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Our inaugural retreat has passed - what fun! Stay tuned to this page for information on future retreats sponsored by Knot Another Hat!

Knit Away From It All

  • WHAT: a relaxing knitting weekend in the country, hosted by Knot Another Hat and featuring guest instructor Marie Greene of OliveKnits.
  • WHERE: the Historic Balch Hotel, in Dufur, OR
  • WHO: Sarah, Marie, your fellow knitters, and YOU!
  • WHEN: March 3-5, 2017

Join Sarah and Marie for the weekend and Knit Away From It All!  We all could use a little break, don't you agree? We are headed to the Historic Balch Hotel, located in Dufur, OR, where they experience 350 days of sunshine a year. 

Your weekend retreat package includes:
  • Two nights' accommodations
  • Friday evening wine and snack reception
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner Saturday 
  • Two 2-hour classes with Marie (see descriptions below)
  • Breakfast Sunday morning
  • as well as swag, special shopping opportunities, plenty of sit-back-and-knit time, and time to book an optional service at the Bliss at the Balch Spa! 
Two registration options: Queen room with shared bath ($460) or queen room with private bath ($525).

Come, and see how good it can feel to reconnect with knitters around you, the landscape, and the quiet of the Oregon countryside. Space is limited to 13 knitters. Registrants should have experience knitting from a pattern; previous sweater knitting experience is ideal but not required.

Cancelled retreat registrations are eligible for a refund (minus a $50.00 cancellation fee) until February 2, 2017. After February 2nd, there are no refunds for cancellations unless your spot can be filled from a waiting list ($50.00 cancellation fee still applies).  


Morning Class: Renegade Ribbings & Edges

renegade ribbingWhy do we knit ribbing, and how do we keep it from being boring? We'll learn how to swap out plain old ribbing every-which-way in just about any pattern! Learn the best substitutes, how to decide which is best for the project, and how to do the math to make it work. 

  • Spice up classic patterns with slight adjustments
  • Exercise your creativity by using a pattern as a springboard
  • Learn how to predict the results of a ribbing modification
  • Take an edge from standard to smashing

Class includes a free pattern to practice what you learn and handouts with mix and match ribbing alternatives for all sorts of projects!

  • 1 solid, tonal or heathered yarn* (fingering weight) about 60 yards(ish)
  • 1 solid, tonal or heathered yarn* (fingering weight) in a contrasting color about 50 yards(ish)
  • 3 pairs of needles (circular or straight) in size 1, 2 and 3 

Afternoon Class: Matchmaker, Matchmaker

matchmaker matchmakerPairing the perfect color, texture, and yarn can be as complicated as matchmaking. Many knitters run afoul of their true project love because they've picked the wrong partners for their projects. There is a reason that color, texture, and yarn choice must work together to get the look you want, and we'll talk about how and why to make sure you pick the right ones every time. We'll be using non-fiber art supplies to help illustrate and practice the concepts. 

  • Which comes first, color or texture? 
  • How to substitute successfully
  • How to tell if you're on the wrong track

Class includes a free pattern download and handouts to help you remember what is covered.

  • 1 light-colored solid color, tonal or heathered yarn* (fingering weight) about 50 yards(ish)
  • 1 lvariegated or gradient yarn* (fingering weight) about 50 yards(ish)
  • 1 variegated or gradient yarn* (worsted weight) about 50 yards(ish)
  • Two sets of needles: 
  • Size 3 (straight or circular)
  • Size 7 needles (straight or circular)

* not black, charcoal, or navy

About Marie Greene

Hello, I'm Marie Greene!

I've been knitting since the age of ten, and not just knitting – but addicted to knitting. I love wool, independent dyers and sweaters. I have a ridiculous number of projects on my needles at all times and I wake up every day excited to be alive because, knitting. 

I've taught workshops and private lessons for the last fifteen years, and have been an independent designer since 2013. Before my life in knitwear design I was a hospital finance project manager, freelance writer and business coach. My job as an instructor is to not just educate and inspire, but to ensure that my students find the process as engaging as it is enlightening.

I live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband and we are the parents of three grown(ish) sons. When I'm not designing knitwear, I'm traveling (with knitting), reading (and knitting) or throwing dinner parties (with other knitters).

My knitting philosophy:
  1. There are no tragic consequences in knitting, unless you sit on a sharp needle.
  2. Less is usually more (except when it comes to a yarn stash, in which case more is more).
  3. Anyone can knit if they really want to.
  4. Always, always, always bring your knitting wherever you go. You never know when you might be trapped in an elevator.

Contact Us:

Phone: 541-308-0002
Location:  11 Third St, #103
  Hood River, OR 97031
Hours: 11:00-5:30 Tues-Sun
  Closed Mondays

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