RETREATS/HOLIDAYS: Dates for 2024


...we have a waiting list. If you like the look of a retreat please let us know and we'll add your name to this list. We also have a general waiting list (happy to attend any event), so if you prefer this option please contact us.


BEDROOMS


TBL bedroom: 1st floor, largest twin-room, sea-view, 2 x small double beds + en suite bathroom (with bath + separate shower)
KFB bedroom: 1st floor, smallest cosy single room, sea-view, 1 x small double bed + own shower room (opposite bedroom)
SSK bedroom: 2nd floor, twin-room, sea-view, 2 x small double beds + own bathroom next to bedroom (with bath + separate shower)
PSSO bedroom: 2nd floor, largest single sea-view bedroom, 1 x double bed + own bathroom next to bedroom (with bath with shower)
YO bedroom lower ground floor, largest single bedroom, kingsize bed, small sofa + shared shower-room with M1 (no sea-view)
M1 bedroom lower ground floor, 2nd largest single bedroom, kingsize bed, small sofa + shared shower-room with YO (no sea-view)

+ 1 or 2 FULL-TIME - staying off-site DAY GUESTS- here for the whole weekend from breakfast to bedtime - (not staying at TKH) - please note day guests do not miss out on the fun. Most DGs book a bed (just board) at the B&B across the road; they are still part of the magic, they just don't sleep here.

If you are interested in coming to be part of the magic please get in touch. We will send you the BOOKING FORM, T&Cs and RUNNING ORDER.

Hosts for the 3 day retreats are Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson + tea and cake, sea, luxury yarn, wonderful projects to make, laughter, wine, delicious food, knitting and more knitting + crochet and chat ... oh and paddling (if the sea is warm enough). Full board except for one night when you have the option of dinner (paid for by guest): either joining me (with 99% of guests)at The Ivy (in Exeter - short train ride away, take our knitting/crochet, chat and look out to sea and the estuary), go to a local bisrto or stay at TKH (maybe pop something in the microwave in our guest kitchen).

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR up-to-date AVAILABILITY - info@theknittinghotel.co.uk

ALL EVENTS: Thursday 4pm until Sunday 4pm with the option of staying Sunday night, leave after breakfast on Monday (for an extra charge).


LEARNAWAY .|.

January Thurs. 18th  – Sun. 21st .|.

EVENT: Professional Finishing Techniques + Continental knitting
Host for one day workshop: Anniken Allis

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It is often the finishing details that make the difference to a garment and this workshop will show you techniques to make sure your garment has a professional finish. You will learn how easy it is to sew up all your unfinished projects using mattress stitch. Topics include: How to sew up various styles of garment, mattress stitch, shaping to make sewing up easier etc..


+ Continental knitting, also called German knitting, European knitting, or left-hand knitting, is the process of knitting by holding the yarn in the hand opposite the working needle (i.e. the left hand if the knitter is right-handed).




LEARNAWAY .|.

February Thurs. 1st  – Sun. 4th .|.

EVENT: Learn to Spin (wheel and drop spindle) + plying yarn; understanding your yarn better
Host for two day workshop: Jackie Millichap

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Understand where wool comes from. How fleece can differ depending on breed of sheep. How the fleece itself influences what you do with it and how to prepare it. Using a spinning wheel; setting up, tension, getting it rotating the correct way, spinning a basic 'single', plying 2 singles resulting in a small skein of wonderful yarn. Different types of sheep fleece; looking at a whole fleece / which bits are best etc.. Prepping fleece ready for spinning; dagging/ washing etc.. Carding / combing fleece (and when to do which method). Woollen / worsted spinning / art yarn. Using a drop spindle. Designing yarn; what fibre to blend / how much twist is required / what method of spinning etc..

The group will dictate the order in which things are covered. I will supply some basic handouts to cover all the above. 4 wheels we be available for guests - NB: Jackie will Host two sessions on 'how to spin'; 4 guests in each session.







GETAWAY.|.

Feb. Thurs. 15th  – Sun. 18th .|.

EVENT: Bring Your Own Projects
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

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No specific workshop, bring your own projects to work on + a new design in your goodie bag; knit, eat, chat, knit and crochet some more.





LEARNAWAY .|.

Feb. Thurs. 29th – March Sun. 3rd .|.

NAME OF EVENT: Fair Isle and Steeking
Host for Saturday workshop: Anniken Allis

Learn how to work with two colours at a time, how to strand the yarn, how to knit in the round and how to read a fair isle chart. In the afternoon, you'll learn how to re-enforce the 'steek', how to cut the fabric and pick up for edgings. This workshop combines the topics taught in the 'Steeking' and Fair Isle classes for an intensive, high paced one day course. Suitable for confident intermediate knitters.

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LEARNAWAY .|.

March Thurs. 7th  – Sun. 11th .|.

EVENT: Hand-dye Yarn and knit Socks and/or Lace Shawl
Hosts for two day workshop: Sue Bamford TBC & Anniken Allis

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With your hand-dyed yarn knit a funky pair of socks or gorgeous shawl.




LEARNAWAY .|.

March Thurs. 21st – Sun. 24th .|.

EVENT: Hand-dye Yarn and knit a Lace or 4ply Shawl
Hosts for two day workshop: Sue Bamford TBC & Anniken Allis

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With your hand-dyed yarn knit a wonderful shawl.




LEARNAWAY .|.

April Wed. 24th – Sat. 27th .|.

EVENT: Along Avec Anna - knit Iris; a fabulous vest top or any of Anna's beautiful designs
Host for one day workshop: Anna Dervout

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Ethical Yarns & Timeless Knitting Patterns; Since 2017, our mission is to help knitting play a creative, calming, confidence-building and all round positive role in people’s lives by placing accessibility and sustainability at the forefront of everything we do. Our natural fibre bases are entirely cruelty free and certified and we took care to work with spinning mills that respects animals, humans and their surroundings, thus reflecting our own values as a company.

Authentic, accessible, sustainable and creative, our approach is both human and educational. It is based on step by step, detailed patterns and accessible to as many people as possible.

We create ethical yarn, unique patterns, and custom accessories to provide beginners and experts alike with all their crafting needs. Iris is a tank top that has a beautiful lace pattern all over the body. The shoulders are closed with wide straps that you can tie or not, depending on the style you prefer. Level is intermediate. Sizes: 85 to 165 cm - Yarn: 4ply weight (Merino, Along Avec Anna). For more information please go to: Iris Tank Top on Ravelry




LEARNAWAY .|.

May Thurs. 16th  – Sun. 19th .|.

EVENT: Crochet Magic - a super project - a little bird told me maybe the project will include a Black Swan
Host for two day workshop: Zoe Potrac

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We are thrilled to be welcoming the fab Zoe Potrac, a crochet designer and workshop tutor living in Yorkshire. She loves bright colours and textured stitches in her crochet, and makes homewares and accessories. She designs for Crochet Now and Simply Crochet, amongst others, find her on Instagram @zoepotrac

A home décor project. We’ll start out with swatches of each stitch to ensure your confidence, especially with the trickier stitches, before getting started with the project itself, in colours of your choice so you can ensure it will look stunning in your home.

All materials for the workshop will be provided in your goodie bag: quality, smooth and squishy yarn, cushion insert and pattern, along with some special woolly treats. You will need to bring your own crochet hooks (4mm or a larger or smaller size if you know your tension is usually different to others). Some people like to bring a notebook and pen to remind themselves of different techniques. You’ll be able to choose the colours of your yarn in advance from the colour chart provided after booking.



LEARNAWAY .|.

May Thurs. 23rd  – Sun. 26th .|.

EVENT: Kay's Bouquet with Kay Coombes (crochet flowers and more) Tunisian Crochet
Host Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson


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For intermediate crocheters - an interesting technique to learn the technique; a two colour Tunisian crochet cowl. All materials for the workshop will be provided in your goodie bag; learn the technique and then move on to a Spiral Cushion Cover with frill knitted in chunky yarn.

You will need to bring your own crochet hooks; 5.5mm or 6mm for workshop cowl + 6mm for cushion (or a larger/smaller size if you know your tension is usually different to others). Some people like to bring a notebook and pen.

For the cowl you’ll be able to choose the colours of your yarn in advance from the colour chart provided (nearer to the workshop event).

If you want to make the cushion it takes 6 x chunky yarn (70m/100g) + 1 x chunky yarn (possibly contrast) - you can buy yarn to make this from Belinda's undyed yarn collection or you can bring your own. Sample crocheted in Puff (superwash merino + tiny bit of nylon) and Loopy Mohair (kid mohair, wool and tiny bit of nylon).




Kay's Bouquet
Have fun learning how to crochet flowers for a bouquet using basic crochet skills. We will learn how to use wires to shape the flowers and make them posable for your vase or arrangement. I will also show you finishing techniques to make your bouquet look professional. Please bring your own DK yarn (must be acrylic yarn) in the colours you want your blooms and bring your own hooks in various sizes. We will be making lavender, sweet peas, tulips and carnations.

I will provide everything else you need in a goody bag.

These 'Forever Flowers' won't wilt or die and will always make you smile. They are great to make for gifts or keep for yourself.






LEARNAWAY .|.

June Thurs. 6th  – Sun. 9th .|.

EVENT: Professional Finishing Techniques + Continental knitting
Host for one day workshop: Anniken Allis

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It is often the finishing details that make the difference to a garment and this workshop will show you techniques to make sure your garment has a professional finish. You will learn how easy it is to sew up all your unfinished projects using mattress stitch. Topics include: How to sew up various styles of garment, mattress stitch, shaping to make sewing up easier etc..


+ Continental knitting, also called German knitting, European knitting, or left-hand knitting, is the process of knitting by holding the yarn in the hand opposite the working needle (i.e. the left hand if the knitter is right-handed).




LEARNAWAY .|.

June Thurs. 13th  – Sun. 16th .|.

EVENT: Knitting with Crystals
Host for two day workshop: Suraya Hossain

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A delicious new design by Suraya Hossain Learn to knit with crystal beads. The workshop will provide you with the opportunity to learn the basics in working with crystals, introducing the materials and tools used, and an understanding of how designs can be created. (More info to come...) Level of experience: Intermediate/Experienced knitter.

Your Gift Bag will include materials provided by Suraya - other materials needed - TBC. You will also receive one skein of undyed yarn and knitting/crochet pattern from the BHR collection.






LEARNAWAY .|.

June Thurs. 27th  – Sun. 30th .|.

EVENT: Stars and Hexagons - crochet colour magic
Host for two day workshop: Jo Smith

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Crochet is the perfect medium for playing and experimenting with tessellating shapes to make blankets, bags, cushions etc. My absolute favourites are stars and hexagons. I’ve been making them with different stitches and colours for years and am continuously surprised and amazed by how different a simple tessellating pattern can look in different colourways.

I'll bring a glorious range of colours for you to choose from and I’ll show you different ways I’ve made the motif shapes with a range of simple stitches.

Together we’ll have fun experimenting with colours and stitches, trying different layouts, inspiring each other with our colour combinations and making joyous fabulous crochet work.


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LEARNAWAY .|.

July Thurs. 11th  – Sun. 14th .|.

EVENT: Felted Wool Wrap
Host for two day workshop: Lydia Tapley

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We are formulating a phenomenal weekend of friendly felting fun.

Whether you fancy fulling a fashionable French scarf, or a funky, flamboyant wrist warmer, we can firmly guarantee a fruitful, fun filled, fluffy, feel-good Friday and Saturday, full of fun-loving folk at the finest, fabulous TKH, first and foremost known for its first class food, friendliness and festivities.

Your felting fervour will be facilitated and you will finish fashionable pieces which might float with flourish or flatter your figure.


For a fun-filled weekend, free from familiar constraints, fancy fabricating your own flattering “fuzzy felt”, forging new friendships and familiarising yourself with fulfilling felting frolic? We will be creating a Felted French Kerchief, using primarily, your favourite wools, with some of my favourite Merino fibres thrown in! This will be a felted scarf in the style of the French scarves made famous by beatniks in Paris in the 50s where one end is drawn through and the scarf can be arranged as a bow or a triangular scarf.

Work of Arlene Toth, Patricia Spark and Tatiana Fedorova all expert Feltmakers




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LEARNAWAY .|.

July Thurs. 25th  – Sun. 29th .|.

EVENT: Party
Host for one or two day workshop: TBC

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More info to come...



LEARNAWAY .|.

August Thurs. 1st  – Sun. 4th .|.

EVENT: Jeanette Sloan work on one of her designs
Host for two day workshop: Jeanette Sloan

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Colour is very important to me and my design process often begins with a search for an intriguing stitch that will inspire creative juices to flow or a decorative detail that will add a stylish, contemporary edge. I’ve worked as a freelance textile designer and tutor teaching both machine and hand knitting and as 'an accessories obsessive' have written 4 books on hand knitting. I’ve been very lucky to work with some of the best hand knitting brands in the UK and my designs have featured in several UK knitting magazines including Knitting Magazine where I am a regular contributor responsible for the ‘Ask Jeanette’ letters page, Yarn Reviews and A-Z of Techniques.

Jeanette is championing diversity and representation. She is actively bringing these vital and essential conversations to our attention.

She writes: […] there are those who will say that conversations like this are unnecessary and that bringing race or skin colour into knitting and craft is being divisive or perhaps even ‘political correctness gone mad’. To those people I would ask them to imagine not seeing themselves represented on the pages of the magazines and publications they read and thinking how that would make them feel. Unwelcome? Invisible? In some way ‘less than’?….

We are thrilled to be welcoming Jeanette to TKH.






LEARNAWAY .|.

Auguat Thurs. 29th to Sun. 2nd September .|.

EVENT: Bring Your Own Projects
Hosts for weekend: Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda M. Watson

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No specific workshop, bring your own projects to work on + a new design in your goodie bag; knit, eat, chat, knit and crochet some more.





LEARNAWAY .|.

September Thurs. 12th  – Sun. 15th .|.

EVENT: Plant Based Hand-dye Yarn & Fairisle and Steeking
Hosts for two day workshop: Sue Bamford TBC & Anniken Allis

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More info to come...






LEARNAWAY .|.

September Thurs. 26th  – Sun. 29th .|.

EVENT: TBC - ...
Host for one and/or two day workshop:

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More info to come...



LEARNAWAY .|.

October Thurs. 3rd  – Sun. 6th .|.

EVENT: Brioche + make your own soap TBC
Host for two day workshop: Anniken Allis + Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson

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More info to come...






LEARNAWAY .|.

October Thurs. 17th  – Sun. 20th .|.

EVENT: Professional Finishing Techniques + Beaded Lace
Host for two day workshop: Anniken Allis

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More info to come...






.|. LEARNAWAY - 2 day workshop
October Thurs. 24th  – Sun. 27th .|.

EVENT: Brioche
Host for workshop: Anniken Allis (for Friday and Saturday) + Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson

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Brioche is thick dense reversible ribbed fabric; worked in two colours and slipping alternate stitches means you work one row twice.

For Anniken's workshop ... I will let you know what to bring nearer the time.

You will need (for the brioche bag): 2 x 100g of 4ply (225m/100g) in two colours (total of 200g) - one 100g hank of undyed yarn will be in your goodie bag. You can either bring your own contrast yarn to work with or buy 100g hank of DK from BHR's yarn collection. You will also need 4mm short (50cm) circular needles (the design is worked forwards and backwards not in the round).







LEARNAWAY .|.

November Thurs. 14th  – Sun. 17th .|.

EVENT: Jeanette Sloan work on one of her designs
Host for two day workshop: Jeanette Sloan

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Colour is very important to me and my design process often begins with a search for an intriguing stitch that will inspire creative juices to flow or a decorative detail that will add a stylish, contemporary edge. I’ve worked as a freelance textile designer and tutor teaching both machine and hand knitting and as 'an accessories obsessive' have written 4 books on hand knitting. I’ve been very lucky to work with some of the best hand knitting brands in the UK and my designs have featured in several UK knitting magazines including Knitting Magazine where I am a regular contributor responsible for the ‘Ask Jeanette’ letters page, Yarn Reviews and A-Z of Techniques.

Jeanette is championing diversity and representation. She is actively bringing these vital and essential conversations to our attention.

She writes: […] there are those who will say that conversations like this are unnecessary and that bringing race or skin colour into knitting and craft is being divisive or perhaps even ‘political correctness gone mad’. To those people I would ask them to imagine not seeing themselves represented on the pages of the magazines and publications they read and thinking how that would make them feel. Unwelcome? Invisible? In some way ‘less than’?….

We are thrilled to be welcoming Jeanette to TKH.






LEARNAWAY .|.

November Thurs. 21st  – Sun. 24th .|.

EVENT: Socks - toe up and top down
Host for one day workshop: Anniken Allis

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More info to come...



LEARNAWAY .|.

December Thurs. 5th  – Sun. 8th .|.

EVENT: Festive Frolics
Hosts for two day workshop: Anniken Allis + Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson

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Christmas winter time projects; utterly delightful stuff to make + mulled wine, crackers and more.




LEARNAWAY .|.

December Thurs. 12th  – Sun. 15th .|.

EVENT: Festive Frolics
Hosts for two day workshop: Anniken Allis + Belinda Harris-Reid and Brenda Watson

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Christmas winter time projects; utterly delightful stuff to make + mulled wine, crackers and more.