June 20-23, 2019
Instructors: Ann Budd, Norah Gaughan, and Keith Leonard
The Perfect Blend Yarn and Tea Shop is delighted to invite you to our very first Knitting Retreat! Join us as we welcome knitting superstars Ann Budd, Norah Gaughan and Keith Leonard to Saugerties’ beautiful Diamond Mills. The Diamond Mills Hotel located at 25 South Partition St, Saugerties, NY.
a little bit about our event…
In addition to the terrific line up of master classes, we couldn’t be more proud to welcome you to our sweet village. We have allowed for some ‘down time’ for you to experience the charm for yourself. Be sure to visit our shop too, as you stroll the eclectic boutiques, galleries, and eateries. Or adventure out to the iconic Saugerties Lighthouse and Falling Water Preserves.
Full registration includes 3 classes and one free period with an optional session with Knit Doctor, Ann Budd. A day pass is also available.
1 pm – Check-in
2 pm – Class, your choice: Cable Card Game with Norah Gaughan or No Fear Brioche Stitch with Keith Leonard
9:30 am – Knitting with Linen with Norah Gaughan or Free Period/Knit Doctor with Ann Budd
1:30 pm – Flawless Finishing with Keith Leonard or Free Period/Knit Doctor with Ann Budd
Dinner on your own
9:30 am – Class, your choice: Make it your own patterned Yoke with Norah Gaughan or Fair Isle Knitting and reading Color charts with Keith Leonard
Afternoon – Sightseeing riverboat cruise
a little bit about Ann…
Ann Budd is a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. She has authored more than a dozen books, including the Handy Book series, many of the Style series and as several books on sock knitting. Ann also hosts the Knit for Fun Retreats, which happen twice a year at various locations. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops around North America and abroad.
Ann will teach Tips and Tricks to Knit Like a Master and will be the Knit Doctor for the weekend.
During the retreat, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for a 20-minute one-on-one session with the Knit Doctor. Ann will help with anything that ails your knitting, from taking measurements and choosing yarn to finding your place in a piece gone wrong to fixing mistakes. With more than 40 years’ knitting experience, She’s seen (and corrected) almost everything.
a little bit about Norah…..
Norah graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biology. She soon found her niche in the fiber arts when she began designing. Norah has worked for JCA handknitting yarns and is also the author of Knitting Nature. After almost nine years as the design director at Berroco, she is now an independent designer and member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team. She lives in New Hampshire.
Norah will teach –
Cable Card Game
A fun, creative approach to learning how to make up new cables. Instead of starting with a chart, students will play with making their own free form cable pattern while knitting. Then we’ll take some time to learn how to note what you’ve done in chart form. Materials: Light colored DK or worsted weight wool and the needles that go with it.
Knitting with Linen
Learn to love linen. It’s a great fiber to wear, but there are a few tricks to knitting with it. The focus will be on stitch variants that show linen to its best advantage, like dropped stitches, extended stitches and modern bold lace. Relates to Framework, Norah’s book published by Quince & Co. Materials: One skein each Quince Sparrow and Kestral or similar linen yarns and needles to match.
Make it your own – Patterned Yoke
Do you love the idea of designing your own cabled yoke cowl, poncho or sweater without having to do the hard part? Begin by choosing from the variety of cables Norah has designed. Practice working that cable with a swatch. Then learn how to easily maneuver details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own needs using Norah’s simple template. Materials: a variety of knitting needles (Sizes 7-10) for worsted or bulky weight yarn. You’ll need both 16 and 24″ lengths. Plus a couple of cable needles or double pointed needles.
a little bit about Keith…
Keith Leonard gained a love for knitting at the age of eleven, when he joined a lunchtime knitting program in his hometown of Haworth, New Jersey. After working at four major knitting stores, he realized there was no service for knitwear finishing. He took the initiative to start his business, called Knits All Done. Keith understands the fine difference between a “hand-made” and “home-made” finished garment. Keith teaches throughout the country while selling his custom Zen Yarn Garden yarns and colors. He is the American distributor for Soulwool, hand dyed yarn from Israel.
Keith will teach…
In this class, you will use your prepared swatches to learn Keith’s tricks behind five different seams. We will also learn the correct way to pick up stitches across both the top and sides of our knitting. You’ll walk away with the skills to finish your knitwear professionally. Materials: Darning Needle, 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, 1 pair of size US#7 OR 8 straight OR circular knitting needles
No Fear Brioche Stitch: Intro to one and two-color brioche stitch
Brioche stitch is all the rage! Gazing upon a brioche pattern may be intimidating, but this class will break down its components. You will begin to master this uniquely constructed stitch pattern. Brioche stitch makes for a lofty and squishy fabric that is perfect for sweaters, scarves hats, and blankets. Come join the fun and learn some new knitting abbreviations like “Bark” and “Burp” along the way! Materials: 2 colors worsted weight yarn, Size #7 24” circular knitting needles, Darning needle
Fair Isle Knitting and Reading Color Charts
Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. In this class, we will make a children’s hat composed of different colored hearts. Learn how to perfect this art form of knitting while knitting with two different colors of yarn and both hands. You will be amazed at how fun and easy fair isle knitting can be and the thousands of new projects that await. Materials: 2 colors worsted weight yarn, Size #7 16” circular knitting needles
The retreat runs from Thursday, June 20 with registration at 1 p.m. and classes starting at 2 p.m. We wrap-up after breakfast on Sunday, June 23 at 11 a.m.
The cost for the weekend includes three classes, one Knit Doctor appointment with Ann Budd, one free period, a sightseeing riverboat cruise, a fabulous swag bag, two lunches, two dinners, one breakfast and plenty of snacks throughout the weekend.
Early Bird Registration: $1398 (through February 28, 2019)
March 1 the cost will increase to $1498.
One Day pass for Thursday or Friday: $774
Historic Saugerties is a beautiful town nestled in the Hudson Valley with several options for accommodations. Please make your own reservations. We’ve listed some possibilities for housing below.
Diamond Mill Hotel
Sugerties area BnBs
Holiday Inn Express to open Feb. 2019
Payment may be made in full at time of registration.
1. Pay in full at time of registration.
2. Deposit –
Full Retreat – Pay a $466 deposit with registration followed by payments of $466 for 2 months, a total of 3 payments. Once the final payment is made PayPal automatically terminated the payment contract.
Day Pass – deposit is $258 at the time of registration followed by payments of $258 for 2 months, a total of 3 payments. Once the final payment is made PayPal automatically terminated the payment contract.
There is a $150 fee for cancellations until February 28, 2019 and no refunds after Feb. 28, 2019; but we’ll send the fabulous swag bag to you after the event.
If you have any questions about the retreat you may call the shop or email Cindy, the event coordinator at email@example.com.