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Our 2023 Maker+Stitch hiking and knitting retreat will open for registration at 8 AM Mountain Time November 4th! Our adventure will take place high in the Colorado Rockies from Wednesday, July 19th - Friday, July 21st, 2023. We are very excited to have Patty Lyons joining us to teach two sessions and share our time away.
Join us to learn from the best with no distractions, as we come together in the beautiful alpine setting of the Shrine Mountain Huts, part of the famous 10th Mountain Division Hut System. For two nights and three days we will knit and hike with friends amidst rugged mountain vistas and glorious summer wildflowers.
Patty Lyons is looking forward to teaching us her Secrets to Spectacular Sweater Success during two 3-hour sessions, one each afternoon. Patty is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the “why” not just the “how” in her pursuit of training the “mindful knitter”. She specializes in sweater design and sharing her love of the much-maligned subjects of gauge and blocking.
Patty’s designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, Creative Knitting, and Twist Collective. We can’t wait to learn and spend time with Patty.
When class is not in session you will have the opportunity to kick back, share stories, eat great food, relax or walk in the peaceful surroundings, and keep your needles moving.
Our retreat starts when we meet at Maker+Stitch in Edwards at 11:30 Wednesday morning. From the shop we will drive up to the top of Vail Pass where we will depart on a leisurely, under-two-mile hike to the hut. Llamas will hike with us, carrying most of our gear! We'll enjoy a big, well-earned afternoon snack at the hut while we settle in and prepare for our first afternoon session with Patty.
Wednesday evening is for relaxing, eating a home-cooked dinner, and sharing each other's company around the campfire. With a clear night, star gazing will be a highlight.
Thursday we'll wake up to a yummy breakfast then head out to hike Shrine Pass through wildflowers and incredible high mountain vistas. Our hike is four miles round-trip; we will munch on snacks on the trail, and will sit for a knit looking out over the Rockies.
When we arrive back to the huts, we'll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch, and Patty will hold her second teaching session of the retreat. Again, we'll spend the evening knitting, dining at the hut, and relaxing around the campfire.
Friday we wake up to another tasty breakfast then pack to head down the trail for our drive back to Edwards. We will arrive back at the shop by 1PM. Lunch is on your own, and the afternoon is free to rest, explore, or shop at Edwards' many boutiques. We will meet to celebrate at 5PM at Maker+Stitch then dinner is on your own. We are excited to hike, knit, and learn many of Patty's techniques for sweater success with you!
Important: Attendees must be vaccinated for Covid and have no Covid symptoms. For those traveling from afar, Edwards is at 7200 feet and the hut is over 10,000 feet above sea level so you may want to plan a day here at altitude prior to the retreat to help acclimate. To get to Edwards, you will fly into Denver or Vail-Eagle and either rent a car or take a Colorado Mountain Express van. It is not a difficult drive but Edwards is a two hours and 15 minute drive from the Denver airport. It is also possible to stay in Denver Tuesday evening and meet the group at Vail Pass (about 1.5 hours from Denver) on Wednesday. If you plan to choose this option, please let us know!
Accommodations at Jay's Cabin are double and communal occupancy. If you are not comfortable sleeping in a room with others, this retreat may not be for you. The hut does have hot and cold running water, two indoor bathrooms with flush toilets, one with shower, one with bathtub. There is running, potable water at the cabin. There is a communal, wood-fired sauna behind our hut for our use.
Make sure to check back November 4th at 8AM Mountain Time to register!
Retreat pricing $1200 per person. Includes all lessons, two nights hut lodging, meals at hut, snacks, llama hike, transport to and from shop to huts.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
More details about what to bring will be available after registration.
All cancellations must be received by May 1, 2023 for a full refund, except a $150 non-refundable deposit. All cancellations must be received in writing via e-mail. No refunds for cancellations will be issued after May 1, 2023. If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute in your place at no extra charge. Substitution requests must be received before June 15, 2023. Should you test positive for COVID within 10 days of the event, proof of a positive test must be submitted for a refund.