The 2017 Retreat will be held from April 7 to 9.

NOTE: The retreat is sold out for quilting spaces and has just a few spots left for knitting/crochet. If you would like to sign up, please call the shop at 814-238-4151. Thanks!

Every spring, we have a wonderful time at Lake Raystown for a weekend of nothing but quilting and knitting. The food is always delicious, and we always make new friends!

The best part is that Raystown kindly accommodates us before their regular season opens—so we have the entire resort to ourselves. The knitters and crocheters have cushy couches and comfy chairs in front of a beautiful fireplace, and the quilters are in a large room with tables that allow everyone to spread out. Everyone gets a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows.

Please call the shop at 814-238-4151 from Monday to Saturday, 10-5:30, to sign up. The weekend's projects and pricing follow.

Here is how the weekend is shaping up: four knitting projects, three quilting projects, and one crochet project. You will be able to keep busy!

10:30: Mysteries First Clue

This year we're going to do something new at the retreat for the knitters; we're going to give them a mystery—a Fair-Isle (and more??) hat! The quilters will have a mystery wallhanging. Starting at 10:30 Friday (or whenever you arrive), we will hand out a clue. The clues will be spread throughout Friday and Saturday, and by the end of the day on Saturday, you will have a finished project! Bring your mystery hat or wallhanging to show and tell on Sunday!

(Sorry, there will be no spoiler pictures of either of the mysteries!) If you are a knitter and need to learn how to do Fair Isle, we will give you a quick lesson! Continuous clues for both projects will be given throughout the day on Friday and Saturday.

12:00 Full Lunch. In the past few years, most people have been coming on Friday morning, unlike when we began the retreats, when most came in the late afternoon. So as of this year, rather than having light snacks, we will have a full lunch on Friday at noon!

1:00 Triangle Shawl

You can probably see from the picture where this shawl is going (Hey, I have till April to finish it! Haha!)--a striped triangle moving from dark to light, with beads at the end (or maybe sooner if I can't wait)! The garter-stitch shawl is perfect for knitting and chatting at a retreat! You can use one of our many gradient kits and just work in garter stitch, or you can make it a little fancier by adding beads, stripes, or textures to your heart's content! The Really Clear pattern will give options! We will bring along a large selection of gradient kits from which to choose. It's a perfect project for evening when you're too tired to concentrate on anything else, or when you just want to chill and chat with your friends.

2:00 Dresden Plate

We are going to use the Creative Grids ruler to create Dresden Plates. We will have kits made from Kaffe Fassett fabrics for you to buy for this project at the retreat should you wish them! (You will likely wish them!) They are different from the picture, but no worries--still wild! Make a wallhanging or table runner--or a king-sized bedspread if you're ambitious--from this beautiful, classic block.

4:00: Myluna Cowl

This beautiful cowl looks complex but is a simple design of cables and a wee bit of lace. The instructions are "really clear," and include a line-by-line check-off sheet so that when you're chatting with your friends, you will keep your place!

6:00: Dinner--and then work until 9:00 p.m.


8:30: Breakfast

9:30: "Spiders" Crocheted Scarf

We can buy the pattern for you on Ravelry at the retreat (it will go into your library), and we will bring along plenty of hand-dyed, fingering-weight yarns that will work for this project.

12:00 Lunch

1:30: Drunkard's Path

 We will talk about and test out several techniques for making a drunkard's path, from piecing to appliqué, and we will show different rulers. (Rulers and kits will be available for purchase at the retreat.) We will talk about different options for arranging the blocks once you have a few made!

3:00: Wee Woodland Creatures


We are going to be in the woods, and so of course we must make your choice of any of these little woodland creatures Saturday afternoon. You may want to pack smelling salts in your suitcase just in case you feel faint from cuteness during the afternoon!

6:00: Dinner


After our 10:30 brunch, we will have a Show and Tell, and then can continue working on retreat projects until about 4:30. We need to have cleared the room by 5:00.


Rates include (1) two nights’ lodging; (2) a full lunch and dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; brunch on Sunday; and (3) all the classes (supplies are extra and will be available to purchase at the retreat). You may feel free to work on your own projects or to take any or all classes!

Earlybird (sign up and pay a $100 deposit by Feb. 1, 2016): Single is $495, Double (per person) is $425, Triple or quad (per person) is $400 (Note that for triple or quad, you will be sharing a room with 2 double beds)

If you sign up after Feb. 1, rates will be $550 per person for single, $475 per person for double, and $435 for triple/quadruple. We require a $100 nonrefundable deposit at signup, and need full payment by March 20. We cannot give refunds of any kind after March 20, as Raystown precharges us. (You may, however, recruit a substitute to go in your place! We will also keep a list of anyone who wanted to go but asked after the final deadline.)

We will send out supply lists and have meal-choice signups soon after February 1. Please let us know at signup if you have any special dietary requirements. Raystown is terrific about accommodating dietary needs! Be sure to sign up soon; the retreat is filling fast, and space is limited!