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Join me for a SpringRetreat: Knitting inTofino, April 20 –22

October 31st, 2011

I’m so pleased to announce that I’m the featured instructor for Knits by the Sea’s annual retreat in gorgeous Tofino, BC!

I’ll be teaching three (!) of my favorite classes over the course of the weekend, all designed to help you get more from your knitting, no matter what ‘level’ you think you are. When I’m not teaching, I’ll be hanging out – hopefully with this gorgeous view – and getting to know you better.

Why don’t you join me? Registration makes the perfect ‘wish list’ item for the holidays.

The retreat includes:
2 nights accommodations at Middle Beach Lodge
Continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday
Lunch on Saturday afternoon
Wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening
Early Bird Cost (reserve by December 31):
Single Occupancy: $500 plus HST
Double Occupancy: $400 per person plus HST*

Call Knits by the Sea at 250-725-3700 to register. A $100 deposit is required to hold your spot. The remainder isn’t due until March 20, 2012.

All the details are here.

And here’s the low-down on the weekend’s classes:

Beyond Purls; the Precious GEMS of Knitting
Get more success out of every garment project by understanding the four GEMS of knitting; Gauge, Ease, Measurements, and Sizing. We’ll start with getting close and personal with our Gauge swatches. Is there a ‘wrong’ way to swatch? How do you assess a swatch for both stitch count AND fabric quality? Next, we’ll look at different ways to preview a pattern, and better understand how Ease relates to fit. Taking current and accurate Measurements – and understanding how they relate to pattern sizing – is the key to selecting the right size. Finally, we’ll put it all together and learn how to improve the Sizing choices we make every time we begin a new project.

Shapes for Shawls
Description: Small shawls, often using simple lace patterns, are all the rage. During this two-part workshop, we’ll investigate three different construction methods; a triangle, a crescent, and a wedge. We’ll then learn how to apply your own design touches to each style of shawl ‘architecture’. Along the way, we’ll talk about design considerations like gauge, fabric, and yarn choice. You’ll come out of the workshop with three small samples, and a worksheet for helping plan out your next project. Some of the techniques we’ll learn; knit-on borders, short rows, and charting for lace.

Optional workshop – Photography for Knitters
As fiber artists spend more time sharing images of their work online, through Ravelry, blogs, or etsy, clear and compelling photography has become more of a priority. In this 3 (or 6) hour hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of fiber arts photography. How do you work with your camera? How do you use light most effectively? How can you improve your composition? How does understanding your subject matter result in better photographs? We’ll start with an overview of what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to yarn and projects. Next, we’ll do a series of hands on activities, including working on still shots and shots with models. Finally, we’ll review and showcase our best work.

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4 Responses to “Join me for a Spring Retreat: Knitting in Tofino, April 20 – 22”

  1. Terri Says:

    Amy, I was just out at Pacific Sands (near Tofino) a few weeks ago. Ellie’s shop is fabulous and of course the entire area is beautiful. It’s our favourite vacay spot.

    I’m going to work on trying to get out there for the retreat!

  2. Meredith MC Says:

    Maybe I missed it but I don’t see the dates. Also, what’s HST- in the pricing you mention it. A tax, maybe? I’d love to come, probably I’ll wishing I was there. Sounds amazing.

  3. Lora Says:

    Oh, I wish! It seems a shame that you’ll be so close to me, and I probably won’t be able to go. It’d be nice to catch up, and of course, a knitting retreat would be lovely. Now that I’m on my own with the kids I don’t get out to knit nights anymore. I still knit as much as ever (and somewhat better, I’d like to think), but I’m away from the monkeys during the day to work (and tap-dance monday nights) and so I just don’t get out much in the evenings. I’m even more passionate about knitting these days, and miss having knitting companions.

  4. Birgit Says:

    I wish I wish I wish I could go…

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