announcing the 5th annual make. wear. love. fall sweater retreat

Happy Friday – and how time has flown!

I can hardly believe it, lovely knitters, but this fall will be my fifth annual make. wear. love. fall sweater retreat. These retreats have become such a big part of what I do, and such a joy to share with you all. They’re intimate weekends in gorgeous locales, where we all unplug, take a breath, and steep in sweater inspiration.

It’s hard to describe the atmosphere, if you’ve never done something like this: We laugh, we eat great food, we knit great yarn, and I invite amazing instructors who help you think about your making in a new way. There are no strangers at make. wear. love. – just new friends. By the end of the weekend you’ll be energized, inspired, and ready to tackle the sweater of your dreams.

I’m so pleased to announce the dates for this fall: September 14-17, 2017.

You can download a brochure by clicking here – registration opens on Wednesday, April 26!

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You can find full and complete details either in the brochure, or on on the retreat page — here, I just want to share a few highlights with you.


We’re returning, once more, we’re returning once more to the beautiful Sebasco Harbor Resort. Sebasco is such a special place to me personally, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share it all with you. It’s one of the few family-owned resorts still left in Maine, and combines stunning views and great food with the friendliest people.

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Teachers form the heart of this retreat in many ways, and this year I’ll be joined by another ever-amazing group: Norah Gaughan, Laura Nelkin, Carson Demers, Kate Atherley, Patty Lyons, and Kim McBrien Evans:

Together, we’ll form your sweater guides for the weekend. We’ll knit, we’ll learn, we’ll munch, and we’ll ooh and ahh over our surroundings (both the landscape and the knitwear!).

How it works

I’m continuing to let the retreat format evolve. There are still two attendance options, wayfarer and student, but the mix of formal and a la carte education is changing to make those two options look different than last fall:

  • Mornings will be the time for formal instruction. Students will get a class with three out of the four “main” teachers (Norah, Laura, Carson, and Kate). Wayfarers will have shorter, optional, and less-formal sessions with Patty, Kim, and myself during these times.
  • Afternoons are full to the brim with shorter mini lectures, demos, and round-tables. Each one is focused on a specific topic, and they do not overlap. Participate in all, some, or none of them – your choice regardless of your attendance option.
  • Evenings, our closing ceremonies on Sunday afternoon, are full-group events that include more time with your instructors, a fashion show, and an extended marketplace session.

This more flexible format worked really well this spring, and will allow all attendees to get their desired mix of education and relaxation in this beautiful, beautiful place. Of course, as at all past retreats, this year’s make. wear. love. fall retreat will be full of the same inspiration, design, and craft you’ve come to love (or heard so much about).


I’ll open registration, via a form on this website, on April 26, 2017 at 12pm Eastern. You’ll be asked which attendance option you prefer, and if you’re a student, to rank your teachers, along with other basic information.

The cost for fall 2017 is $995 for students, and $845 for wayfarers. You’ll be responsible for arranging your lodging with Sebasco, due to the breadth of options. (You get a room information sheet, and instructions for signing up, with your acceptance.)

I confirm your attendance via email within a week or so of registration opening on April 26. A non-refundable $250 deposit is due at that time; your remaining balance will be due June 30.

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