Classes and Events
House Mountain Yarn Co. Fall Knitting Retreat
Join us in beautiful Rockbridge County for a relaxing knitting retreat
Thursday, October 25 - Sunday, October 28
Join us in scenic Rockbridge County, Virginia for a relaxing knitting retreat. Enjoy a demonstration of a sock knitting machine and then crank out your own tube to make a pair of afterthought heel socks (we'll show you how if you've not tried it before!) Stretch out in a chair yoga class with Wendy Orrison of Center of Gravity Yoga, and make new friends in a serene mountain setting.
(Times are approximate; schedule is subject to minor changes)
2:00 pm Check in at Heartstone Lodge
6:00 pm Dinner at Heartstone Lodge
All day Check in at Heartstone Lodge
8:00 am Breakfast
12:00 pm Lunch
3:00 pm - 7:00 30-minute massages**
3:00 pm - Trunk show with Socks Yeah! Fingering Weight Yarn
5:00 pm Welcome reception
6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Favorite things fashion show--Bring your hand-knitted or crocheted item that you love the most to wear in our DIY Fashion Show!
8:00 am Breakfast
10:00 - 11:00 am Sock machine demonstration with Kathy Roletter; she'll demonstrate making a stockinette sock on a 1922 Home Profit Master Machine
11:00 am - 1:00 pm Crank your own sock tube! Try out a new Erlbacher Gearhart Speedster sock machine
11:00 am - 6:30 pm 30- minute massages continue**
1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Afterthought heel how-to session
3:00 pm Chair Yoga*for Knitters with Wendy Orrison of Center of Gravity Yoga (class is suitable for all abilities)
4:00 pm Free time for knitting, hiking, relaxing
6:30 pm Dinner at Heartstone Lodge
8:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Check out
10:30 am Crochet Class: Embellish your Knits with Crochet Edging-- no experience necessary!
Knitting retreat price includes all meals (3 breakfasts, 3 dinners, 2 lunches), plus refreshments through the day; Sock Machine demonstration and sock tube cranking; Yoga for Knitters chair yoga class; Friday night champagne reception, Sunday crochet class, and10% discount on yarn throughout the weekend. Two levels of accommodations to choose from:
- Complete retreat package, single dormitory style bed in the former hay loft* (includes all retreat events listed above) $375 Click here to register.
- Complete retreat package, private room with queen or king bed* (includes all retreat events listed above) $465 Click here to register.
- Local retreat package, includes all events and meals but does not include sleeping accommodations. $300 Click here to register
There are three cottages/studios next to the lodge; two are still available as of August 13. Please call the lodge directly at 540-463-2593 to make a reservation. The cottages vary from $125-$140 per night. You can then choose the local retreat option above to reserve your spot at the retreat.
There are many hotels and B&Bs in Lexington if you'd like to retreat to your own space at the end of the day; click here for the TripAdvisor link to Lexington, VA accommodations. After making a hotel or B&B reservation, be sure to choose the local retreat option above to reserve your spot at the retreat.
- Saturday, October 27 sock demonstration, cranking, and lunch only, at Heartstone Lodge, $50. Click here to register.
- Saturday, October 27 Chair Yoga Class, $15 Click here to register.
*The private rooms are on the second floor of the building, and the loft single beds are on the third floor. The sleeping accommodations at the lodge are NOT wheelchair accessible and you will have to climb stairs to reach them. The chair yoga class will also be on the second floor. The knitting class and all meals are on the ground level.
**30-minute massages cost $45 and are not included in the price of the retreat. After you register for the retreat, you will be given the opportunity to sign up for a massage, if you choose.
Kids Knit - Hogwarts Scarf
Join us after school for four weeks to get sorted into your Hogwarts house and then make your very own scarf.
- Dates: Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10
- Times: 3:30pm - 4:45pm
- Ages: 8 and up
- Cost: $40 (Materials not included)
- Materials: 2 skeins of Uptown Bulky and US 13 16” circular (Approx. $20 after a 10% discount is applied)
- Click here to register
Noro Yarn Tasting
Try a variety of Noro yarns available and pick your favorites! Enjoy a brief presentation on this Japanese yarn company and win prizes along the way! We will have a trunk show of samples that will inspire you on the possible projects you can create with this beautifully dyed yarn.
- Sunday, August 26 from 3-5pm
- Cost: $10
- Presentation by Eddie Hazan
- Limit: 15 people
- Click here to register
Papagei Shawl KAL
Papagei is an asymmetrical shawl done in two contrasting colors of 400 yds or more each. The yarn chosen would look best in two contrasting solid colors, or a solid and a variegated color. The whole shawl is done in garter stitch, starting at the tip of the triangle and binding off at the base, ending whenever you feel like it should. An easy to memorize pattern, the shawl incorporates an I-cord border and short rows.
- The KAL will start on Tuesday, August 7 and meet every other week.
Supplies (As always, if you purchase the supplies for this project at HMYC and mention the KAL, you will receive a 10% discount on your purchase.)
- 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn, 400+ yards each (both solid, or 1 solid, 1 variegated)
- 3 stitch markers (optional but they will come in handy and their multiple uses will be demonstrated)
- Circular needles in size to suit yarn. I used a US size 4 with fingering weight but probably could have gone as high as a 6.
Stitches used: knit front and back (kfb), simple I-cord edging, German short rows.
If you are already comfortable with short rows, that is fine. I prefer German Short Rows. Here is a YouTube tutorial on German Short Rows: https://youtu.be/52qy8OOb-s0
KAL leader: Leah Haymaker
There is no cost for the KAL but we request that you RSVP to our email, if you plan to attend. email@example.com
Knitting and Crochet Classes
Blocking your Knitting
Date: Tuesday, August 14
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Learn everything you need to know about how to block your handmade knit and crochet items. We'll demonstrate blocking a shawl and talk about the various tools available.
$10 Click here to register.
Fall Leaves Knitting Class
- Saturday, September 8, 2018
- 1:30 PM 4:00 PM
- House Mountain Yarn Co. (map)
Leaves will soon be falling and it's a great time to knit these fun autumn leaves. You'll learn how to create short rows using the wrap and turn method.
Noro Kureyon is suggested but any worsted weight yarn will work.
$20 + pattern ($3.50)
Beginning Knitting and Crochet
Beginning Knitting and crochet classes are arranged on request. Please ask us in the shop, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (540) 462-2931.
Don't see the class you need? Write to us at email@example.com to make a suggestion!
Fall Retreat 2018
Save the dates! Thursday, October 25 - Sunday, October 29
More information to come!