Knitting on the Coast
A Knitting Retreat in Pescadero, California
September 25-27, 2009
us for a relaxing knitting getaway on the California coast!
You'll gain new skills while soaking up beautiful vistas. Geared to
advanced beginners and intermediate knitters, the retreat provides both
formal classes and an informal setting where you can get answers to
your knitting bugaboos.
Friday, September 25
7:00-9:00 pm: TECHNIQUE SAMPLER.
We'll dip into a tasty sampler
of techniques for fixing mistakes, seaming, and making buttonholes.
Saturday, September 26
9:00 am-noon: MAZE AND CHEVRON HAT.
Pattern and photos by, and
copyright of, Deborah Bennett.
This fun mosaic pattern by
Deborah Bennett will give a slip-stitch newbie a great introduction
and an old hand good practice in the technique. We'll start off at
the brim with the attractive braided band. This could make a great tea
Noon-1:30 pm: Lunch
break (on site or in Pescadero)
1:30-4:30 pm: CHART YOUR OWN HAT OR MITTENS.
Using the blanks by helloyarn
(aka Adrian Bizilia), we'll draw up our own designs for stranded knitting
and then make them a reality. Students who can do the homework can launch
right into their new patterns.
4:30-8:00 pm: Free time
and dinner break
4:45-6:45 pm: Optional naturalist-led
hike ($5 per person)
8:00-10:00 pm: A GOOD OL' FASHIONED STITCH 'N BITCH.
A combination stitch 'n bitch,
knitting clinic, and yarn swap!
Bring projects to show and work on, plus a skein or two from your yarn
stash to swap. If you'd like help reading a pattern, bring several
copies so anyone who wishes can follow along as we work through it.
Sunday, September 27
9:30-11:30 am: INTRO TO DROP SPINNING.
(Optional additional class; separate $50 tuition, maximum of 12 students)
Kathy will teach the basics of drop-spinning-besides being the oldest method of spinning, it's a great way to learn the basic principles before trying a spinning wheel. She'll also demonstrate how fiber is prepared for spinning, and bring a couple of her spinning wheels for students to try out, too. Tuition includes drop spindle and practice fiber.
11:30-12:30 pm: Lunch break
12:30-3:00 pm: LARUS & ARDEA FINGERLESS MITTS.
(Optional additional class;
separate $45 tuition; maximum of 15 students)
Pattern by and copyright Spinnity, photos by and copyright William F. Walker.
Spinnity teaches us the Swedish twined knitting skills we'll need to knit her beautiful mitts, from the three-strand cast-on, straight twined knitting, and twined purl, to crook stitch patterns and chain paths. You'll find the pattern for these lovely long-wearing mitts at Knitty. Must be comfortable working in the round with double pointed needles or two circulars.
Crashing waves on a rugged coastline, a picturesque lighthouse, great hiking and charming towns to explore nearby, and a group of interesting knitters to hang out with. What more could you want on a nice fall weekend?
This year we'll have our
own little house to ourselves, a historic lighthouse keepers' home,
at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel in Pescadero, on the coast 50
miles south of San Francisco.
Love to cook? We'll have
our own kitchen and dining room in which you can make and enjoy your
meals, and you can always grill up something on the barbeque and eat
at a picnic table overlooking the ocean.
Prefer to have others do the
cooking? You'll find delis and Duarte's, a classic tavern, just
five miles away.
Our house has two rooms with three bunk beds to accommodate six people each; one will be all women, the other, potentially mixed. Bring your own bedding or sleeping bag and towel. You might want to bring a swimsuit, too, in case there are sign-up slots available for the cliffside hot tub.
A cooperative spirit is an
important component of the hostel experience. During the weekend, everyone
will assist with daily cleaning chores, requiring about five to ten
minutes each day.
Gray teaches knitting at BookShop West Portal in San Francisco.
She began knitting in third grade and has barely stopped since, even
flying 6000 miles in a weekend to polish her couture techniques. Known
for bountiful patience, Thea loves teaching the joys of knitting. You can find her on Ravelry as knitOrama.
Thea creates a warm, welcoming environment, in which I feel very comfortable asking for clarification or repetition. She's a great listener, and creatively adjusts her teaching style to the needs of her students, depending on their level of experience.
— Jenny, MLA degree candidate
Not only is Thea a patient and thorough teacher, she's enthusiastic and skilled in many different knitting techniques. She's helped me go beyond merely following patterns.
— Rachella, freelance writer and editor
Thea's terrific! She's not only knowledgeable but also incredibly patient with all our mistakes. Her humor and demeanor make both the classes and the drop-ins a great experience.
— Jeanne, rookie knitter
Kathy Fugitt has been
a spinner for many years and has taught spinning in a variety of venues,
including Renaissance fairs and children's art classes. You can tell
she's a spinner by all the wheels, spindles, and other stuff associated
with the 'textillian' life that she has amassed.
Spinnity—designer of Larus & Ardus—spins, birds, and knits in the SF Bay Area. She has a bad habit of combining hobbies “in the field,” which sometimes leads to muddy knitting projects and broken dpns. She blogs at http:// spinnity.blogspot.com.
Participants in the main retreat will receive goodies generously donated by the likes of Be Sweet, Black Mountain Artisans, Bookshop West Portal, Crystal Palace, Interweave Press, Knit Picks, Knitting Fever (US distributors of Noro), Sirona Springs and Soak Wash, Inc., and have the chance to win door prizes from Debra's Garden, Indigo Moon Yarns, Peace Fleece, and Westminster Fibers (US distributors of Rowan).
At a minimum, all participants must be able to cast on, knit and purl (and distinguish between the two by sight), and bind off. For the Laurus & Ardea Fingerless Mitts class, students must be comfortable working in the round with double pointed needles or two circulars. Retreat attendees can practice their knitting-in-the-round skills in the Maze and Chevron and Chart Your Own classes.
CLASS MATERIALS AND HOMEWORK
MAZE AND CHEVRON HAT.
CHART YOUR OWN HAT OR MITTENS.
Knitting the mittens will
allow you to see the pattern you chart develop more quickly.
After deciding whether to make a hat or mittens, follow the appropriate
material requirements and homework instructions below.
optional homework for the mittens is, well, optional, but will allow
you to launch right into your pattern as soon as it is
complete. If you like, prior to the retreat you may also play with the
pattern blanks, sketching in potential designs. At the retreat I will
a variety of stitch pattern treasuries on hand for inspiration.
A GOOD OL' FASHIONED STITCH 'N BITCH.
INTRO TO DROP SPINNING.
LARUS & ARDEA FINGERLESS MITTS.
OTHER THINGS TO BRING
TO SIGN UP
To sign up, either complete the following form and click through to pay with your credit card via PayPal, or print out a pdf of the retreat brochure, complete the form, and mail a check, made out to Thea Gray, to 371 Wawona St, SF, CA 94127
To hold a place when paying
by check, you may send a message indicating
that your registration form and check are in the mail. Places
not secured by a receipt of a check within a week of
notification will be forfeited.
© Copyright Thea M. Gray