Strung Along Retreats take place several times a year (almost always 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.
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 2018, our retreats are:
April 13th to 16th: Beginnings. 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 the starts of things – Beginnings. Planning projects, choosing fibre and fleece, what yarn you want to spin depending on what you’re making, making decisions about yarn, gauge, patterns, cast-ons and fit… all the things that come up at the beginnings of projects.
June 8th – 11th: Knit, Play, Cook – A Walk in the Woods. 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 9-12th Our wildly popular Silk retreat is back. The entire weekend is silk. How silk works, where it comes from, what it’s like, how to spin and knit it, how to work with all the different forms of it. and what it’s good at. Your teachers are Judith (for Spinning) and Debbi and Stephanie for knitting. (Like in April, this retreat is for Spinners and Knitters. 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.) Warning – this retreat contains limited exposure to dead bugs.
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 $885 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.