Port of Stitches Week-End Knitting Retreat, 27 to 29 July 2012

International Year of the Scarf

I am delighted to announce the Port of Stitches Week-End Knitting Retreat for 27 to 29 July 2012 in the beautiful port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Together with my friend - and fellow designer - Jane Thornley, we will be offering a Friday evening to Sunday afternoon event to indulge all our knitting senses. An opportunity to explore fibre, texture, colour, and to experiment with different stitches and techniques.  


What You Can Expect:

Jane and I will be demonstrating and teaching a collaborative project that will be unveiled at the retreat. We will be teaching you how to construct your own version of our pieces, using your own combination of colours, yarns, and stitch patterns.

Following the theme of "the Port and the Sea", we will show you how to translate the things that inspire you into your own knitting.

Jane will focus on the creative process: how to select and combine colours and textures, how to add your own inspiration to your project.

Ilga will focus on some of the technical aspects: short-row shaping, working with different stitch patterns, construction details, and finishing.


The retreat is being held in the lovely waterfront boutique hotel, Courtyard Marriott. Located downtown along the Halifax harbour waterfront, there are many additional attractions to add inspiration to your creations.

A block of rooms is being held for workshop participants until 27 June 2012 at the special rate of $149.00 CAD per night. Be sure to make your reservations under the group "Port of Stitches Knitting Retreat".

To reserve a room with one king-size bed, go here.
To reserve a room with 2 queen-size beds, go here.

Please Note: Accommodations are not included in the workshop fees. Please make your own arrangements for your accommodations. For a list of additional options for accommodations, visit the Halifax Visitors' Website here.


There will be a marketplace on-site at the Courtyard Marriott, featuring Fleece Artist and Handmaiden Fine Yarn yarns as well as our patterns and Jane's jewellery. It will be open for the duration of the retreat, beginning Friday evening.

What is included:

Friday evening "Meet-and-Greet" with a joint presentation by Jane and Ilga on our design process, followed by a fashion show and social time
Saturday workshop, lunch included
Sunday workshop, until 4:00 PM

Optional Trip to Lunenburg and Mahone Bay:
There is an optional day trip on Monday, 30 July 2012 to visit the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. A special treat will be a visit to the lovely Have a Yarn yarn shop in Mahone Bay.

Mahone Bay


Full retreat, Friday to Sunday, including Friday evening "Meet and Greet": $275.00 CAD
Friday "Meet and Greet" (includes presentation and fashion show): $35.00 CAD
Optional Trip on Monday, 30 July 2012: $65.00 CAD



Payment for the Full Retreat and/or the Optional Trip to Lunenburg and Mahone Bay is required by 25 June 2012. Refunds for either option will not be made after that date.

Registrations for all the events will be received until the date of the event or until the space is filled.

Space is limited, so register early.

If you would like further information, please contact me at .