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It's starting to feel a bit like sweater weather.  That means that before we know it, we will be meeting at The Glen House once again.  

Here are all the details for this year's retreat.   

Dates - Nov. 4, 5pm to Nov. 6, 2pm

Where - The Glen House Resort, Gananoque, Ontario (on the 1000 Island Parkway)

Registration Fee - $150 (Cdn funds only) non-refundable after Oct 20 (see details below)

Glen House Costs (payable on leaving) - $365 (single), $315 (double), $275 (triple)

Check in time is anytime after 4pm on Friday, Nov 4 (note that many of the rooms are usually ready before this time) and check-out time is 11:30am on Sunday, Nov 6.  

We will start our retreat at 5pm on Friday, November 4 with a social gathering and wrap up on Sunday, November 6 with lunch. We will fill every minute between with knitting fun and merriment. We are gathering at The Glen House Resort on the St. Lawrence River in Gananoque, Ontario (off the Thousand Island Parkway). Check out their website if you want to see what this resort is like.

This year’s instructors are Deb Gemmell, Natalie Servant and Debbie Wilson. There will be 3 workshops (listed below) and each participant will have the opportunity to attend all 3 workshops over the course of the weekend.


GAUGE-FREE MITTENS with Deb Gemmell:

No Gauge Swatch Necessary! Your gauge doesn’t matter for these mittens. In fact we’re not going to worry about it at all. Do you have mystery yarn in your stash without labels? Now you will be able to knit mittens with any yarn in your stash, for any size. Grab some double pointed needles and Cast On to get started with a child-sized mitten. Work with a Plan, not a Pattern.
  • 100g of Aran or Chunky weight yarn,
  • double pointed needles in size recommended by yarn (usually 5.0mm or 6.00mm double pointed needles).
Homework: None.

SOMETHING FUN WITH BEADS with Natalie Servant:

We are going to explore a variety of ways to use beads and other objects in our knitting. We'll discuss the theory & possible applications for a variety of methods and work through a number of them in the workshop. When you leave you'll be able to look at patterns and be able to come up with many ways to use beads to add more personality, colour, and bling to your projects.
A small sample of a different variety of beads and other decorations will be supplied with the class.
  • fingering weight yarn to experiment with (30g+ should be fine) - perhaps a variety of remnants
  • needles appropriate for your yarn
  • any beads/items with holes in them that you'd like to try incorporating into your knitting
Homework: None.


Knitting with two colours, fair isle knitting, stranded knitting - to many these terms are synonymous and yet shrouded in mystery. In this workshop we'll talk about these terms and learn a basic tool set for working these sorts of projects. We will learn about knitting with one colour in each hand, knitting solid bands of colour, small colour patterns and larger colour patterns that may require "trapping" the yarn not in use. We will also talk about colour dominance - what it is, why we should care about it and how to deal with it effectively. If time permits we will touch very briefly on steeks.
  • Yarn - 3 colours, all in worsted or aran weight (approximately 5 sts = 1 in on 4.5 or 5 mm needle) with good contrast between them. You will need roughly 50g of a main colour and 25g each of two contrast colours.  Note, we will be making a circular swatch, so use some leftover yarns in aran or worsted weight if you have them.
  • Needles - circular 4.5 or 5 mm needle 40cm long
  • stitch markers (including one distinct marker)
  • small magnetic board, post-it notes or hi-lighter tape - whatever you use to keep your place in a chart.
Homework:  None.

Raffle (bring cash and maybe a prize):

Once again, we will host a Scholarship Raffle. As in past years, please use cash only to purchase raffle tickets. This allows all of the money collected to go directly to the Scholarship Fund. 

Prizes for the raffle are donated. If you have something you think would make a good raffle prize, please bundle it up with a 4x6 index card describing the prize and who it is donated by. This will help people decide how to divide their tickets. 4x6 business cards will be available at the retreat.

Scholarship Students:

The Scholarship Fund will be supporting 2 scholarship students this year. A scholarship covers the full cost of the registration fee, plus The Glen House costs in a double occupancy room. This includes all meals, breaks, workshops, gratuities, etc. The only thing not covered is the cost of any purchases at our Vendors' Night or money to purchase tickets for the Raffle.

Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for a scholarship for next year's retreat? Would they be unable to attend without the assistance of our Scholarship Fund? Please send me an email and let me know their name, email address and phone number. Include any relevant information as well. Please be sure to discuss this with the person you are nominating before sending me any information.

Vendors' Night (bring more cash and/or credit cards):

As in past years we will have a Vendors' Night on Saturday. Note that some vendors are able to accept credit cards while others are not. Come ready to be tempted once again.

Show & Tell (bring inspiration):

Bring 1 or 2 items that you would like to show off. This is an important part of our retreat as it is a great source of inspiration and discussion. It also helps us get to know each other a bit better. Please remember, however, that we have well over 60 people - that's a lot of show and tell!

Knitting (bring something to work on):

There will be lots of time to knit over the course of the weekend. Bring something to work on while watching show and tell, or just relaxing with friends.


Our plan for the weekend is as follows:

Fri. Nov. 4:

5 - 6 pm - Welcome Reception in the Smuggler's Lounge (cash bar available)
6 pm - Dinner in the Dining Room
after dinner - bedtime - Show and Tell in the Admiralty Room

Sat. Nov. 5:

7:30 - 8:30 am - Breakfast in the Dining Room
9 - 12 noon - Classes in the Navy or Lake Fleet Room. Admiralty Room is available.
12 noon - Lunch in the Dining Room
1:30 - 4:30 pm - Classes in the Navy or Lake Fleet Room. Admiralty Room is NOT available.
3:30 - 6:00 pm - VENDORS ONLY - setup in the Admiralty Room
6pm pm - Dinner in the Dining Room
after dinner - bedtime - Vendors Market and Scholarship Raffle in the Admiralty Room

Sun. Nov 6:

7:30 - 8:30 am - Breakfast in the Dining Room
9 - 12 noon - Classes in the Navy or Lake Fleet Room. Admiralty Room is available.
12 noon - Lunch in the Dining Room

The Glen House has a fully stocked bar just next to the dining room in the Smuggler's Lounge. If you would like a glass of wine or other beverage, you are welcome to stop by the bar on your way to dinner. The servers will also bring a beverage to your table.  Please pay your server with cash only (and remember a gratuity) and do not sign beverages to your room.

Rooming information is kept from previous years by us and at The Glen House.  If your rooming arrangements are different this year, please let us know if you haven't already done so. 
If you would like to be a vendor at our Vendors’ Night, please contact us so we know how many tables to set up.
If you have specific issues (e.g. dietary, mobility, etc.) or will be arriving early or staying late, please make arrangements directly with the Glen House. They can be reached at 1-800-268-4536 or 613-659-2204.
And finally, if you have any questions or concerns please contact us by phone 613-823-2469 or 1-877-740-2469 or send e-mail to deb AT sheepsahoy DOT com (make the relevant substitutions please).
Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations prior to Oct. 20 will be offered a refund of the registration fee ($150) minus $25 only if your spot can be filled.  From Oct. 20 on, no refund will be offered.



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