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We’re delighted to share with you that Kate Atherly will be the featured instructor for the Spinnery’s 2018 Knitters’ Weekend Retreat!

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This special weekend will give us an opportunity to get far more comfortable with our sock knitting skills. Kate has designed a fun curriculum.  It will cover both an overview and the details of general sock construction to better understand the features and benefits of knitting socks in a variety of different ways. We’ll also have an opportunity to move into greater detail, on the tips and tricks included in her book, Custom Socks – Knit to your Feet.

Kate will spend Saturday morning guiding us through a deep dive of sock fit and customization. We’ll learn how to measure feet and design a sock pattern for that foot, ensuring a perfect fit no matter which pattern or yarn we select.

After lunch she’ll work with us on sock knitting techniques, tips and tricks. This will be a wide-ranging discussion of sock topics, including: fit, reinforcement, different constructions and different methods of working, yarn choices, etc. Included in this discussion will be instruction on how to improve gusset pickup and avoid holes in top-down heel flap socks, as well as her clever solution for avoiding “ears” in a grafted toe. Bring any recurring queries you have about sock knitting, because this class will begin with an opportunity for you to ask questions, to better focus the discussion.

On Sunday, Kate will guide us through one of her favorite two at a time techniques: Side by side on magic loop. She’ll also discuss the other two-at-a-time technique, the legendary “War & Peace” method.” While students aren’t required to be proficient at the magic loop method, familiarity with it, and a comfort level with working in the round on double pointed needles is encouraged.

The workshop will be held in Brattleboro, Vermont from Friday, October 5th to Sunday, October 7th, 2018.   It will begin with dinner on Friday evening and conclude by noon on Sunday.  The Spinnery’s weekends feature great food, lively companionship and lots of yarny goodness.  And by scheduling this gathering over a holiday weekend, we hope that you’ll have even more time to relax and enjoy New England in October!

Your registration fee of $365 per person includes all meals including Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast and nine hours of instruction with Kate.This year’s event will be held at the Hampton Inn in Brattleboro. We have a block of rooms reserved for you at the discounted rate of $175.00 per night. Please contact the Hamp­ton Inn to make your reservation using the code “Spinnery”.  These rooms are limited so register early!

Registration Forms can be found on the Spinnery website, here.  We hope that you can join the fun!