Join me and your fellow knitters for an unforgettable weekend retreat!
We stay in the beautiful River House mansion located near Thomas Creek waterway. Located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Aspen Wye River offers elegance, nostalgia and the perfect place for a pamper-me knitting weekend.
Learn slip-stitch color work and picot hems as we knit a Harry Potter-inspired cowl.
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In 2019, Craft Cruises is offering what many consider the best Alaska cruise journey. Set sail onboard Holland America Line's beautiful Nieuw Amsterdam in June, which is considered to be the best month to visit Alaska since the days are warm and long resulting in active, calving glaciers, the wildflowers are in full bloom and the Humpback hunting tactic of bubble-netting is at its peak.
This Alaska itinerary also includes Tracy Arm, which is often touted as having the best wilderness scenery in all of Alaska. Tracy Arm is located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest and consists of two deep narrow fjords filled with active glaciers producing dark blue ice, abundant waterfalls and a wide variety of wildlife including bears, deer, wolves, harbor seals, mountain goats and numerous bird species.
Sailing round trip from Vancouver, British Columbia is also the best for those wanting to witness the splendor of Canada's Inside Passage. On this itinerary, you not only get to cruise this narrow passageway all the way up to Glacier Bay National Park but you get to cruise through it on your way back down to Vancouver doubling your scenic viewing enjoyment of an area considered to be the most beautiful in the world. If you are fortunate enough to witness a sunset with a Bald Eagle soaring overhead you'll be guaranteed to get tears in your eyes.
7-Day Inside Passage Alaska Knitting Cruise - Highlights
Begin your trip in Seattle so you can hop on the Washington State Ferry to Bainbridge Island for a visit to Churchmouse Yarns and Teas and then swing by Pike Place Market and So Much Yarn for a true Pacific Northwest knitting adventure before taking the train to Vancouver to embark the cruise
Arrive a day early to explore Vancouver on a yarn crawl featuring a visit to the top yarn shops and a visit to the dye studio of Sweet Georgia Artisan Hand-Dyed Luxury Yarns
A visit to Vancouver is always a foodie trip, since you can dine on traditional Pacific Northwest salmon or at any number of this city's trendy restaurants or food trucks
Spend three luxurious days at sea with classes offered by knitting expert Tanis Gray
Cruise Tracy Arm Inlet where steep cliffs, waterfalls, blue ice and glacier-covered mountains surrounded by old-growth rainforest make this Alaska's most stunning cruising area
Shop for Alaska produced yarns, including Qiviut, in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan
Eat the best crab in Alaska at Tracy's King Crab Shack on the pier in Juneau
Ride the Mount Roberts Tramway up 1,800 feet to enjoy the expansive views of the Gastineau Channel in Juneau
Cruise into Glacier Bay National Park, which is one of the world's largest biospheres with its abundant marine wildlife, active glaciers and moss-covered forests
Take the White Pass and Yukon narrow-gauge train journey in Skagway where you will learn all about the gold rush
In Ketchikan sample all varieties of salmon and learn all about the salmon fishing industry
Visit the Saxman Totem Park and learn why Ketchikan is truly the totem capital of the world
Hosted by Ross Farms at Disney's Coronado Resort
I'm thrilled to be back teaching at this magical event for the second year in a row on Disney property!
Fair Isle 1.0 (Half Day - 3 hours)
Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, color theory, how to trap floats, Fair Isle history and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. We’ll put everything we learned into practice and knit the Polarized Hat, a Fair Isle, corrugated ribbing, and Latvian braid unisex hat.
Fair Isle 2.0 (Half Day - 3 hours)
Ready to move beyond basic Fair Isle? Knit a retreat-exclusive Disney-inspired pair of Fair Isle mittens designed by TanisKnits. We’ll work stranded colorwork in a small circumference and cover colorwork charts, afterthought thumbs, corrugated ribbing, and traditional Nordic-style shaping. Wear memories of this amazing retreat in the palm of your hands!
All About The Braids (Half Day - 3 hours)
Looking to add some dimension to your knitting? Do knitted braids intrigue you? We’ll learn how to work 2-color Latvian and Estonian braids, while knitting up a retreat- exclusive cowl by TanisKnits! We’ll also cover finishing techniques, history of these techniques, and talk about color theory.
Beaded Garter Cuffs (Half Day - 3 hours)
Add some sparkle to your knitting! Love the way beads in knitting look but not sure how to do it? We’ll talk about multiple beading methods and put what we learn into practice by knitting an exclusive Disney-inspired beaded garter cuff pattern by TanisKnits. We’ll also cover the provisional cast on and how to kitchener stitch our edges together.
Join me at the South River Knitting Guild for a day of knitting plus a TanisKnits trunk show!
In the morning we will learn all about the mechanics of lace knitting in my Lace forensics Class, then we will use that knowledge and cast on together for the Kings & Thieves Cowl in the afternoon.
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I'm delighted to be back teaching at this event for the second year in a row!
I’ll be teaching Lace Forensics where you’ll channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and join me on a lace forensics adventure! If knitting lace is something you've shied away from, this class will have you tackling it head on! We'll discuss the history and mechanics of this technique, discuss the differences between lace knitting and knitted lace, learn to translate a written lace pattern into charted form, learn to knit lace from a chart, and decode a lace swatch and turn it into a chart. We will also discuss making nupps and adding beads to lace. Get over your fear of lace and leave feeling confident and ready to knit that lace pattern you've had your eyes on. Embrace the lace!
Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental, and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, color theory and psychology, multiple ways to trap floats, Fair Isle history and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. We will focus on putting everything we learned into practice and also learn Latvian Braids as we knit the Polarized Hat! Open to beginners and people with previous Fair Isle knowledge, this class will tackle any fears and get you excited to cast on for your next stranded colorwork project!
Love color work? Learn all about slip-stitch color work, or mosaic knitting, as we knit the Harry Potter-themed Felix Felicis Cowl! We'll cover proper technique, how to read a slip-stitch chart, how to work picot hems, blocking and finishing techniques, and touch on color theory.
This is always a wonderful event with a market and so many wonderful teachers and classes. For more information, cick here.
Hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool in Reno, Nevada.
This summer, join Jimmy Beans Wool in their hometown of Reno, NV at the Renaissance Hotel for a wonderful weekend full of learning, laughing, making new friends, and of course, knitting! They’re keeping the venue local so they can bring you even MORE of the good stuff, like extra classes, instructors, guest speakers and swag!
I’ll be teaching slip-stitch knitting with knitted in hems and we'll cast on for the Felix Felicis Cowl!
Hosted by Shalimar Yarns in New Market, Maryland
Conquer those Fair Isle fears in this 3-hout workshop!
We’ll learn the basics of Fair Isle for all knitters (English, Continental, Combination), troubleshooting, proper techniques, history, and cast on for the Stereo Hearts Cowl.
Hosted by the Greater Boston Knitting Guild at Plymouth Plantation
I am delighted to be the guest presenter and instructor for the Greater Boston Knitting Guild! We will be meeting at Plymouth Plantation (not far from where I grew up) where I will talk about the history of knitting and teach an afternoon workshop on the E Pluribus Unum Cowl, a lace cowl with knitted-in hems.
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Come out and spend the day in beautiful Rappahannock County, just 90 minutes from Washington, DC. Learn fair isle knitting techniques from renowned author, designer and knitwear teacher Tanis Gray, and dyeing from Jennifer Heverly, owner of Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Enjoy lunch in Sperryville, VA, which offers several excellent dining options.
9 am – 12 pm: Fair Isle Knitting with Tanis Gray.
Freaked over Fair Isle? Curious about stranded colorwork techniques? Intimidated by multiple strands of yarn in multiple colors? Not sure how gauge works or how to trap those floats? This is the workshop for you! We’ll cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, how to trap floats, Latvian braids, Fair Isle history and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. We’ll put everything we learned into practice and knit an exclusive unisex Fair Isle cowl designed in Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn for this workshop by instructor Tanis Gray. This 3-hour class is open to all levels, but participants should be comfortable casting on, joining and knitting in the round.
• 1 Hank each Spirit Trail Fiberworks Luna (3.8oz/110g ea approx. 200yds/182m, 100% non-shrink wool). Colors used in original sample are Good Vibrations (MC, blue) and Christine (CC, pink). This is included in the workshop fee and will be sent to participants prior to the workshop, in order to complete homework (detailed below).
Participants should bring the following:
• Size US 7 (4.5mm) 24” Circular Knitting Needle
• Stitch Markers
• Tapestry Needle
• With MC using Twisted German CO method CO 120 sts. Join into round being careful not to twist stitches, place marker for beginning of round. (Twisted German Cast On: http://tinyurl.com/j5ob6ws)
12 pm – 2 pm: Lunch break. Attendees are on their own for lunch, with multiple options within walking distance of Jennifer’s studio.
2 pm – 5 pm: Yarn Dyeing with Jennifer Heverly
Learn dye techniques to dye two skeins of yarn to use in colorwork projects. In this workshop, attendees will join Jennifer Tepper Heverly to learn the basics of dyeing yarn, and will dye two skeins of yarn using two different techniques: kettle dyeing and speckling to create the perfect contrasting yarns for colorwork projects.
It's recommended that participants wear dark clothing, and / or clothing you don't mind getting stained, or bring an apron to protect your clothes. Dye has a way of getting on things (especially where you don't want it!). We use dyes for protein fibers (wool, silk, cashmere and other animal fibers) and it is typically removable from non-animal fibers (cotton, linen, synthetics with the exception of rayon) but some slight staining may remain even after washing.
Because I prefer to let yarns cool slowly overnight for the best results, finished yarns will be dried and then mailed to participants the week after the workshop.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this full-day workshop.
Hosted by Lancaster Yarn Shop in Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania
The Lancaster Knitter's Retreat takes place in an inspiring, rural setting with excellent teachers and in the good company of knitters from near and far.
Arrive Friday evening and meet the teachers during a casual knitting reception in the Great Room at Amish View Inn.
On Saturday attend Tanis Gray’s new course 'Beaded Lace: Coventry Cowl Workshop’ and Patty Lyon’s class 'Short Row Magic' (details below). The Saturday evening banquet will be followed by an engaging talk by Patty Lyons titled 'Oops! I accidentally knit a dress!'
Sunday morning, The Knitting Salon is envisioned as 'a cultural hub, responsible for the dissemination of good manners and sociability.' We'll spin a yarn or two, share songs and ideas and projects, and learn from each other - all to inspire you and your knitting. Prepare to be knocked out by our Hand Knit Runway, special guests, live music, and fun!
Hosted by Second Story Knits in Bethesda, Maryland
Channel your inner Sherlock Holmes and join Tanis Gray on a 2-part lace forensics adventure! If knitting lace is something you’ve shied away from, let’s tackle it head on! We’ll discuss the history and mechanics of this technique, discuss the differences between lace knitting and knitted lace, learn to translate a written lace pattern into charted form, learn to knit lace from a chart, and decode a lace swatch and turn it into a chart. We’ll also cover nupps and knitting with beads. In the afternoon, we’ll take what we learned and knit either the Luce Cowl or the Silk Road Mitts with beads - knitter’s choice (both patterns are one size fits all)! Open to knitters of all levels, you’ll leave feeling like a lace pro!
Hosted by Yarnia of Old Town, Warrenton Vistor's Center
Join me in a 2-part color work workshop on February 24th!
In the morning I will teach Fair Isle skills for all types of knitting (English, Continental, Combination), history, troubleshooting, and touch on color theory, and in the afternoon, we will cast on for the Winter Games 2018 Cowl!
Conquer those Fair Isle fears and hope to see you there!