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It’s the Final Countdown! Doo doo doo doo….

Four days! Four short days and we will find out which of you lovely people will be joining us in Stratford-upon-Avon next June 12-14! It’s going to be a fabulous weekend and Zoë and I are so excited for it already! After yesterday’s announcement about Zoe Fletcher of the Woolist joining us on Saturday 13th, we are counting down the weeks until it begins! (It’s 31 weeks and 3 days, in case you were wondering…)

If you plan on joining us in Stratford-upon-Avon, or would like to be the first to hear information about future retreats, please ensure that you are signed up to our newsletter list. Newsletter subscribers get priority booking, so it’s definitely worth signing up to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity of a wonderful weekend with dozens of like minded people wearing wonderful handknits!

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Saturday Evening Speaker!

We are so pleased to announce that Zoe Fletcher of The Woolist will be joining us on Saturday 13th June to give an after dinner speech and to answer questions that you might have about her work.

Zoe has always loved wool, knitting and anything crafty! After graduating with a First Class Honours from Manchester School of Art in Textiles Design for Fashion, she went on to specialise in knitwear for an MA in ‘Fashion and the Environment’ at London College of Fashion. After graduating with Distinction, she worked at People Tree and House of Fraser, before moving back up North to work with an alpaca cooperative in Yorkshire, where we blended alpaca and Bluefaced Leicester for yarn and womenswear collections. Zoe gained her PhD from Manchester School of Art in 2018, specialising in British sheep and fibre qualities for knitwear design. Zoe is the founder of The Woolist, an online (and pop-up event) space, which showcases research into British sheep and wool, connects producers, manufacturers and makers, as well as selling products made from breed specific fibres. 

We are thrilled that she agreed to join us, and can’t wait to learn more about all things wool!

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Cardiff 2019 – what a wonderful weekend! Watch out for Stratford-upon-Avon 2020!

And another retreat is over! Once more we had a fabulous weekend. The weather was kind to us, drying up just in time for everyone to be able to move a couple of tables outside and enjoy the warm Welsh autumn sun. Our attendees were all really friendly and a joy to be around, and both of us thoroughly enjoyed meeting old friends and making new ones.

Zoë recorded her traditional vlog, which I’ve embedded into this blog post. You’ll also find it on our YouTube channel and Zoe’s Pins and Needles Podcast YouTube channel. Also, lots of pictures were posted (both by us and by our attendees) on Instagram, so pop over there and have a look. Good hashtags to search are #theknittearetreat and #knittearetreat. We also had a mention in a few vlogs and podcasts, including Yarn ‘n’ Yarns, East London Knits and Calon Yarns.

And the fun doesn’t stop here! We’re already diving headlong into planning the 2020 retreats. We will be returning to both Stratford-upon-Avon and Cardiff, and we have some fabulous things lined up for you!

Tickets for Stratford-upon-Avon (June 13-15 2020) will go on sale next Saturday, 9th November at midday for those of you who are signed up to our mailing list. Any remaining tickets will be made available to the public on Sunday 10th November at midday, via this website. We will be uploading information about the June retreat over the coming days to its designated page on this site, but also to Instagram. We have planned a fabulous Saturday evening event and we’re excited to tell you more about that over the coming days!

Cardiff 2020 (23-25 October) will go on sale in the new year. We are thrilled with our line up of tutors and can’t wait to tell you about them! Once more, priority will be given to our newsletter subscribers, so if you haven’t already signed up, do it now!

Retreat Planning

Four weeks left!

Just four short weeks and we will be in the thick of our first Stratford-upon-Avon retreat! I’m so excited for it to come around. The Cardiff one was just a joy from start to finish and everyone was a little sad to go back to normal life when it was done!

We’re finalising preparations now, so goody bags are being arranged and vendors for the Sunday mini-market are being confirmed.

Last weekend Zoë and I were at Wonderwool Wales once again, and it was really lovely to see some past and future retreaters there. We also had a fair few people express interest in coming to future retreats, so they have been added to the newsletter list!

The main excitement last weekend though was that Zoë and I launched our brand new joint project, Cartref Yarn. The yarn has been a Work In Progress for over a year now, so it was wonderful to bring the Finished Object to exhibit. A few sweater quantities were acquired and many smaller project amounts. We will be launching online at http://www.cartrefyarn.etsy.com next Friday evening, so if you want to get your hands on some completely Welsh wool, visit there or our website http://www.cartrefyarn.com. I’m in the process of writing up the whole story behind the yarn for our website.


I’ll be writing again soon to tell you more about the marketplace on Sunday 2nd June which will be open to the public as well as our retreaters. For now, back to goody bag plotting!

Jennie x



Bookings open in 2 days for Cardiff 2019!

It might be the better part of a month through the year already, but if we’ve not already said via some other method, we wish you a very happy 2019 full of lovely crafting and times which create wonderful memories for the future!

It’s getting close to the time when we will open bookings for Cardiff 2019 – the retreat will be on the 18th, 19th and 20th October, with a specially booked get together on Friday 18th from 6pm for us all to meet and chat before the weekend officially starts!

On Saturday, we will send email subscribers an email at 12 midday. In it will be a link to the booking form. The form is very simple, just a handful of questions about you, and then a list of classes for you to put in your order of preference. To save time, I would recommend that you read our terms and conditions beforehand as we ask that you tick a box to agree to them as a condition of booking a place.

Later today there will be a podcast on our YouTube channel in which we talk in more detail about the Cardiff 2019 retreat. We also talk about the knitalong which will begin next week (come and join in the Ravelry chat thread).

All details are on our website, but if you have any questions please feel free to email us or leave a comment on Instagram and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Finally, a couple of our Stratford-Upon-Avon attendees have unfortunately had to cancel. We therefore have some places available, so if a weekend long knit-in in a beautiful Tudor hotel with dinner on a riverboat is more your style, why not join us for that!

Hope to see you in Cardiff or Stratford!

Jennie and Zoë

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Come and visit the Sunday Market

Just one more day until we kick off the inaugural Knit-Tea Retreat in Cardiff! We are so excited, ticking the final to-dos off the list, planning our cake shopping, packing our own knitting projects and Bring and Take Table contributions!

The Ravelry group is getting lovely and chatty with lots of our attendees getting to know each other there ahead of time. Plans are being made for taxi sharing, gathering together on the London to Cardiff train, as well as discussions as to how many hand knits to pack (all of them, of course!) and whether the load in the suitcase will be balanced out between the things they will leave at the swap table and the things they plan to acquire at the market!

If you missed out on a place at our retreat, or if you just like a lovely craft market, why not join us on Sunday between 2-5pm and visit our public market at Insole Court? It is free entry, and we have a lovely selection of stalls for you to browse and stock up on crafting goodies!

marketplace poster sep 2018

I’ll look forward to seeing you there!