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7.30am and we are off on our long drive from Wales to the French Alps.

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By the time we reach France the sock has got a heel and we are rockin’ to Jim Morrison and Robert Plant in the car.

And at long last…

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…we arrive in Arras for our overnight stay at a typical French Auberge.

Now to find the nearest bar for an aperitif and a bit more knitting!



After months of planning and lots of organisation this year’s knitting retreat is almost upon us. My bags are packed, a huge box of yarn from Claudia (www.wollsinn.de) is ready to go and all other bits and bobs have been collated. Three of us are setting off from Wales early tomorrow morning traveling by car to the French Alps where this years retreat takes place. We will drive 850 miles there and 850 miles back, stopping over in France for a night.

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I will be knitting socks when not driving (any tips on how to drive & knit at the same time?), and hoping to finish a pair by the time I come back. I have of course packed yarn for other projects too, and I am hoping to start my #jojimysterykal whilst there.

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these are my colours

Over the next 12 days or so I will keep a retreat diary, posting lots of photos and short bits of writing. This is the first entry of the #retreatlog2017. Hopefully you join me in our adventure…I am very excited!

I just managed to finish my #nordicwindshawl by @cabinfour in time for this trip. So pleased with the way it has turned out and using Einrum yarn was absolutely the right decision. The shawl is super soft and almost weightless.

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Early bed for me I think…see you on the road tomorrow!



Hello friends! I can almost not believe that it’s that time of year already when we announce all the details for our next knitting retreat. So exciting!!!

Claudia and I have been working hard, together with my friend Julie, and we are so happy to announce that next year’s retreat will be in the beautiful French Alps. Here is everything you need to know about it:

Date: Sunday 7 May – Saturday 13 May 2017

Venue: Chatel Portes du Soleil, Abondance Valley, France

Workshop Theme: The possibilities of short rows, incorporating shape and surface design


Inclusive in price:

6 nights in 5* accommodation plus Breakfast and dinner

We will be staying in two privately owned 5* Chalets





6 x Dinner (3 courses incl. of vegetarian option) prepared from locally sourced ingredients by private Chef

Transfers to and from Geneva Airport

Daytrip to the Medieval Town of Yvoire on the shores of Lake Geneva



All tuition fees plus yarn pack – We will be working with top quality yarns, learning how to utelise short rows in shape and surface design. There will be more information nearer the time for all of those who book a place

Knitting Gymnastic and fabulous walks in beautiful surroundings

Complete Tour organisation plus assistance on site

Total Cost:

Single: Euro 870 per person

Double: Euro 770 per person based on two people sharing

Not included

Air- or Train Fare, any entrance fees or other activities you may want to undertake whilst there, all lunches, drinks or other foods. A Supermarket is within walking distance.


Transfer from Geneva airport will be leaving at 14.00 hours on Sunday 7 May and departing at 11.00 hours on Saturday 13 May 2017 from the Chalets.

Please make sure to book your travel accordingly.

To book a place

Please send an e-mail to heike.gittins@gmail.com stating clearly if you would like to book a single or double room and who you are sharing with. Please also advise if you have any special dietary requirements.

Upon receipt of e-mail you will receive a bill which can be payed via bank transfer into Heike’s German Euro bank account (bank charges if any to be paid by you) Upon money received you will receive a booking confirmation.


30% deposit upon booking your place

70% rest amount no later than 31 March 2017


In the event of a cancellation the following applies:

Up to 31. March 2017 – 20% deposit refund

No refund after 31. March 2017

We will pay a total refund if a replacement participant is given.

The Programme:

The detailed programme will be announced nearer the time and you will receive a monthly newsletter with updates and general information from January 2017 onwards.

Good general knitting knowledge is required, workshops will be held in English and German.

There are 5 double and 3 single rooms available and early booking is highly recommended!


WoolyLoops is a Co-Production of:

Heike Gittins – www.madewithloops.co.uk and

Claudia Baumann-Ruegg – www.wollsinn.de

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

Best wishes

Heike and Claudia

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