Knitting Camp 2015

September 17-20

Weekend Away

Imagine a weekend away with someone cooking your meals and making your bed. Oh yeah, you also get to knit all weekend!

Join us for the 7th Annual Needle Emporium Knitting Camp from Thursday September 17 - Sunday September 20, 2014 at Bayview-Wildwood Resort just north of Orillia, Ontario.

Love to knit, learn, meet new friends and eat gourmet delights? Well, grab your needles and join us.

Knitting Experience

Whether you bring a friend or two, or come alone, you'll enjoy the company of new friends with common interests and spend a few days where free gifts, surprises and interesting seminars by fantastic instructors await you.

Mini Yarn Shop

We take a small part of The Needle Emporium and set up a yarn shop at Camp. Yarns, kits, books, needles, knitting bags and accessories.

Fashion Show

On Friday evening we will be presenting a Fashion Show where you will see (and be able to feel) fabulous garments and accessories. After the Fashion Show there is time for you to try on garments.

You will have the option of starting your weekend Thursday night, Friday morning or Friday afternoon. Class Friday morning will be followed by the fashion show in the afternoon. In the evening there will be an optional seminar. Saturday is more classes with the student fashion show for your evening entertainment and Sunday morning classes will round off your class schedule.

The weekend is all-inclusive (except for what you might want to buy in the mini yarn shop) and it is full of workshops for you to enjoy while enhancing your knitting skills.

NOTE: This retreat does not cater to just experienced knitters but to those of all levels. For some of our workshops all you have to be able to do is cast on, knit and purl, so don't be afraid to join in.

We're limiting registrations to keep workshops small and personal. Registrations will be accepted on a "First Come, First Accepted" basis, so peruse this site, phone your friends, pick out some courses, circle the calendar and send your registration in today!


Option 1

Arriving Thursday evening

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Meals: Thursday dinner
    through Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show
  • Thursday evening fun night

Single $1350
Double (per person) $975
Non Knitting Guest $675

Option 2

Arriving Friday morning

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Meals: Friday lunch
    through Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show

Single $1100
Double (per person) $850
Non Knitting Guest $625

Option 3

Arriving Friday afternoon

  • 2 nights accommodations
  • Meals: Friday dinner
    through Sunday lunch
  • 3 workshops
  • Friday night fashion show

Single $1050
Double (per person) $800
Non Knitting Guest $525

All prices include HST (13%)
If you cancel before July 31, 2015 the refundable amount is $350. After that date there are no refunds.


Kate Atherley
I was taught to knit as a child by my grandmother, Hilda Lowe. Hilda was a legendary knitter in her own right and I remember with great fondness all the sweaters she knitted for me. We took them for granted - we wore them, we grew out of them, we wore them out - and then they disappeared. I have just one of her sweaters left, and I treasure it.

A family legend - sadly unconfirmed - says that Hilda used to earn a penny turning the heel of socks for knitters in her neighbourhood, when she was a girl.

Me, I'm a mathematician and refugee from the technology industry. I've written two books: Beyond Knit and Purl, and Knit Accessories: Essential and Variations. I'm Knitty's Lead Technical Editor and it's just about my dream job. I also do other freelance technical editing.

I'm a regular contributor to books and magazines, including most recently the Spring 2013 issue of Sockupied.

I teach regularly at stores around Ontario - I have regular gigs at The Purple Purl and Lettuce Knit in Toronto; and make frequent appearances at others shops, including Shall We Knit and The Needle Emporium. I teach at the Downtown Knit Collective's events and the Creativ Festival.

I live in Toronto with my husband and our challenging but mostly adorable rescue hound Dexter.

Kim McBrien

Kim is a lifelong textile artist, working in contemporary basketry, surface design, knitting, spinning and embroidery, completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at York University in 1992. She has since held positions with many arts and not-for-profit organizations working for the Laidlaw Foundation, the Arts Network for Children and Youth, the Arts Council of Haliburton Highlands and as the Executive Director for both the Nathaniel Dett Chorale and Visual Art Ontario. From 2010-2013 she taught marketing and portfolio presentation at Haliburton School of the Arts – Fleming College before launching her own business, Indigodragonfly, a textile arts retailer. Now she continues to teach and produces knitwear designs and hand dyed yarn known for rich, multifaceted colours and humourous names.

Julie Schilthuis
Julie is the owner of The Needle Emporium and has been teaching knitting for over 27 years to all levels of knitters. During her class you will come away learning the technique being taught as well as many little tricks to help improve your knitting.


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