2018 Winter Lace Knitting Retreat – Trapp Family Lodge

Stowe, Vermont (USA)
at Trapp Family Lodge Resort

12 Students 1 Teacher
2 Full Days of Teaching
Arrive: Dec 7th, 2018  Fri. Evening
Leave: Dec 10th, 2018 Mon. Morning
Workshops are  Saturday & Sunday
$350 for workshop PLUS your lodging costs. More info below. To attend this knitting retreat, you must stay at Trapp Family Lodge.

TOPIC: Learn how to knit lace with linen yarn, and as a bonus, learn how to add beads to your lace knitting. We’ll be making a pattern from Lithuania that can be made into a small doily or a larger shawl. You can choose between fingering and lace-weight linen yarn from Lithuania, and you’ll get amber beads to embellish your piece. We’ll make a sample over the weekend, and you can purchase a kit for a larger shawl to make at home if you want to.

Yarn & Beads will be supplied and your doily will be made into a Christmas ornament.

Take a winter vacation in Vermont (USA) and visit the Von Trapp family. A true Christmas vacation with decorations throughout the lodge. Over 21 Christmas trees decorated for the Holiday season. Come join us for a different kind of knitting retreat!  Cross country skiing, sledding, & snowman making on the property. Stowe mountain ski resort 30 min away.

Make your deposit today | $150 Questions?

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We will experiment with different kinds of needles working with different weights of linen yarn to see how the yarn is different than other yarns we have worked with on projects. Based on our discoveries, we will cast on to knit a small sample doily either back-and-forth (rectangular) or in-the-round (circular).

Donna Druchunas, mentor, teacher, activist, entrepreneur (25yrs) & knitter for over 35yrs, brings her lace knitting tequiques to the mountains of Vermont. Come visit Stowe, Vermont at the Trapp Family Lodge Resort. This laid back retreat will give you time to explore the area over the two days. Your lodging package includes breakfast, dinner, tour, free movies, and more.

Donna is the author or Arctic Lace Knitting & Successful Lace Knitting.  She will share her experiences researching the book in Alaska.

Your teacher will be on site the entire time and you will be able to ask as many questions as you like about lace knitting or anything else you may want to know about lace knitting.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm both days.
Class Limit 12 students

What will you learn and make?

This schedule is just an outline.

We will provide yarn and beads for your sample to make in class. We will also have additional linen yarn and amber beads from Lithuania, as well as other yarn and beads, available to purchase if you’d like to make more doilies or a shawl after the retreat.

Your finished project will be a Christmas ornament.

Intermediate to expert knitting skills needed.

Schedule is subject to change. This is just a quick overview.


  • 3pm – 7:30pm checkin
  • Arrival and settle in at the Trapp Family Lodge Resort.
  • 6 pm-7:30 pm – Dinner  (Included)
  • 8 PM-9:30 PM -Meet & greet in the Schubert room. Relax and knit with the group or spend time on your own to get ready for tomorrow’s classes.


  • 7:30 AM – 9 AM – Breakfast in the main dining room. (Included)
  • 10 AM – 12 Noon – Morning Workshop 
  • 12 Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch on your own.
  • 1:30 PM – 5 PM – Afternoon Workshop
  • 1 Hour Break
  • 6 PM – 7:30 PM – Dinner together in the main dining room. (Included)
  • 8 PM – 9:30 PM – Knit by the fireplace and listen to a talk about historical knitting with Donna.


  • 7:30 AM – 9 AM – Breakfast in the main dining room. (Included)
  • 9 AM – 10:30 AM – Sound of music history tour with a Von Trapp family member. (Included Highlight)
  • 30 Minute Break
  • 11 AM – 12 Noon –Morning Workshop 
  • 12 Noon – 1:30 PM – Lunch on your own or discover Stowe, VT restaurants.
  • 1:30 PM – 5 PM – Afternoon Workshop
  • 1 HR Break
  • 6 PM – 7:30 PM – Dinner together in the main dining room. (Included)
  • 8 PM – 9:30 PM – Continue working on your knitting by the fireplace. Ask your teacher questions if needed to complete your project. Group picture and say goodbye to your new knitting friends. (Highlight)


  • 7:30 AM – 9 AM – Breakfast in the main dining room. (Included)
  • Checkout is 11 AM. Depart the lodge for a day or tourism or you can head home if needed. If you need an extra day at the lodge, please notify staff at reservation time.

Your teacher will be on-site and will be available for questions anytime.
Schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

That’s right, stay at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont (USA). Our second year at this special location in Vermont. Held in the beautiful Austrian Resort Hotel. Limited to 12 attendees + spouses, partners or friends.  Come join them & enjoy the company of other knitters in a great setting in Stowe, VT & the historic Trapp Family Lodge.

The closest airports are Burlington, Vermont (2hr drive), Manchester, New Hampshire, (4hrs drive) or Montreal, Canada (2hr drive)

Amtrak stops in Waterbury, Burlington and Montpelier Vermont, each about two hours away by car.

At this time we can not provide transportation to and from the Airport or Train stations.

Driving by car to the village of Stowe, Vermont (Trapp Family Lodge)

  • Burlington, Vermont (1hr)
  • Montreal, Canada (2hrs 40min)
  • Albany, NY (3hrs 40min)
  • Manchester, NH (2hrs 25min)
  • Boston, Mass (3hrs)
  • New York City (6hrs)
  • Portland, Maine (4hrs)
  • Baltimore, Maryland (8hrs 30min)
  • Cleveland, Ohio (10hrs)


Payment & Terms

Winter Knitting Retreat at Trapp Family Lodge Stowe, Vermont

12 -15 Students 1 Teacher
2 Full Days of Teaching
Saturday December, 8th 2018 – Sunday December, 9 2018

  • Please call for your lodging ahead of time and as soon as possible. Info in the lodging tab above.
  • Workshop fees: $350 (USD) Includes handouts, misc supplies, knitting surprises, yarn, mailings, teacher fees, door prizes, and use of the facilities.
  • Lodging is paid separately from your Trapp Family Lodge reservation.

Workshop Fee Terms

  • Balance due ($200) 2 months before retreat starts before Oct 7th, 2018
  • Limited to 12 people, 1 teacher
  • If you cancel, you are responsible for filling your spot for this retreat.
  • Your deposit is transferable to another knitter. We do have waiting lists.
  • If we fill your spot (from our waiting list), before Nov 7th, 2018, we will refund your deposit.
  • If you cancel after Nov 7th, 2018, your deposit is non- refundable.

**In the unfortunate event that Sheep to Shawl should have to cancel a class for any reason, all fees, including deposits, will be fully refunded in a reasonable time.

***The costs of any travel arrangements you may have made will not be reimbursed.
Please be sure you know your cancellation fees for your airlines or lodging.

Make $150 Deposit today

Your lodging is paid separately from your workshop fee.

Trapp Family Lodge 3 night knitting retreat package

The Trapp Family Lodge is a 2,400-acre, four-and-a-half-star resort. The lodge is managed by Sam von Trapp, son of Johannes von Trapp. The Trapp family, largely fictionalized in The Sound of Music — based loosely on The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp — left Austria shortly after its annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938. Baron Georg von Trapp and his wife Maria settled with their family in Vermont in 1942. After the Baron’s death in 1947, the family expanded and operated their home as a 27-room ski lodge. It was destroyed by fire on 20 December 1980, forcing 45 people, including Baroness von Trapp, to flee in their nightclothes. A new Austrian-style lodge with 93 rooms was opened in 1983. More info below.

Retreat Meeting Room | More Pictures Below

All Rates INCLUDE for you and your fellow guest (Husband, wife, partners, fellow knitter, staying in same room):

  • Three nights lodging
  • Three morning breakfasts (buffet)
  • Three dinners (4 course meal)
  • Meeting space
  • Vermont State room & meal taxes as well as Gratuities
  • History Tour with Von Trapp family member
  • Afternoon snacks & coffee or tea
  • 1 1/2hr daily lunch is NOT included.

Three Night Stay
Single PER PERSON One Room
$1148.00 Double Room Occupancy (Split the cost with spouse, friend, partner, other knitter)

Make your reservation today! Call 802-253-8511 and please use:

Deposit for lodging may be required.

Arrival is Friday afternoon (12/7/2018) and departure is Monday morning (12/10/2018), allowing attendees two complete days to study and knit with Donna. Check-in at the lodge is after 3pm on Friday.

Stay at the Trapp Family Lodge located in Stowe, Vermont. Just minutes to the village of Stowe, Vermont and Stowe Ski Resort. An easy drive to/from Montreal, Canada.