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Trillium Vineyard

Woolgathering Retreat 2018

Woolgathering Retreat 2018
September 6-8, 2018

The class is full, but students may still register for the dinner.  If you wish to be placed on the waiting list, please contact Karen at 770-841-3992.  Thank you!

We will be hosting our first, and hopefully annual, Woolgathering Retreat September 6-8, 2018 at Trillium Vineyard in Bremen, GA!  The world reknowned knitting designer and author, Cat Bordhi, will be teaching 24 students in her legendary retreat style like she offers on her island in the Pacific Northwest.  Cat rarely teaches on the east coast, and we are honored to have her!

The topic for the 3 days will be an in-depth exploration of Cat's fitted fingerless mitts. The collection of about twenty designs will become an ebook and may be published before September.  Regardless of publication date, Cat will be able to teach from it and will provide participants with a PDF of either the published book or most of it.

The mitts are flat-knit in garter stitch, joined in a precise way with a nearly invisible 3-needle bind-off, and become a knitter's playground via all the wrist band designs, colorwork, edges, and more. It is easy to fit any hand, including children. All of the mitts can become wrist-warmers by eliminating the thumb and shortening the hand and arm; these can even become sweater cuffs. The workshop would be suitable for knitters who have only basic skills as well as for advanced knitters who love to contemplate design possibilities.  You must be able to do the following with no supervision:  basic knitting; distinguish between inserting the needle purlwise or knitwise; slip a stitch;  pick up and restore a dropped stitch; and be curious and eager to learn new things!  By the end of the three days, most everyone would have several pairs of mitts and the confidence to knit anything in the book as well as to invent their own. By the way, the mitts make great holiday gifts.  Class supplies:  the usual small bag of knitting paraphernalia, 100 gm of DK to worsted weight yarn for each pair of mitts, a circular needle 40" long in a size that will give you, with your yarn, a gauge in unstretched garter stitch 22 sts or 44 rows = 4".  If you'd like to try colorwork versions, bring 15 - 20 grams of each extra color.

Cat does prefer to work with a group over a period of days as this allows her to work in depth with each individual, get to know them, and take them much farther than if we change the topic and participants every day. It supports a very nourishing experience for all.

The package price of $450 includes three 6 hour days of instruction with Cat, 3 lunches, and 3 tokens to be used for either wine tasting flights and/or glasses of wine, sangria, or frose'. Coffee, tea, water, and light snacks will also be available.  Each retreat attendee will receive a goody bag with a special retreat souvenir.  Yarn, needles, and knitting accessories will be available for sale. 

Trillium will be hosting a catered candlelight dinner in the vineyard on Thursday evening for $25 per plate.  Water and tea are included. Wine may be purchased separately. Spouses and guests are welcome to attend the dinner. You don't want to miss this time to enjoy delicious food and wine, visit, and bond with your fellow students. 

On Friday afternoon, Bruce Cross, owner and winemaker, will be offering a tour of the vineyard and winery.  On Friday night, there will be a food truck at the vineyard and tasting room.  Food will be purchased on your own from the truck. 

There will be a hike through the woods (or drive) to visit the alpacas and Babydoll Southdown sheep on Saturday afternoon.  There is no charge for either tour, but you are also welcome to stay at the tasting room to knit and enjoy the restful burbles of the creek as you unwind from your busy day.  There will be live music on Saturday night.  The tasting room will be open to the public on both Friday and Saturday nights.i

We have reserved a block of rooms under Trillium Vineyard at the Hampton Inn in Bremen for $98.10 per night plus tax (not included in package price).  The block of rooms will be released as of August 1, so reserve early.  We have reserved the block for arrival as early as September 5 and departure as late as September 9.  Breakfast is available at the hotel (included) or at nearby fast food restaurants, Waffle House, and Cracker Barrel.

Hampton Inn, 28 Price Creek Road, Bremen, GA  30110 (phone 770-537-9001)

Trillium Vineyard is located at 1994 Old Bush Mill Rd in Bremen, GA  30110.  Please text, call or email Karen with any questions or for directions.  trilliumvineyard@gmail.com or 770-841-3992

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations received by August 1, 2018 will receive a full refund if we are able to fill the slot. Cancellations after August 1, 2018 will not receive a refund.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday September 6, 2018:

9:00 am - 12:00 noon      Instruction with Cat

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm      Lunch (included)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm           Instruction with Cat

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm           Kick Back and Relax (and enjoy a wine tasting!)

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm           Catered Dinner in the Vineyard ($25)

Friday September 7, 2018:

9:00 am - 12:00 noon       Instruction with Cat

12:00 noon -1:00 pm        Lunch (included)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm            Instruction with Cat

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm           Vineyard and Winery Tour (included) or Kick Back and Relax

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm         Food Truck Friday at the Vineyard (food is selected and purchased at the truck--open to the public)

Saturday September 8, 2018:

9:00 am - 12: 00 noon     Instruction with Cat

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm      Lunch (included)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm           Instruction with Cat

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm           Visit the Alpacas and Sheep (included) or Kick Back and Relax

6:30 pm - 10:00 pm         Live music (open to public, no cover, may bring food or order pizza)

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