Sheeps Ahoy

It's October and I'm still wearing shorts.  But I'm sure sweater weather is coming soon.   

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

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

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

Registration Fee - $155 (Cdn funds only) non-refundable after Oct 19 (see details below)

Glen House Costs (payable on leaving) - $370 (single), $320 (double), $280 (triple)

Check in time is anytime after 4pm on Friday, Nov 3 (note that many of the rooms are usually ready before this time) and check-out time is 11:30am on Sunday, Nov 5.  

We will start our retreat at 5pm on Friday, November 3 with a social gathering and wrap up on Sunday, November 5 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 Janine Bajus, Francine Hebert and Josée Labrie. 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.


STEEKS with Janine Bajus:

Afraid to cut your knitting? Have you made a steek before but it fell apart? In this workshop I will show you how to set up steeks that won’t unravel or require tedious finishing. Plus I’ll show how to add bands neatly and securely and how to shape around your openings. Scissors and knitting can coexist!
  • Worsted weight wool, two contrasting colors
  • 40cm/16” circular needle in size appropriate for the yarn you’ve chosen
  • Stitch marker
  • Crochet hook, size 3.5 or 3.75mm (E or F)

There is quite a bit of homework.  You will knit a circular swatch based on the instructions found in this pdf.  Don't leave this until the Friday of the Retreat!

Errata - please cast on 84 stitches for the homework.



Use your sock left overs to knit a memory blanket.  This is such an addictive knit, you won’t want to put this down.  I will show you how to trap your ends so that you won’t have to sew them in  (More time for knitting!).  If you’ve already started one, bring it in, show it off and trade sock minis with your class mates.
  • sock yarn
  • 2.5mm dpns
  • 1 stitch marker
  • scissors
Homework: None.

THRUMMED MITTENS with Josée Labrie:

In this workshop, you will learn how to make warm and cozy thrummed, or fleece-stuffed mittens. This type of mitten originated in Labrador and Northern Newfoundland and they are perfect for our cold and often wet winters! You will be given directions to knit cuffs for homework so we can start right away with the most interesting part of the mittens - inserting lightly twisted unspun fleece thrums into your knitting.

While we knit our mittens, we will cover the history of thrummed mittens, as well as other heritage mittens patterns from the Atlantic coast, from Labrador to Maine. Many samples will be shown. We will discuss how some colourwork patterns have been imported from Europe, adapted to our climate and carried in families and communities (fox and geese, sawtooth, stripes, salt and pepper, etc...). 


  • Yarn: 100 g of a worsted or aran weight yarn (about 200 yards). Preferably non-superwash, natural wool, such as Cascade 220, Patons Classic wool, Briggs N Little Regal, etc …
  • Fiber: 75 g of wool roving or combed top, preferably non-superwash
  • Needles: 4mm circular needles (or double-pointed needles)
  • Notions: Stitch markers, blunt-tip needle to weave ends in, scissors, waste yarn

Suggestions on where to get roving or combed top:

  • Wabi-Sabi , 1078 Wellington Street West, Ottawa (They carry both roving and combed top)
  • Wool-Tyme 190 Colonnade Rd S, Unit 2, Ottawa (They carry Briggs N Little roving)
  • Into the Whirled online shop 
  • Three Waters Farm online shop 


    Before class, please prepare the cuff of your first mitten:

    Size : women S (M, L) XL 

    Using the German twisted cast-on method (or a stretchy cast-on), CO 36 (40, 44) 48 sts. Distribute your stitches on the needles in a manner which pleases you, and join in the round. Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 6 to 8 cm (approximately 2 to 3 inches).

    Errata - The original instructions were to work a K2; P1 ribbing and have been changed to K2; P2.

    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 3 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 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. 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. 3:

    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. 4:

    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 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

    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. 19 will be offered a refund of the registration fee ($155) minus $25 only if your spot can be filled.  From Oct. 19 on, no refund will be offered.



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