Hello knitters!

Well this knitting retreat has certainly snuck up on us quickly with all the other events and travelling that have been going on the past few months. There is now ONE SPOT LEFT for our knitting retreat next weekend June 21-24, 2012. For those of you that have not attended a knitting retreat before- this is a great opportunity to do so. We have people coming from all over the place this year! New Liskeard, Toronto and even from the States! We always have a ton of fun, we learn a lot and.... we eat a lot. Got to fuel those brains for learning somehow. Let me give you the low down on this weekend.....

We will be holding this year's retreat at the Northridge Inn in Sundridge, Ontario from Thursday June 21 to Sunday June 24, 2012.

Arrival is between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday evening and we will have dinner together and enjoy a short presentation from Shirley Paden- our special guest teacher for the weekend. Shirley is an incredible knitwear designer who specializes her teachings on how to custom design knitwear for yourself and for your specific body type. Shirley published a book in 2009 entitled "Knitwear Design Workshop" and she now travels to teach all over the United States and Canada and also holds worldwide classes via the internet.

We will have 2.5 days of classes (17 hours total) and the classes are designed for even the most basic of knitters. If you know how to cast on, knit, purl and cast off then you are good to go. Shirley will guide us through each class and give us skills that will be used from one class to the next. The class descriptions can be found by clicking HERE or by visiting my blog at or by visiting Shirley's website by clicking HERE or visiting Be sure and peruse her extensive portfolio and note her exquisite taste and attention to detail specifically in her lace designs. Shirley has a true vision for textures and patterns in her designs that are seemingly unparalleled by any other knitwear designer I have ever seen. Check out videos of Shirley HERE or by visiting

What else?

Well in addition to your 2.5 days of classes, each attendee will receive a great gift bag chalk full of sample skeins and other treats and surprises ;) We will also have some wonderful door prizes for everyone that attends!

I am also debuting 3 BRAND NEW yarns and booklets on the weekend and there will be plenty of time to shop and peruse the market tables that I set up with new yarns, new samples, kits, books, patterns, accessories and TONS of inspiration. Don't forget about your shopping discount for the weekend as well. We will have Shirley's book on hand for you to purchase and for her to autograph. Shirley will be doing a reading from her book and will have a selection of her knit designs set up as samples for you to fondle and try on and we will have a great selection of yarn that can be used for her amazing designs.

The accommodations are incredible. The resort is situated right on the lake and every room has a view of the lake. Each room holds 2 queen sized beds, a sitting area, a TV, a fireplace and a washroom. Rooms are double occupancy and many people are coming alone and have been paired up with a roommate who I'm sure will become a lifelong friend! The resort also holds tennis courts, a swimming pool, a gym, a beach, firepit, paddle boats and other water toys and is in a great location for nature walks.

We will enjoy three meals together each day as well as two snack breaks each day- meals ARE INCLUDED in the cost of this event!

We will have a few evening events planned as well and will be holding a show and tell night for you to show us what you have been working on in the past little while or what you are just plain old darn proud of to have made.

The cost of the retreat is $765 HST already included. This cost includes your 2.5 days of knitting classes, 3 meals per day plus two snacks per day, 3 nights stay at the Northridge Inn and use of most of the resorts ammennities.

If you have any more questions about the retreat please don't hesitate to give me a call at 705-223-8245 or send me an email at

Remember, there is only ONE SPOT LEFT so if you are interested or know someone who is then please let me know as soon as possible so that you don't miss out on this event! Remember, it is for knitter's of all skill levels and we already have a variety of skilled knitter's coming along- some who have only knit for a year and others for all their lives. It's not just for the pros- it's for everyone to come and be inspired in to this wonderful and addicting world of colour, texture and fiber. It is going to be truly incredible and inspiration with a fountain of new knowledge and new friends. Us knitter's definitely know how to have a great time.

New Stuff!

We will have our new yarns on display AFTER our knitting retreat- so in just over a week. In addition to the new yarns and booklets.... I have a surprise up my sleeve ;) Keep reading your emails to find out what it is and the fun we will have with it! You will all be the first to be invited to come play with me.... more details to follow soon!

For those of you that haven't been in to the store recently, come in and check out our new set up! I am LOVING it!! The store is very bright and open and everything looks new! We have a new table set up with 20% off weekly and monthly specials which are outlined at the top of this email. In addition to those yarns, there is also an angora yarn on special which is regularly $10 per ball but right now is on for $8.00. We are also clearing out some magazines and pattern booklets for $3-$5 each- come in and check it all out!

I will also update you guys in a few days on the other projects I whipped up this week with my flying fingers!

Thursday night class is still on this coming Thursday the 21st- I will have someone in to cover the class from 5:30 to 7:30 so feel free to pop by if you need some help or want to learn somethin new. Classes are $10 each.

Friday night social is also still on next Friday the 22nd from about 6:00pm to 9:00pm or earlier or later. Come, knit and be social! We tried out my new iced tea pitcher this week and it works like a dream! I may be enjoying it too much but in this heat- the ice is nice.

Have a great weekend everyone and please feel free to email or call me with any questions or concerns you may have about the knitting retreat.... or knitting in general!

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