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Knitting with Company Retreat, Fall 2016

Company is coming back! This year, Julie Hoover and Catherine Lowe (founders of Company) are bringing a couple of their knitting friends, internationally-known designer Norah Gaughan and influential blogger and owner of Fringe Supply Co, Karen Templer, for another Knitting with Company retreat. We at The Yarnery couldn't be more excited to host this stellar group, and YOU!

This is a retreat in the truest sense, a moment away, a moment of peace and quiet, a moment to withdraw with your needles and yarn and knit with these four inspiring women. You'll enjoy their wisdom, insight, humor and practical advice; you'll experience the magic that happens when we gather to share our common passion for knitting. 

This year's retreat will be held October 6-9, 2016 at The Lodge on Lake Detroit, Detroit Lakes, MN. The retreat begins with registration and a dessert buffet Thursday evening, and ends at noon on Sunday. The retreat is conceived as the ultimate knit-in; you'll learn from the designers, and each other, as you knit, share and laugh together. Each of the four designers will offer a presentation about their work, and an extensive trunk show will be on site to inspire you. The Yarnery's Pop Up Shop will offer yarn, kits, patterns, and accessories that highlight the work of the designers. 

The author of Knitting Nature, among other books, Norah Gaughan has spent her life immersed in knitting—as a freelancer for yarn companies and knitting magazines while also designing pattern stitches for 7th Avenue; as the design director at JCA (she oversaw the Reynolds, Artful Yarns & Adrienne Vittadini Yarn lines); and as the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years (where she headed up the design team and published sixteen eponymous booklets). Now an independent designer working out of her studio in historic Harrisville NH, Norah’s latest ventures include being a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team, designing a collection with The Fibre Co. and recording on-line classes with CreativeBug. Her newest labor of love, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook (STC Craft, available Oct 2016) showcases the results of her 30 year spate of inventing new cable patterns.


Recognized for her minimal aesthetic and attention to fine detail, Julie Hoover focuses on designing knitwear that is simultaneously causal and elegant—a signature style that has developed over the years in her work as a visual merchandiser, art director and freelance designer. Her passion for knitting began in 2008, and quickly led her down the path of focusing entirely on knitwear design (finally finding the right niche for her BA in Clothing & Textiles). Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Julie spends her time designing as part of the in-house design team for Brooklyn Tweed and her own independent label. 

Known for her original construction techniques and pairing of luxury fiber with elegant design, Catherine Lowe’s approach to hand-knitting rethinks its technical and design vocabularies and translates distinctive elements of couture dressmaking into refined techniques for the hand-knitter. Her designs have appeared in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, and Knit Purl; her articles on couture knitting have been featured in Vogue Knitting; and she has been profiled in Interweave Knits, in Knitting Lessons by Lela Nargi, in KnitKnit by Sabrina Gschwandtner, and in Knit Purl. Catherine teaches widely, designs for her eponymous brand, and is the author of The Ravell’d Sleeve.


Karen Templer is best known as the blogger behind Fringe Association, a daily site about knitting and handmade style. Formally trained as a graphic designer, she worked for years as a producer and editor of websites, books and a magazine — but learning to knit in 2011 set her on a whole new course. Now she makes her living running Fringe Supply Co., for which she both sources and designs fine tools and accessories for knitters, as well as collaborating on knitting and sewing patterns with other brands. Her goal in life is to encourage and enable knitters in every way possible.

Company is pleased to return to The Lodge on Lake Detroit, in Detroit Lakes, MN. The Lodge is a Premier Best Western hotel, and was named the 2015 Small Hotel of the Year by the Minnesota Lodging Association. It's a lovely spot, with luxurious rooms, great food, a full-service spa, and impeccable service. A variety of rooms and suites are available; details follow below.

Registration is an easy 2-step process.

1. Retreat Registration

Beginning June 7, 12pm CDT, those who have attended a previous Knitting with Company retreat may call The Yarnery at 651.222.5793 to register. The registration fee is $450; a $200 deposit is due at the time of registration; the balance is due by September 1. You are welcome to pay the entire registration fee at the time of registration. General registration opens June 13, 12pm CDT. 

2. Lodging Reservation

After registering for the retreat, call The Lodge on Lake Detroit at 218.847.8439 to reserve lodging. Lodging reservations will be taken by room, so be sure to have the information for your roommates or companions. A select number of single rooms are available, as are rooms available for those who wish to attend with a non-retreat participant (it's a perfect weekend getaway!). You will need a credit card to make your reservation, though payment will be due at check-in.

The cost of lodging includes breakfast (a substantial hot breakfast buffet) Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In addition to the room, each registrant (including non-retreat participants) will pay for a meal plan that includes Thursday evening dessert buffet, Friday and Saturday lunches, Friday evening dinner buffet, and Saturday evening banquet. 

Room types and rates (rates are per room for three nights):

For 2 retreat participants:
Resort room w/ 2 queen beds (balcony or lake-level walkout): $429.97 + tax
Two-room suite w/ 2 queen beds: $579.97 + tax

For 1 retreat participant, couples, or 1 retreat participant w/ non-retreat companion:
Resort room w/ 1 king bed (balcony or walkout): $429.97 + tax
Kitchen suite w/ 1 king bed: $519.97 + tax
Renewal Spa suite w/ 1 king bed: $669.97 + tax

Remember that you'll most likely be splitting the above costs with a friend or companion. The Yarnery will not assign roommates, so be sure to reserve your lodging with the roommate of your choice!

Meal plan, all-inclusive for the weekend as noted above (required of all registered guests, regardless of retreat participation): $67.90 per person + tax

Hotel tax: 10.375%


A refund (minus $50 processing fee) will be issued by The Yarnery if you cancel your registration on or before September 20, 2016. After September 20, no refunds will be issued for cancellations.


The Lodge on Lake Detroit is located in Detroit Lakes, MN, a 3.5 hour drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul. If arriving by air, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) will offer the most choices, though Hector International Airport (FAR) in Fargo, ND is only about an hour away from the venue. Rental cars are available at both airports. Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can assist you with your arrangements. You'll want to plan your travel to arrive in Detroit Lakes on Thursday, October 6 between 4pm and 7pm. 


the great american wool festival

We're excited to team up with Darn Knit Anyway to host this new FREE fall festival, at beautiful Bruentrup Heritage Farm in Maplewood, MN. Sunday, September 25, 2016, 1-4pm. Live music, demos, exclusive patterns, a fashion show of garments from Brooklyn Tweed and Quince & Co., and lots of yarn! Bring your knitting, a blanket or chair, and come hang out for the afternoon. The weather is going to be spectacular!


Brooklyn Tweed

The Yarnery is proud of its association with Brooklyn Tweed, makers of American wool yarn, Shelter, Loft, and Quarry. The Yarnery is just one of a few shops in the world to carry the yarn. The Yarnery carries the full color range of all BT yarns, available in-store and online. The Yarnery is also pleased to stock a full array of Brooklyn Tweed patterns and books, including the recently-released Capsule, featuring designs by Olga Buraya-Kefelian.

We are honored to carry this special product, and we hope you will be delighted every time you shop for Brooklyn Tweed at The Yarnery.



skinny laminx

Heather Moore, the brains, heart, and creative force behind Skinny LaMinx, is a self-taught illustrator and designer. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, her expanding line of screen-printed fabrics, housewares and accessories feature modern, whimsical prints using water-based dyes. Skinny LaMinx goods are equitably and sustainably produced on a small scale. The Yarnery is thrilled to be a Skinny LaMinx stockist. Skinny LaMinx fabric yarn bowls are among our most popular products. The larger bowl is the perfect project holder, and the smaller bowl is easy to pack in your knitting bag (perfect for travel, too). And because these bowls are versatile, beautiful, and a great value, they're the perfect gift for any occasion. Stop in or shop online to see our complete selection of Skinny LaMinx bags. You won't find them anywhere else in the region.