Carodan Farm is pleased to once again host
the KnitXperience, A Knitters Retreat, at Graves Mountain Lodge.
November 6-8, 2015
Swedish Pony Roundup
We developed the subject for this year’s KnitXperience by delving into the traditions of another country, Sweden. Wooden carvings of the Dala horse have been the toys of children in Sweden for centuries supplied by loggers who carved them from scraps of wood.The popularity grew by leaps and bounds when artists began decorating the horses with paint, telling stories and commemorating events. Patterns for the knitted Dala horse soon followed with distinctive embroidered designs. The typical Dala horse is red but the colors vary according to the whim of the artist.
This KnitXperience weekend will find us knitting a Dala horse in your choice color with embroidery or not as you desire. Many techniques are included in this weekend project, such as a closed cast-on, cast-ons to use in the middle of a row, comparison of the SSK and K2tog stitches, the kitchener stitch and a touch of embroidery. Our instructor will be Melissa Abbott who has taught many times at our KnitXperience Retreat.
Saturday evening, we will have Gretchen Frederick and Sue Bundy of Solitude Wool in Loudoun County, VA relate how they began their yarn business, how they have expanded over time with more breeds, spinning fibers, patterns and events.
We hope that you will choose to join us for this lovely fall weekend in the mountains of Virginia. Graves Mountain Lodge is a family owned and operated rustic mountain retreat well known for its down home hospitality, not to mention all the home-cooked food you can eat. You will delight in waking to a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is without equal. Our workshop and meetings will be held in the Poplar Lodge portion.
And of course there will be several opportunities to shop at the traveling Carodan Farm Shop. Wonder what the special Chincoteague colorway will be for the 2015 KnitXperience Retreat?
Your registration for the Retreat weekend, includes the yarn to make the project along with the pattern book, Swedish Handknits. You will need to bring certain knitting tools, needles. A complete materials list will be sent the beginning of October.