Knitting at the Ranch 2008

I am happy to announce the opening of registration for Knitting at the Ranch 2008. This year is a big step for our little retreat which started four years ago with just six local knitters -- we have knitting designer and teacher and knitter extraordinare, Anne Hanson, of joining us for the weekend! Anne will be teaching two sessions of lace knitting (a total of six hours of classroom time during the retreat) and is designing a special lace scarf project just for us. More details regarding her class will be posted here shortly. In the meantime, visit her blog and internet studio, enjoy the eye candy, feel the knitting love, and get ready for an inspiring weekend.

We also have Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and Comfort, joining us! She will be doing a story on the retreat for Girlfriend Getaways. It looks like we will have more knitters from out of town this year, if pre-registration is an accurate indicator, which is very exciting. Last year, a nice woman named Jan joined us from Oregon and casually mentioned when she introduced herself that she was one of the Twisted Sisters! A few of us began bowing . . . Rumor has it that Jan will be joining us again this year!
The retreat will begin officially at lunchtime on Friday, October 23, 2008. Anne Hanson will begin teaching at 1:30 p.m. so I recommend that everyone arrive at least by late morning to find your room and settle in before lunch.

New Pre-Retreat Option
This year we will begin offering a new scheduling option. Anyone attending the retreat may arrive on Thursday rather than Friday. You may arrive and check in to your room after 9:00 a.m. on Thursday. We will have knitting sessions on Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening for those coming early. I expect this Pre-Retreat to be very relaxed and probably fairly quiet. It would be a great time to explore the Ranch and get in some quiet knitting hours. The charge for this option will be an additional $65 for those sharing a room and $90 for those in a private room.

2008 Retreat Schedule:

Thursday, October 23, 2008 -- Pre-Retreat!
12:00 p.m. Lunch in the dining hall
1:30 - 5:00 p.m. Knitting in our meeting room
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner in the dining hall
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Knititng in our meeting room

Friday, October 24, 2008 -- Retreat Officially Begins!
12:00 p.m. Lunch in the dining hall
1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Class with Anne Hanson
5:30 - 6:30 Dinner in the dining hall
7:00 - ??? Knitting and Show & Tell in our meeitng room

Saturday, October 25, 2008
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the dining hall
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Class with Anne Hanson
12:00 p.m. Lunch in the dining hall
1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Knitting in our meeting room/Optional trip to Tierra Wools in Los Ojos, NM
5:30 p.m. Dinner in the dining hall/Optional dinner at Abiquiu Inn
7:00 - ??? Knitting in our meeting room

Sunday, October 26, 2008
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast in the dining hall
9:00 a.m. Room checkout
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Knitting in our meeting room
12:00 p.m. Lunch in the dining hall
1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Farewells and last gasp knitting (for the true diehards!) in our meeting room

Registration and Fees
Fees for this year are $300 which includes retreat fees, lodging in a shared room with a private bath, and all meals. Add $50 for a private room and add $65 for Thursday arrival in a shared room or $90 for Thursday arrival in a private room.
Registration is limited to 20 knitters, so please contact us soon as possible if you wish to attend! To register, please complete the registration form and email, fax or mail to us as soon as possible. You also will need to mail a check for $100 to register (Knitting at the Ranch, P.O. Box 10032 Albuquerque, NM 87184). The balance of retreat fees will be collected at the beginning of the retreat. Our apologies but we are unable to accept credit card payments.
For more informaiton, questions, and just to let us know you are registering, please contact us at

We will have yarn available for purchase at the retreat for the class project. If you wish to bring your own yarn, you will need approximately 3 - 500 yards of lace or fingering weight yarn (your choice) that will show a lace pattern. More colorful and heavily variegated yarns tend to show lace patterns less.

So please join us October 24 - 26, 2008 (Pre-Retreat October 23) for another fun-filled weekend of knitting in the heart of northern New Mexico. We look forward to seeing returning friends and welcoming new ones to this sacred location!
9/07/2008 01:03:00 AM  
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Dates: Oct 23/24 - Oct 26, 2008

Place: Ghost Ranch-Abiquiu, NM

Cost: $300 double occupancy

Skill: basic knitting and up

Hostess: Lauren M. Baldwin


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