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Saturday, November 03, 2012

SARASOTA, FLORIDA : Two Cadres, Two Opportunity to have fun in the sun with yarn this winter!





From Port O'Stitches July 2012




An Urban Cadre is a workshop retreat with a difference. Here a group of like-minded yarn and knitting passionistas gather together at a gorgeous/fasinating/beautiful location for knitting explorations, dinners together, perhaps a little group shopping or visiting the local sites. Yarn purchasing always involved. No excuses needed. Cadres are fun, broaden your fibrous social circle, and give uninterupted time with those with whom you don't have to explain or excuse your passion for fiber. Last year, I held two inaugral cadres, one in San Francisco, one in my home town Halifax, Nova Scotia, and offered a day cadre in Santa Fe. This year, the possibilities keep growing.

Things to know about cadres:

  • a flat fee of $375 covers two workshop days (Saturday and Sunday), refreshments plus one lunch
  • special related events such as bus tours or excursions are often planned at a separate cost
  • participants generally all go to supper together Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at their own exspense
  • transportation is not included except for special events or tours as described for that specific cadre
  • I will make suggestions for hotels which generally includes a group rate but participants should feel free to book wherever they'd like
  • Most cadres are hosted physically by a yarn company or yarn shop but I organized the rest and handle all registrations
  • All registrations are being handled by email or phone call. If you let me know your intentions to reserve, I'll register you afterwhich I'll wait for your check to arrive. Otherwise I'll arrange to accept payment by PayPal or visa by phone.




Cadres never need to explain why they need more yarn: above the Port O'Stitches group visit a local yarn store




Workshop Santa Fe 2012



Coming Up in February, 2013:




Sarasota one of the loveliest places in Florida with magnificent beaches, wonderful shopping, restaurants, waterfrontage, main attractions, and a surprizing number of great yarn stores, two of which I'm working with here. And, yes, it will be difficult to choose since each feature different projects and even different yarn. Maybe you'll have to stay two weeks and do both??

February 15-17th: CADRE WITH PICASSO MOON in conjunction with a visit to the FAB ARTS BOUTIQUE. Picasso Moon is a funky, free-spirited shop run by spinning queen known for fabulous handspun art yarns, Debra Lambert. If you're a spinner or just love individual art spun yarns, this is the cadre for you. Entering Picasso Moon is like stepping into a world of wonders with antiques, notions and the kinds of intriguing bits you'll long to knit into your creations.




Debra will bring all her yarns to our workshop at the Suites and most of us will visit her shop, too. Our project will be a free-range wrap incorporating short rows, feather and fan and a suite of handy stitches to bring out the best in unique fibers. The rule of thimb is : no rules, no guage, no restrictions and lots of yarn at any weight or fiber. Ready for a adventure?




Arrive either Thursday 14th or Friday15th to beautiful Sarasota. Book in at the Hilton Home Suites where we'll be holding our event. Nothing is booked on Thursday so consider it arrival day but then, on Friday we'll be going together to the FAB ARTS BOUTIQUE. Check out the blurb here:

FABulous Art Boutique (FAB) has become an anticipated and "must attend" event for all who appreciate beautiful high quality creations by local artists—all members of the Manasota Weavers Guild, the Venetian Society of Basketweavers, the Surface Design Guild and the Florida West Coast Bead Society.   Gorgeous fibers and beaded jewelry; unique basketry and hand turned wood; wonderful hand wovens and wearable art; whimsical and delightful decorative art objects; and much more are displayed in a boutique setting.

Saturday, February 15th and sunday February 16th are workshop days located at the Homewood Suites. Rooms have been secured at a lower rate than posted. The hotel features free breakfast, a pool and rooms with kitchinette. Book directly through the hotel and say you are with Jane Thornley's Knitting Group. Link here:

Monday is movin on day though many have decided to stay on in the area to enjoy the sights.




A good yarn is one of the area's largest yarn stores and Susan Post has a big following and no wonder! Those yarns! Not only does she have a special line of yarns called Purl Diver inspired by the coral reefs around Florida but she'll be bringing in special HandMaiden yarns which I'll select in advance. 

Friday night will be yarn foraging night followed by supper together (but cost not included) with the workshops begining Saturday, March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd in the new workshop space attached to Susan's shop. Refreshments are included and Sunday lunch is included in the price. 

Our project will be the Inner Circles wrap or scarf (your choice) pictured below. I'm imaging a very coral reef version in honor of our visit.






Though participants have a range of possiblities open for accommodations i the Siesta Key area, we recommend Best Western Siesta Key hotel here which is only a mile from A Good Yarn and includes shuttles to both the beach and the shopping/ dining areas.


Interest in the Florida cadres is high. To reserve your spot in one or both, please or contact me at or call 1-902-829-3457



Posted by Jane on 11/03 at 01:50 PM

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