RETREATS/HOLIDAYS: Dates for 2025


...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)

+ 1 or 2 FULL-TIME - staying off-site DAY GUESTS- here for the whole weekend from breakfast to bedtime - (not staying at TKH) - please note day guests do not miss out on the fun. Most DGs book a bed (just board) at the B&B across the road; they are still part of the magic, they just don't sleep here.

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 3 day 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 + crochet and chat ... oh and paddling (if the sea is warm enough). Full board except for one night when you have the option of dinner (paid for by guest): either joining me (with 99% of guests)at The Ivy (in Exeter - short train ride away, take our knitting/crochet, chat and look out to sea and the estuary), go to a local bisrto or stay at TKH (maybe pop something in the microwave in our guest kitchen).

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR up-to-date AVAILABILITY - info@theknittinghotel.co.uk

ALL EVENTS: Thursday 4pm until Sunday 4pm with the option of staying Sunday night, leave after breakfast on Monday (for an extra charge).



LEARNAWAY .|.

January 16th – 19th/20th .|.

EVENT: Medic's party...
Host: TBC

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Bring problem projects or would like some help with a technique you are struggling with and need some support + yarn tasting; small amounts of 3-5 yarn types; knit swatches, discuss the properties of yarn and fibre content, + what type of knitting is suitable or not suitable for each yarn type/content/weight.



GETAWAY .|.

January 23rd to 26th/27th .|.

EVENT: Bring Your Own Projects
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

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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.



LEARNAWAY .|.

February 6th to 9th/10th .|.

EVENT: Circular Cushion Workshop
Host Sarah Hazell

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LEARNAWAY .|.

February Thurs. 13th  – Sun. 16th .|.

EVENT: Learn to Spin (wheel and drop spindle) + plying yarn; understanding your yarn better
Host for two day workshop: Jackie Millichap

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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 skein 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.







LEARNAWAY |.

February 27th – March 2nd/3rd .|.

EVENT: Gorgeous Beaded Clutch Bag/Project Bag
Host for a one day workshop: Anniken Allis

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MATERIALS NEEDED
Dk yarn (I used merino/cotton), 120m per 50g x 2 balls
Size 6 seed beads 300 beads - can use one or more colours
3.25mm circular needles (60cm long)
0.75mm crochet hook
Tubular clutch frame, 10x20cm
75x50cm/30x20in felt fabric (or cotton fabric with interfacing)

Basic sewing kit (needle or a sewing machine & pins) - I hand sewed one lining & machine sewed another. Easy enough to hand sew but machine is quicker but not essential.

BEFORE THE WORKSHOP PLEASE KNIT THE BASE

Base
Using 3.25mm needles & dk yarn, cast on 45 sts.
Row 1 (WS): P to end.
Row 2 (RS): K to end.
Continue working in stocking stitch for a total of 10cm (4in), ending with a RS row. Should measure approx 18cm wide x 10cm long. DO NOT cast off.



GETAWAY .|.

March 6th – 9th/10th .|.

EVENT: Bring Your Own Projects
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

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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.





LEARNAWAY .|.

March 27th – 30th/ 31st .|.

EVENT: Brioche Beaded bag (beginner and more advanced)
Host for a two day workshop: Anniken Allis + Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson

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GETAWAY .|.

January 23rd to 26th/27th .|.

EVENT: Bring Your Own Projects
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

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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.





LEARNAWAY.|.

May 1st – 4th/5th .|.

EVENT: Funky Crochet foot stool cover
Host for a two day workshop: Zoe Potrac



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LEARNAWAY .|.

May 15th – 18th/19th .|.

EVENT: Sequence Knitting
Host for a two day workshop: Sarah Hazell

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SH will be hosting a workshop on Sequence Knitting - creating very beautiful textured fabrics that are based on a repeated sequence of stitches. Depending on how that sequence is setup, you can get very unique patterns and just by changing one stitch in the sequence you can get interesting variations on that pattern.





LEARNAWAY.|.

June 5th – 8th/9th .|.

EVENT: Toft (crochet wonderland)
Host for a two day workshop: Kerry Lord or team Toft

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LEARNAWAY .|.

June 19th – 22nd/23rd .|.

EVENT: Stranded Colour Work Fairisle Cushion
Host for a one day workshop: Anniken Allis

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More info to follow





LEARNAWAY .|.

July 3rd – 6th/7th .|.

EVENT: Kay's Bouquet Crochet wonder + learn Tunisian Crochet
Host for one day workshop: Kay Coombes

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Have fun learning how to crochet flowers for a bouquet using basic crochet skills. We will learn how to use wires to shape the flowers and make them posable for your vase or arrangement. I will also show you finishing techniques to make your bouquet look professional. Please bring your own DK yarn (must be acrylic yarn) in the colours you want your blooms and bring your own hooks in various sizes. We will be making lavender, sweet peas, tulips, carnations, daisies, alliums, roses and more!! I will provide everything else you need in a goody bag.

These 'Forever Flowers' won't wilt or die and will always make you smile. They are great to make for gifts or keep for yourself.





LEARNAWAY .|.

July 17th – 20th/21st .|.

EVENT: Design Workshop
Host for a two day workshop: Sasha Kagan

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LEARNAWAY .|.

July 24th – 27th/28th .|.

EVENT: Professional Finishing Techniques
Host for a one day workshop: Anniken Allis

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It is often the finishing details that make the difference to a garment and this workshop will show you techniques to make sure your garment has a professional finish. You will learn how easy it is to sew up all your unfinished projects using mattress stitch. Topics include: How to sew up various styles of garment, mattress stitch, shaping to make sewing up easier etc..




LEARNAWAY .|.

August 7th – 10th/11th .|.

EVENT: TBC - hopefully Erika Knight
Host for ? one or two day workshop:

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GETAWAY .|.

January 23rd to 26th/27th .|.

EVENT: Bring Your Own Projects
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

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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.



LEARNAWAY .|.

October 2nd – 5th/6th .|.

EVENT: Sequence Knitting
Host for a two day workshop: Sarah Hazell

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SH will be hosting a workshop on Sequence Knitting - creating very beautiful textured fabrics that are based on a repeated sequence of stitches. Depending on how that sequence is setup, you can get very unique patterns and just by changing one stitch in the sequence you can get interesting variations on that pattern.





LEARNAWAY .|.

October 16th – 19th/20th .|.

EVENT: Introduction to Fairilse and Steeking + Norwegian Fairisle Selbu Mittens
Hostfor a two day workshop: Anniken Allis

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GETAWAY or LEARNAWAY .|.

October 30th – November 2nd/3rd .|.

EVENT: TBC
Host for ? one or two day workshop:

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LEARNAWAY .|.

November 20th – 23rd/24th .|.

EVENT: Professional Finishing Techniques
Host for a one day workshop: Anniken Allis

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It is often the finishing details that make the difference to a garment and this workshop will show you techniques to make sure your garment has a professional finish. You will learn how easy it is to sew up all your unfinished projects using mattress stitch. Topics include: How to sew up various styles of garment, mattress stitch, shaping to make sewing up easier etc..




LEARNAWAY .|.

December 4th – 7th/8th .|.

EVENT: Festive Frolics - Hottie Bottle Cover - colourwork + Christmas baubles
Host for a one day workshop: Anniken Allis + Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson

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Christmas winter time projects; utterly delightful stuff to make + mulled wine, crackers and more.




LEARNAWAY .|.

December 11th – 14th/15th .|.

EVENT: Festive Frolics - Hottie Bottle Cover - colourwork + Christmas baubles
Hosts for a one day workshop: Anniken Allis + Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson

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Christmas winter time projects; utterly delightful stuff to make + mulled wine, crackers and more. Choose from 3 different stranded colour work designs and knit your own small water bottle cover.