wool or Cascade 220; size U.S. 6 (4 mm) double-pointed needles; stitch markers.

Beaded Eyelet Wristers
A romp through a few knit and purl stitches, yarnovers, and some beautifully colored beads, this class will kick your cool weather wardrobe up a notch. The wristers make wonderful gifts, too! Knitted flat in a simple eyelet stitch and seamed, allowing for a thumb opening, they can be completed in a few hours. You’ll learn the difference between lace and eyelets, simple eyelet stitches, inserting beads without stringing them ahead of time, and mattress stitch seaming. Beads will be provided in class.
Experience level: Beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off.
Homework. None.
Materials to bring:

About 125 yards (136 meters) fingering weight yarn in a solid color; size U.S. 1 (2.5 mm) short needles; 0.75 mm or 0.5 mm crochet hook for beading; tapestry needle.

Knit Doctor

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.

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 Ann’s basic Putting on the Pleats “pleated” skirt with a perfect fit, no matter your size or shape. 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 24” or 32” (60 or 80 cm) 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; leggings or yoga pants to facilitate taking measurements.

3-Dimensional Knitwear—New Dimensions with Slipped Stitches (Olga Buraya-Kefelian)
Note: This class covers some of the same material as Olga’s 3-hour class titled 3-Dimensional Knitwear; you may not want to sign up for both.
Learn Olga’s signature 3-dimensional philosophy and take your knitting to a new dimension. Discover a slightly different angle to knitwear and elevate your existing knitting skills, all while creating Olga’s textured KOKO scarf/wrap. You’ll learn to cast on for an invisible edging, “read” your knitting, how to weave in ends as you knit, work slip-stitch patterns, customize the shape, and work an I-cord bind off.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and pick up stitches.
Homework: Decide on desired finished size: 7¼ (16¾, 19¼)” (18.5 [42.5, 49] cm) wide and 58 (68½, 74)” (147.5 [174, 188] cm) long, and choose 3 colors of yarn accordingly (see below).
Materials to bring: Three colors of sport weight yarn according to your chosen size:
490 (580, 630) yards Color A, 450 (540, 580) yards Color B, and 490 (590, 630) yards Color C; size U.S 5 (3.75 mm) 24” to 32” (60 to 80 cm) circular needle; 1 spare circular needle or double-pointed needle in the same size; size D/3 or E/4 (3.25 mm or 3.5 mm) crochet hook; waste yarn in similar weight but contrasting color; tapestry needle.

Fox Paws Workshop—Vertical Movement in a Single Row (Xandy Peters)
Note: This class covers some of the same material as Xandy’s 3-hour class titled Intro to Stacked Stitches; you may not want to sign up for both.
Learn the basics of knitting with stacked stitches, including the critical increase and decrease technique used to create vertical movement within a row, through swatching an easy stack pattern. After exploring color choices, you’ll start working on your own Fox Paws pattern while learning ways to check your work and fix problems and test out color choices. You will leave understanding the ins and outs of stacked stitches and the Fox Paws pattern.
Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off, and read charts.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: Worsted weight scrap yarn in multiple colors; size U.S. 8 (5 mm) 24” circular needles that are either metal or plastic (no wood needles, please); extra needles in adjacent sizes may be helpful but are not necessary; five (5) colors of yarn in the weight of your choice for a final project; 24” circular needle in the size appropriate for your chosen yarn; stitch markers.

Newfoundland Mittens in a Day—A Class Steeped in Tradition (Shirley A Scott)
In this class, you’ll learn all the essential skills necessary to knit the traditional winter handwear of Newfoundland by knitting a child-size mitten. Techniques include the outlined thumb gusset, optional trigger finger, “Newfoundland double-ball” (fairisle) knitting, no-tangle stranding, carrying yarns for even colorwork; jogless stripes, and sizing and custom fitting. You’ll leave class ready to knit any of the designs in Shirley’s and co-author Christine LeGrow’s Saltwater Mittens, Saltwater Classics, and upcoming Saltwater Gifts books.
Experience level: Advanced. Must be comfortable reading charts, knitting fairisle, and knitting small circumferences in the round.
Homework. None.
Materials to bring: About 50 grams each of highly contrasting light and dark
worsted-weight wool such as Briggs & Little Regal Wool or Cascade 220; oddments of a third color will add variety but are optional; size U.S. 6 (4 mm) double-pointed, (two short circulars or a long circular needle for the magic-loop method of knitting may be substituted for the mitten hand, but double-pointed are needed for the thumb and optional trigger finger); two short circular needles in any small size for 3-needle bind-off (optional but handy); stitch markers.

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.
Basic Package/Double Occupancy: $1,383 USD
Basic Package/Single Occupancy: $1,689 USD
Commuter (no hotel): $1,090 USD

Optional Thursday Six-Hour Intensive Class (for attendees only; includes lunch):  $200 USD

Deposits

Double Occupancy (2 Queen Beds): $1,383 USD
A security deposit of $461 USD is due upon registration; $461 USD is due March 13, 2020; the final $461 USD is due April 17, 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): $1,689 USD
A security deposit of $563 USD is due upon registration; $563 USD is due March 13, 2020; the final $563 USD is due April 17, 2020.

Optional All-Day Exclusive Six-Hour Intensive Class (includes breakfast, lunch, and snacks): $200 USD
Payment for this class is due at the 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 April 30, 2020.
No refund will be given after April 30, 2020; 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.

Add-On Package

August 30 – September 3

You’ll likely have so much fun at the retreat that you won’t want it to end. And, it doesn’t have too… at least not on Sunday. Join your KFF hosts Ann Budd and Cindy Hallam for a few extra intimate days to explore some of the sights and special treats that Edmonton has to offer. We’ll stay put at the Hilton Doubletree while enjoying four extra days of adventure.

The optional add-on package includes hotel and the following excursions.

Sunday, August 30: You’ll have an afternoon to relax followed by a Sunday sunset river cruise which includes dinner.

Monday, August 31: We’ll have a morning dye workshop with Caroline Summerfeld the owner of Ancient Arts Yarn Company. We each will dye 3- 400 yd skeins of fingering weight and then we’ll dye 5 mini skeins each. Caroline will educate us on different styles of dyeing. It should be super fun!
Monday late afternoon will be a trip to the Barr Estate Winery for a tour and a Barbecue dinner.

Tuesday, September 1: A.M. City of Edmonton bus tour. (note: We must have 8 attendees to have this tour.)
P.M. We will visit the University of Edmonton Botanical Gardens and see the lovely Kurimoto Japanese Garden.

Wednesday, September 2: This will be a free day to explore and/or visit the world-famous West Edmonton Mall.

Thursday, September 3: Day of Departure.

Cost of Add-On

The cost for the four-day package includes lodging, excursions, tickets, and transportation, and two dinners.

Double Occupancy: $ 1029 with three payments of $343
Single Occupancy: $ 1449 with three payments of $483

Through April 1, 2020, you can use your PayPal Account to make a deposit of one-third (⅓) of the registration total. At payment, you’ll be prompted to log in or create a PayPal account. Subsequent payment of one-third (⅓) of the total will be collected monthly for two (2) more months for a total of three (3) payments. Once the final payment is made the Paypal contract will terminate.

Cancellation Policy for Add-On Days

A $150 fee will be charged for cancellations before April 1, 2020. No refund will be given after April 1, 2020.