October Retreat

By Megan Goodacre

October Retreat

With the Twist Fibre Festival behind me, onwards!

I would like to tell a little about the next round of teaching I will be doing.

Grey Heron Retreat

Join me in October for a knitting retreat in Southampton, Ontario. I will be teaching 3 knitting classes!

The Grey Heron Yarn Shop in Collingwood, Ontario is hosting a wonderful knitting retreat in scenic Southampton, Ontario from October 2 to October 5. The retreat will be held at the Chantry Breezes Bed & Breakfast in Southampton, and includes classes, meals, snacks, and accommodation.  There are door prizes, and a Tricksy Knitter swag bag for each retreat guest. And, Rhichard Devrieze is dying a special colourway for the retreat called Southampton Sunsets.

You can register for the weekend getaway, or, you can dip in for the classes and register for one day. For more information or to register, contact Grey Heron Yarns at 705-444-0370 or greyheron@bellnet.ca. The full retreat schedule is on the Grey Heron blog.

Being from BC, the geographical language of Ontario and Quebec doesn't mean much to me yet. When people talk about "the Eastern Townships," "Calabogie," "Algonquin," or "Kitchissippi" I nod and smile, but internally, I'm thinking "Cala-who?"

So when Karen of Grey Heron Yarns asked me if I would teach at a retreat in Southampton, again, I was thinking "Hamptons? Wasn't there an episode of Sex In The City in the Hamptons, and someone got really drunk and slept with a frat boy?"

But no, we're talking about Southampton, Ontario.

Southampton, Ontario is on Lake Huron and looks pretty damn fabulous. I miss being close to the ocean, but the Great Lakes are so big, they make good substitutes.

I love this photo of Southampton, titled Stones, that I found on flickr, by spaceamoeba. It makes me homesick for the water on the other side of the country.

Stones by space amoeba on flickr

More Images of Southampton, Ontario on flickr

There are four half-day classes scheduled.

Knitting with wire and Beads with Karen Farmilo

Learn to knit a funky beaded wire bracelet. This is a basic introduction to knitting with wire and beads. Have fun with colours and design.

Professional Knitting Tricks with Megan Goodacre

Learn to knit like a pro with this tasting of tips and tricks. Have you ever wondered how to Norwegian purl? Make a smooth shoulder bind off? Russian join? A chain stitch selvedge? Add these tricks and more to your knitter's toolkit, and you will become a faster, more efficient knitter, and your knits will look and feel even better than they do now.

Triangular shawls from the top down with Megan Goodacre

Unlock the secrets of this most satisfying knitting project! Top down triangular shawls, whether you make them in simple textures or complex lace, make beautiful gifts and accessories. And, a triangular shawl is a great way to showcase a special skein of hand-dyed yarn. We’ll cover construction, design, and finishing. To practice techniques, students will work on miniature shawls in class. Topics will include: how to start with a garter stitch tab, which type of increase to use, with stitch patterns work best, choosing a bind off, and how to block.

Exploring colour with Megan Goodacre

A cosy pair of mittens is a perfect canvas for playing with colour—and a wonderful gift! Combining colours is a powerful creative tool: it can be moody, sassy, bold, traditional or understated. It’s up to you! Using a simplified Scandinavian mitten construction, you will choose from the colour charts provided or design your own!