Sea to Sky Knitter’s Retreat
Traveling along the Sea to Sky highway is a breathtaking experience. No matter how many times you drive it, the towering, snow peaked mountains and the ocean view are always impressive and awe-inspiring. We are so thrilled to invite you to a very special weekend amongst this incredible scenery, at The Brew Creek Centre in beautiful Whistler, BC with three world class instructors: Felicia Lo, Clara Parkes and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
From Friday November 17th until Sunday November 19th, we will call The Brew Creek Centre our home. It is an amazing place to spend a weekend, complete with luxurious accommodations, meditative walking paths, modern, light-filled workshop spaces and locally sourced cuisine. The 12 acre property is secluded and full of quiet beauty. Inspiration is all around.
Joining us for the weekend are three equally inspiring instructors:
Felicia Lo is a designer and entrepreneur, born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Her lifelong passion for knitting, colour, and design led her to starting a blog in 2004. A year later, SweetGeorgia was founded at her dining room table with nothing more than three skeins of sock yarn for sale on Etsy. Since then, SweetGeorgia has become a way of life where work and play are inseparable. When she’s not playing with yarn, she’s chasing her two littles around with her Oranje-loving husband.
Clara Parkes abandoned San Francisco’s high-tech hubbub nearly two decades ago to build a quieter creative life on the coast of Maine. In 2000, she turned passion to profession when she launched Knitter’s Review, the first comprehensive online knitting magazine and community.
Since then, through her writings, workshops, bestselling books, television and radio appearances, and small-batch artisan yarns, Parkes has carried knitters into the 21st century. She is a passionate proponent of breed awareness, slow knitting, slow stashing, and knitting locally.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is a writer, mother, blogger, knitting humorist, philosopher and the author of seven funny books about knitting (and other stuff) two of which spent glorious weeks at the very bottom of the New York Times bestseller’s list. Stephanie lives in Toronto, Canada, where she writes, knits, weaves, spins and rides her bike very long distances. She keeps the award winning blog yarnharlot.ca in her inestimable spare time.
You will have the opportunity to take one in-depth, 3 hour workshop with each instructor during the weekend:
Yarn 101 with Clara Parkes
Join us on a journey deep into our stashes as we seek answers to the eternal questions, “What should I make with this yarn?” and “What yarn should I use for this project?” We’ll look at some of the most common fibers that go into yarn, examine the different ways those fibers can be prepared and blended together, and play with samples of the most common twists and plies on the market — all while keeping in mind our ultimate goal, the ability to make confident pairings of yarn and project every single time. Even experienced knitters come away with an expanded understanding of how they can better match yarn and project.
Skill level: All
All About Mawata with Stephanie Pearl McPhee
This workshop explores the pleasures of knitting with pure silk (silk hankies). We’ll talk about the silk cycle, we’ll experiment with making them from cocoons, and work with them as a pure silk source. Even if you’ve no interest in hankies, this is an interesting workshop for all textile artists.
Skill level: All – although beginners should have a good grip on the basics. Cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.
- 3mm needles, it’s best to avoid circulars, it can be hard to get the unspun silk over the join. The stitches will fit on a DPN, if you don’t have straights.
Colour Play – a colour theory primer & yarn tasting party with Felicia Lo
SweetGeorgia is all about passionate, relentless, and unapologetic colour. Over the years we’ve found that people really want to enjoy colour but are hesitant to experiment because they worry about making the wrong colour choices. Knitting takes a big investment of time, money, and energy, so there is added pressure to choose the “right” colours.
This workshop will walk you through the basics of working with color and help you feel more confident about creating your own palettes and color combinations for your projects. We will play and combine different colours based on a variety of inspirations and then find different ways to knit them together to produce completely unique results.
Skill level: All
- Bring your own knitting needles to knit a range of gauges, an interchangeable set would be a good idea (need needle sizes between about 3.5 mm to 8 mm, depending on how many strands of Tough Love are held together)
- Notebook and pen to create palettes and make notes about observations
Other highlights of the weekend include ample knitting time, a Friday evening social, and an opportunity to shop at an exclusive Saturday evening Marketplace, featuring local vendors Gauge Dye Works, Urban Yarns, Sweet Georgia, Knitters’ Jewellery and Black Cat Custom Yarn.
Your retreat fee includes:
Two nights private or shared accommodation at The Brew Creek Centre in beautiful Whistler, BC.
All of your meals and snacks, from Friday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, prepared with local, ethically sourced ingredients. (Please note any food allergies on your registration form )
9 hours of in-depth workshops with Felicia Lo, Clara Parkes and Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.
Prizes and the amazing Knit Social goodie bags!
These units are all private, single use only suites
Trappers Cabin: A 1-bedroom cabin with a queen bed, 4-piece bathroom and separate sitting room. $1535CAD + GST
The Historic Main Lodge: 6 rustic lodge rooms with queen beds and private bathrooms. $1365CAD + GST
Brew North/East: 2 units with queen beds. $1195CAD + GST
These units are all shared, two-person units only. Price is per person. Please note on your registration form if you have a specific roommate you would like to share with.
Brew North: 12 loft style units featuring private bathrooms, a ground level guest room with a King bed, and semi-enclosed loft with double bed. $1195CAD + GST
Brew East: A collection of 4 unique room types each with two queen beds. $1195CAD + GST
All rooms are absent of televisions, radios, and clocks to facilitate uninterrupted focus and results. However, for those who need to stay connected, complimentary Wi-Fi is accessible property wide in all rooms and shared spaces.
Registration will open Friday June 9th at 7am Pacific time.
- Wondering how to get to Brew Creek? They have great transportation info on their site here.
- Cancellation policy is as follows: Cancellations occurring up until August 15, 2017 will receive a full refund less a $25 administration fee. Cancellations occurring between August 16 and September 30, 2017 will receive a 50% refund less a $25 admin fee (in the case that we can fill your spot from a waitlist you will receive a full refund less $25 admin fee). Cancellations occurring after September 30, 2017 will not receive a refund.