Sheeps Ahoy

It feels like just yesterday it was cold enough that I needed mittens to walk the dogs.  And today, the air conditioner is going, but I'm on the deck putting all this information together for you.  I hope you like the lineup for this year's Needlers' Retreat.   

The Basics:

Nov. 2 - 4, 2018

The Glen House Resort (off the Thousand Island Parkway)

Registration Fee: $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST in Cdn funds only).  This fee is non-refundable after Oct 19*

Pre-registration for Returnees: June 25 to June 30

Open Registration: July 2 after 9am to Nov 2

Cancellation Deadline - Oct 19, 2018

The Glen House costs (payable on leaving the retreat) are as follows:  $380 (single), $330 (double) and $290 (triple). Check-in time is 4pm Fri. Nov. 2 and check-out time is 11:00am Sun. Nov. 4.

We will start our retreat at 5pm on Friday, November 2 with a social gathering and wrap up on Sunday, November 4 with lunch.  We will fill every minute between with knitting fun and merriment.  We are gathering at The Glen House Resort on the St. Lawrence River in Gananoque, Ontario (off the Thousand Island Parkway). Check out their website at if you want to see what this resort is like.

This year’s instructors are Kim McBrien Evans (Indigo Dragonfly), Mary Pat McDonald and Amanda Schwabe. There will be 3 workshops (listed below) and each participant will have the opportunity to attend all 3 workshops over the course of the weekend.


If you love clothing with simple, contemporary shapes and off-balance details, this is the class for you.  We will look at asymmetry in clothing. What details work?  Which ones leave parts of you out in the cold?  We’ll look at designs that use asymmetry as design details and talk about how to build asymmetry into your own handwork, while still feeling balanced. And of course, we’ll do some exercises to help you understand how to make asymmetrical garments work for you.

SLEEVES KNIT CAP TO CUFF with Mary Pat McDonald:

Reverse your thinking on sleeves! Learn how to knit set-in sleeves from the top down and put away your sewing-up needle. Cap-to-cuff sleeves require no sewing and are always the perfect length.
You will learn:
· where to pick up stitches around the sweater armhole, and how many
· how to incorporate short rows and decreases to shape the sleeve cap
· how to use this technique with a standard sewn-in-sleeve pattern


Have you ever wished you could make those gorgeous slip-stitch shawls reversible? If you're like me, and you love the graphic lines and fun colour changes but get sad when the back isn't as pretty as the front, you might love my weird, fun, made-up hybrid technique that solves that problem. I didn't really invent it, of course; I unvented it (as Elizabeth Zimmermann liked to say), and in this class we'll build up each technique like a layer cake until you'll have an intimate knowledge of how to create reversible patterns in slipped stitches that move across the fabric in all directions. You can see what I mean in my ebook Inverse Reverse, a collection of reversible shawl patterns. I can't wait to show you all the relaxing-yet-interesting, design-as-you-go, reversible possibilites! This technique is also great for cardigan collars and button bands that fold back to reveal more pattern, for sweaters that you can wear inside out, and maybe even reversible socks... There are so many options! And, as an added bonus, you'll learn a mash-up of various knitting techniques including ideas from double knitting, slip-stitch knitting, and travelling stitches, in a very non-scary, non-overwhelming way. I promise.


Class details, supply lists and homework will be sent out to participants in the fall.

The cost to register for the weekend will be $169.50 ($150 + $19.50 HST), payable to Sheeps Ahoy.  This reserves your place at the retreat, and covers the costs of running the event – meeting room rentals, coffee breaks, opening reception, and workshops. This fee is non-refundable from Oct 19 onward.  Before Oct 19 your fee minus $28.25 ($25 + $3.25 HST) will be refunded if your spot can be filled from our waiting list.

The remaining cost for accommodation and meals is payable to the Glen House Resort on leaving:  $380 for a single room, $330 for a double room, and $290 for a triple. 

The only extra costs are the ones you incur at our Vendors’ Night or buying tickets in our Scholarship Raffle, both on Saturday evening.  

Returnees will have an opportunity to register during the week of June 25 to June 30. Starting Monday, July 2 at 9am applications will be accepted from new participants (or tardy returnees) on a first-come, first-served basis. Total numbers are limited to 60. A waiting list will be kept once the first 60 people have registered.  There are always last minute cancellations.  Please note that we do not keep a waiting list from one year to the next.


Registration cheques should be sent to:

Sheeps Ahoy c/o Debbie Wilson

20 Wheeler Street

Ottawa, Ontario

K2J 3B6


If you need to contact us, please phone 613-823-2469 or 1-877-740-2469 or e-mail us at

We keep rooming information from previous years and so does The Glen House.  If your rooming arrangements are different this year, please let us know.

If you would like to be a vendor at our Vendors’ Night, please contact us so we know how many tables to set up.

If you have specific issues (e.g. dietary, mobility, etc.) or will be arriving early or staying late, please make arrangements directly with the Glen House. They can be reached at 1-800-268-4536 or 613-659-2204.

*Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations prior to Oct. 19 will be offered a refund of the registration fee ($169.50) minus $28.25 only if your spot can be filled from our waiting list.  From Oct. 19 on, no refund will be offered. 


Hello and welcome to Sheeps Ahoy. We hope you enjoy browsing our site. Sheeps Ahoy is a small home-based business designed for knitters who love fair isle, lacework, design or something just a little different.

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