Join us for an all-inclusive retreat full of yarn, knitting, crocheting, and learning at the spectacular Peppermill Resort in Reno! Each year we strive to make it bigger and better - truly deserving of the name, The Biggest Little Getaway! Come together with other retreaters who have a passion for the craft, and let your skills shine!
For the first time ever, we've put together FOUR fabulous fiber-filled days of classes, special presentations, one-of-a-kind goodies, and so much more! Plus, spend some time at our brand new 22,000 sq. foot warehouse location where you can find all of the best yarn to squish and take home with you!
Additionally, this year we will be taking a little excursion to the beautiful Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie for a sunset dinner cruise. This unforgettable evening cruise is complete with famous Tahoe sunsets, breathtaking views over Emerald Bay, local cuisine, and live music!
This year's line-up of guest speakers for our special presentations include: Sajive Jain from Knitter's Pride, Emre Koc from Urth Yarns, and Shannon Dunbabin from Cascade Yarns!
Reserve your spot today for $500!
Voted one of Reno's best resorts year after year, the Peppermill presents a fusion of old-world hotel style, service, and aesthetics with contemporary luxury hotel amenities and excellent service. Classes and dining will take place in a smoke free environment on the second floor.
If you wish to add an additional night to your stay or wish to have a significant other dine with the group, please contact our customer service team at (775) 827-9276
You may cancel your visit with us, with no penalty, anytime before August 1st. After August 1st, there is a $100 cancellation fee unless we are able to re-book your space. The last day to cancel before not receiving a refund is August 15th.
-Pricing includes lodging, all meals, all classes, and all events hosted by our sponsors and partners. Alcoholic beverages are NOT included.
-Prices include taxes, gratuities, and resort fees.
-Cost is payable in full or in 5 payments. Please contact customer service at (775) 827-9276 if you wish to do the payment plan. Orders placed online will be charged in full.
-Those purchasing the Locals Only ticket must have an address within 50 miles.
-Locals Only ticket includes all classes, demonstrations, presentations, meals, transportation, and access to the JBW warehouse, does not include hotel accommodations.
-Due to the nature of PayPal transactions, we request you pay directly with your credit card.
- Shuttle to and from the airport
- Fine dining experience
- Special presentations
- One-of-a-kind swag bags that are filled to the brim with goodies
- Access to the 22,000 sq. foot Jimmy Beans warehouse
- Tahoe Sunset Dinner Cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie in Zephyr Cove
- Five, two-hour knit or crochet classes in your preferred craft with friendly instructors
Class Name: Sweet Sweater Success
Instructor: Amy Gunderson
Description: Ready to branch out from shawls and hats? Yearning for a sweater but terrified to screw it up?! Are you ready to take your knits to the next level? This class will cover a wide variety of topics relating to garment knitting, including but not limited to:
- Yarn substitutions
- Picking the size for you
- Understanding various types of garment construction
- What to do if you can't get gauge
- Learn to read a schematic
- And more!
Class Name: Basically Brioche
Instructor: Beth Whiteside
Description: Shawl stitch, Oriental rib, fisherman's rib, patent steek, brioche. Whatever they are called and however they are made, the fabrics that result are thick, fluffy, and stretchy, and often wonderfully color to boot! Come explore how to work these intriguing stitch patterns! Learn the basic moves for brk and brp,which cast-ons and bind-offs are best for this stretchy fabric, and options for edge stitches. Gain an understanding of the stitch structure, practice unkitting stitches, and learn other ways to fix mistakes. Add brioche stitches to your stitch-making stockpile!
Class Name: Upcycling with Yarn!
Instructor: Afifa Sayeed
Description: Add a little flair to your boring old t-shirts with knitted embellishments! Learn how to modify necklines, sleeves, and even length by adding knitted accents.
Class Name: Entrelac Essentials
Instructor: Justine Chenel
Description: New entrelac knitting? Untangle the seemingly complicated technique with a step-by-step class to create your own beautiful blocks of intersecting color. Entrelac is truly enchanting knitting - watching the colors change as each tier is built one rectangle at a time, you won't want to put this project down! In this class, Justine will break down everything you need to know from casting on and binding off with triangles, seamlessly picking up stitches, and knitting your slanting tiers of rectangles. The resulting fabric looks woven and offers endless opportunities to incorporate textured stitches and color changes. Hone your entrelac skills by making an entrelac square or two, which can later be sewn to make a pair of fingerless mitts, the start of a beautiful patchwork blanket, or anything else you can dream up. The necessary skills for this class include: knit, purl, working increases and decreases (ssk, k2tog, p2tog), and picking up stitches.
Class Name: Cast On, Cast Off, and Everything in Between!
Instructor: Amy Gunderson, Justine Chenel, Afifa Sayeed, and Beth Whiteside
Description: Are you ready to advance your knitting and have finished pieces that look more handmade and less homemade? Buckle your seatbelt and get ready for a wild and informative ride of all things knitting! Your head will be spinning from information overload (in a good way!) from this action-packed class. Come with all of your knit related questions and leave with all of the best tips and tricks to elevate your projects from start to finish!
Class Name: Learn the PULAD Technique
Instructor: Tamara Kelly
Description: Open up more colorwork and stitch pattern possibilities with the PULAD technique! Using two “live” loops in your work can reduce the ends that need to be woven in while also creating gorgeous texture with your colorwork. Have your stitch markers at the ready and get ready to wow with a beautiful crocheted fabric!
Class Name: Mosaic Crochet
Instructor: Tamara Kelly
Description: Bring color to life in your projects with Moasic Crochet! Less complicated than it looks, these techniques only use one color per row that result in stunning colorwork! In this class learn two techniques that results in either a reversible fabric or one-sided designs!
Class Name: Tunisian Crochet with Color
Instructor: Linda Dean
Description: Have you been loving Tunisian Crochet recently and looking to advance your skills?! Incorporate color changes within your rows without extra ends to weave in! From simple stripes to Fair Isle and Intarsia, in this class you will learn the first steps to master the art of colorwork in Tunisian crochet!
Class Name: Crocheting with Charts; Symbols and Colorwork
Instructor: Linda Dean
Description: Reading crochet charts can be challenging! With this class we will unlock how to read crochet charts so you can open yourself up to the opportunity to endless project possibilities!
Class Name: From Start to Finish
Instructor: Linda Dean and Tamara Kelly
Description: Looking to perfect your projects?! Longing for straighter edges? Craving cleaner joins? Yearning for invisible turns? Get all the best tips and tricks on how you can improve your crochet projects. Come with questions, leave with professional looking pieces!