2018 Vermont Summer Knitting Retreat


Montgomery, Vermont (USA)
at Phineas Swann B&B

12 Students 1 Teacher
3 Full Days of Teaching
Arrive: May 31st, 2018  Thurs. Evening
Leave: June 4th, 2018 Mon. Morning
Workshops are Fri., Sat., & Sun.
Deposit of $150 holds your spot for the retreat.
$425 for workshops plus $175 – $209 a night lodging + Tax (4 nights)

2 SPOTS LEFT | Can bring none knitter

TOPIC:  Arctic Lace: Alaska, Musk Oxen & Beyond

Meet Donna Druchunas, the author of Arctic Lace: Knitting Projects & Stories Inspired by Alaska’s Native Knitters in her home state of Vermont.  Cool weather, beautiful scenery in rural small town Vermont. Get away from it all & relax while knitting lace.

Eskimo women in Alaska have been knitting qiviut (musk ox down) into lace since the 1960s. In this workshop, we will examine their unique pattern stitches, inspired by Eskimo artifacts, and learn how to chart our own custom lace patterns by adapting designs from other art forms.

 For beginners to advanced knitters.

We will discuss the tools and yarns used to knit lace, learn how to follow lace charts, and make one swatch in worsted-weight yarn and one in sport-weight yarn. Students will then be ready to knit a lace-weight swatch on their own, and move on to making a simple project such as a lace scarf or hat.
Students should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl, and should have completed several projects.

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MuskOx farm in Alaska

For years I tried to learn how to knit lace, and was frustrated as I failed each time. I finally gave up because I wanted to have fun knitting and enjoy my hobby. I was able to knit cables, fair isle, intarsia, and even entrelac with no problems, but lace stymied me over and over again. I thought I would never be able to knit lace, until I stumbled onto Dorothy Reade’s simple techniques.

Working from charts, understanding decreases, and knitting with worsted-weight yarn and larger needles gave me the confidence and practice I needed to ease into lace knitting. If I learned how to knit lace after years of frustration and failure, I know other knitters can, too!

We will start by charting a simple pattern using yarn overs, then we will study several types of decreases and learn how each decrease works to create a different result with the same arrangement of yarn overs. We will also learn how to accentuate lace patterns with an outline stitch.

For the advanced-beginner to intermediate knitter. Students should know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl, and should have completed several projects.

-Donna Druchunas-


Montgomery Vermont

In the mornings we will have workshops.


  • Special guest presentation
  • Visit to local farm if weather allow or a visit to a very special yarn store in rural Vermont.

Night time:

  • Bonfire if weather allows.

In this area of Vermont there is bike riding, ski resorts, rivers, lakes, boating, hiking, and more. Read below for more info.


Each knitter will make a swatch with sample stitches and techniques and skills to read lace charts, learn decreases, different types of yarn overs,  and more. Advanced knitters may start a large project if possible.


Schedule is subject to change. This is just a quick overview.

Arrival is Thursday afternoon /night and departure is Monday morning, allowing attendees three complete days to study and knit with Donna.


Arrival and settle in at the Phineas Swann B&B. After meet & greet with wine & cheese, enjoy dinner on your own or with other participants at local restaurants in walking distance of B&B.


• B&B breakfast is included.
10 AM Morning workshop in the dining room. Charting a simple pattern using yarn overs,
12 Noon Enjoy lunch on your own in town or at nearby restaurants that are just a short drive.
2 PM Study several types of decreases and learn how each decrease works to create a different result with the same arrangement of yarn overs.
6:30 PM Dinner on your own.


•B&B breakfast is included.
10 AM How to accentuate lace patterns with an outline stitch.
12 Noon Enjoy lunch on your own in town or at nearby restaurants that are just a short drive.
2 PM Presentation by special local Vermont guest and visit to Mountain Fiber Folks Cooperative shop across the street from B&B. Spend time on your own exploring, napping, or knitting.
6:30 PM Dinner on your own.
• 8 PM Gather by the river for a bonfire if weather allows, or knit and chat in the living room.


•B&B breakfast is included.
10 AM Morning workshop in the dining room. Learn special finishing and embellishment techniques to add to your project.
12 Noon Enjoy lunch on your own in town or at nearby restaurants that are just a short drive.
2 PM Visit a local farm in Vermont. Cashmere goat farm or local Alpaca farm if weather allows.
6:30 PM Included go away dinner at 4  star restaurant next to the B&B
8 PM Rain date for bonfire.


•Leave for home, taking all of your wonderful ideas with you!

You are in class each of the three days (Fri, Sat, Sun) from 10am-12pm and from 2pm-5pm.
Donna will be on-site and available for questions anytime (except when she is sleeping).

Schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Knitting needles in appropriate sizes for knitting flat and in the round with worsted weight yarn. Bring several sizes so you can change as needed to get the gauge you want as we swatch.
  • Knitter’s toolkit including tapestry needles, scissors, stitch markers, and cable needle.

More info forthcoming. Supplies will be available during the retreat and a knitting store is across the street from the B&B.


The romantic accommodations are furnished with fine antiques and four-poster beds with luxurious linens, yet also have all the modern conveniences, such as flat-screen televisions, wi-fi, courtesy phones, and individual climate controls. Our main inn is cozy in the winter (imagine yourself relaxing in front of the fireplace with a hot cocoa) and airy in the summer, offering tea, coffee, cold beverages, and endless snacks throughout the day.

What’s included at the Phineas Swann? Items that would be add-on charges at any other lodging accommodations in the area, including:

• Access to WiFi throughout the property
• An all-you-can-eat gourmet breakfast made with locally-sourced Vermont ingredients,
• Full cable TV with premium movies
• All-day coffee, tea, soft drinks, snacks, cookies & brownies
• Long-distance telephone service anywhere in the US and Canada,
• Complimentary DVD “rentals” for you to enjoy in your room, and
• Use of our outdoor Hot Tub

Local activities this time of year: Bicycling, Sightseeing, Hiking, Long walks in the small village, Jay peak ski resort & more.

The Phineas Swann’s unique attributes is its Pet-Friendly nature. Unlike other luxury inns, The Phineas Swann is a very pet-friendly inn (in only designated areas), and we look forward to making your next Vermont vacation safe and special for both you and your pet.

The inn is located in northern Vermont, near Jay Peak Resort in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. It is said that Vermont is what the United States used to be, and that northern Vermont is what Vermont used to be. Our historic village of Montgomery is uniquely situated to allow guests to easily travel to nearby Canada as well as Stowe, Burlington, and Newport, making us the perfect gateway for points of interest in Northern Vermont.

Your hosts, Darren & Lynne, welcome you to the Phineas Swann Bed and Breakfast Inn.



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 Center, Vermont

  • Burlington, Vermont (1hr 30min)
  • Montreal, Canada (2hrs)
  • Boston, Mass (4hrs)
  • New York City (7hrs)


Breakfast included each day and there are 2-4 star restaurants located within walking distance of the B&B. Full service grocery store including deli is available down the road. 4 star restaurants are located up the hill to Jay Peak resort. 30 Minute drive.

Payment Option Procedure

The 2018 Summer Knitting Retreat
at Phineas Swann B&B Inn in Montgomery, Vermont

12 Students 1 Teacher
3 Full Days of Teaching
Arrive: May 31st, 2018 (Thurs)
Leave: June 1st, 2018 (Mon)

  • Please call Phineas Swann B&B and tell them you are attending the Summer Knitting Retreat with Donna Druchunas from Sheep to Shawl. (pricing info below & instructions)
  • Workshop fees: $425 (USD) Includes handouts, misc supplies, knitting surprises, yarn, mailings, teacher fees, etc.
    Phineas Swann B&B Inn is not included in this price.
  • Workshop Fee Terms: Balance is due one month before the first day of retreat on or before  May 1st.2018. Limited to only 12 people.  If you cancel, you are responsible for filling your spot for this retreat. Your deposit is transferable to another person. If we fill your spot before May 1st, 2018 with our waiting list or by you, we will refund your $150 in full. If you cancel after May 1st, 2018, your deposit is non-refundable. Phineas Swann B&B reservations (refunds & fees) is handled separately from these terms.

 Please be aware that you must stay at the Phineas Swann B&B to attend this retreat.


We suggest your give the B&B a call instead of emailing. Call today to book! (802) 326-4306. If you get no answer, call back later or you can email Darren at info@phineasswann.com. Please do not use their online reservation system for this reservation. It will show as booked.
Cost for rooms average $169 + a night. Suites available. Pet friendly. You are welcome to split with a friend, husband, boyfriend, or partner to cover costs. Knitter or non-knitter.

You may be required to put down a one night deposit. Call early to get best rooms.

Friends, Spouses, Partners (non-knitters) are welcome to stay with you in your room and attend the dinners, outings, tourist trips, etc. for this knitting retreat. They just can’t attend the workshops. Double up with a knitter friend to save on costs.

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Make your deposit and reservations today. We always look forward to our retreats in teaching and show people Vermont. Get away from it all while learning a few things about knitting. Even if you don’t learn something new, it’s relaxing to be with those who know the craft of knitting.

Dominic & Donna
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