String to Sock Knitting Retreat 1

July 10th, 11th, & 12th 2020

Up to 8 students | 1 Teacher
Workshop Fri, Sat, Sun Morning

* Arrive: July 9th, 2020 Thurs. Evening.
* Leave: July 12th, 2020 Sunday Early Afternoon.
* $295 (USD) for workshop | Lodging on your own.
* Your teacher, Knitting & Designer Donna Druchunas.
* Workshop held at Sheep to Shawl Studio & Store.
* A small informal laid back retreat vacation in Northeast Vermont.
* Beginner and above skill level.


String to Sock Knitting Retreat 2Master traditional Northern European methods of knitting socks with expert knitter and author Donna Druchunas. Donna guides you through sock fitting, heel shaping and stitch pattern choices.

Designer and author Donna Druchunas walks you through knitting socks from the ground up. From casting on to binding off, I’ll teach you details simple steps to make intricate sock patterns easy and enjoyable. Once you’ve worn handmade socks, your feet won’t be satisfied with anything else. Learn how to use DPNs, work magic loop or 2 circulars, and try out some new kinds of needles that have hit the market over the last year or two.

Even super-experienced sock knitters will discover inspired variations on heels and toes, stitches, yarns, needles and colors. Whether you customize the universal pattern, or tackle one of Donna’s three bonus sock designs, you will love the results.

Beginner & above knitters welcome

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Preliminary Schedule

Fri 10am – 5pm | Sat 10am -5pm | Sun 10am – 12:00pm
Sheep to Shawl Studio & Store
315 Elm St Barton, Vermont 05822
Located in the home of Designer, Donna Druchunas


Light snacks & drinks provided. | Lunch provided on Sunday only & Dinners are on your own.


Arrive at your lodging destination.


10am – 1pm

Anatomy of a sock
Design and fit considerations
Customizing your pattern

Lunch 1:00pm – 2pm

2pm- 5pm

Cuff and Leg Fit
Heels: Flap & Turn or Short Rows?
Adjusting Heel and Instep Fit

Welcome to hang out with Donna in the shop for knit night.




Gusset Shaping
Foot Fit

Lunch 1pm – 2pm


Round and Pointed Toes
Short Row Toes
Finishing: Do you REALLY need Kitchener stitch?
Welcome to hang out with Donna in the shop for knit night.



Lunch Provided (Cheese & Cold Cuts) Sandwiches.

Finish up & head home
Head out for a day of sightseeing or start your journey home.

Your teacher will be on-site and will be available for questions anytime.
Schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to bring in a substitute teacher if needed.

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Your choice of lodging is on your own. We have many places to stay in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. B&B, Cabins, Air B&B, Camping, & a couple nice hotels. Please look below with a few of our suggestion. *** Are suggested stays.

Check in is July 9th & Checkout July 12th Sunday morning (3 nights) or Monday July 13th, 2020. Up to you.

*** WilloughVale Inn & Cottages
793 Vermont Route 5A South
Westmore, Vermont 05860
Rooms start at $115 a night.
15 minute drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio

***Lakeview Cabins
662 S Barton Rd,
Barton, VT 05822
(802) 525-4463
4 minute drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio
Prices starting at $109 a night.

Burke Mountain Campground
Sherburne Lodge Road
East Burke, VT 05832
Phone: 802-626-7400
Fax: 802-626-7310
30 minute drive to Sheep to shawl Studio

Comfort Inn & Suites
703 US Route 5 South
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: 802-748-1500
Fax: 802-748-1243
25 Minute Drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio on Interstate

*** Highland Lodge
1608 Craftsbury Road
Greensboro, VT 05841
(802) 322-4456
Email at:
Rooms start at $120 a night | Cottages available
30 Minute Drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio

The Wildflower inn
2059 Darling Hill Rd A,
Lyndonville, VT 05851
Rooms starting at $150 a night.
25 Minute drive to Sheep to shawl Studio

Fairbanks Inn
401 Western Avenue
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
Phone: 802-748-5666
Fax: 802-748-1242
30 minute drive to Sheep to Shawl Studio on Interstate
$144 a night | Discounts available

String to Sock Knitting Retreat 5Airports

Driving by car to the village of Barton, Vermont.
We are 2 miles West of Exit 25 on I91.
20 minutes south of the Canadian border.

Burlington, Vermont (2:00 hrs)
Montreal, QC, Canada (2:10 hrs)
Boston, Mass (3:30 hrs)
New York City (6 hrs)
Portland, Maine (3:30 hrs)
Baltimore, Maryland (8:40 hrs)
Cleveland, Ohio (11 hrs)
Rochester, NY (7:15 hrs)
Toronto, ON,  Canada (7:30 hrs)
Moncton, NB, Canada (9hrs)


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.


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Barton, Vermont

The Barton area’s location near the Green Mountains, has gifted it with many spectacular lakes, rivers, and ponds. Beautiful shorelines and rugged mountains make the Barton area an attractive vacation destination in all seasons. In the spring, summer, and fall take advantage of back roads for biking, waterways for paddling, public beaches for swimming, picnic spots, and spectacular views at Crystal Lake State ParkShadow Lake Beach, and the stunning Willoughby Gap. During the winter months outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy ice-fishingsnowshoeingskiing and snowmobiling.

The Northeast Kingdom is the heart of Northern Vermont – far away from fast paced city living. It may be easy to get here – Interstate 91 (exit 25 and 26) is just minutes away – but once off the beaten path the N.E.K. enjoys a quieter, more peaceful way of life. Northern Vermont has a long standing tradition of pride in aesthetic beauty. Even shopping is an old world experience as the Kingdom’s landscape is dotted with unique local businesses.

Cancellation Policy
  • The $295 workshop fee is non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
  • Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
  • Cancellations within 60 days of start date of event may result in a partial refund (1/2) only if the space is filled.
  • There is no refund for cancellations less than 30 days prior to the start date of the event.
  • If attendee is reimbursed through insurance, Sheep to Shawl,LLC will not process an additional refund.

We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancelation.

We reserve the right to have a substitute teacher. In the chance event that this retreat is cancelled. All monies will be refunded within 90 days of the event start date.

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