Come to the Rip Van Winkle
Mountain Weekend Retreat
sponsored by COUNTRYWOOL

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
May 12, 13 & 14, 2023

Space is limited.
You may register at any time with a check to secure your spot, and online registration opens February 15, 2023.
Check paying registrants receive a Countrywool Mug (delivered at the retreat) while supplies last:

at the historic  Winter Clove Inn   Round Top, NY


12 chairs open
(covid vaccination/booster AND Rapid Test negative proof required upon arrival)

Follow the preparations online through our COUNTRYWOOLERS group on RAVELRY.

Interested in hand spinning? Have a wheel you don't know how to use? A drop spindle? A little rusty with your skills?
Need guidance on spinning yarn to desired size?  Want to dye your own fiber and then spin it? Like to work with raw fleece?

Spend the weekend with others of like mind and learn by watching and doing.
Fiber and starter dye are included.
You'll need to bring your wheel and/or your drop spindle, hand cards or wool combs.
(Please bring hand spun yarns you have made for show and tell, and any fiber you'd like some help with.)
Local fiber farmers: contact me for info on selling your fleece at the retreat.

Friday afternoon
Saturday morning
Saturday afternoon

Sunday morning

countrywool weekend spinning retreat dye

Dyeing wool with acid dyes
Basic wheel spinning
Free wheel tuneup
Basic drop spindling

Hand carding and combing
Spinning to size

Balancing the twist
Finishing yarn

Yarn diameters,
measures & analysis
How to use hand spun
knitting patterns

The Inn will feed us and make us comfortable all weekend,
while we dye, spin and knit together in their spacious Conference Hall.

Spinners will be provided with 1 packet of acid dye and 4 oz wool and other natural fibers for dyeing/blending.
Your wheel gets a free tuneup!

The Countrywool Store will include 50 dye colors packets, dyed and undyed spinning fibers,
local grease flee
ces, prepared wool top, sett gauges, spinning oil,
drop spindles, soaps, knitting needles/notions and a few unique yarns.

Your spinning wheel and/or drop spindle
lazy kate
hand cards or wool combs
WPI ruler
niddy noddy
gloves for wet dyeing
old towel(s)
2 small bottles (2 -3 oz) with tight lids
any extra fibers you'd like to work with
 since the dye pot will be hot all weekend

Bring your favorite project for any down time in the evenings!

Hand made maple drop spindles will be available to purchase: $35.00
(there is 1 Ashford Kiwi wheel for rent for $50 for the to prepay)

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Current Covid vaccine/booster proofs required upon registration
Negative Covid Rapid Test proof required
at the door

Register and arrange for your room and meals at the hotel.
              4/2022:  $ 300 (+ taxes/tips) for 2 nights and 6 meals  
                contact the Winter Clove Inn)
  Register ONLINE for classes/materials below  $ 295.81
(includes credit card use fee of $10.81)

Online Registration opens February 15, 2023
Registration by check may happen at any time

→  Register EARLY BY MAIL for classes/materials
and save $ by mailing a check
(check payment = $285.00):
59 Spring Road
Hudson NY 12534

refund policy details...
  • IF Countrywool cancels the weekend, full money refunds will be made
  • If attendee needs to cancel

    • on before April 15: amount - $15  fee will be refunded.
    • April  16 - May 2: a shop credit for 1/2 the amount - $15 will be issued.
    • May 3 and later:  shop credit for 1/4 of the amount - $15  will be issued.

2023 Countrywool Weekend Retreats
(covid vaccination with booster PLUS negative rapid test required AT THE DOOR)

Cape Ann Knitting Retreat
Long Beach, Rockport, MA  March 25 & 26, 2023

Rip Van Winkle Hand Spinning for Knitters Retreat
Round Top, NY  May 12 - 14, 2023
Rip Van Winkle Knitting Retreat
Round Top, NY  September 29, 30 & October 1, 2023


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