Last spring we had the pleasure of working with Sally Melville on Macinaw Island. We had so much fun that we knew we had to bring her to Ada to share her wealth of knowledge a little closer to home. Please consider joining us for our next retreat.
All classes will be held at the Homewood Inn and Suites. To register for the entire retreat you may use the PayPal button below, or call Clever Ewe at 616-682-1545 or stop into the store. Cost: All five classes and meals - $425.00.
No discount available on individual classes.Accomodations available at Homewood Suites for an additional cost. Class size is limited. Individual classes are available as space permits.
Friday evening - $50 Why do we do what we do: the importance of working with our hands This presentation speaks to what knitting (or other hand work) offers—-from alleviating boredom, to making us happy, to promoting good brain health, to contributing to our economic recovery. Participants will see examples of knitting, although this talk applies to all hand work. It is a wonderful feeling to understand why we love to do what we do--and why everyone should be thusly engaged!
Saturday morning - $95 Essential Skills No matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are habits or holes in our knitting repertoire. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease; perhaps we are confounded by selvedge stitches; perhaps we knit without the awareness that we have choices.
This workshop explores and explains the many techniques we should all have in our repertoire. We'll talk about which are best suited to each situation and why, and we'll practice them all with lots of hands-on experience. SKILL LEVEL beginner intermediate and beyond. (Very experienced knitters get a lot from this class, and so do newer knitters.) SUPPLIES TO BRING yarn, knitting needles, crochet hook HOMEWORK none Saturday afternoon - $95 Borders and Buttonholes This workshop explores the best techniques for these finishings that make such a difference in our knitted garments. It covers basic maneuvers, four or more basic edging stitch patterns, and the very best buttonholes. Participants will never again struggle with instructions to "pick up and knit 137 sts along right front" nor with the question of how to make virtually invisible buttonholes. SKILL LEVEL beginner intermediate and beyond SUPPLIES TO BRING yarn (same weight as homework piece, contrast colour is fine), needles appropriate for working an edging onto the homework piece HOMEWORK Use non-textured, light-coloured yarns. Worsted weight is best. Block swatch well. 1. Cast on 24 stitches: work 3" in stockinette all the way to the edge: do not work selvedge stitches in slip or garter. DO EXACTLY AS WRITTEN: do not slip stitches and do not work short rows through what follows. (You are shaping a round neck, in case you wonder.) At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 6 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 3 stitches. At the beginning of the next RS row, bind off 2 stitches. At the beginning of the next 3 RS rows, bind off 1 stitch. Work 8 rows straight. Then bind off all stitches.
Sunday Morning - $95 Making the most of your yarn collection This presentation introduces ideas that knitters can employ to use, manage, and replenish a yarn collection! We’ll discuss the problems inherent in using multiple yarns and colours, we’ll see which stitch patterns will accommodate different weights and colours best, we’ll talk about how to arrange a yarn collection to make the most of it, plus much more. SKILL LEVEL anyone
Creativity Once we understand the nature of creativity, we'll know that it lies within each of us, and we’ll appreciate how important it is to nurture. To come to this understanding, we need to see the stages we will encounter, what happens in each stage, how to get a running start, where we might get stuck, how to move forward once stuck, and what qualities we need to succeed. This presentation answers all of these questions and is well illustrated with examples and anecdotes. (And while knitting is the medium through most of this is illustrated, this work applies to most any human activity.) SKILL LEVEL anyone
Sometimes the most insight comes from the struggle one faces when something goes REALLY wrong. But there are remedies for most any kind of 'disaster' in knitting. Using these can turn a problem into a wearable garment while teaching us to be more intuitive and more confident knitters! This workshop will discuss the problems that confront most knitters plus what to do if the garment is too wide, too short, too long, too narrow, too outdated in style, if a bad colour choice was made, if the edgings are not holding well, if the knitter has run out of yarn or forgot to make pockets, or if the garment has suffered a laundering disaster. SKILL LEVEL beginner intermediate and beyond SUPPLIES TO BRING a small amount of yarn, different color than homework's yarns, HOMEWORK Use non-textured, light-coloured yarns. Worsted weight is best. Block swatch well. 1. Work a 4" wide swatch in Stockinette (all the way to the edges, without treating selvedge stitches in slip or garter) until the piece measures approx 3" in length: work 1 RS row in a 2X2 color pattern (knit 2 stitches in MC then knit 2 stitches CC, carrying the alternate color behind, for 1 row only): cut CC: with MC only, continue in stockinette for 1”: finish with 1" k1p1 rib on 2-sizes smaller needles, then bind off all stitches with much larger needles and VERY LOOSELY.