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!


Pricing

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 $1300
Double (per person) $950
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 $1075
Double (per person) $825
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 $1025
Double (per person) $775
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.


Instructors


Kate Atherley

kateatherley.com
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

needleemporium.com
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.


Workshops

Friday AM


Pi Shawl

with Kate Atherley

The circular Pi shawl is a fabulous and fascinating project, and it's a great way to expand your lace knitting skills. It's also very easy to customize, and works well with any weight of yarn. Use one of our standard templates and patterns – including the Rosetta Tharpe, as shown in the photo -- or create your own one-of-a-kind lace piece. If you've got a favourite lace stitch pattern, bring it - and I'll provide lots for you to choose from. I'll show you the magical circular beginning, and demonstrates several clever and easy finishes, including the no-cast-off, blocking-friendly crochet edging.

Optical Delusion

with Kim McBrien

Come and learn all techniques required to make the Optical Delusion: Conflagration scarf! Backwards knitting, short rows in garter stitch, cable cast on, reading unusual charts and more!

Class Fee $35 (pattern and yarn for Optical Delusion in your choice of a variety of colourways)

IKat

with Julie & Beth

It's not intarsia. It's not fair isle. Find your magic number and Prism's hand dyed Ikat yarn will knit into a pattern.

Get comfortable finding your Magic Number and create a colourstacked cowl worked in the round.

Class Fee $50 (for the skein of yarn and pattern to make the cowl pictured)

Saturday AM


Continential Knitting

with Kate Atherley

Want to knit faster? Are you ready to tackle colour work? Knitting continental style – with the yarn in your left hand rather than right – is the key to speed, and also helps you enormously with colorwork. It's also useful for knitters who want to manage and minimize hand-strain. We'll also demonstrate a magical technique for working ribbing and seed stitch without moving the yarn.

Custom Fit Basics

with Kim McBrien

How many of you are afraid to knit a sweater or cardigan because they never fit you? Or you find a yarn that you want to knit with but can't find a pattern that you like?

CustomFit is a custom sweater pattern generator. It takes your body measurements, your gauge, and creates a new sweater pattern that fits you perfectly - no modifications required.

Trust us. It works. You will see many examples at Camp.

An introduction to CustomFit software and how it works, including:

  • how to use the software (setting up an account, orientation)
  • taking measurements correctly - we will take measurements in class and talk about commonly misunderstood measurements and how to adjust for them
  • entering swatch and measurement info correctly and accurately
  • choosing sweater design elements (including neckline depth, sleeve length, hem length)
  • common problems and pitfalls and how to effectively avoid them
  • how to determine how much yarn you'll need and how to adjust your pattern for the amount of yarn you have

Linen Stitch

with Julie Schilthuis

When finished your project looks woven, not knit. Learn the Linen Stitch and the little tricks that make it an easy stitch to knit as well as how to fix mistakes. We will also discuss variations of the stitch and where the stitch can be used.

Saturday PM


Yarn Knowledge

with Kate Atherley

Mystified by all these terms - double knitting, worsted, aran? Unsure whether fingering is a potato or a yarn? Wondering why you should care about whether a yarn is superwash or not? How do you go about finding a substitute yarn for a pattern? Why shouldn't you use cotton for cables? Suitable for newer to intermediate knitters, this class will explain yarn terminology, and build your knowledge of types of yarns and fibers. We will dive deep into the topic of yarn weights and gauge, giving you foolproof and easy ways to check and get gauge for a pattern – along the way explaining why it matters, when it doesn't, and what to do if you can't get it. We'll also talk about yarn and fiber types, and how they are best used, to help you be a more confident yarn shopper and knitter.

Optical Delusion

with Kim McBrien

Come and learn all techniques required to make the Optical Delusion: Conflagration scarf! Backwards knitting, short rows in garter stitch, cable cast on, reading unusual charts and more!

Class Fee $35 (pattern and yarn for Optical Delusion in your choice of a variety of colourways)

IKat

with Julie & Beth

It's not intarsia. It's not fair isle. Find your magic number and Prism's hand dyed Ikat yarn will knit into a pattern.

Get comfortable finding your Magic Number and create a colourstacked cowl worked in the round.

Class Fee $50 (for the skein of yarn and pattern to make the cowl pictured)

Sunday AM


Pi Shawl

with Kate Atherley

The circular Pi shawl is a fabulous and fascinating project, and it's a great way to expand your lace knitting skills. It's also very easy to customize, and works well with any weight of yarn. Use one of our standard templates and patterns – including the Rosetta Tharpe, as shown in the photo -- or create your own one-of-a-kind lace piece. If you've got a favourite lace stitch pattern, bring it - and I'll provide lots for you to choose from. I'll show you the magical circular beginning, and demonstrates several clever and easy finishes, including the no-cast-off, blocking-friendly crochet edging.

Optical Delusion

with Kim McBrien

Come and learn all techniques required to make the Optical Delusion: Conflagration scarf! Backwards knitting, short rows in garter stitch, cable cast on, reading unusual charts and more!

Class Fee $35 (pattern and yarn for Optical Delusion in your choice of a variety of colourways)


Registration

You can download and fill out our registration PDF form and mail a cheque or money order to:

The Needle Emporium
420 Wilson Street East
Ancaster, ON L9G 2C3
Canada

You can also email or call us to register over the phone with your credit card. 1-800-667-9167