Biggest Little Getaway: A Magical Retreat!!

JBW Biggest Little Getaway

Here's your headquarters for everything regarding this year's Jimmy Beans Wool Retreat!

We're excited to be heading back up to North Star Resort at beautiful Lake Tahoe for a wonderful weekend full of learning, laughing, and of course, knitting! Here's the low-down on what's happening high up on the mountain this year:

  • June 1-4th, 2017
  • North Star Resort at Lake Tahoe
Cost: (prices include taxes, gratuities and resort fees)
  • Double occupancy (2 queen beds): $1295
  • Single occupancy (1 king/queen bed): $1545
*Cost is payable in full or in 3 payments
*You may specify a roommate on your registration form (please be sure to send your forms in around the same time), or we will happily match you with one.

  • 3 nights lodging at North Star Resort; all meals (dinner on June 1 through brunch on June 4), plus snacks and beverages; all scheduled classes with Ann Budd and Romi Hill; all scheduled excursions and transportation fees; and an amazing swag bag, plus a few extra surprises!
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*We will accept cancellations, with a $100 cancellation fee, until March 15, 2017.


Book Now Online or just give us a call to secure your spot - believe us, you don't want to miss out!

Phone: (775)827-YARN (9276)

Toll free phone: (877)JBW-KNIT (529-5648)     (within the United States)

Classes with Ann Budd

Knits-pert extraordinaire Ann Budd and lace guru Romi Hill are bringing the knitting knowledge with informative and fun classes that are sure to increase your skill set and sharpen your knitting chops!

Ann Budd is a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer.

She has authored more than a dozen books, including the Handy Book series and many of the Style series, as well as several books on sock knitting, including Getting Started Knitting Socks and Sock Knitting Master Class.

Ann's newest book, New Directions in Sock Knitting was released in early 2016, the year her Knit For Fun Retreats debuted. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops around North America and abroad. Learn more at

Ann Budd

Ann will be teaching:

Socks any Gauge


Want to make socks that fit perfectly, no matter what yarn or needles or stitch pattern you use? This workshop will teach you how to measure your foot, knit a swatch, and devise a standard top-down pattern for any size foot and any gauge of knitting.

Skills: Participants must have experience knitting socks from the top down.

Materials: Tape measure; calculator; yarn of your choice and appropriate needles; markers.

Steeks and Zippers


In this workshop you'll learn how to add a steek to a simple stranded two-color pattern that's knitted in the round. You'll knit a small two-color coffee clutch with steek stitches, then stabilize the stitches with slipstitch crochet, cut the tube, and finish the raw edges with a zipper. You'll leave class ready to knit a cardigan in the round with a steek and finish it with a zipper!

Skills: Participants must be comfortable working on double-pointed needles.

Materials: Worsted-weight wool yarn in two colors (you'll use just part of each ball); a set of U.S. sizes 7 and 8 (4.5 and 5 mm) double-pointed needles (two circulars or the magic loop method can be substituted); tapestry needle; sharp-point sewing needle and sewing thread to match one of the yarn colors.

Below is a selection of Ann's Books. To see more of Ann's patterns check out her Ravelry Page Ann Budd.

Classes with Romi Hill

Romi Hill lives on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Northern Nevada, where the high desert nights are cool and the air is clear and crisp.

A lifelong creater and knitter, she is inspired by the natural surroundings in her corner of the world, and her designs have an organic flow.

She specializes in lace of all weights, and you can see her full pattern collection on Ravelry. Romi's lace book from Interweave Press, New Lace Knitting, was published in September 2015 and features timeless patterns for garments and accessories.

She loves dark chocolate with chili peppers, and she's a sucker for a great pair of cowboy boots. Learn more about Romi and her creative endeavors at
Romi Hill

Romi will be teaching:

Lace and Cable Surgery


In this workshop, not only will we discuss techniques to avoid mishaps, participants will learn how to rip a section of lace (or lace and cable) back and knit it up row by row without having to rip the entire project out.

Students will be given charted knitting homework to be prepared prior to the class: 2 lace swatches with mistakes (or a lace swatch and a cable swatch with mistakes), to be operated upon during class!

Materials: swatches, double pointed knitting needles at least 2 sizes smaller than used to knit swatch, crochet hook in similar size to dpns, small foam core sheet (or something else to which the swatch can be pinned), t-pins, point protectors, and patience.

Shapely Shawls


Learn about different shapes that shawls can come in! We'll go through several ways to shape shawls and how you can expect to increase or decrease to arrive at a particular shape. Then we will cast on for a small shawl made with sock yarn.

Materials: knitting needles in size depending on pattern, shawl pattern, sock or other fingering-weight yarn for shawl.

Below is a sampling of Romi's patterns. To see all of Romi's patterns please visit her Ravelry page Rosemary (Romi) Hill.

We can't wait for the fun to start - we hope you'll join us!

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