Strung Along Retreats

Strung Along Retreats take place several times a year (this year they’re in April, 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.

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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.

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Our upcoming retreat is Knit – Play – Cook and is the only retreat we’re doing this year that doesn’t have a spinning element. It begins the evening of Friday, June 3rd, has three days of classes Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and then off you go. Classes end on Monday June the 6th,  and there’s a gathering that evening, so most knitters go home Tuesday morning, or whenever it suits them.

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Our teachers this time are Judith MacKenzie, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and Chef Dan Ratigan. Together we’re going to try and give you a really amazing weekend.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (I’ve written lots of knitting books, and I’m not putting up my picture) and my class at this retreat is Nicer Knitting. We’re going to start with making good yarn choices, how to fix mistakes, how selvedges work, how to handle complex instructions and how to block and tidy up.  In general, we’re going to figure out how to take your knitting from an 8 to a 10, and in the evenings we’ll have a chance to work on speed and efficiency.

Our friend Judith MacKenzie is putting down her spinning wheel at this retreat, and walking over to the dyepot.   If you’ve had a class from her, then you know that no matter what she’s teaching, it’s going to be a wonderful day.  You’ll work with dyes of all kinds, learn all sorts of wonderful things, and if the wind blows right, we might be able to convince her to bring her indigo pot.

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Chef Dan Ratigan is our third teacher this time, and he’s the cooking part in this retreat. You spend one full day with Chef Dan and his team, plan a menu, cook up a storm and learn new techniques no matter what your level is in the kitchen. You’ll take a trip to a beautiful farm and cidery just minutes away, prepare a gourmet dinner for your fellow retreaters, and learn about pairing wines (and folding napkins) from the Sommelier.  (If you’ve never cooked before, don’t worry about it. There’s a place for every skill level in Dan’s Kitchen. You’ll do just fine.)

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The cost of the retreat is $875 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.)

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To sign up for the retreat, email us at 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.

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As is becoming our custom, on the evening of Saturday April 9th, about 7 til 8:30, we’ll 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 table to show off whatever it is you make.

If you’re a business, and you’d like to contribute something wonderful for our goodie bags, we’d love to hear from you too.

We’ll have one other retreat this year.   November’s retreat (12-14th) is “I did it my way” and the teachers are Stephanie (Knitting) Amy Herzog (patterns and knitting) and Judith (spinning.) Usually, the June retreat is the only one appropriate for non-spinners.