Sheeps Ahoy


Dates - Nov. 1, 5pm to Nov. 3, 2pm

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

Registration Fee - $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST - Cdn funds only) non-refundable after Oct 17 (see details below)

Glen House Costs (payable on leaving) - $405.45 (single), $353.50 (double), $311.90 (triple)

Check in time is anytime after 4pm on Friday, Nov 1 (note that many of the rooms are usually ready before this time) and check-out time is 11:30am on Sunday, Nov 3.  

We will start our retreat at 5pm on Friday, November 1 with a social gathering plus dinner and wrap up on Sunday, November 3 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, Mairi McKissock and Gila Shoshany. 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.



Imagine diving into your stash, choosing some yarn and casting on a sweater for yourself, or someone special, with the confidence that it will fit exactly. And I mean exactly. The construction is based on the measurements from your own body, not prescribed sizing, so that the Body will fit. The sleeves will be perfect. Knit a pint-sized sample of this Top Down cardigan from a recipe. Let me show you how you can knit to fit your own unique sizing. No swatch necessary. 

  • 100g of worsted weight yarn for small sample sweater
  • 4.5mm circular needle 60cm long
  • 4.0mm circular needle 60cm long
  • markers
  • measuring tape
  • calculator
  • blunt sewing up needle



INTRODUCTION TO Tvåändsstickning (TWINED KNITTING) with Mairi McKissock:

Tvåändsstickning, also known as two-end knitting, or twined knitting, is a Swedish folk knitting technique that uses two ends of a single ball of yarn, twisting each strand around the other after every stitch. It makes a particularly dense, almost windproof, fabric that is ideal for mittens, hats, socks, and outerwear.

Highly decorative tvåändsstickning work features distinctive textured patterns made by bringing one strand to the front of the work for a variety of special stitches, and coloured patterns that can be worked by twining two different colours of yarn, by carrying a third strand of yarn for colour stitches, or by working a form of intarsia for small motifs.

Class content

In this 3-hour workshop, you will create a tvåändsstickning wristlet and learn:
  • how to wind and manage your yarn to avoid tangles and unwind accumulated twist
  • a little bit about the theory of twist, and what yarns work best for tvåändsstickning
  • a basic three-strand cast-on technique for tvåändsstickning
  • special considerations for binding off tvåändsstickning
  • basic twining technique (right- or left-handed)
  • how to work simple textured patterns ('hook' stitches and chain paths)
  • how to work with two colours
We will discuss the nature of tvåändsstickning fabric, and how to apply these techniques to make larger and more interesting projects. The instructor will bring a selection of sample projects to review.


This workshop is intended for intermediate knitters who are comfortable with the basics of knitting, and keen to try something new. You should:
  • be very familiar with knit and purl stitches
  • be able to identify simple mistakes and problems in your knitting (such as accidental yarn-overs, dropped or incorrectly mounted stitches)
  • be comfortable with knitting a small circumference in the round (dpns, 2 circulars, or one long circular for magic loop are all OK)
Familiarity with the related technique of stranded colourwork (carrying two colours in one row) is helpful, but not required.


  • two contrasting colours of smooth yarn in DK or worsted weight (at least 30 yards each)
  • scrap yarn of a similar weight
  • needles for circular knitting, in a size smaller than you would normally use for that yarn (eg 3.25mm for worsted weight yarn)
  • a long straight needle in the same size will be helpful for practicing cast-on techniques


    Using your chosen contrasting yarns, create a single, two-colour, centre-pull ball of yarn. Start by winding one of the two yarns into a centre-pull ball, and without removing it from your ball-winder or nostepinne, tie the second yarn to the end of the first and continue winding.


    PLAY WITH YOUR KNITTING with Gila Shoshany (TECHknitter):

    Using a crochet hook or double ended latch-hook needle, we’ll convert already-knit swatches of stockinette into geometrics, striped knitting, latvian braid, cable-ettes and double knitting. Note: Instructor will have for sale at cost (CDN 9.00) double ended latch hooks. Completely optional!

    Supplies (for swatches):

    • worsted or thicker, non-superwash wool preferred, the "stickier," the better
    • bring to class a few yards of scrap yarn in same weight and type but different colour


    • use double pointed or short cable knitting needle in size appropriate to your yarn
    • bring to class a crochet hook in a barrel size 1-2 sizes smaller than needle (resource Aused to knit with and/or double-ended latch hook tool (resource B)

    Extra Credit:

    • Bring with you extra stitch holders and extra dpn’s, if available
    • Wider swatches=easier to handle. Widths given are minimums, go wider if inclined.
    • Blocked swatches are also easier to handle. Consider steaming or blocking.


    1. Geometrics (worked on a striped stockinette fabric):

    • Cast on using waste yarn (provisional cast on) (resouce C)
    • Per illustration, “butterfly” a mini-skein of main colour yarn at the beginning of your work in a length sufficient for cast off
    • Use any edge treatment you prefer—slipped selvedge (resource D) OR work every stitch, every row
    • Cast on at least 12 stitches.
    • Work 4 rows colour A (main colour)
    • Work *2 rows colour B, 2 rows colour A, repeat from * 2 times more (3 total colour B stripes), end with 2 additional rows colour A (4 total colour A rows at end)
    • Leave sufficient yarn in colour A butterflied in a mini-skein with which to cast off
    • Leave work on needle or stitch holder: I used bamboo bar-b-q skewers but any kind works.

    2. Pinstripes, Cable-ettes, Fake Latvian (worked on a plain one-colour stockinette fabric):

    • Cast on directly, any way you like (no provisional cast on)
    • Use any edge treatment you prefer — slipped selvedge (resource D) OR work every stitch, every row
    • Cast on at least 18 stitches
    • Work 20 total rows
    • Leave sufficient yarn butterflied in a mini-skein with which to cast off
    • Leave work on needle or stitch holder

    3. Double Knitting by transformation (worked on TWO plain stockinette fabrics):

    • Cast on using a provisional cast on (resource C) Swatches 3b and 3a: (make TWO, in different colours)
    • Use a slipped selvedge (resource D)
    • With scrap yarn, cast on at least 12 stitches in scrap yarn via any provisional cast on
    • work several rows in scrap yarn
    • swatch 3b only: butterfly sufficient yarn at the start of work (bottom) with which to cast off afterwards
    • Switch to main yarn and work 12 rows
    • swatch 3a only: butterfly sufficient yarn at end of work (top) with which to cast off afterward
    • Leave both swatches on needles or stitch holders

    4. Four-needle double knitting (demo):

    There will be a demo if time permits.  Otherwise, I’ve created two you-tubes showing this trick. URL’s distributed in class.

    5. Resources:

    A:  Chart—Crochet hook sizes vs. knitting needle sizes

    B:  Info for seed stitcher tool (double ended latch hook) Note: this link is for your info. You do NOT need to buy a seed stitcher, a crochet hook will work just fine.

    If, however you would like to buy a seed stitcher, I do think they are very handy, and I will have some for sale on the day of class (CDN $9.00, exact change appreciated).

    C: Provisional cast on, COWYAK or Provisional cast on, Crochet Zip-Out

    D: Slipped selvedge  page4image30575040     

    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.

    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 almost 70 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.  It's just that kind of 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. 1:

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

    Sat. Nov. 2:

    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 - Dinner in the Dining Room
    after dinner - Vendors Market and Scholarship Raffle in the Admiralty Room

    Sun. Nov 3:

    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.  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. 17 will be offered a refund of the registration fee ($169.50) minus $28.25 only if your spot can be filled.  From Oct. 17 on, no refund will be offered.



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