Knitting Retreat

November 7 & 8 2008

Our AK West Retreat will be held November 7 & 8 at the Ashland Springs Hotel


This is what I have so far on the agenda:


Yarn crawling

· Visit to Llamas and Llambs in Jacksonville

· Visit to the Web*sters in Ashland

· Visit to the Middleford Yarn Alley in Medford

· Goodie bags with a project gift for everyone


We'll have our own fashion show of things we've made, or maybe some things that should have never been made...


And Sonja (owner of Middleford Yarn Alley) usually puts on a fashion show while we're up there. We are also invited to join their fashion show to show off our knitting prowess in that as well.


Update:  If you something you’ve made will be modeled in Middleford Yarn Alley fashion show, please contact Sonja (541) 734-8800 by October 15th to sign up. 


Update:  Sonja has also arranged for Joan Michael-McGowan to teach a class the same weekend that we will be there.  This is the class description from Middleford’s website:


Joan McGowan-Michael of White Lies Designs and author of Knitting Lingerie Style will be here on Nov. 7th & 8th for a very special workshop. This is an event you can’t afford to miss. What’s it about? In her own words:

“Adding designer shaping touches to your knitted garments is easy once you know a few simple rules and how to apply them. Flatter your figure by shaping any garment as you knit it. Darts, ease, and short row shaping are all important elements for a custom fit. Learn which ones to use to play up your specific body type to it’s best advantage.”


So what will this classes with Joan M-M cost?  $60 for 1 class, $105 for 2 classes.  Joan recommends that if you only take one class, that you take the first one.  Sonja tells me that when both classes are finished, you will walk away with a “body sloper” which is a flat pattern on paper drawn to the dimensions of your body.  This can then be used according to the given schematics or to design your own garments from scratch.   Participants of the first class should wear a snugly fitting tee shirt and smooth bottoms (no bulky pockets flaps or copious layers of fabric) as we will be taking measurements that day.

The classes will be held Friday and Saturday from 11-2.  There is a limit of 20 people per class.  Sign up is first come first served.  Call Sonja at Middleford Yarn to sign up:  (541) 734-8800


We'll have a little gift exchange which is always fun. 

We'll play the "stealing game."  There will be a cost limit of $10-$15 on the gifts. 


We will raffle off door prizes both evenings.  I’ve been working on donations and several have already made their way to my house.  *Wiggling in my chair*


Those that would like to, are welcome to knit for the Caps for Kids program that Middleford is collecting for.  I will be happy to donate extra raffle tickets to the two that bring in the most hats to be donated.


I plan on coming up on Thursday so I can grab some knitting time. I was so busy last year I didn't get to knit a single stitch!


Retreat Fee 



How to pay  There is a Paypal button on the bottom of this page for the retreat fee.  My Paypal account accepts credit cards.  If your preference is to send your payment through the mail, please contact me, for my snail mail address.


The hotel is offering our block of rooms at $79 a night.

Again, we have the Crystal Room. Our room block is being held until October 3, then the rooms that have not been reserved by us are released for general sale.

* Rates do not include Ashland city hotel tax (currently at 8%).

* Rates are for single or double occupancy. Please add $20.00 for each additional guest.

* Rates include expanded continental breakfast on the Mezzanine.



You can make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 541.488.1700. Be sure to indicate group (Knitters) or the booking number: 800326 when making your reservation.

All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.


Ashland Springs Hotel has a non- smoking policy. Guests smoking in their rooms are subject to $125.00 cleaning fee. Please be aware of this.


When you make your reservations, please contact me so that I can keep a head count.  So if you are planning on sharing a room, you only need to make one reservation, but I need to know how many people are coming, and the names.  Please let me know ASAP as I am limiting the number to 23 people (including myself).  You can share the cost of the hotel room, but each person will need to pay their retreat fee.  The retreat fee cannot be shared.


The retreat starts late Friday afternoon and goes until Saturday night.  On Sunday morning after breakfast, we pack up our stuff and leave after our good byes.





Call hotel to make your reservations.

Let Denise know how many people will be coming with you to the retreat.

Pay retreat fee.

Sign up for Joan M-M’s class at Middleford Yarn Alley



November 1-6

Pack your bags.

Make sure car is ready.

Gas up.

Hit the road :)


Text Box: Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made on or before October 6 are refunded the full retreat fee.

Cancellations made on or after October 7 are refunded half of the retreat fee.

AK West

Knitting Retreat


Goodie Bag

& Raffle Donations


I've been going through the yarny goodness that has been donated for goody bags and the raffles. I am astounded at all the donations.

Just to let you know what awaits you, donations have been received from Cast One On, Sheldridge Farms, Gardener Yarn Works, Julie’s Jewels, Skacel Collection Inc,
Yarnia, XRX Inc. Schoolhouse Press, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Inc, Moonrise Lace Knitting, Dream Weaver Yarns LLC, Cabin Fever,
Purlescence Yarns. Knot Another Hat, Knitting Out Loud, Fibersphere, Debra's
Garden, Denise Whitehead (myself), Wild Fibers, Continental Stitch, Springtide, Dawn Sandner, Ilene Burke, Morgan Starchild Hansone-Stone, Pacific Meadows, and Terilyn Needleart. And I still have donations to pick up from The Web*Sters, Middleford Yarn and Llamas & Llambs when I get up there.

So what types of goodies did we receive? I know you're wondering. I could make you wait...But I will be nice and tell you about a few: tape measures, yarns, kits, patterns, discount coupons, scissor fob, stitch markers, row
counter bracelet, subscriptions, malibrigo, needles audiobooks, alpaca needle gauge, needle case, books,  and Zephyr wool-silk to name a few :-).


Those that are taking Joan M-M's Whip Your Knits into Shape class will be interested in knowing that there is no homework to do in preparation of the class.  Joan does recommend that you bring with you to class a size 7 needle and worsted weight yarn. We'll be doing a doll-sized Shapely tank front in class just to practice working short rows and interior darts.


Here is the supply list for both days of Joan M-M's class:
Soft tape measure
Glue stick
¾ inch masking tape
Paper scissors
Wear or bring a snug fitting tee or tank top