RETREATS: Dates for 2022


Building a new diary ... please keep popping back to check on availability; I will be updating with new events and booking a fab bunch of tutors to inspire and delight you.

If an event is Fully Booked do not despair, we have a waiting list. If you like the look of a retreat please let us know and we'll add your name to this list. We also have a general waiting list (happy to attend any event) so if you prefer this option please contact us.


BEDROOMS


TBL bedroom: 1st floor, largest twin-room, sea-view, 2 x small double beds + en suite bathroom (with bath + separate shower)
KFB bedroom: 1st floor, smallest cosy single room, sea-view, 1 x small double bed + own shower room (opposite bedroom)
SSK bedroom: 2nd floor, twin-room, sea-view, 2 x small double beds + own bathroom next to bedroom (with bath + separate shower)
PSSO bedroom: 2nd floor, largest single sea-view bedroom, 1 x double bed + own bathroom next to bedroom (with bath with shower)
YO bedroom lower ground floor, largest single bedroom, kingsize bed, small sofa + shared shower-room with M1 (no sea-view)
M1 bedroom lower ground floor, 2nd largest single bedroom, kingsize bed, small sofa + shared shower-room with YO (no sea-view)


For all retreats guests have the option of staying Sunday night leaving after breakfast on Monday

If you are interested in coming to be part of the magic please get in touch. We will send you the BOOKING FORM, T&Cs and RUNNING ORDER.

Hosts for the weekend retreats are Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson + tea and cake, sea, luxury yarn, wonderful projects to make, laughter, wine, delicious food, knitting and more knitting and chat ... oh and paddling (if the ocean is warm enough).



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January Thurs. 13th  – Sun. 16th
EVENT: Shake-off new year blues
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

AVAILABLE: SSK, YO, M1

No specific workshop, bring your own projects to work on + a new design in your goodie bag; knit, eat, chat, knit and crochet some more


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January Thurs. 20th  – Sun. 23rd
EVENT: Relax and Make
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson



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February Thurs. 3rd – Sun. 6th
EVENT: Deconstructing Brioche; not as bloomin' difficult as it looks.
Hosts for w'end and w'shop: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson



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February Thurs. 10th – Sun. 14th
EVENT: SPARKLING TEXTURES
HOST for workshop: Debbie Abrahams



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February Thurs. 17th – Sun. 20th
EVENT: Relax and Make
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson



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March Thurs. 3rd – Sun. 6th
EVENT: Knitted Felted Wrap for Double Pointed Needles or Crochet Hooks
Host for Saturday workshop: Alison Crowther-Smith

AVAILABLE: TBL, SSK, M1

The pattern uses texture, colour and beading to add both extra strength to the felt and an attractive finish. I rate this as moderately challenging but is suitable for reasonably confident knitters who can cast on and off, knit and purl, and follow a pattern. The colour work is slip-stitched which is very easy, so you are not knitting Fairisle or intarsia. All the techniques are fully explained in the pattern. The needlecase is felted in the washing machine.




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March Thurs. 10th – Sun. 13th
EVENT: Party for Karen's gang (Fairisle & Steeking)
Host for Saturday workshop: Alison Crowther-Smith



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March Thurs. 17th  – Sun. 20th
EVENT: Relax and Make, Nikki's Birthday Bash
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson



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March Thurs. 31st – April Sun. 3rd
EVENT: Slip Stitch Colour-Work Cushion Cover or Buttoned Comforter
Host for Saturday workshop: Alison Crowther-Smith

AVAILABLE: M1

Slip Stitch Colour-Work Cushion Cover or Buttoned Comforter. Same yarns for each design, which is 2 balls of A, 2 of B, DK; I used Felted Tweed but any is fine as long as you have the right meterage. The same stitch in each design but some mods for the variations.

This is a new design, not taught yet. I like it because it looks really hard, and it is a long pattern repeat but there is a lot of repetition in that repeat; and all the WS rows are slipping or knitting, so it is moderate but NOT for new knitters, due to the 20 odd row repeat. I will teach by swatching - which will cover the button hole 2-row technique.






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April Thurs. 21st – Sun 24th
EVENT: Brioche and Beads
Hosts for w'end and w'shop: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson



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April Thurs. 28th – May Sun. 1st 
EVENT:
Host for Saturday workshop:
AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, PSSO, YO, M1



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May Thurs. 19th  – Sun. 22nd
EVENT: Design workshop/ project TBC
Host for Friday workshop: Erika Knight

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB (reserving), SSK, YO, M1



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June Thurs. 2nd  – Sun. 5th
EVENT: Knitted and Beaded Wire – unique
Host for Saturday workshop: Suraya Hossain

AVAILABLE: TBL

Learn to knit with fine wire and crystal beads. The workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn the basics in wire knitting, introducing the materials and tools used, and an understanding of how designs can be created. You will be given all the materials to make a framed knitted wire art piece. Working from a grid pattern chart, you will see how easy it is to incorporate beads into your wire knitting. Your knitted piece will then be placed in a frame, ready to hang. Design ideas will also be explored, demonstrating how wire can be knitted and crocheted to produce interesting, wearable and decorative pieces.

Level of experience: Intermediate/Experienced knitter.

Your Gift Bag will include materials provided by Suraya; kit to make the finished framed piece and sewing needle/tape + one set of 2.25mm knitting needles (these will be provided but with option to purchase) - or please bring your own. You will also receive one skein of undyed yarn and knitting/crochet pattern from the BHR collection.




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June Thurs. 9th  – Sun. 12th
EVENT: SPARKLING TEXTURES
HOST for workshop: Debbie Abrahams

AVAILABLE: M1 (reserving)

An exploration of textured stitches and beads within a fashion accessory project using Rowan yarns.

This workshop will teach you how to read textured stitches from a chart, including lace and cables. Slip stitch beading and hooked-in beading will also be included in the project. Each participant will be given a kit to work from that will have enough yarn and beads to complete the project. The accessory will be knitted in the round, so please bring: 4.00mm, 3.75mm and 3.25mm circular knitting needles (60cm max length), as well as a cable needle, sewing thread and fine needle for threading on beads, 0.6/0.75mm crochet hook for hooking-in beads.

Skills needed: cast-on, cast off, knit, purl, working in the round

NB: + £20/per guest - your TKH present goodie bag will be a yarn kit to complete the project




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June Thurs. 16th  – Sun. 19th
EVENT: Meli's Gathering ; knit, eat, chat, knit and crochet some more
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson
AVAILABLE: KFB and M1 (reserving both)



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June Thurs. 30th – July Sun. 3rd
EVENT: Crochet: experimenting and playing with colour, texture and pattern
Host for Saturday workshop: Jo Smith (crochet designer, maker, artist)



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July Thurs. 7th  – Sun. 10th
EVENT: How to Knit a Gansey Jumper + presentation on the History of Gansey
Host for workshop: Penny Hemmingway textile historian, author and tutor

AVAILABLE: TBL, SSK

The Friday workshop will guide you in designing your own construction/shape, create or choose traditional motifs/st patterns (always made up from knits and purls) and also a really interesting film/presentation on the History of Gansey. Penny will guide you were to buy authentic 5ply wool before the workshop - colour charts will be sent out before the event.

"Guests can either knit a gansey to fit a teddy or guests can spend most of the time learning how to design/plan a guernsey. I'll cover all the techniques; the hands-on part is more with graph paper, and design. I will come with lots of charts, books, etc. and build the confidence in guests to design and knit their own. I’ll supply a small amount of yarn if it is a teddy-size gansey they would like to knit. I will bring odds and ends, leftovers/samples from mills who've supplied us for our patterns and books. I will send info on construction and sizing before the workshop. I suggest guests buy the correct wool needed to knit a authentic Gansey. Frangipani, in Cornwall, are excellent.

If guests would like to knit a mini-gansey for a Teddy they will need to bring a teddy. More info on what to bring will be sent nearer the time."





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July Thurs. 21st – Sun. 24th
EVENT: Hand Dyeing Yarn and How to Knit Socks
AVAILABLE: TBL, SSK

HOST for Friday (am) workshop: Jude Reed

A real treat, hand-painting your own yarn; knit or crochet something delicious with a yarn specially coloured by you.

HOSTS for Friday (pm), Saturday worshop and weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson
Knit a pair of socks in your very own hand-dyed yarn; in the round, top-down, toe-up, Kitchener stitch and more.




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July Thurs. 28th – Sun. 31st
EVENT:
Host for Saturday workshop:

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, PSSO, YO, M1





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August Thurs. 4th – Sun. 7th
EVENT: TBC
Host for talk/workshop (TBC - 1 or 2 days): Jeanette Sloan

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, M1

Colour is very important to me and my design process often begins with a search for an intriguing stitch that will inspire creative juices to flow or a decorative detail that will add a stylish, contemporary edge. I’ve worked as a freelance textile designer and tutor teaching both machine and hand knitting and as 'an accessories obsessive' have written 4 books on hand knitting. I’ve been very lucky to work with some of the best hand knitting brands in the UK and my designs have featured in several UK knitting magazines including Knitting Magazine where I am a regular contributor responsible for the ‘Ask Jeanette’ letters page, Yarn Reviews and A-Z of Techniques.

Jeanette is championing diversity and representation. She is actively bringing these vital and essential conversations to our attention.

She writes: […] there are those who will say that conversations like this are unnecessary and that bringing race or skin colour into knitting and craft is being divisive or perhaps even ‘political correctness gone mad’. To those people I would ask them to imagine not seeing themselves represented on the pages of the magazines and publications they read and thinking how that would make them feel. Unwelcome? Invisible? In some way ‘less than’?….

We are thrilled to be welcoming Jeanette to TKH.




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September Thurs. 1st  – Sun. 4th
EVENT: Learn to Spin (wheel and drop spindle) + plying yarn; understanding your yarn better
Friday and Saturday workshop host: Jackie Millichap

AVAILABLE: SSK, PSSO (reserving)+ YO, M1

Understand where wool comes from. How fleece can differ depending on breed of sheep. How the fleece itself influences what you do with it and how to prepare it. Using a spinning wheel; setting up, tension, getting it rotating the correct way, spinning a basic 'single', plying 2 singles resulting in a small skien of wonderful yarn. Different types of sheep fleece; looking at a whole fleece / which bits are best etc.. Prepping fleece ready for spinning; dagging/ washing etc.. Carding / combing fleece (and when to do which method). Woollen / worsted spinning / art yarn. Using a drop spindle. Designing yarn; what fibre to blend / how much twist is required / what method of spinning etc..

The group will dictate the order in which things are covered. I will supply some basic handouts to cover all the above. 4 wheels we be available for guests - NB: Jackie will host two sessions on 'how to spin'; 4 guests in each session.





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September Thurs. 8th – Sun. 11th
EVENT: Knitted and Beaded Wire – unique
Host for Saturday workshop: Suraya Hossain

AVAILABLE: YO, M1

Learn to knit with fine wire and crystal beads. The workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn the basics in wire knitting, introducing the materials and tools used, and an understanding of how designs can be created. You will be given all the materials to make a framed knitted wire art piece. Working from a grid pattern chart, you will see how easy it is to incorporate beads into your wire knitting. Your knitted piece will then be placed in a frame, ready to hang. Design ideas will also be explored, demonstrating how wire can be knitted and crocheted to produce interesting, wearable and decorative pieces.

Level of experience: Intermediate/Experienced knitter.

Your Gift Bag will include materials provided by Suraya; kit to make the finished framed piece and sewing needle/tape + one set of 2.25mm knitting needles (these will be provided but with option to purchase) - or please bring your own. You will also receive one skein of undyed yarn and knitting/crochet pattern from the BHR collection.




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September Thurs. 15th – Sun. 19th
EVENT: Karen's Party; Hot-water bottle cover, mini or standard
Host for Saturday workshop: Alison Crowther-Smith



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September Thurs. 29th – October Sun. 3rd
EVENT: Hand Dyeing Yarn and BRIOCHE; learn and develop skills

AVAILABLE: KFB

HOST for Friday (am) workshop: Jude Reed
A real treat, hand-painting your own yarn; knit or crochet something delicious with a yarn specially coloured by you.

HOSTS for Friday (pm), Saturday worshop and weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson
Beginning the journey and exploring the fascinating method of sliding stitches along the needle to create double-side two colour motifs and patterns + learning slightly more complex techniques of increases and decreases (the graceful art of moving stitches) + taking it to a new level; learning how to incorporate beads into brioche - two different methods of adding beads to your work will be taught.





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October Thurs. 6th  – Sun. 9th
EVENT:
Host for Saturday workshop:

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, PSSO, YO, M1



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October Thurs. 20th – Sun. 23rd
EVENT:
Host for Saturday workshop:

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, PSSO, YO, M1



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October Thurs. 27th   – Sun. 30th
EVENT:
Host for Saturday workshop:

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, PSSO, YO, M1



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November Thurs. 3rd  – Sun. 6th
EVENT:
Host for Saturday workshop:

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, PSSO, YO, M1



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November Thurs. 17th – Sun. 20th
EVENT: Hand Dyeing Yarn and + Lace Knitting + knit your own socks, or shawl + Belinda and Brenda will teach you Brioche

AVAILABLE: SSK, PSSO, YO, M1

HOST for hand-dyeing workshop: Jude Reed
A real treat, hand-painting your own yarn; knit or crochet something delicious with a yarn specially coloured by you.

HOSTS for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

Work on an intricate lace or 4ply shawl, Knit and pair of socks + or if very ambitious Belinda and Brenda will teach you Brioche - one of BHR's or bring a design/pattern you would love to knit/crochet. BHR and BMW will show you ways to incororate beads. Materials needed: 4mm needles for shawls, 4mm short (40cm/60cm) circular needles (worked forwards and backwards0 for brioche, 4mm double pointed needles or 100cm circular needles for socks (show you how to work the 'magic loop' method) + 0.75 crochet hook and size 6 seed beads (if you want to learn how to add them to your knitting project)






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November Thurs. 24th – Sun. 27th
EVENT:
Host for Saturday workshop:

AVAILABLE: TBL, KFB, SSK, YO, M1



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December Thurs. 8th – Sun. 11th
EVENT: Festive Frolics
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

AVAILABLE: SSK, YO, M1

Christmas winter time projects; decorations, festive socks, Selbu Mitts, mosaic-knitting cushion cover and other utterly delightful stuff to make + mulled wine, crackers and jolly good merry cheer.




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December Thurs. 15th – Sun. 18th
EVENT: Festive Frolics
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

AVAILABLE: SSK, YO, M1

Christmas winter time projects; decorations, festive socks, Selbu Mitts, mosaic-knitting cushion cover and other utterly delightful stuff to make + mulled wine, crackers and jolly good merry cheer.