Sheeps Ahoy

Let's talk about how to stay cozy and warm next winter!  Hopefully you will find something in this year's Needlers' Retreat offering that will help you with that.  

Nov. 3 - 5, 2017

The Glen House Resort (off the Thousand Island Parkway)

Registration Fee: $155 (Cdn funds only).  The $155 is non-refundable after Oct 19*

Pre-registration for Returnees: June 26 to June 30

Open Registration: July 3 after 9am to Nov 3

Cancellation Deadline - Oct 19, 2017

The Glen House costs (payable on leaving the retreat) are as follows:  $370 (single), $320 (double) and $280 (triple). Check-in time is 4pm Fri. Nov. 3 and check-out time is 11:45am Sun. 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 at if you want to see what this resort is like.

This year’s instructors are Janine Bajus, Josée Labrie and Francine Hebert.  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!

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...).


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.


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

The cost to register for the weekend will be $155, 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 19 onward.  Before Oct 19 your fee minus $25 will be refunded 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:  $370 for a single room, $320 for a double room, and $280 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 during the week of June 26 to June 30. Starting Monday, July 3 at 9am 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. 19 will be offered a refund of the registration fee ($155) minus $25 only if your spot can be filled from our waiting list.  From Oct. 19 on, no refund will be offered. 


Hello and welcome to Sheeps Ahoy. We hope you enjoy browsing our site. Sheeps Ahoy is a small home-based business designed for knitters who love fair isle, lacework, design or something just a little different.

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