Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat


Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat with Donna Druchunas
Montgomery, Vermont (USA)
June 4-7, 2015

Spend three full days with Donna knitting at a gorgeous B&B in a tiny mountain community surrounded by lakes and rivers. Accommodations include a renovated 150 year old farmhouse and cabins on the river.  Because of the amount of individual time I want to allow each student, enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Thank you to all that attended. We will be updating the site for our next retreats very soon.

3-Day Workshop: Colorwork Mittens or Socks (knitter’s choice)

Working from instructions I have translated from vintage Lithuanian knitting books, we will knit and will learn many fun techniques used in knitting mittens and socks in the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Bulgarian Decorative Cast On  |  Knitted In Fringe  |  Baltic Braid  |  Two Color Ribbing  |  Lace Cuffs  | More

You can make these!

We will also look at the types of mitten and sock shaping used in Lithuania in the 19th century. In the class, we will knit a mini-mitten or sock that includes a selection of these traditional techniques. I will have a collection of hand-knit gloves, and mittens from Lithuania to examine up close. Students will also receive a stitch library of colorwork charts for motifs that are popular in Lithuania. Cost of retreat and extra goodies is $400 each plus lodging.



Arrival is Thursday, June 4 afternoon and departure is Monday, June 8, allowing attendees three complete days to study and knit with Donna.


Arrive and settle in. After dinner on your own at the inn or a nearby restaurant, enjoy an evening meet and greet in the Phineas Swann B&B living room with gourmet desserts.



Breakfast at Phineas Swan B&B.

Workshop Day 1: Cuffs.


Enjoy lunch at the inn or on your own in one of the lovely restaurants in walking distance.

Knit and enjoy a slide show that examines symbols in knitting on two levels. First, we will look at the symbols used in knitting designs around the world represented in colorwork, texture, cable, and lace stitches. We will learn about the hidden meanings in the symbols as well as myths and old wives tales about the symbology. Second, we will learn how to find the hidden meaning in knitting chart symbols. With the knowledge we gain, understanding the charts that may have seemed “like Greek” to you in the past will become second nature.


Enjoy dinner at the inn or on your own in one of the lovely restaurants in walking distance.

After dinner, Donna will give a reading from her brand new book, Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions and have a trunk show of projects from the book.



Breakfast at Phineas Swan.

Workshop Day 2: Thumbs and Heels.


Enjoy lunch at the inn or on your own in one of the lovely restaurants in walking distance.

Visit the Mountain Fiber Folk shop across the street for inspiration and shopping, or adjourn outside (weather permitting) for an afternoon of knitting.



Breakfast at Phineas Swan B&B

Workshop Day 3: Fingers and Toes.


Enjoy lunch at the inn or on your own in one of the lovely restaurants in walking distance.

Continue working on your knitting as you see a slide show about the history of spinning and knitting in Eastern Europe.


After dinner, Donna will give a reading from the Lithuanian Knitting Continuing Traditions and we will have a book signing followed by a show-and-share session.


Have a leisurely breakfast at Breakfast at Phineas Swan B&B then leave for home, taking all of your wonderful creations with you for ongoing inspiration.

About Donna Druchunas

Donna Druchunas began her career as a technical writer for large corporations such as Pyxis, Hewlett Packard, Fujitsu, Top Gun Fighter Weapons School, and a few other small companies. She then worked for Medialab (a small software company) out of her home. At Medialab Donna wrote copy and manuals for software.

With over 25 years experience in technical writing, she has carried her knowledge over to the knitting world, writing patterns and developing books for fellow knitters. Her second book, Arctic Lace (about a knitting co-op in Alaska), is a smashing hit and has been in publication since 2004. After working with large knitting publishers, Donna has decided to try her hand at self-publishing. She is currently working on the Stories in Stitches knitting book series with co-author Ava Coleman and Lithuanian Knitting Continuing Tradition.

Travel has been Donna’s latest passion. She has made several trips to Western and Eastern Europe seeking out the international history of knitting. In the summer 2014 she will visit Saint Petersburg, Russia to research vintage knitting garment patterns. Many treasures are waiting to be found, and they will be revealed in her latest book being developed in 2014. Stay tuned.

Some of Donna’s career highlights:

  • 9 Knitting books
  • Audio CDs
  • Online video classes with (2012 & 2015)
  • Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell (PBS 2015)
  • Knitting DVDs with Interweave
  • Countless knitting articles in various periodicals
  • Knitting teacher (retreats, wool markets, shops, guilds)
  • Various Knit Alongs on with many patterns (Ravelry: druchunas)
  • Translation of German knitting books to the English language
  • Successful website ( chock full of knitting information
  • Worked with knitting publishers as a tech editor
  • Recently opened up a local knitting studio in her hometown

And so much more

Want to pick Donna’s brain? Want to know how to self publish your book? How about learning how to be in front of a video camera? Publish your knitting patterns, articles, or books with large publishers? Learn about her failures and successes?

Attend a writing retreat, knitting class, or email her today! See Donna at her home studio in Barton, Vermont (open periodically). Visit her website at for the latest info.

Donna Druchunas 
Send me email
Ravelry Member: Druchunas

Donna Druchunas





Class materials are provided and extra supplies will also be available for purchase on site.



Screen Shot 5Arrival is Thursday afternoon/evening, and departure is Monday morning.

Stay at the Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast which is in the small Northern Vermont town of Montgomery, Vermont. Just west of Jay Peak ski resort. An easy drive to Montreal, Canada.

Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast is a charming old home built in the late 1800’s by William Stiles.  The original farmhouse and carriage house were built between 1847 and 1891. The construction is based on lathe and plaster construction. In 1886 William Stiles sold the property to Benoni Laperche, who two years later resold it to Harrison Manosh.

To make a reservation please contact Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast at their website or call 802-326-4306 and tell them you are attending the Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat by Donna Druchunas.



Breakfast is included with your B&B reservation.

Lunches and dinners are available at the B&B for an additional cost, and there are several local restaurants in walking distance. Farewell Sunday dinner is included.



There are many attractions around Montgomery, Vermont. Fishing, skiing, biking, hiking, camping, boating and scenic views. Indoor/Outdoor swimming and water park at Jay Peak Ski resort.  A river with relaxing chairs to practice your knitting is across the street from the Bed & Breakfast. Events are held throughout the summer. Just relax, reflect, and learn the craft of knitting.

Yarn stores are throughout Vermont. There is a yarn store co-op directly across from the Bed & Breakfast.




Getting to Vermont

The closest airports are Burlington, Vermont (1hr 15min drive), Manchester, New Hampshire, (4hrs drive) or Montreal, Canada (1hr 40min drive)


Amtrak stops in Waterbury, Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont, each about two hours away by car.

At this time we can not provide transportation to and from the Airport or Train stations.

Driving by car to Montgomery, Vermont

  • Burlington, Vermont (1hr 15min)
  • Montreal, Canada (1hr 40min)
  • Boston, Mass (4hrs)
  • New York City (7hrs)




Donna’s teaching style and responsiveness to the participants needs and questions. The group was awesome – group size was ideal – more than 9 would have been to frenzied in the dye studio and too crowded in Donna’s classroom. As far as recommendations to friends – I would ABSOLUTELY recommend one of Donna’s books, classes, workshops, retreats… – Retreat attendee

Thank you for an amazing few days. I so very much enjoyed our time with you. You are an amazing person and a wonderful mentor to those of us who share the passion of knitting. It really is amazing how small the world becomes when there is a common link like knitting.
I do hope our paths cross again. Please let me know if you will be at any knitting events in the Toronto area; I would love to knit with you over a glass of wine again. – Attendee

Donna was amazing, I don’t think I had ever really thought through left and right leaning decreases and she made it all make sense. Perhaps I can do away with the Post-it notes indicating what symbol is K2tog and which is ssk. – Attendee

I loved the sessions with Donna. She has an amazing calm peaceful way about her that supports learners learning. The interactions with the other attendees as well as the trip to the alpaca farm were also highlights of the retreat. The location and time of year was perfect. I would encourage you not to get cable tv – without the tv we were far more interactive with each and really got to know our fellow housemates. – Attendee

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phineas-swannPhineas Swann Bed & Breakfast is 3 diamond AAA rated. Lavishly restored antique filled 1880’s Victorian home on Trout River and Main street in Montgomery, Vermont. Fully Air Conditioned, Gourmet Breakfast, All Day Free Baked Goodies, Teas, Coffees, Spring Water, Free WiFi, Cable TV/DVD Players, Free Phones, Fireplaces, Jacuzzi Baths.

To make a reservation please contact Phineas Swann Bed & Breakfast at their website or call
802-326-4306 and tell them your are attending thethe Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat by Donna Druchunas on June 4, 2015.

For further questions, please contact: Dominic Cotignola
Sales Manager

Sheep to Shawl, LLC
315 Elm Street
Barton, VT  05822
Phone: 802-731-1049

The Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat is created in association with Sheep to Shawl, LLC


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