Sauder Village
22611 St. Rt. 2
Archbold, Ohio 43502
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Knitter's Retreat at Sauder Village
Friday & Saturday, February 20 & 21, 2015

  Mark your calendar for the 2015 Sauder Village Knitter's Retreat!
Come and learn new techniques, catch up on projects
and share ideas with other knitters.


Bring your knitting friends and enjoy two days of knitting in the beautiful and spacious Sauder Heritage Inn, have the opportunity to take knitting classes, and dine at the delicious Barn Restaurant.

Your registration fee of $75 per person ($70 for members) includes...

  • Two days of knitting in a private meeting room at the Heritage Inn, starting at 10 am on Friday and ending 4 pm Saturday.

  • Buffet dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday

  • Door prize drawings.

  • Classes of your choice from the selections on a per class fee.
    Limit of two classes (based upon availability)
  • A maximum of 10 people may enroll per class.

  • Teachers will be Georgienne Westrick, Tina Stellhorn, Gail Richardson and Debbi Russell.

  • A materials list will be provided with your retreat confirmation.

This exclusive opportunity is limited to 50 knitters.
Register below or call Sue Link, Special Events Coordinator, at 800-590-9755 ext. 3076.

Entrelac Hat*

Level:  Intermediate
Teacher:  Gail Richardson
Day / Time:  Friday, February 20, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Class Fee:  $40.00

This class will be taught using a circular needle or double points and a variegated worsted weight yarn to learn how to knit backwards instead of turning your work around. You will do a cable cast-on for your ribbing and an I-cord at the top to finish. It’s not as hard as it looks! Once you learn the technique, you can knit anything with Entrelac.

Materials To Bring:

  • 100 grams (Knit Picks) Chroma Worsted Weight or Mini Mocha Plus
  • #5-6 circular needle 16”. Plus double pointed in same size.
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and paper

(*Entrelac is a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern. While the result resembles basket-woven strips of knitted fabric, the actual material comprises interconnected squares on two different orientations.Unlike many textured knitting techniques, Entrelac allows for colorwork as well.)

Design Your Own Sock Yarn

Level:  Beginner
Teacher:  Tina Stellhorn
Day / Time:  Friday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $20.00
Additional Materials Fee:  $22.00 paid to the teacher at the beginning of class

Each student will learn various patterns of dyeing sock yarn to achieve the look they want. They will then proceed to dye a skein of sock yarn that they will take home and be able to make a pair of socks. Sock yarn will be Superwash Merino.

Materials To Bring:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper towels
  • Apron

Continental Knitting

Level: Confident Beginner
Teacher:  Debbi Russell
Day / Time:  Friday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $20.00
Maximum - 10 students

Learn how to knit in the Continental Method. Enjoy learning the knit stitch and the purl stitch to find that sweet spot where knitting becomes easier with a fluid motion. We will practice both stitches during our time in class.

Materials To Bring:

  • Straight knitting needles size 7 or 8. Shorter knitting needles are the best choice for this class as the longer variety may be cumbersome until you learn the method.
  • 1 skein of sport weight or worsted weight yarn of any kind. I encourage you to bring left overs from previous projects.
  • Scissors
  • Paper and pencil for notes


Switchback Short Sock

Level:  Advanced Beginner
Teacher:  Georgienne Westrick
Day / Time:  Saturday, February 21, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Class Fee:  $20.00
Maximum - 10 Students

Now is the time to prepare for Summer and this sock pattern is a great way to use a small amount of sock yarn. It is a good way to use up left over yardage from other socks. The project will use basic stitches: Knit, Purl, K2tog (Knit 2 Together), SSK (Slip-Slip-K2tog), Slip, Pickup & Knit Yarn over, and finish with Kitchner Stitch. This is an easy 6 stitch, 12 row pattern that can be knit in small, medium or large.

Materials To Bring:

  • 50 Grams, 200 Yards Fingering Weight Yarn (Striped works best)
  • Set of 4 US #2 double pointed or 36 inch circular needle
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Marker


Let’s Cast On

Level:  Confident Beginner
Teacher:  Debbi Russell
Day / Time:  Saturday, February 21, 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
Class Fee:  $20.00
Maximum - 10 Students

Learn many ways to cast on, and why some cast on methods are better suited for certain projects. We’ll make small swatches and create a catalog to reference for future projects.

Materials To Bring:

  • 1 or 2 skeins Sport or Worsted Weight yarn. Please feel free to bring leftover yarn.
  • Straight knitting needles size 7 or 8
  • Double pointed needles size 7 or 8
  • Tapestry needle
  • Fine point sharpie marker any color
  • Scissors
  • Paper and pencil for notes


What I Learned in 50 Years of Knitting

Level:  Beginner and above
Teacher:  Georgienne Westrick
Day / Time:  Saturday, February 21, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $20.00

Even after 50 years I am still learning how to use new knitting processes, how to fix mistakes and how to use knitting tools. I will share some of the things I have learned. You may learn something new or remember how to do something you learned long ago. No matter how good a knitter you are, you will make errors and need to know what to do.

We will also learn abbreviations in knitting pattern directions and charts that can be confusing, review yarn and needle sizes, along with yarn and needle types. If you have dropped a stitch, Frogged, Tinked or lost your place, I’ll help you. This will be a hands-on class.

Materials To Bring:

  • Size US 6 & 8 needles
  • Scraps of worsted weight light-colored yarn - at least 50 yards.

Beaded Necklace

Level:  Intermediate
Teacher:  Tina Stellhorn
Day / Time:  Saturday, February 21, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $20.00

In this class you will be constructing a necklace by knitting with beads.


Materials To Bring:

  • Yarn with beads of the right size to fit yarn (lace or fingering with size 6 seed beads, a cotton yarn with size 11 seed beads or worsted weight with size 11 seed beads or pony beads)
    The yarn with more body works best, such as cotton
  • Size 3 STRAIGHT needles, circulars will not work
  • Clasp for necklace - any type you can sew on will work
  • Sewing needle and thread (any color) or dental floss to load beads on yarn


Georgienne Westrick
Georgienne learned to knit when she was 12 and her Dad was her first teacher. She went on to knit whenever she could with whatever materials she could afford. The outfit she knit for her first child was a lovely lavender set to bring the baby home from the hospital. Her husband’s comment was: “He doesn’t have to ever wear that again, does he?” Even today his favorite color is purple. So does what we knit influence the people we knit for? Over the year’s she loved to take a new pattern and figure it, then learning to tweak patterns, seldom knitting the pattern exactly as it was written… unless she wrote it herself!

Georgienne loves to teach people how to knit and included in the many students she has had are her daughter, oldest granddaughter and grandson. The youngest granddaughter is on her radar!
Passing on this skill is one of the most satisfying things she does. The classes she has taught have been at Sauder Village and Sarah Janes. Georgienne is the co-facilitator of the Sauder Village Knitter’s Retreat.

Gail Richardson
Gail is a very busy mom and grandma from the Swanton/Delta area. Gail has the full-time position as the Foodways Manager at Sauder Village. She has been teaching various classes for 8 years and then discovered her love of knitting 6 years ago. She has taught knitting classes the last 4 years. Gail is the co-facilitator of the Sauder Village Knitter’s Retreat.

Tina Stellhorn
Tina is the owner of Winding Creek Alpacas & Llamas and The Knitting Llama. She began knitting about 30 + years ago. When their fiber farm was started in 1999, Tina learned to spin and weave. Once she began dyeing their yarn, she was hooked. Dyeing yarn is her favorite part of their fiber business and right along with that is teaching yarn dyeing classes. Tina lives in Defiance with her husband and a band of furry, yarn bearing critters! Their farm motto is "We grow YARN!"

Debbi Russell
Debbi has been knitting for over 40 years, learning from a very patient grandmother. Together they would sit on the porch swing and her grandmother would guide her hands until she understood the concept. Debbi’s first project was a vest that had many dropped stitches and was way too tight but she proudly wore it anyway. Debbi’s grandmother was of French decent and knit in the American Method. She knew it was time to learn a new knitting method when she began to feel the beginning of Carpal tunnel in her left hand. Continental Knitting was the answer for relieving hand fatigue and that’s been her method of knitting for the last 5 years. Continental Knitting may be from the past but it keeps her in the present for all her knitting projects. Debbi not only teaches knitting but also quilt classes. She enjoys fiber arts of all kinds - quilting, crocheting, rug hooking, and most recently has dabbled in spinning after finding a wheel at an auction. Debbi has lived in the Archbold area since 2000 and has worked at Sauder Village since 2001. Debbi feels it’s a great place to saturate her interest in fiber arts.

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Hotel Reservation Information

You are responsible for your own hotel room, available at a special group rate at the Sauder Heritage Inn. To receive this rate, you will need to reference the booking ID # and the confirmation number you will receive after registering. An expanded continental breakfast is included in your hotel package. The Heritage Inn also has a pool, hot tub, exercise and game rooms. For room reservations call the Inn at 800-590-9755.

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