Wakefield Knitting Retreat 2013

The days are getting longer, the sun is stronger and it’s time to think spring! That means, time to plan this year’s knitting retreat at the Barn near Wakefield.

The Barn in early spring

The Barn in early spring

Julie and Kathryn have some exciting workshops planned and I’m already testing out some new recipes so it should be a great weekend!

The dates this year will be May 3-5 and the price will be the same as last year ($300 for all classes, meals and two nights accommodation). We wanted to let you know what Kathryn and Julie have planned for the workshops:

Julie will present an introduction to stranded knitting  i.e. two-colour knitting with short changes between colours whereby you carry the unused colour (float) behind the one you are knitting with:

We will focus on knitting a swatch in the round (without really knitting in the round), colour dominance and managing floats.  If you are really keen, I suggest practicing knitting (before the retreat) in the style you do NOT currently use (if you knit English, practice Continental, and vice versa) if you would like to practice two-handed knitting (only the knit stitch, there won’t be any purling), otherwise you can alternate your colours from the same hand.

Julie’s second workshop will be on yarn substitution:

We will examine how to substitute yarn for a given pattern, including possibilities for using different fibres and touching on using yarn with a different gauge. There will be a very detailed handout and lots of props as examples. If you have any questions regarding a specific project you would like to tackle, bring them along.

Knitting workshop

Knitting workshop

And once again, Kathryn will lead a workshop on dyeing yarn with professional acid dyes:

In this workshop you will learn how to create fabulous painted yarn with professional acid dyes. The colours you can achieve are brilliant and endless! Acid dyes use citric acid, which is a food safe acid. You will learn to paint self-striping multicoloured yarn, and kettle dye using common kitchen tools, like a crock-pot. We will dye 2 skeins of yarn with the idea that they will be used for colour work.

Kathryn's dyeing workshop

Kathryn’s dyeing workshop

dyeing outdoors

dyeing outdoors


The Barn accommodates only 12 participants in dormitory-style rooms so if you are interested in coming this year, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing threecrazyknitters@gmail.com or calling Maureen at 819 459-3164. We’ll then ask for a $100 deposit to confirm your spot.

Here are a few more photos from last year to give you an idea of what’s in store: great classes, lovely people, lots of time to relax and delicious food! Spring can’t come soon enough.

The kitchen crew

The kitchen crew

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Early evening visitors

Early evening visitors

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