2023 Soulful Knitting Retreat Schedule
The retreat will be held at the Crowne Plaza at 105 King St. E., Kitchener, ON. Registration cost covers participation in all workshops, meals for the weekend and a grab bag with lots of surprises.
Additional information about instructors and vendors is available HERE.
Friday, October 20
3:00 - 6:00 PM
Guest Check In
Meet and greet. Pick up your grab bag and get the lay or the land.
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Supper and Kick Off
7:30 - 8:00 PM
Welcome let’s join in together, meet, greet and work out some of the kinks from our travel (be it close or far). A gentle evening class to unwind and decompress. Relax, we made it to our Retreat.
Saturday, October 21
9:00 - 10:00 AM
Sequence knitting is an ingenious method of creating richly textured fabrics. It can be uncomplicated enough for social or television knitting, or complex and sophisticated. The concept has been thoroughly explored by Cecelia Campochiaro in her 2015 book entitled Sequence Knitting: Simple Methods for Creating Complex Reversible Fabrics.
This 2-hour workshop covers four different types of sequence knitting: one row, serpentine, shaped, and spiral. After completing the workshop, participants will be able to make beautifully textured scarves, wraps and cowls, as well as housewares like washcloths, towels and blankets.
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Sequence knitting makes beautiful textured fabrics that are reversible, making them perfect for items like blankets, scarves, and shawls, where both sides are often visible. In this 2-hour workshop, we will learn how to make simple shapes for shawls: 3 bottom-up triangles, 3 side-to-side triangles, and a parallelogram. If time permits, we’ll even look at compound shapes—three triangles can make a beautiful cape, for example. All instructions for the shapes can be written up as one- or two-row patterns that are easily memorized, making them perfect for social knitting here at the retreat.
4:15 - 5:00 PM
Tension Release Chair Yoga
5:30 - 6:30 PM
7:00 - 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 22
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Rise Up Chair Yoga with Colleen Jones
A gentle chair class that will
get us ready for the day - the
class will slowly open up our
creative pathways by stretching
stagnant areas, like shoulders, chest and
hips. Get ready to listen, learn and stretch our creativity by easing into the day with clarity!!
9:00 - 10:00 AM
10:00 - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Unleashing Your Knitting Creativity:
Letting Go Of Patterns With Amanda Hunter
Are you tired of feeling bound by knitting patterns? Do you yearn to break free from the confines of step-by-step instructions and embrace your own unique creative voice? If so, this workshop is for you.
This discussion will empower and inspire you to explore the limitless possibilities of knitting without the need for rigid patterns. Whether you're a seasoned knitter or just starting out, this workshop will take you on a journey of self-discovery and creative expression. By stepping away from pre-determined patterns, you will discover the joy of knitting with a sense of freedom, experimentation, and self-expression.
In addition to the practical aspects, this workshop will also touch upon the emotional and therapeutic benefits of knitting without boundaries. We will explore how this practice can serve as a form of meditation, mindfulness, and artistic release, allowing you to find solace and joy in each stitch.
Whether you dream of designing your own garments, experimenting with innovative techniques, or simply want the freedom to knit more freely as you go about your day-to-day life without needing to focus intently on rigid instructions; this workshop will give you permission to put down the pattern.
Get ready to unravel the magic of knitting beyond patterns and discover a whole new world of artistic expression.