Grey Heron Fall Retreat weekend info package

Grey Heron Fall Knitting Retreat 

Retreat weekend details

Thursday October 2nd

·        Book signing with Megan Goodacre at Grey Heron shop in Collingwood
1:00pm to 3:00pm
·        Arrange your transportation to Chantry Breezes in Southampton –
Check in after 4:00pm
·        Get settled in your room, plan your dinner at an area location- options provided
·        7:00pm to 9:00pm – meet the group – gathering front room, bring your current knitting project for show and tell

Friday October 3rd

·        Breakfast – 8:00am to 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 9:30am to 12:30pm -Knitting with wire and beads - Karen
·        Lunch – 12:30pm to 1:30pm – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 1:30pm to 4:30pm - Shawl design - Megan 
·        Free time until dinner 4:30pm to 6:00pm – explore Port Elgin – Idiots Guide to Knitting - book review
·        6:00pm - Dinner at local restaurant - included

Saturday October 4th

·        Morning lakeside walk – 7:30am – try the paved beach walk
·        Breakfast - 8:00am to 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class - 9:30am to 12:30pm - Expert Tips - Megan
·        Lunch – 12:30pm to 1:30pm – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Class – 1:30pm to 4:30pm - Fair Isle mitten designs - Megan 
·        Free time until dinner 4:30pm to 6:00pm – explore Southampton
·        6:00pm – Dinner at Chantry Breezes

Sunday October 5th

·        Breakfast – 9:00am – dining room Chantry Breezes
·        Pack up and – Say goodbyes – until next year….


We are so pleased to have Megan Goodacre joining us for the weekend. Here’s her bio:

Megan Goodacre is a Canadian graphic artist, blogger, and longtime knitter. The creative force behind Tricksy Knitter, Megan mixes her (slightly) eccentric skill set of math, fine art, design and general craftiness to write how-to knit articles and design knitting patterns. Her work has been published by Interweave, Twist Collective, and Creative Knitting.
Transplanted from balmy Vancouver Island to Ottawa in 2013, she can either be found huddled next to her computer for warmth, or warding off aggressive squirrels with her knitting needles. Read more about her adventures at
Knitting with wire and Beads
Learn to knit a funky beaded wire bracelet. This is a basic introduction to knitting with wire and beads.
Have fun with colours and design.

Skill needed 
Basic knitting

What to bring
Semi-precious stones and wire bracelet kit pre-purchased from Grey Heron – $15.00
extra kits will be available

Professional Knitting Tricks
Learn to knit like a pro with this tasting of tips and tricks. Have you ever wondered how to Norwegian purl? Make a smooth shoulder bind off? Russian join? A chain stitch selvedge? Add these tricks and more to your knitter's toolkit, and you will become a faster, more efficient knitter, and your knits will look and feel even better than they do now.
Techniques will be taught with short demos throughout the class; choose the techniques that catch your fancy and try them hands-on.

Skills needed
Basic knitting and enthusiasm                                             

What to bring
4.5mm - 5.5mm (US 7 - 9) circular needles, two sets
Yarn is supplied
Scissors, Crochet hook, Blunt yarn needle

Triangular shawls from the top down
Unlock the secrets of this most satisfying knitting project! Top down triangular shawls, whether you make them in simple textures or complex lace, make beautiful gifts and accessories. And, a triangular shawl is a great way to showcase a special skein of hand-dyed yarn.

We’ll cover construction, design, and finishing. To practice techniques, students will work on miniature shawls in class. Topics will include: how to start with a garter stitch tab, which type of increase to use, with stitch patterns work best, choosing a bind off, and how to block.

At the end of the class, choose one of Tricksy Knitter’s shawl patterns to take home with you.
Skills needed
Basic knitting skills. Familiarity with increasing is helpful 

What to bring
3.5mm - 4.5mm (US 4 - 7) circular needles.
Shawl kits available for purchase at Grey Heron or available at retreat.
from $20 and up depending on shawl size
If you plan to start a full-size shawl during the class, I suggest bringing a choice of needle sizes so you have a suitable needle after you select your yarn.
Blunt yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch markers

Exploring colour
A cosy pair of mittens is a perfect canvas for playing with colour—and a wonderful gift! Combining colours is a powerful creative tool: it can be moody, sassy, bold, traditional or understated. It’s up to you!
Using a simplified Scandinavian mitten construction, you will choose from the colour charts provided or design your own!

On the technical side, we’ll look at two-handed stranded knitting, how to weave in floats, knitting a thumb, and colour dominance. On the colourful side, we’ll look at the colour wheel and colour interactions.
Skills needed
Basic knit and purl
Working in the round

What to bring
Needles for working in the round in two sizes*
* sizes will depend on kit yarn selection – info to follow
Mitten kits will be available for purchase before retreat at Grey Heron or available also at retreat. from $20
Blunt yarn needle, crochet hook, stitch markers


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Cost for the Weekend:

1) Single Occupancy .................................... Total cost: $585.00 + HST

2) Double Occupancy ………………………………… Total cost: $525.00 + HST

Cost includes: Accommodation, 3 nights at B & B, 7 meals, snacks, refreshments, 4 classes
and a “swag bag” from Tricksyknitter.

Draw for autographed “Idiots Guide to Knitting” by Megan Goodacre

Door prizes: Games for Prizes: Chocolate sampling from Heavenly Sweets, Collingwood: 
Tea sampling from the Purple Sock to Coldwater 

3) Daily participants ………………………………….. Total cost per day: $150.00 + HST

Cost includes:  Lunch, Dinner, snacks, refreshments, 2 classes

Please note that ALL class kits and supplies are extra, but you will receive a 15% discount

CANCELLATION FEE: $100 for the weekend participants, $50 for the day participants.

Please drop by the shop, or call 705-444-0370 , or email ( to purchase your retreat participation package. Debit, Visa, Mastercard, Cash or personal cheques are accepted

Full payment required by Friday September 19th.

Grey Heron 65 Simcoe St, Studio 1, Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7


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