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Fall retreat

Fall Retreat at Lake Logan

Lake Logan Conference Center
25 Wormy Chestnut Lane, Canton, NC, 28716

August 13 - August 15

Join us for a fantastic weekend of fibery goodness at Lake Logan in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.  Your stay and meals are all included.  You may select to share a room or get your own.  Cabins range from 1 bedroom to 7 bedrooms.  Each bedroom has a bathroom, except for 1.  Please let me know who you would like to room with if you chose to register online.  You can also register by calling the shop 828 633-2500.  The cost is $450 per person for double occupancy, and $550.00 if you want a private room.

Check in will be on Friday August 13th from 3-5:30pm.  Pick up your name badge room assignments and Swag Bag!  After dinner, enjoy s’mores by the fire, spin, weave knit together in our group area in the Dining Hall, schedule a massage, or back to your cabin.  Your choice, because this weekend is all about you!

Saturday we will have some classes, demonstrations and the vendors will be open in the celebration Hall.

Sunday more of the same great things happening and we will check out around 3:00pm till we meet again…

Classes at the Retreat

Crochet Brainwaves beanie with Jean Castle

You will receive a copy of the pattern and a list of the abbreviations and terms commonly used. Instead of 3 solid colors used in this picture, we will use a multicolored yarn with long color runs a small amount of a solid contrasting color(the white in the photo). The pattern uses a number of different crochet stitches and can be made in child or adult sizes. you will need a size I hook.  Yarn recommended, 1 skein of Universal Colorburst (DK Weight), and a contrasting solid color. Sunday 1-2.

Hand Dyed Yarn with Pat

Create your own custom colorway or let Pat guide you in the Retreat colorway, in this dye class.  1 undyed skein of yarn will be in your goodie bag and we will have more on hand for purchase if desired.  Sunday 10-11, Saturday 10-11.

Rigid Heddle Weaving with Meg

In this exploratory class, Meg will have her rigid heddle loom warped for you to practice your hand at weaving….. otherwise known as the “great stashbuster!” In addition, we will also be discussing the special warping techniques used in weaving with a palindrome yarn in order to get the maximum effect from yarns that are dyed  the same backward or forward. Bring your rigid heddle loom/heddle and a palindrome skein and we will have you warped in no time! We will also have palindrome skeins available for purchase at the retreat. Saturday 10-11.

Beginning Spinning with Julie

Do you ever wonder how yarn is made? Twist the fibers and you will make yarn.. Guaranteed!  Learn the basics of a spinning wheel (double treadle Lendrums wheels will be provided for you in class). Learn how to draft the fibers and allow the twisted fibers to slide through your fingers onto the spool. Learn how to change spools, spin more fiber onto a second spool and then ply the two spools of singles together. You will make yarn. You will learn how to measure your finished yarn on a NIddy Noddy. Take home your first homespun skein of yarn and enjoy. All you need to bring is patience and a smile.  Saturday 9-10, 1-2.

Finishing your Garment like a PRO with Crystal

Whether you’ve spent an hour or a month on a project you want your finished garment to look gorgeous, polished, and bespoke.  This quick class will teach you how to weave in ends to look smooth and seam up garment pieces invisibly. .  Saturday 11-12.

Brooke’s Column of Leaves Scarf with Sandy

You can do this on any size yarn and needles you want - even lace weight yarn. This pattern is very easy to memorize after a few repeats, making for quick and fun work. And don't forget to block it after you're done! That is the key step in making the leaf pattern lie flat and become really defined.  Sunday 9-10.

Chicks who Like Big Sticks with Amanda

Easy drop stitch cowl for anyone looking for a quick easy knit.  1 skein of Rasta, 1 US 17 24” needle. Saturday 4-5.

Hike & Knit  with Crystal

Bring what you are stitching on and hike some of the beautiful trails at Lake Logan.  We’re going to find a spot to sit and knit for a few minutes so it won’t be huffing and puffing!  Pack a water bottle in your knitting bag.  Saturday 3-4.

Pattern Reading 101 with Tammy

SSK, PM, K1 what does that mean?  Take this class with Tammy and figure it all out.  Bring yarn and coordinating needle for this fun insightful class.  Sunday 11-12

iPad classes with Heidi
Learn how your iPad can do more for your crafting than just being a Ravelry/Pinterest search machine.  With demos and hands-on help, Heidi will help you get started (and answer all your questions), and demonstrate the features of two fabulous apps for the iPad.  We will be working on iPads during our session, using an overhead projector, but Knit Companion can also be used on an iPhone or a Mac laptop or desktop. (Android is also possible, but not included in this workshop).  Bring your devices and questions.  There is no need to have pre-installed the apps, unless you want to (you WILL need Apple ID and password in case you want to install at the retreat…otherwise, just watch and take notes).  Free or paid versions (or none if you just want to watch) ok. Sunday 9-10 and 1-2.
* Knit Companion
This revolutionary app will save and organize your pattern collection in one place, and allow you to mark up your patterns with your own notations (with or without the apple pen for iPad).  Keep track of where you are, and in charts, create reminders and “Magic Markers”, which is basically letting the iPad color in all stitches that look alike in your chart.  There are countless ways that Knit Companion makes your knitting easier, and it can also be used for Crochet and other crafts, to keep track of your “spot”, even if you don’t look at your project for years.  Never fool around with printed patterns again!
* Pattern Genious
This app is from the same company as Knit Companion, but is geared more toward pattern designers and those who don’t design patterns, but sure would like to create a knitting chart of their Pekingese Pup’s gorgeous face, or how about this: make a chart for a pattern that doesn’t have one?  The app will allow you to easily “draw” the stitches and colors on a grid, copy, cut, move and repeat sections, and then print out not only the .jpg of the chart, but the written pattern in pdf format, using conventional knitting notation.  Or, if you want the stitch described differently in the written pattern and the stitch guide, yes, it can do that.  Only the word processor yackety yak and finished garment photos are missing, and if you are a pattern designer, you have that covered.
Foxpaws Exploration with Heidi
The Foxpaws scarf, which is based on a knitting technique called “Stacked Increases and Decreases” is one of the hardest types of Knitting out there.  Let’s work on practice swatches, or, (gulp!) the real thing.  I highly recommend starting with a swatch, either in small amounts (under 50 yds ea) 2-3 different contrasting colors, and circular 24” or longer circular needles with a sharp point.  (Karbonz, Zing, Chiaogoo, HiyaHiya).  After learning, or if you are the impulsive/adventurous type, bring 5 colors of Fingering weight yarn (50 gm ea), (2 or more colors for a total of 250 gms for the full scarf is a minimum).  #6 circular needles, circular and with what you consider to be a sharp point.  A few ring markers and a small crochet hook(such as #0 or 2 in steel for fingering weight) are helpful, (D or E for worsted)  The Foxpaws pattern is a $6 download from Ravelry, but if you only want to try out the technique, the following free download and #10 needles and two or more colors of worsted weight scraps is also a good way to get used to the technique;  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/oak-leaf-2 Saturday 9-10 and 1-2.


Trunk Shows

We are excited to have trunk shows with Emma’s Yarn, Baah Yarns, Trendsetter Yarns, Rowan, and Universal.


Lots of demos will take place all weekend including but not limited to spinning, weaving, kumihimo braiding,  continuous weaving, sock machine knitters, machine knitting and dying.


Knit a longs will take place all weekend in the lodge.  Butterfly Papillon with Tammy, yarn suggestions is 2 Uneek Fingering and a contrast color. Bring a needle to match your yarn.  Sandy and Hollee will be doing a knitted felted bag.  You will need feltable wool and needle to match.





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