WEBS Knitting Retreat 2017

It’s WEBS’ second annual Knitting RETREAT! We’ll be welcoming knitters to the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts from September 14–17, 2017. This year, we’ve gone bigger and better, thanks to your requests and suggestions. You can check out the details in our brochure here! We’ll have more classes, shopping shuttles, and three glorious days of community, learning, and YARN. A click on this link will bring you to the REGISTRATION PAGE.  To facilitate your chances of getting into the Retreat, we’ve separated class registrations out to a later date. You’ll register for your retreat spot and hotel room first, and then your classes a few weeks after that.

Once you check into the UMass Hotel on the campus of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, we’ll pamper you with meals, snacks, late-night knitting fun, lots of classes with the most in-demand teachers in the fiber world, and an extra-special shopping trip just for attendees at WEBS.

Your registration fee covers your hotel room, all your meals from Thursday’s Welcome Reception through Sunday brunch, 2 full days of classes on Friday and Saturday, and transportation to WEBS for a Saturday evening Shopping Spree with Steve and Kathy Elkins, the owners of WEBS. WEBS will also be open for a few hours on Sunday for that last-minute purchase before you head out back home. There will be late-night knitting get-togethers, plenty of time to meet up with friends or make new knitting buddies, creative meals made with the best fresh, local foods that the chefs can source, and lots of yarn to see, feel, and buy.

We’ve got a lot of friends helping us make this weekend your yarn nirvana with giveaways, trunk shows, fashion shows, and reps and designers who want to chat with you about what you like.. Our Promotional Partners include the most popular yarn brands out there, plus, of course, our own Valley Yarns. Our famous swag bag will be filled with goodies from top yarn companies across the world.

Our Retreat features some of the industry’s hottest instructors to share their expertise. Susan B. Anderson, whose Itty Bitty collections, Topsy Turvy designs, and 6 bestselling books have made her a household name, Anne Hanson of Knitspot, whose gorgeous designs are instantly in demand, Franklin Habit, peripatetic author, designer, and man-about-town, Olga Buraya-Kefelian (better known as Olgajazzy), author, designer, and creator of some of today’s most iconic wearables, and Josh Bennett, couture darling who has designed for Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Bastien.

Hey, wanna buy some yarn while you’re in town? Gotcha.

Saturday, after your classes, motorcoaches will take attendees for a special shopping spree at WEBS, America’s Yarn Store. You’ll have 2 super-special shopping Sherpas: Steve and Kathy Elkins, co-owners of WEBS! As an added attraction, our promotional partners will have trunk shows and reps at the store to guide your selections and let you see how the yarn actually looks knit in a garment. The best part of this evening? Whatever you buy will get FREE SHIPPING! WEBS will also be open for a short time on Sunday after your brunch for any last-minute additions to your shopping bag.

Come join us this fall!

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