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13 September 2007 @ 10:43 am
West Coast Knitting Retreat for "Fluffy" Knitters  
Wow! For a community of a couple hundred, we sure are a quiet group.

The purpose of this post is to let you all know about a west coast knitting retreat. It's called AK West (ak stands for ample knitters). It's being held November 2 and 3 in Ashland Oregan. It's a fun weekend of shopping, knitting, merriment, door prizes and fashion shows and just kicking back and relaxing.

I don't want to take up space if there's no interest here, but if there is, please let me know and I will be glad to provide more information on it. We have a few rooms of our reservations block still available.
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Alisasleepsong on September 13th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Is there ever going to be an East Coast equivalent? I'd be interested in that...
The Basket Case Ladybasketcaselady on September 13th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
There will be if someone plans it :) The reason this one started a few years ago was because there were a few on the east coast and in the midwest. I asked if there was going to be something on the west coast and someone suggested I plan one. So I did!

It's not that hard. And if you plan it, they will come! I promise :)
citabriagcitabriag on September 14th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Next year, after I move up to the Seattle area I would definitely go to it. But for now.. (sniffle) I live in Arizona. The land of heat and not to much sweater knitting. But I do have a few projects I want to knit that are good for the northwest weather.
The Basket Case Ladybasketcaselady on September 14th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
I don't think the travel distance would be too much different from Arizona than it is from Seattle. Seattle is just in a straight line. Well it depends on where you are in Seattle I guess.

I picked Ashland Oregon because it's smack in the middle between Mexico and Canada and with travel distance of our neighboring states too.

I'll look forward to meeting you next year though :)
Just a cuddley Blakeyneoqbacca on September 14th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'd like more info please.
The Basket Case Ladybasketcaselady on September 14th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Ok here is the info...
I am hostessing a Knitting Retreat the weekend of November 2 and 3 at the Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon. First, the important stuff. The hotel has given us a group rate of $79 a night per room. There will also be a retreat fee of $65 if paid by September 30, $80 if paid on or after October 1. The room rate is paid to the hotel, the retreat fee to me. The room rate includes a extensive continental style breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings. The retreat fee (and raffle proceeds) will cover the cost for the goodie bags, including a yarn project and my costs in setting this retreat up. Refund Policy: Because I will be ordering yarn based on how many people plan to attend, cancellations after October 1, will be refunded 50%. Sorry, I have to do that. Retreat fees can be paid to me through PayPal. My PayPal account name is TheBasketCaseLady (Surprise surprise). Visa, MC, Amex, Discover accepted on that account. Paypal can be accessed here or if you prefer to send a payment by check, please email me for more information TheBasketCaseLady at TheBasketCaseLady dot com.

Please, if your email name is different than your real life name, let me know who you are paying for.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO THERE? Since we'll be in holiday mode, we'll have a "Secret Pal Exchange" but with a twist. Bring a knitting related gift, wrapped. When someone opens it, the next person can steal it instead of picking a wrapped gift. This is a fun game. Let's keep the cost on this gift between $10-$15. That way we'll all be getting pretty well the same value as what we put in. There will be 2 fashion shows: one put on FOR us (the public is invited) by the Middleford Yarn Alley and one we will do just for us. Middleford has invited us to model things we've made at their fashion show. At ours, we will be modeling our own as well, as many as we'd like...and also showing some things that should have never been made. We all have at least one of those :) There are goodies being donated by shops and designers from all over the country. I will be raffling those off both nights.

There are 3 yarn shops we'll be visiting: Middleford Yarns in Medford, The Web*sters in Ashland, and Llamas and Llambs in Jacksonville. And mainly we're just going up there to kick back and knit.

The Basket Case Ladybasketcaselady on September 14th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Ok here is the info...
Things to be aware of
NON-SMOKING POLICY: Ashland Springs Hotel has a non-smoking policy. Guests smoking in their rooms are subject to $125.00 cleaning fee. PLEASE BE ADVISED.
CUT-OFF DATE: Reservations must be received by Friday, October 5, 2007. After this date, our room block will be released for general sale. The Hotel will accept reservations at the group rate after this cut-off date based upon availability.
GUEST ROOM RATES: Our group rate is $79 a night. Rates do not include Ashland city hotel tax (currently at 8%). Rates are for single or double occupancy. Please add $20 for each additional guest.
AIRPORT: The nearest large airport is Medford International (about 10 miles away)

RESERVATIONS: Please call Karolina Wysznska to make your reservations. She can be reached at 888-795-4545 x 1004 or 541-488-1700 x 1004. If she is not available, leave your name and number and she will call you back. The booking number you will need to get this room rate is 1356 or just mention "Ample Knitters."

Take some time to look through the hotel's website to get an idea of the place. We had our retreat there last year and it was wonderful! Having been a guest there myself, I have to say that the website truly doesn't do it justice. There are long ceiling fans hanging down in the lobby. Swing & other music from the 30s and 40s era fill the lobby. The huge lobby is set up like 3 living room groupings, and there is a large fireplace. There are palm trees all over inside the lobby. The place has a Casa Blanca feel to it.

We will also be donating hand knit or crocheted hats to the Middleford Yarn shop for their Caps for Kids charity. I will be donating a couple of raffle tickets to the one that brings in the most hats. So start knitting hats now!

**** When you make your reservations, please send a separate email to me, TheBasketCaseLady at TheBasketCaseLady dot com so I can keep track of how many people will attend. If you are bringing a friend to share your room with, I will also need to know this too. You and your friend will be able to split the cost of the hotel but the retreat cost, listed above, is per person. If you are planning to attend the retreat only, but not stay at the Ashland Springs Hotel, please advise me of that as well. I want to make sure I bring enough gift projects for everyone who will be there.