Sheeps Ahoy

Retreat 2019 is ready to go.  I know many of you have been anxious to see what we have in store for you this year.  Read on.  I hope you like our line-up. 

The Basics:

Nov. 1 - 3, 2019

The Glen House Resort (off the Thousand Island Parkway)

Registration Fee: $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST in Cdn funds only).  This fee is non-refundable after Oct 17*

Pre-registration for Returnees: Monday, June 17, 9am

Open Registration: Monday, June 24, 9am

Cancellation Deadline - Oct 17, 2019

The Glen House costs (payable on leaving the retreat) are as follows:  

  • $405.45 (single),
  • $353.50 (double) and
  • $311.90 (triple).

Check-in time is 4pm Fri. Nov. 1 and check-out time is 11:00am Sun. Nov. 3.

We will start our retreat at 5pm on Friday, November 1 with a social gathering 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 at if you want to see what this resort is like.

There are 3 workshops and each participant will have the opportunity to attend all 3 workshops over the course of the weekend.

Deb Gemmell - Any Gauge Freedom for a Top Down Sweater

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.

TECHknitter (Gila Shoshany) - Play With Your Knitting

Many of you will know Gila / TECHknitter from her blog  
Create surprising geometrics. Add beading or colored stripes after the fact. Fake Latvian knitting. Transform ordinary   stockinette into double knitting or cable work. Create double knitting on four needles. Beautify double knit edges in the finishing process. In this class, TECHknitter shows how to play with your knit fabric as never before. 

Mairi McKissock - Introduction to Tvåändsstickning (Twined Knitting)

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 details, supply lists and homework will be sent out to participants in the fall.

The cost to register for the weekend will be $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST), payable to Sheeps Ahoy.  This reserves your place at the retreat, and covers the costs of running the event – meeting room rentals, coffee breaks, opening reception, and workshops. This fee is non-refundable from Oct 17 onward.  Before Oct 17 your fee minus $28.25 ($25 + $3.25 HST) will be refunded only if your spot can be filled from our waiting list.

The remaining cost for accommodation and meals is payable to the Glen House Resort on leaving:  $405.45 for a single room, $353.50 for a double room, and $311.90 for a triple. 

The only extra costs are the ones you incur at our Vendors’ Night or buying tickets in our Scholarship Raffle, both on Saturday evening.  

Returnees will have an opportunity to register one week prior to registration being open to the general public.  Starting the week after pre-registration, applications will be accepted from new participants (or tardy returnees) on a first-come, first-served basis. Total numbers are limited to 60. A waiting list will be kept once the first 60 people have registered.  There are always last minute cancellations.  Please note that we do not keep a waiting list from one year to the next.


Registration cheques should be sent to:

Sheeps Ahoy c/o Debbie Wilson

20 Wheeler Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K2J 3B6


If you need to contact us, please phone 613-823-2469 or 1-877-740-2469 or e-mail us at

We keep rooming information from previous years and so does The Glen House.  If your rooming arrangements are different this year, please let us know.

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.

*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 our waiting list.  From Oct. 17 on, no refund will be offered. 


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