The Needle Emporium Knitting Camp

October 1-4, 2020

The Instructors

Kate Atherley

Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly.

Her latest book, The Knitter’s Dictionary, is an easy-to-use and friendly guide to the language of knitting. A reference book and a guide to pattern reading all in one, it covers topics from Gauge to Yarn Barf. It received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves’, released in fall 2017, brings the same any-size-any-gauge approach as used in Custom Socks to hand coverings of all kinds. The first printing sold out in record time.

‘Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet’ was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press, to great acclaim. It takes a different approach than many sock books, teaching you how to measure your feet and providing numbers for working both toe-up and top down socks for 12 sizes and 9 gauges.

Her ‘Pattern Writing for Knit Designers’ book is the industry’s first guide specifically written to help knit designers (and teachers) of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns. It’s been called a “game-changer” and a “must-have” by designers and magazine editors.

She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines.

Kate lives in Toronto with her husband and their adorable but sometimes challenging rescue dog Dexter.

Julie Schilthuis

Julie is in her 33rd year of owning and operating The Needle Emporium. She has taught many classes and workshops both in the store and at many knitting guilds across Southern Ontario. She loves to source new and beautiful yarns and through her many trips to TNNA has formed relationships with companies from around the world. Julie’s customers will tell you she has a knack for putting colours together and many of her regulars leave the selections up to her. The Needle Emporium has become a destination yarn shop for knitters from across Canada and the United States – it is worth the drive to Ancaster!

Beth Schilthuis

Beth has joined us as a Camp Counsellor for years. Beth has been around the fibre world her whole life. Early on she was dragged into yarn stores and then when Julie opened her store she learned to knit. At a trade show she fell in love with needle felting kits. It started with a small kit of a shark and ended up with an aquarium. This year she is going to share her knowledge on needle felting.


Workshops

Friday morning

 Kate  Brioche
For Brioche novices. In class we will cover the skills for single-colour and two-colour brioche, working flat and in the round, and how to read patterns. By the end of the class you will start a 2-colour brioche scarf.
Julie Log Cabin Afghan / Open Knitting

Each square is knit with one ball of Noro Kureyon. The project is easy to take on the go because you are only working with one ball at a time.

In class you will cast on and start the first square of your afghan. We will discuss how to put together the squares to make a work of art.

This class is great for beginners and advanced knitters. Everyone will learn new techniques.

 

If you don't want to start the afghan, bring along a project that you are having problems with. We'll get your questions answered. Or bring along something you are working on. You can knit and listen about the afghan so you know the tricks when you are ready to start.

 

Saturday Morning

 Kate Tools and Techniques for Working in the Round: Double Pointed Needles, Magic Loop and Two Circular
In class we will discuss small circumference knitting methods: DPNs, Magic Loop, 2 circulars, the new FlexiFlips/bent DPNs. Emphasis is on building skills and confidence. Also focuses on problem solving: preventing and fixing ladders, fixing twisted rounds (yes, it’s possible!), and dealing with loose joins and ladders.
Julie

 I like that sweater but I want a cardigan

We will discuss taking a sweater pattern and changing it to become a cardigan. We will switch it as well - make a cardigan into a sweater.

A few of things we will discuss -

When you can add steeks.

How to do steeks.

Lining up patterns.

How many stitches to pick up for button band.

Saturday Afternoon

 Kate Continental
Knit faster and more comfortably.
How to work in the Continental style – yarn in left hand. Emphasis is on practice. Includes an overview of other methods of working: Combination, Portuguese, and supported-needle.
Julie
Log Cabin Afghan / Open Knitting

Each square is knit with one ball of Noro Kureyon. The project is easy to take on the go because you are only working with one ball at a time.

In class you will cast on and start the first square of your afghan. We will discuss how to put together the squares to make a work of art.

This class is great for beginners and advanced knitters. Everyone will learn new techniques.

 

If you don't want to start the afghan, bring along a project that you are having problems with. We'll get your questions answered. Or bring along something you are working on. You can knit and listen about the afghan so you know the tricks when you are ready to start.

Sunday morning

 Kate Introduction to Top Down Seamless Garment Knitting
Top down garments are popular right now. In class you will work on a mini top-down seamless cardigan to learn the key skills for this garment construction and help with pattern reading.
Julie Dominance

In stranded knitting, there is a term called ‘yarn dominance’ or 'colour dominance'. One colour will always be more prominent. We are going to swatch and then swatch some more so that you can see how carrying your yarn can cause one colour to stand out or recede into your work.


The Details

Bayview Wildwood Resort has been welcoming guests to the lakeside village of Port Stanton for over 110 years for wonderful Ontario resort vacations. Whether it is a family vacation, Weekend getaways, Conference, Meeting, Wedding, Family reunion, or Romantic Getaways, Bayview Wildwood offers a variety of modern facilities and services to suit your needs. At our all seasons Ontario resort you'll feel right at home with the wide range of accommodations we offer including rooms, suites, waterfront cottages and historic houses.

Dining

Breakfast and lunch are offered buffet style, with a daily change of food fare. Dinners are full service and offer up to four choices of entrees, two to three appetizers and a selection of tempting desserts all made fresh from our on-site bakery.

Registration

We're limiting registrations to keep workshops small and personal. Full payment secures your spot.

All prices include HST (13%)

If you cancel before July 31, 2020 the refundable amount is $350. After that date there are no refunds.

 

Please call the store with your class choices and a credit card to register.

1-800-667-9167.

 


Price Includes

Option 1 

Arriving Thursday afternoon

Option 2

Arriving Friday morning

  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Meals Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night Fashion Show
  • Thursday evening Game Night
  • 2 night accommodations
  • Meals Friday lunch through Sunday lunch
  • 4 workshops
  • Friday night Fashion Show
Single $1550
Double (per person) $1250
Non-knitting Guest $750
Single $1350
Double (per person) $1100
Non-knitting Guest $700