Seasonal Mitten Knitting
In The Lake District


4th - 8th November 2019

 

MONDAY 4TH TO FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

2019

 

SEASONAL KNITTING

IN THE

LAKE DISTRICT

 

 

 

 

Join me for a seasonally inspired workshop set in the Lingholm Estate, situated on the shores of Derwentwater in the heart of the English Lake District, just 5 minutes drive from the town of Keswick. The Lake District National Park is set at the North West tip of England, on the border with Scotland, and recently became recognised as a World Heritage Site.

We will be staying in a captivating lakeside house where we can unwind and enjoy the wondrous grandeur of the north lakeland landscape from the comfort of our heart-warming property, whilst immersing ourselves in our knitting with friends new and old. The perfect escape!

I will be hosting relaxed workshop sessions throughout the retreat, set in the magnificent Rosetrees, our charming lakeland stone house. Everyone will be provided with yarn and a pattern for a fabulous pair of colourwork mittens created especially for the retreat and knitted in my own British yarns. The pattern has been carefully created to be suitable for knitters with basic skills upwards, with different skill levels catered for. Beginners to Fair Isle knitting can benefit from personal tuition in getting started, learning how to control knitting with two colours and working in the round, using the same methods that I use myself. For more advanced knitters the project provides an opportunity to extend your techniques and absorb yourself in knitting this charming colourwork design, and with only twelve attendees you will be sure of personal attention.

All of our hearty home-cooked meals are provided and inclusive to the price quoted and are cooked on site by my daughter Charlie, a talented chef, using local and seasonal products. Home made sourdough breads and cakes are also a feature of the wonderful food on offer.

All bedrooms are of the highest standards with en suite/private facilities.

This retreat also includes a truly memorable cruise on Derwentwater on a vintage launch disembarking in picturesque Keswick for lunch. A wonderful way to see the magnificent and dramatic beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains and fells. As well as, alpaca walks and an indulgent Bonofire Night supper.

For the first time I will also be joined by Skeindeer Knits. Shortly after moving from Norway to London 8 years ago, Eli (Skeindeer Knits) started knitting Selbu Mittens to feel closer to home. When asked to teach Selbu Mittens at a local yarn shop, she created her own knitting pattern in English that would be quick and easy to make. This quickly escalated to numerous mitten designs, and eventually the annual Selbu Mitten Club, which we have been very proud to be part of as Eli has chosen Susan Crawford Vintage yarns as a suggested yarn for Selbu Mittens in her clubs, culminating in the extremely popular Mystery Mitten Knit A Long last winter.

 

Whilst Eli has branched out to become a versatile knitting pattern designer, Selbu Mittens remain her speciality, passion and origin story. We are delighted that Eli has agreed to join us for the retreat, and will be sharing techniques and tips as well as telling us about the history of Selbu Mittens. What a treat!

Lingholm

The estate is set amongst the dramatic Lakeland fells on which the local Herdwick sheep roam and was a regular holiday home for a young Beatrix Potter and her family. The venues for our retreat are set in the picturesque grounds of a grade II listed Victorian manor house. You are free to wander its beautiful paths around the gardens and woodland, and enjoy the Estate's private lake frontage. Situated within the grounds is the recently restored walled garden, inspiration for Mr McGregor's garden in The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

The Estate boasts “The Lingholm Kitchen” cafe serving a range of locally sourced food, artisan breads, home baked cakes and real barista coffee. The attached gift shop has a fabulous range of gifts for sale as well as take away food and drink. Its impressive 100 foot long glass wall looks down on the walled garden and across Derwentwater to stunning fell views beyond.

Rosetrees

The setting for our retreat is Rosetrees, a beautiful house built in the 1850s set in the breathtaking grounds of the Lingholm estate. It has been recently refurbished whilst retaining its outstanding period features; offering a warm, welcoming and cosy atmosphere, rain or shine.

The accommodation is spread over several floors, each bedroom with its own en-suite and finished to the highest of standards, all with beautiful views. The spacious and comfortable living room is the perfect spot to relax with extensive views of the lake and mountains beyond. The wood panelled dining room doubles as our comfortable workshop space. Enjoy walking in our own private grounds which lead directly down to the lake. Our meals, prepared by our own in-house chef, will be focused on the best local produce.

The Lodge

Our second property is situated just 2 minutes walk from Rosetrees through the grounds and provides us with several more bedrooms, again appointed to the highest of standards.

The lodge also has its own living room and terrace with outside seating and a large private garden for anyone wanting some moments of complete tranquility.

 

Workshop Sessions

Workshop sessions take place in the comfort of the opulent dining room in Rosetrees, hosted by Susan Crawford.

An exclusive mitten project designed by Susan, will be the focus of our workshop sessions throughout the retreat. A kit containing all the yarn you will need to complete your project is included. A full list of any extra materials you may need will be provided prior to the retreat.

The pattern has been carefully created to be suitable for knitters with basic skills upwards, with different skill levels catered for. Beginners to Fair Isle knitting can benefit from personal tuition in getting started, learning how to control knitting with two colours and working in the round, using the same methods used by Susan. For more advanced knitters the mittens are an enjoyable with plenty of interest throughout.

During the course of the workshop sessions Susan will cover subjects such as provisional cast-ons, grafting, colour dominance, weaving, combination (two-handed) colourwork, and finishing and dressing your finished pieces including how to successfully block your mittens.

By the end of the retreat you should be well on the way to completing your special project.

 

A small selection of Susan Crawford yarns, books and produce will be available to purchase throughout the retreat from our pop-up shop at Rosetrees.

Itinerary

  • Mon 4th Nov
  • Tue 5th Nov
  • Wed 6th Nov
  • Thur 7th Nov
  • Fri 8th Nov

Arrive after 4pm. (Please note, check-in is strictly after 5pm. You will not be able to access the property prior to this time). You will have time to settle into your rooms in our beautiful lakeside house with time to explore the grounds and the surrounding Estate. In addition the Lingholm Kitchen restaurant is open from 9am for food and drinks. We will rendezvous at 7pm in the lounge of Rosetrees for a welcome drink (included) followed by dinner at 7.30pm in our private dining room. You are then free to relax, knit, get to know each other, explore and retire at your leisure.

Our workshop commences at 10am after breakfast, with a tea break around 11.30am. Lunch will be at approximately 1pm with the workshop continuing through the afternoon, with refreshments provided. The workshop will finish around 4.30pm to allow time for an afternoon walk around the grounds or to the lake or simply to relax in the comfort of the living room at Rosetrees before indulging in our Bonfire Night supper being served at approximately 7.30pm. Guests may continue knitting on their project throughout the evening if they wish.

After a leisurely breakfast we will embark on our cruise around the lake, a perfect chance to take photos in a glorious setting. We will disembark at Keswick in time for a delicious lunch with time allowed for a wander around this delightful Lakeland town. We then return to the pier to finish off our cruise before returning to Lingholm for a warm drink and a relax before dinner.

This morning we will be going on a guided alpaca walk around the Estate, each with our own alpaca to escort (subject to the weather). Alternatively you can remain at Rosetrees and relax or explore the grounds, visit the cafe and walled garden, or go down to the lake if you prefer. Lunch will be served at Rosetrees at 1pm, with our workshop continuing at approximately 2pm, ending at approximately 6pm, when we will take stock of progress. A damson gin cocktail will be served around 7.30pm before we sit down to dinner and spend our last evening together.

Breakfast will be served before farewells and check-out by 10am.

Accommodation Prices (Nov 2019) Deposit Required

Rosetrees

6 bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities.

King Size grand delux room with en-suite with bath and large walk-in shower. Can be split into two separate beds if required so that the room can be shared. For two people

£1480 per person/£2960 per room

£1480 per room.

King Size delux room with en-suite with walk-in shower. Can be split into two separate beds if required. For two people.

£1400 per person/£2800 per room

£1400 per room

Double room with en-suite with walk-in shower. Single occupancy

£1400 per person

£700

The Lodge

There are 4 bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities.

King size room with single occupancy (en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower)

£1350 per person

Payment in full required

Ground floor double room with en-suite with walk-in shower. Single occupancy

£1350 per person

Payment in full required

Twin room with private bathroom with walk-in shower. Single or double occupancy. Can be booked individually.

£1110 per person/

£2220 per room

Payment in full required

Accessibility

We have one accessible ground floor bedroom with en-suite in the lodge if required, however please be aware that this property is a two minute walk from Rosetrees where the workshops and meals will be held.

Due to the nature of the Estate's location and the age and layout of this traditional lake house, please note that there are stairs up to some of the communal areas and bathrooms in Rosetrees which are unfortunately unsuitable for wheelchair access.

If you wish to discuss any queries with regards to accessibility before making a booking please email us, and we will do our best to advise you.

Getting to Lingholm

  • Train
  • Plane
  • Automobile
  • Map

Travel to Penrith station direct from Glasgow or Edinburgh approximately 1 hour; direct from Manchester airport in under 2 hours; direct from Birmingham New Street in 2.5 to 3 hours, direct from London approximately 3 hours.

Taxis can be obtained at Penrith train station for the transfer from the station to Lingholm Estate:
Ring Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 or email info@daviestaxis.co.uk;
Alternatively message Greta Taxi on 07399 266 470 for prices and booking information.

Mini Bus Transfer
We are pleased to be able to offer mini bus transfer from Penrith train station to Lingholm on Monday 4th at approximately 5pm and back to the station at 9am on Friday 8th. Please let us know if you wish to use this service. We can only offer this at the times specified.

Lingholm is within easy reach of several of the UK's major international airports including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and London Heathrow. Transfer from each of these airports can be made by train. See details above.

Taxis can be obtained at Penrith train station for the transfer from the station to Lingholm Estate:
Ring Davies Taxis on 017687 72676 or email info@daviestaxis.co.uk;
Alternatively message Greta Taxi on 07399 266 470 for prices and booking information.

Mini Bus Transfer
We are pleased to be able to offer mini bus transfer from Penrith train station to Lingholm at 3pm on Monday 18th and back to the station at 10am on Friday 22nd. Please let us know if you wish to use this service. We can only offer this at the times specified.

The Lingholm Estate is easily accessible from the M6 motorway from North or South.

Approximate driving time from Manchester or Newcastle upon Tyne, 2 hours; from Glasgow or Leeds, 2.5 hours; from Edinburgh, 3 hours.

There are limited parking spaces at each of our properties, plus ample parking in the Lingholm Estate public car park.

The Lingholm Estate, Portinscale, Keswick, CA12 5TZ