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Request Workshops - Men's Spring Fiber Retreat

Based on your preferences and the order in which your submission was received, we will slot you into as many of your preferred workshops as possible in each of the four time slots.

If you’d like to change your preferences, you can just re-submit the form and we’ll take your new selections.

Within a few weeks, you’ll be receiving a personalized agenda with the schedule for the full retreat and the workshops for which you’ve been scheduled.

Request Workshops - MSKR

Friday, May 17, 2024 - From 9:30 to Noon

Introduction to Weaving (Part 1 - Must sign up for both parts)


Leader:  Dave Sledesky

Dave Sledesky

Learn how to weave in this two-part class that introduces you to weaving on a rigid heddle loom using color and weave effect to create a scarf that looks really complex but is actually really easy to weave. The first session will include warping the loom using the direct warp method. It will also include instructions on how to weave your scarf (two different patterns are available for you to choose – a log cabin variation and a pinwheel variation). In the second session, we will remove your woven scarf from the loom and finish the ends. Your “homework” in between the two classes will be to actually weave the scarf. Looms will be available for rent for the class if you do not have a rigid heddle loom.

This is a combined two-part workshop that requires signing up for both.

Skill:  Weaving

Level:  Basic

Cost: $20 if you need to rent a rigid heddle loom

Location: Main Room

Max Participants: 4

 

Advanced Beginner Double-Knitting


Leader:  Alasdair Post-Quinn

Alasdair Post-Quinn

Perhaps you’ve tried double-knitting once or twice in the past (maybe even at a previous retreat), but are still not feeling confident in their ability to start in on a project. Perhaps you’re an experienced knitter who wants a little less of a basic introduction to double-knitting. If either of those describes you, this may be the workshop for you!

In this workshop, we’ll use the same techniques as in the intro workshop, but with a more complex chart. You will also learn my very clean double-knit selvedge and a variation on it.

Skill:  Knitting

Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

Cost: None

Location: Temple

Max Participants: 20

 

Needle Felting


Leader:  Joe Wilcox

Joe Wilcox

This workshop will be an introduction to the tools, processes, and possibilities of needle felting. Students will learn to manipulate wool into free-standing, solid felt sculptures using barbed felting needles to coax loose fibers into felted-fabric shape.

All tools and fiber will be provided for this workshop.

Skill:  Felting

Level:  Basic

Cost: None

Location: Sun Porch

Max Participants: 10

 

Friday, May 17, 2024 - From 1:15 to 5:00

Road Trip - Battenkill Fiber Mill


Gather in great room to arrange carpooling to farm at 1:15

Battenkill Fiber Mill

A tour of a working fiber mill where you see the process of taking fleece and turning it into hanks of yarn. There is also a mill store selling their beautiful yarns. Battenkill Fiber Mill is an amazing support for the local sheep and alpaca farms and has been incredibly supportive of the Men's Knitting Retreats over the years.

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - From 9:30 to Noon

Crochet Square-Granny/Modern Granny


Leader:  Bruce Glassford

Bruce Glassford

Got the basic stitches down? Want to head for blankets or those fancy crocheted sweaters or ponchos from the 1970s? Two common square patterns are the granny and the modern granny (although granny is technically any square from the center out). Plans are to cover the classic granny (3 double crochet base) and the modern granny (or brick stitch).

Skill:  Crochet

Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

Cost: None

Location: Main Room

Max Participants: 6

 

Mini-Jumpers


Leader:  Greg Sabetta

Greg Sabetta

Perfect knitted decoration for the knitter's home. These little holiday sweaters make a great ornament, garland or package decoration. Explore fun and interesting motifs in a miniaturized way.

Mini Jumpers

Skill:  Knitting

Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

Cost: none

Location: Back Deck

Max Participants: 10

 

Intro to Cables


Leader:  Scott Ettinger

Scott Ettinger

If you know how to knit and purl, you can make cables: *lots* of different kinds. If you’d like to be walked and talked through the process of knitting cables and reading/following their sometimes offputting charts, here’s an opportunity. (Bring a cable needle, please; sets of 3 seem to be circa $6; the shape doesn’t matter: straight, notched, or bent.)

Skill:  Knitting

Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

Cost: $6

Location: Sun Porch

Max Participants: 12

 

Saturday, May 18, 2024 - From 2:30 to 5:00

Intro To Weaving (Part 2 - Must sign up for both parts)


Leader:  Dave Sledesky

Dave Sledesky

Continuation of Part 1 from Friday afternoon – Finishing off your woven masterpiece!

This is a combined two-part workshop that requires signing up for both.

Skill:  Weaving

Level:  Basic

Cost: $20 if you need to rent a rigid heddle loom

Location: Main Room

Max Participants: 4

 

Basic Brioche - Barking and Burping


Leader:  Tim Cardy

Tim Cardy

Topics covered in this beginner brioche knitting workshop include the Brioche Knit (brk) and Purl (brp) stitches, the proper way to work the slip-one yarn overs, reading a basic brioche pattern, and painlessly fixing the inevitable mistakes! The pattern provided in class will enable you to knit a basic scarf after class, in the yarn weight you prefer. Skill requirements: basic knitting, must be able to purl & knit.

Skills you will learn:

Brioche Knit (brk)
Brioche Purl (brp)
Slip 1 Yarnover (slyo)
Brioche Increase
Brioche Left Leaning Decrease
Brioche Right Leaning Decrease

Skill:  Knitting

Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

Cost: None

Location: Temple

Max Participants: 8

 

Toe-Up Mini Sock


Leader:  Bill Dristas

Bill Dristas

Learn the construction of a toe-up sock by knitting a mini sock. In class, you will learn Judy’s Magic Cast On, Magic Loop Knitting, and German Short Rows. Materials needed are about 400 yards of fingering weight sock yarn and a U.S. size 2 circular needle.

Skill:  Knitting

Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

Cost: None

Location: Sun Porch

Max Participants: 8

 

Felted Bowl


Leader:  Kirk Hochstetler

Kirk Hochstetler

Have too much stash yarn? Want to make something useful? This class will teach you how to knit a bowl using stash yarn that can then be felted. We will be knitting in the round with circular needles – experience with magic loop is helpful, but easy enough to learn during class. Bring any stash yarn you want to get rid of (100% wool only) – doubling or even tripling the yarn will make for a quick knit and a sturdier bowl when finished.

Note: Yarn must be 100% wool. Synthetic and superwash yarns won’t felt, but can be added as decoration.

Materials: Participants provide their own stash yarn, circular or double-point needles

Skill:  Knitting

Level:  Requires Some Knowledge

Cost: None

Location: Back Deck

Max Participants: 6