Strung Along Retreats take place several times a year (almost always Spring, June and November) and provide a unique opportunity for knitters (and usually spinners) to indulge their interests and have an opportunity to fill their creative wells to the brim. We have wonderful themes and great teachers. We hold them at The Resort at Port Ludlow, and all the rooms have soaker/jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces, and all the food is about as far from regular hotel fare as you can get.
We work with the Resort’s executive chef on menus you’ll love, add optional wine flights and make sure it’s a knitterly event to remember. We’re really proud of these retreats, and we work hard to make sure they’re a relaxing, fun and gorgeous treat for knitters and spinners.
For 2019, our retreats are:
March 1st to 4th: Our theme is Colour, and this retreat has both knitting and spinning. (You don’t need to be a good spinner, and this retreat is appropriate for newer spinners, but you should be able to spin a continuous thread. It doesn’t have to be an even one.) Judith, Debbi and Stephanie will focus on working with colour – colour theory, combining colours, working with gradient and striping yarns, colourwork techniques and styles… Spinning with colour and spinning gradient yarns…
Note: New at this retreat, we have a bonus Learn to Spin workshop. If you’ve been hesitant to come to a retreat that’s for knitters and spinners, this is for you. The workshop is the day the regular retreat begins in the evening (March 1st) and costs $240. We promise that Judith will teach you enough that day that you’ll have the skills for the rest of the retreat. She’s a whiz with beginners, and we can arrange to loan you a wheel for the duration – or you can bring your own. This class is good for people who want to brush up too, or go back to basics.
June 7th – 10th: Knit, Play, Cook – This retreat has knitting and cooking, and is our only retreat this year that doesn’t have spinning. You’ll spend a day in cooking classes instead. Judith, Stephanie and Chef Dan Ratigan will be your teachers, and you’ll spend a day with each of us. Stephanie (and Debbi) will work with you on knitting, Judith will be at her dyepots, and Dan will be in the kitchen, knives at the ready. (This retreat is appropriate for knitters of any level, and people who can’t cook at all.)
November 8th-11th Our Theme is “Practically Perfect” and we’ll focus on the details and ideas that make your knitting and spinning perfect for you. Stephanie will help you choose yarns, cast ons and bind offs, and analyze your knitting style and technique to tidy it up. We have a guest teacher this time, the ever fabulous Patty Lyons will be coming along for the ride, and her class will focus on pattern alteration and problem solving for all your projects. Judith will work on the same ideas with spinning, solving problems you’ve always had, and helping you choose the right technique and fibre for the yarn you want to produce. You don’t need to be an expert spinner, or even very good at all, but you should be able to spin a continuous thread.)
Every time we do a retreat, It begins the evening of the Friday, and then has three full days of classes Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and then off you go. There’s always a gathering Monday evening, so most knitters go home Tuesday morning, or whenever it suits them.
The cost of the retreats are $895 and includes three days of really beautiful meals, three full days of classes, fun surprises, and all your materials. (It doesn’t include accommodations, but the Resort provides our retreaters with a special rate and there’s some shareable rooms, if you’re coming with a friend. We can’t help you sort out who gets first dibs on the tub.)
To sign up for the retreat, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and Debbi or I will write you back, and confirm all the details. If you’ve got any questions we didn’t answer here, we’d love to hear from you too. If you’d like to talk to some people who’ve been there, we’ve got a very nice Ravelry Group.
On the Saturday of the retreat we always host a fantastic Community Marketplace – and it’s awesome, and it’s open to everyone. If you’re nearby, you’d probably love it, and if you’re a retreater, you’re more than welcome to a free table to show off whatever it is you make.
If you’re a business, and you’d like to contribute something wonderful for our retreaters, we’d love to hear from you too. We’ll do our best to showcase it.