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A Northumbrian Knitting Retreat!

Thursday Feb 23 - Sun Feb 26 2017

Come and enjoy a relaxing three night knitting retreat based here at St Cuthbert’s House, nestled on the inspiring and beautiful  north Northumberland coast, in the company of tutor Judith Goodfellow of Fine Fettle Fibres. Using local yarn from Whistlebare, and the locally inspired pattern, St Oswald’s Thistle, from Northumbrian designer Stella Ackroyd, we will explore the stitches and techniques needed to create an exquisite lace scarf.

The project for this retreat is suitable for knitters already comfortable with casting on and off, knit and purl stitches and basic increasing and decreasing. It is not suitable for complete beginners.

Provisional programme:

Thursday Feb 23: We arrive at St Cuthbert’s House to a warm Northumbrian welcome and a home cooked dinner followed by the chance to relax and unwind in the company of fellow guests in the comfortable lounge.

Friday Feb 24: After a hearty Northumbrian breakfast, we will travel about half an hour north to the small family farm at Whistlebare where Alice Elsworth rears her pedigree Angora goats and Wensleydale sheep for yarn production. After meeting the flock, Alice will tell us about her experience as a yarn producer, and introduce us to the yarn we will be using for our project. In her cosy workshop room, around the log-burning stove, we will have our first session, getting to grips with the decorative cast on and the different stitches used in our weekend’s project. Alice will provide us with a delicious lunch of local produce as we work.

We will return to St Cuthbert’s in good time for a rest and aperitif before visiting a local restaurant for our evening meal.

Saturday Feb 25: After breakfast we will have our second session at St Cuthbert’s, tackling the techniques that will be needed when the time comes to cast off and finish the project. We will unravel the mysteries of blocking lace in order to bring out the full beauty of all that hard work!

In the afternoon we will visit Bamburgh. There will be free time to explore the castle, the Grace Darling museum, take an optional guided tour of the local church and hear the history of this lovely village, or just enjoy the sea air with a walk on the beautiful beach - followed by a comfortable knit over a cup of tea in one of the village’s teashops!

We will dine a little earlier at a local eatery and return to St Cuthbert’s for a fascinating evening in the company of Angela Peereboom, a local lady with a passion for the history of the local fishermen’s ganseys.  Angela has knitted them for many years, and is an entertaining speaker in revealing the hidden stories and history woven into them.

Flora small2Sunday: On our last morning, we will develop our understanding of lace knitting a step further. We will be joined at St Cuthbert’s House by knitting pattern designer Stella Ackroyd as we look at the way that different types of lace shawls and scarves are constructed. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a professional designer and increase confidence around lace knitting for the future!

Our retreat will finish with a light home-cooked lunch at St Cuthbert’s before we head for home.

If you want to chat more about this wonderful opportunity to indulge your passion in beautiful and inspiring surroundings, please email Judith: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Single workshop participant occupying a Superking room: £540.40
Two workshop participants sharing a Twin room: £375.50 (EACH)
Single workshop participant sharing a Double or Twin room with a non-participant partner: £581.00


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