Monday, October 17, 2011

Class Descriptions

The Class descriptions for our June 2012 knitting retreat with Shirley Paden are below!

Friday June 22, 2012 

Class Title: A Collection of Cast Ons (6 Hours)
Instructor:  Shirley Paden

Class Description
In this class students will learn how to construct approximately 20 different cast ons and the different possibilities for their uses.  This will include 7 versions of the Long Tail cast-on family.  They will also learn how to calculate yarn for the "Tail" of the various Long Tail versions.

No Pre-Class Assignment

Bring to Class: 2 balls of yarn and 2 different sizes of needles.  The needles should be 2 sizes apart.

Prerequisite:  A basic knowledge of knitting

Saturday June 23, 2012 

Class Title:  Cardigan Construction (6 Hours)
Instructor:   Shirley Paden  

Class Description
In this Class students will learn how to design and construct several different types of Cardigans.  The techniques covered will include taking body measurements, planning a Split Front Cardigan with a "V" neck, planning an Overlapping Front Cardigan with a high round neckline, planning a Double Breasted Cardigan, and planning a One Piece Cardigan.  The One Piece Cardigan will be worked in one piece up to the armholes, then separated into 3 pieces, i.e., 2 Fronts and a Back. 

No Pre Class Assignment

Bring to Class: Tape Measure, 2 Pencils with erasers, Writing Paper and Calculator
Prerequisite:  A basic knowledge of knitting

Sunday June 24, 2012- Half day class 

Class Title:  The Final Touch (Finishing) (4 Hours)
Instructor:   Shirley Paden

In this class students will learn professional garment finishing and assembling techniques.  It is for hand knitters at all levels.  It is taught in an easy step-by-step hands-on format.  The goal is to have each student begin to master the skills involved in producing a perfectly finished wearable garment.

The techniques taught include: several types of seaming, several ways of attaching sleeves, stitch pick-up for borders and necklines, making vertical and horizontal buttonholes, and weaving in yarn.  

Bring to Class: Teacher supplies all working materials needed.

Prerequisite:  Basic Knitting Skills

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Knitting retreat with Shirley Paden!

The retreat will take place Thursday June 21 through to Sunday June 24 at the Northridge Inn in Sundridge, Ontario!

We will be arriving for dinner on Thursday then will have a fun evening to follow where we will get to know each other a bit better. Classes will begin after breakfast on Friday morning and we will do a full day of class Friday and Saturday and will have a half day on Sunday with lunch to follow as our last meal before everyone heads home.

Shirley and I have been discussing which classes would be interesting to teach at the retreat. We are going to mix it up with a few different classes including a collection of cast ons, cardigan construction and a finishing class.

We have finalized the cost for the retreat as well! The cost will be $765 INCLUDING HST. The only cost beyond this is your weekend funny money for the market tables that I will have set up in our conference room and rentals for canoes, kayaks and other water toys. As we did this year, a $200 NON REFUNDABLE deposit is required to hold your spot with the balance of $565 due Saturday April 21, 2012. We are most definitely able to arrange payment plans for whatever you are comfortable with ie. weekly, monthly, bi- monthly… whatever you like! Christmas is coming and gift certificates for the retreat make good gift ideas!

I am very confident that this retreat will sell out quickly this year which will make it fantastic! When you do confirm your spot I will email you a little contract with all the “technical” details to confirm.

So a quick price breakdown of what your cost includes….

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Northridge Inn Resort
  • 2 1/2 days of knitting instruction from Shirley Paden
  • Dinner Thursday night, 3 full meals and 2 snacks Friday and Saturday then breakfast, lunch and snack on Sunday.
  • AWESOME Gift bags for each student
  • SUPER AWESOME Door prizes for each student
  • Endless amounts of fun, laughs and entertainment!

We will most definitely have show and tell for the whole group and we will have evening entertainment games and you will have the opportunity to explore the grounds which include...
  • A pool/lounge area
  • A hot tub
  • Tennis courts
  • A large concrete dock (great for knit nights!)
  • A gorgeous outdoor patio
  • A large indoor dining room
  • A gym and Sauna 
  • A beautiful sandy beach 
  • Campfire pit 
  • Indoor bar/lounge

The Inn is located right beside Lake Bernard, literally it is just a few feet from the water front. All rooms have a view of the lakefront and they all have 2 queen sized beds, a fireplace, a sitting area and a bathroom. Rooms will accommodate 2 people- If you have a friend that you will be coming with then I will definitely put you in a room with them and will also take requests for roommates (if you don’t have one already) based on personalities and sleeping routines.
I am incredibly excited for this event and we are so incredibly lucky to have such an amazing designer to be our guest teacher for the weekend. This is going to be an incredible experience that you won’t want to miss!If you have more questions don’t hesitate to let me know! 

Feel free to call me at the store at 705-223-8245 or send me an email at

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Stix & Stones 2011 Knitting Workshop in Mattawa, Ontario June 09 - 12, 2011.

Mark your calendars for the 2011 Stix & Stones Knitting Retreat June 9-12, 2011 featuring guest instructor Lucy Neatby!

Lucy Neatby is an internationally recognized teacher, designer and writer who thrills knitters around the world with her charm, knowledge and uniquely colourful designs. Her passion for nurturing and empowering knitters and putting them in control of their art is legendary. 

Lucy is the author of Cool Socks for Warm Feet and the extensive Learn With Lucy Instructional DVD series. 

We invite you to come socialize and learn a new knitting skill set with like minded individuals. Our first annual Knitting Retreat is being held at The Canadian Ecology Center, located on beautiful Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, just outside of Mattawa, Ontario, east of North Bay.

2011 Knitting Retreat Cost:
The cost will be $650 per person which includes:

• Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax (13% HST).

• 3 days of instruction from Lucy Neatby; 4 different classes in total. (class description is below)

• 3 Catered Meals per day plus 2 Snacks per day.

• *Your Shared Cabin Accommodations for 3 nights. *There is an additional cost for one or two people per cabin.  

• A Wine and Cheese Evening.

• A Fashion Show. 

• A fabulous Stix & Stones gift bag and endless amounts of fun! 

*Note: The $650.00 price assumes there will be 3 people per cabin and I will do my very best to match you up to great roomates! If you are coming with a friend let me know and I will put you in a cabin with them. 

Payment Schedule:
We require your payment of $650.00 in full by April 23, 2011 to secure your accommodation and meals. 

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel after May 26, 2011 no refund will be given. In the event that the retreat is canceled, all students will be fully reimbursed.


Classrooms & Accomodation:
I personally have stayed as a guest at the Ecology Center on a number of occasions; once for a two week course. So I can assure you the facilities are beautiful! 
There is a very large main cabin which holds 3 large meetings rooms; one of which will be used for our classroom each day. There is also a fully equipped computer lab. 

Sleeping Accomodations & Arrangements:
The sleeping arrangements are in the Ecology Centre's fully furnished cabins, which hold 2 double beds and one single upper bunk.

There will be three people per cabin unless otherwise specified, at an additional cost for one or two people per cabin

Each cabin has a private bathroom, a small refrigerator, computer with internet access, linens and towels and a coffee maker. 

There are 2 cabins that are wheelchair accessible and equipped with a wheelchair accessible bathroom. 


Lucy Neatby Workshop Description, Homework and Supplies List for the 
2011 Stix & Stones Knitting Retreat.

• Friday, June 10: All Day Workshop - 6 hrs.

• Saturday, June 11: Morning Class: 3 Hours

• Saturday, June 11: Afternoon Class: 3 Hours

• Sunday, June 12: Morning Class: 3 Hours

• Sunday, June 12: Afternoon Class: 1.5 Hours


2011 Knitting Retreat Registration:
To secure your spot now, please call Stix & Stones at 705-223-8245 to register.

Please make sure to notify me of any dietary needs that you may have and if you have specific roommate requests. I will do my best to accomodate you.

I look forward to seeing you at the Retreat!

Take care.

Rae Brenne
Stix & Stones
North Bay, Ontario.