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Unique One Knitting Weekend, March 27, 28 & 29, 2009

You can link directly to the official Unique One Knitting Weekend page HERE


Or you can just read it here:

  • Come to the Lord Camden Inn, Camden's finest luxury, boutique Inn, boasting unsurpassed service, comfort and elegance, with a premier village location and magnificent views of Camden Harbor and the surrounding coastal mountains!
  • Join Beth and the staff of Unique One Sweater & Yarn shop for a relaxing weekend of knitting, spinning, or whatever fiber work you enjoy most. Take part in classes, win doorprizes, and enjoy spending time with other fiber fanatics, sharing knowledge and indulging your fiber needs.
  • Friday night:
    • Private Shopping at Unique One! Knitting Weekend participants can enjoy private shopping at Unique One from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday of your knitting weekend. With a 20% discount, of course! Unique One will also offer 20% off any purchase at the store throughout the entire weekend, for Knitting Weekend participants.
    • Knitters Reception at Unique One, 7 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. : Wine, appetizers, coffee or tea -- pick up your Knitting Weekend goodie bag, meet other knitting weekenders, browse Unique One, and then go on back to the Lord Camden Inn conference room to hang out, eat, drink, chat, knit, spin, relax. Greet old friends and make new ones! Find a comfy spot and knit or spin or whatever suits you.
  • Saturday:
  • This year's Knitting Weekend is a very laid back affair, providing knitters with lots of time to simply be with other knitters, enjoy talking about knitting, sharing projects, relaxing, and asking questions you may have about knitting. Spend all day in your pajamas, knitting or spinning and eating chocolate, if you want to! When do you ever get to do that? Beth will be on hand (possibly in her pajamas too) to answer your knitting questions, teach mini "how-to" lessons, and generally laugh and knit along with you and act silly. Come act silly with me while you knit or spin :)
  • Do you have a laptop? Bring it with you and watch knitting DVD's ... Beth has a collection of knitting DVDs for you to peruse, to entertain, to teach, or to preview. Been thinking about buying a knitting DVD but wanted a chance to look it over first? Come look at these. Also, the Lord Camden Inn has wifi access, so we can share knitting websites, blogs, free patterns and maybe even create our own Unique One Knitting Weekend 2009 web page! Don't worry, what goes on at the Unique One Knitting Weekend, stays at the Unique One Knitting Weekend. We will keep your secrets safe.
  • For lunch and dinner on Saturday, folks are on their own, but your Knitting Weekend goodie bag will contain discount coupons for several eateries in town. Take the opportunity to check out one of the several fabulous restaurants in Camden!
  • Saturday evening, bring your knitting and spinning and hang out with us in the conference room! It is always fun to see what everyone is knitting, share tips and techniques, or new fiber and yarn finds. If Beth gets her act together she may even set up a knitting machine and do a demonstration of how Unique One sweaters are made!
  • Sunday:
  • Come knit your last goodbyes in the morning, get a group picture taken, and fill out our Knitting Weekend guestbook! You don't need to check out of the Inn till noon, so you might as well squeeze in that last little bit of knitting and spinning relaxation time.
  • On-going Throughout the Weekend
  • Door prizes: THREE door prizes will be given out during the knitting weekend! You could be a winner! Beth has carefully chosen some wonderful items from Unique One to give away!
  • Plenty of "UKT". My friend Joan Davis, knitter extraordinaire, used to offer some wonderful knitting events over the years, including some great knitting cruises on the Pauline, both here in Penobscot Bay and down in the Chesapeake. She also offered what she called "Knit Inns" at local bed and breakfasts here in the Camden area. One of the best parts of Joan's knitting events were what she called "UKT" -- "Uninterrupted Knitting Time". I'm hoping to recapture some of the joy and magic of Joan's knitting events, and that includes plenty of UKT. So please feel free to relax, enjoy the wonderful ambience of the beautiful Lord Camden Inn, and just hang out and knit or spin all weekend with others who share your passion!
  • How Much Does It Cost? How Do I Sign Up?
  • To reserve your space at this event, you must do two things:
  • Each Unique One Knitting Weekend costs $50, payable to Unique One. Call toll free 1-888-691-8358 to register and pay. A $25 deposit is required when you register.
  • You must also call the Lord Camden Inn 1-800-336-4325 and reserve your room. This costs $100 per person, per night. Breakfast (very yummy! there are Waffles!) and taxes are included.
  • Please call Unique One toll free if you have any questions: 1-888-691-8358

  • Ooops

    I am a victim of the copy/paste demon. When I uploaded my class list to the Unique One store website I had neglected to change the date on 2 of the classes.... please find the correct dates and class schedule here.


    Yarn Sale!! & More Winter Classes at Unique One

    Unique One is having a yarn sale -- 20% off all yarn in stock!  The sale  started today and will end on Sunday, February 1.

    Also, I have updated my winter class list to include the Sunday classes that *I* will be teaching. I tell ya, there is something going on nearly every weekend between now and May. It's just one big knitting party here all winter long! Here is my new and improved class list:

    Winter Classes at Unique One

    Class: Learn to knit cables and textures
    When: February 14 & 28, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Wendy Ford
    Materials you need to bring: Size 6 needles; 150 grams sport weight or DK weight yarn (recommended: 3 skeins of Heilo or Classic 150 or Cashsoft DK); a cable needle
    Cost: $50.00 includes lunch both days, instruction and a scarf pattern

    Class: All About Yarn
    When: February 15, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Beth Collins
    Materials you need to bring: This is a "talking" class, so all you need to bring are your ears and something to take notes with. This class will answer all those yarn questions you have had but were afraid to ask :)
    Cost: $30.00 includes lunch, and instruction.

    Class: Learn 2-color knitting
    When: March 14, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Wendy Ford
    Materials you need to bring: Size 7 16-inch circular needles and a set of size 7 double pointed needles; 2 skeins of Maine wool or other worsted weight yarn
    Cost: $30.00 includes lunch, instruction, and a hat pattern

    Class: How to Knit a Gauge Swatch and Use It to Improve Your Knitting!
    When: March 22, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Beth Collins
    Materials you need to bring: scrap yarn and needles suitable in size to work with your yarn; tape measure or ruler; calculator; paper and pencil.
    Cost: $30.00 includes lunch, and instruction.

    Class: Finishing Techniques
    When: March 22, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Beth Collins
    Materials you need to bring: scrap yarn and needles suitable in size to work with your yarn; any unfinished garment that you would like help or advice on as to how to finish it; tapestry needle; crochet hook; patience.
    Cost: $30.00 includes lunch, and instruction.

    Class: Reading and altering patterns
    When: April 4, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Wendy Ford
    Materials you need to bring: worsted weight scrap yarn and suitable needles for knitting test swatches, a pattern or book of patterns, an idea for a project you want to alter or understand, graph paper and regular paper, pencil, calculator
    Cost: $30.00 includes lunch and instruction

    Class: Knitting Portuguese Style!
    Learn to knit the Portuguese way, in which purling is faster than knitting! This class will get you started, and the included DVD will enable you to do ANY knitting technique the Portuguese way, including increasing, decreasing, knitting with beads, and knitting with two colors!Also, learn the Portuguese bind off. Portuguese knitting is different from both American and Continental knitting; it is fast, efficient, and easier on your hands. The DVD will also teach you how to measure your gauge, do Kitchener Stitch, seam with the Mattress Stitch, 3 different ways to cast on and 3 different ways to bind off, and how to join your work into a round.
    When: March 22, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Beth Collins
    Materials you need to bring: scrap yarn and needles suitable in size to work with your yarn; optional: bring your laptop, if it can play DVD's.... so you can practice after lunch. Cost: $65.00 includes lunch, a knitting hook, an instructional DVD on Portuguese knitting techniques, and instruction.

    Please call Unique One (1-888-691-8358 toll free; local 236-8717) to register. Prepayment is required and is nonrefundable. Classes must have at least 3 people enrolled to occur; class size is limited to 10. If classes must be cancelled due to bad weather, they will be rescheduled. If you miss a class, you cannot make it up and neither will your fee be refunded for that class.

    Request a class! If enough people request a particular class, it is more likely to be offered. Beth is willing to offer a class if 6 or more people are interested in signing up to learn a particular skill together.

    I hope you can come take a class! Classes are held at Cappy's, next door to Unique One, and we have coffee and muffins in the morning, a great lunch, and cookies in the afternoon. AND great knitting learning going on... and time to knit and wind down in the afternoon. It's like a mini-vacation every weekend here. Won't you  come join us?

    You can check out this same information on my store website. Click here to link. :)


    Winter Classes at Unique One

    Class: Learn to knit socks on 2 circular needles 
    When: January 17 & 31, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Wendy Ford
    Materials you need to bring: Two size 2 circular needles, 24 inches long; 100 grams fingering weight sock yarn
    Cost: $50.00 includes lunch both days, instruction, and a sock pattern 


    Class: Learn to knit cables and textures 
    When: February 14 & 28, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Wendy Ford
    Materials you need to bring: Size 6 needles; 150 grams sport weight or DK weight yarn (recommended: 3 skeins of Heilo or Classic 150 or Cashsoft DK); a cable needle
    Cost: $50.00 includes lunch both days, instruction and a scarf pattern 


    Class: Learn 2-color knitting
    When: March 14, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Wendy Ford
    Materials you need to bring: Size 7 16-inch circular needles and a set of size 7 double pointed needles; 2 skeins of Maine wool or other worsted weight yarn
    Cost: $30.00 includes lunch, instruction, and a hat pattern 


    Class: Reading and altering patterns
    When: April 4, 10 am to 2 pm
    Where: Cappy's, in the Crow's Nest upstairs
    Instructor: Wendy Ford
    Materials you need to bring: worsted weight scrap yarn and suitable needles for knitting test swatches, a pattern or book of patterns, an idea for a project you want to alter or understand, graph paper and regular paper, pencil, calculator
    Cost: $30.00 includes lunch and instruction


    Check in again soon to see a schedule of classes taught by Beth, including Knitting Portuguese Style, Finishing Techniques, How to Knit and Use a Gauge Swatch, and All About Yarn. These classes will be one day only, and will cost $30; the schedule will soon be determined.

    Please call Unique One (1-888-691-8358 toll free; local 236-8717) to register. Prepayment is required and is nonrefundable. Classes must have at least 3 people enrolled to occur; class size is limited to 10. If classes must be cancelled due to bad weather, they will be rescheduled. If you miss a class, you cannot make it up and neither will your fee be refunded for that class.

    Request a class! If enough people request a particular class, it is more likely to be offered. Beth is willing to offer a class if 6 or more people are interested in signing up to learn a particular skill together.