Just over five years ago, 10 professionals in the Ontario knitting community thought a retreat would be fun to do. We selected Fern Resort, well known by some of our members as a great location because it offered terrific food, comfortable rooms, a variety of class teaching spaces, and a beautiful location on the shores of Lake Couchiching, not a long drive from Toronto.
That first retreat, Spring 2013, was a bit of a challenge. There was an ice storm. No matter. We all had fun. Since then, we worry about ice storms every year but most weekends have been lovely.
Each one of the YOSO team members teaches and we have been delighted to offer many different hand knitting, machine knitting, and crochet classes for all levels of experience, as well as classes about garment fit, demystifying fibre, stash management, knitting tips and tricks, professional quality finishing, Ravelry, and more.
Each year we ask our attendees to evaluate the retreat and the classes they attend. The evaluation results help us to achieve our goal of doing better every year.
From the beginning, we offered an all-inclusive experience – rooms, 3 meals daily ordered from the comprehensive menu, snacks, door prizes, goodie bags, a fashion show, and lots of fun and learning for everyone.
There’s a marketplace, too, one that’s grown in size each year.
Our team now numbers eight teachers. All of us start working on the next YOSO in September and look forward to the retreat every year. We’re delighted to welcome both returning and new attendees. We have a group on Ravelry where you can see some of the faces and projects from earlier years.
We’d love you to join us in 2018.