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2018 Knit for Fun Retreat

Once again, Knit For Fun Retreats (Ann Budd) will partner with River City Yarns for the second Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, Canada. Ann Budd will be bringing three very special guests with her, for a weekend of classes, comraderie and relaxation.

Carson Demers

Carson Demers

Justyna Lorkowska

Justyna Lorkowska

Bristol Ivy

Bristol Ivy

For more information about the special guests: Carson Demers, Justyna Lorkowska and Bristol Ivy, visit the Knit For Fun website here. You will also find registration information, workshop details and pricing.

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NEW! KFF Edmonton 2018 One-Day Options

We’re happy to announce a limited number of partial-retreat packages for the Knit For Fun Retreat in Edmonton, October 25-28, 2018. These options are designed for those of you who are not able to commit to the entire retreat but would like to enjoy of taste of what it’s all about.

Thursday All-Day Intensive: $375 USD (about $494 CAD)

This all-day pass includes a 6-hour class plus lunch. A complete list of these awesome, all-day classes is at the bottom of this page.

One-Day Pass: $350 USD (about $461 CAD)

Join us on Friday or Saturday for one three-hour class plus lunch. In addition to learning from one of our exceptional teachers, you’ll get to enjoy a light breakfast and snacks in the Connections Café, hang out with other attendees, and shop the exclusive marketplace. Contact Cindy at for a list of available classes on the day of your choice.

Additional Class with One-Day Pass: $100 USD (about $132 CAD)

This option can be added to the one-day pass if you’d like to take two different classes in the same day. This gives you an opportunity to experience a full day of the Knit For Fun Retreat with classes from two instructors (or two different classes from the same instructor). You will also enjoy a light breakfast and snacks in the Connections Café, have lunch with the attendees, and shop the exclusive marketplace.

Friday Evening Event: $100 USD (about $132 CAD)

Whether or not you sign up for an all-day pass, you can join us for dinner and entertainment Friday evening. You’ll get a chance to “meet” the teachers through a panel discussion and enjoy the fun as ergonomic expert Carson Demers evaluates the teachers’ knitting styles for potential risk of injury. You’ll also receive a special gift from the retreat organizers.

Contact Cindy at if you’d like to sign up for any of these options. Please note that class offerings depend upon availability and there may not be space in every class.

It's an amazing opportunity to spend time with some of the finest minds (and fastest fingers) in the knitting world. If you're an Edmontonian, it means you don't have to leave home. How often does that happen? 

Thursday All-Day Intensive Options...


A Skirt for All Seasons—Design a Custom-Fit “Pleated Skirt with Ann Budd

Knitted skirts are becoming wardrobe staples—and they’re a lot easier to knit than you might think (they require just three to four skeins of sock yarn)! Learn how to take proper waist and hip measurements and combine them with your gauge to create a “pleated” skirt with a perfect fit, no matter your size. You’ll leave with a personalized skirt pattern for your yarn and gauge, and cast on during class. Please wear leggings or yoga pants for ease of taking body measurements.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, and increasing knit and purl stitches.
Homework: With your chosen yarn and needles, cast on 46 stitches and work in rounds for 3”; do not bind-off. Bring your swatch (on the needles) and yarn to class.
Materials to bring: Your choice of fingering, sport, DK, or worsted-weight yarn for a skirt (you’ll be notified how much yarn you’ll need based on your hip size prior to the class); appropriate 32” circular needles for your chosen yarn, plus needles one, two, and three sizes smaller (you may need to go down in needle size to achieve a good fabric); calculator; tape measure.

Knitting Happily Ever After—An Ergonomic Evaluation with Carson Demers

In this class, you’ll learn how knitting effects the “fabric that makes the fabric”—your body! Plus, you’ll learn how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity. A Risk of Injury assessment will show you how knitting contributes to aches and pains throughout your body. More importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce the discomfort. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after.
Experience level: Beginner.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: A project of your choosing in progress; bath-size towel; materials for taking notes.

Brioche Stitch—The Basics and Beyond with Bristol Ivy

Brioche is an easy stitch that creates a lush, drapey, warm fabric. Learn the basic principles for working this exciting stitch pattern, increasing and decreasing, incorporating two colors, working in rounds, and a few complex decreases that really let your fabric shine.
Experience level: Advanced beginner. Must know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, and work in rounds.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: About 50 grams of worsted-weight yarn in a main color and 20 grams of a contrasting color; size U.S. 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5.0 mm) 16” circular needle.

Knit to Fit—Take the Guesswork Out of Your Next Garment with Justyna Lorkowska

Do you ever wonder if a particular seamless design will look good on you? Our individual shapes and sizes affect how a garment will “fit.” In this class you’ll learn about various body shapes and how clothing change one’s appearance, how to determine your own body shape and take measurements for a perfect fit, how to compare your measurements against a schematic and identify changes you might want to make for your body type, and how to calculate waist shaping and bust darts.
Experience level: Advanced Beginner. Must know how to knit in the round, increase, decrease, and read charts.
Homework: None.
Materials to bring: Favorite yarn for swatching; appropriate needles for your yarn; tapestry needle; tape measure; calculator.

Earlier Event: September 15
Flat Iron Prize Draw!