Galiano Island is one of our favourite places to host retreats. It features rugged West Coast beauty that is both calming and inspirational, and we find ourselves returning time and again. We are thrilled to invite you to join us at this special place for our upcoming Knit Social Fall Retreat, with two amazing instructors: Lorilee Beltman and Hanahlie Beise.
Our home for the weekend will be the Galiano Inn & Spa, a spectacular oceanfront hotel, conveniently located just steps away from Sturdies Bay ferry terminal. No car is required!
All rooms at the Galiano Inn are waterfront, with spectacular ocean views. You have a choice of private Oceanfront Spa suites with private terraces or balconies, or tasteful shared accommodations in the Oceanfront One Bedroom Villas, also featuring private terraces or balconies, wood burning fireplaces, and private outdoor hot tubs. Other amenities at the Galiano Inn include the Madrona del Mar Spa & Steam Rooms and the Flores del Iris Gardens.
Joining us for the weekend are our very special guest instructors: Lorilee Beltman and Hanahlie Beise. Each attendee will have the opportunity to take one in-depth class with each instructor. Small class sizes and a relaxed environment makes for an exceptional learning experience!
Hanahlie Beise is a textile designer and fibre artist based on Pender Island.
For over five years, she has been raising alpacas for their fibre and producing yarn under the brand name Hinterland.
With a global network of designers and collaborators, she creates knitwear patterns with Hinterland Yarn, which she sells online.
As the growing farm business evolves, Hanahlie studies and practices the tradition of natural dye, teaching workshops locally and in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Natural Dyeing with Indigo - with Hanahlie Beise
Hanahlie will lead us through a natural dye workshop, using indigo. Making an indigo vat can be done in many ways, and in this class we will learn with natural indigo from India, and soda ash. Each student will have the opportunity learn how to make a dye vat, learn a few shibori techniques on cotton cloth, and dye 100 grams of Hinterland yarn.
Materials students should bring
Students have the option to bring an additional one or two skeins of their own yarn to dye as well.
Lorilee happily sees no end to where knitting curiosity can take you, so she loves to help knitters make new discoveries. For the past ten years she has enjoyed her students at national events, and she looks forward to meeting you in class! Lorilee is patient with every student and packs her classes with content and lots of extra tips you can really use.
Her articles and designs have been published in books, magazines, and online mags. She is a 2018 Knit Star teacher, the former techniques columnist at Knitty, and an online instructor at Interweave and at Craftsy where her classes are consistent best-sellers.
Tent-camping with her husband and boys has brought Lorilee to over twenty National Parks. Lorilee grew up in Pittsburgh, spent thirty years in west Michigan, and now calls Seattle home.
Pure Magic - with Lorilee Beltman
Estonians have been using it since the 1970s. Americans were turned on to it when Judy Becker taught us via Knitty in 2006. If you haven't learned it yet, here's a perfect opportunity to learn and apply the Magic Cast-On. What’s exciting is all the possibilities it offers to knitters! We will learn it, then work our way through ways to apply it.
Symmetrical lace scarves? You don't have to use and pick out waste yarn. Shawls that start with a garter-stitch tab? You don't have to pick up stitches on that icky cast-on edge. Toe-up socks? You don't have to tighten up loose stitches from Turkish or figure-8 cast-on, plus we will learn a common wedge toe and a rounded toe version. Infinity loop cowls? You don't have to pick out the waste yarn of a provisional cast-on. Hems? You don't have to sew down, and you don't have to pick up bumps of a long-tail cast-on and wonder if you're in the right column. This is general knitting knowledge you will apply to many areas of your knitting life.
Instructor can work with conventional knitters, mirror-image left-hand knitters, and combination knitters in a way that suits you.
Materials students should bring
About 50 grams worsted-weight wool or wool blend yarn in a color that is easy to use
Only circular needles 32 (80 cm) inches or 40 (100 cm) inches long. (24 inches/60 cm is too short. Straights won't work.) Bring a needle kit or three needles in a range appropriate for worsted-weight. Gauge is not critical for class.
basic beginner skills.
Colors that Climb - with Lorilee Beltman
Stranding color vertically in your knitting offers new possibilities where many colors can be worked at once! We will learn how to introduce the contrasting color strands to our work, how to work with them so they are user friendly, and how to adequately anchor the stitches – without overdoing it. Once you learn the tricks in class, the technique is easy to execute and can be applied to many projects. Everyone can do it!
The beauty happens in creative applications. We will work one simple stockinette motif to learn the rules. Then we work lace with stacked contrasting purls as pictured. Lastly knitters will work their choice of the many motifs remaining in the handout. Any of the motifs can be worked into existing plain patterns without ruining the gauge nor the elasticity of the fabric. I’ll show you how and inspire you with stacks of samples. Class demonstrations are done in both in English and Continental styles.
Materials provided by instructor
Handout and yarn. A worsted weight wool yarn is provided in many colors. No fee. (If you have wool allergies, please bring about 25 grams of a suitable worsted weight yarn in one main color and about ten 4-foot strands of contrasting colors from your stash.)
Materials students should bring
Choose DPNs, two circulars, or one long circular for magic loop. Choose something you would normally use for worsted weight wool, or one size smaller. Gauge is not critical for learning. Something in the range of US 4 - 7 (3.5 - 4.5 mm) will be fine. I find Magic Loop a good choice for this class, but anything will work. Choose what you already know.
Students must be comfortable working in the round at a small circumference as for a mitten or sock. You may use DPNs, two circulars, or Magic Loop but must be able to do so unassisted. Some experience with two-handed color work is a plus, but not necessary.
There is no homework to do ahead of the event. However, to make the most of our class time, instructor will distribute yarn to students upon arrival at the event. Plan on carving out fifteen minutes before class to cast on 36 sts and work a few rounds using needles described in the materials list.