Apres Retreat

I retreated last weekend …


with my favourite people, Knitters! At the Sticks, Strings and Stewardship Retreat in Sudbury, ON, we knit, laughed, learned some new skills, ate, laughed some more and knit. I feel refreshed and the best part is that I feel right in the world about my knitting obsession.

I exposed some knitters to the wonders of I-Cord (much of it “unvented” by the wonderful Elizabeth Zimmermann). It was wonderful to see the light go on as we discussed all the ways I-Cord can be used:

  1. free standing I-cord (here’s an i-cord photo tutorial)
  2. built-in i-cord,
  3. applied aftermarket,
  4. worked as a cast on & cast off,
  5. different styles of buttonholes
  6. decoration (putting i-cord worms on a sweater being my all time favourite).

I’m going to do The Magic of I-Cord again at our next retreat: Cabin Fever Retreat on October 26-28, 2018 at the Fern Resort in Orillia. We’re going to tackle all things I-cord in a little project that you’ll have finished by the end of the weekend. There will be great food, lots of laughs, new skills and lots and lots of knitting. I’m primed now and can’t wait to get started.

I did a little stroll through my Cabin Fever designs where I used the Magic of I-Cord. I was surprised by the number. Here are just a few of my favourites.

YOSO 2016 Mosaic Knitting
Mosaic Tiles hat, I-cord brim and tail at crown.
kimono vest
Kimono Vest, all edges worked as built-in I-cord. No finishing, just sew on the button.
Swing Coat
Swing Coat, I-cord front edge, mock I-cord details (vertical lines) and hidden buttonholes.
Top Down Ridges P1040401 - Copy
Top Down Ridges with the front edge worked in built-in I-cord.

My first retreat of the season convinces me that this is the most wonderful way to spend a weekend. I wonder why it’s called a retreat? I can only think that it is a retreat from our normal lives where people don’t get our devotion to knitting.

Thanks for reading,


Cabin Fever pattern on ravelry


Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

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