Ireland Knitting Tour & Retreat
October 17th - 24th, 2020
Hosted by Vision Travel in conjunction with Yarning for You
Treat yourself to a unique knitting experience surrounded by the gorgeous landscape and history of Ireland. Take classes with world renowned Irish designer Carol Feller. Meet local craftsman, visit castles, patron some pubs, shop for yarn, and gaze in wonderment at the unparalleled beauty of the Irish cliffs, moors, coast, and countryside.
Join Lynn and Lacey on this amazing trip of a lifetime. Perfect for knitters and non-knitters alike. Many people are bringing their significant others. A golf outing is currently being organized and will be added to the itinerary.
Join us for a KAL where we'll knit Carol Feller's new pattern Juniper Wings. Then we can all wear our shawls on the trip and show off our great work to Carol herself! Kits available in-store and online. Feel free to come into the shop and customize your kit. Register for the Knitting Retreat today! Register Now >
Register and receive 20% your KAL kit!
Everyone will receive a gift bag worth over $100.
Spots are filling up fast so be sure to get your deposit in by November 30, 2019.
Carol Feller is a knitwear designer and teacher that lives in the south of Ireland. As with many Irish children she learned to knit while still in primary school and spent many years knitting cardigans for her dolls and occasionally herself! There is a strong history of crafting in her family; her mother sewed much of her clothes, her grandmother was an expert knitter and her aunt ran a knitting shop in Dublin. Carol trained initially as a textile artist and then as a structural engineer. While both of these backgrounds are very different, the influences can be seen in her design work which is well-shaped, flattering to wear and enjoyable to knit.
Carol has been widely published in books and magazines; you’ll find her work in Interweave Knits, The Knitter, Twist Collective, Brooklyn Tweed and Knitty to name just a few. She has published 5 books; Contemporary Irish Knits, Short Row Knits, Scrumptious Knits, Among Stones, Dovestone Hills and Knitting with Rainbows. You can find all her books as well as individual pdf pattern downloads on her website www.stolenstitches.com.
Book now and secure your spot on this super sensational tour!
CAD $4085 per person
~ US $3094 (actual conversion rate will vary)
(based on Double occupancy; excludes airfare)
Non-Knitters welcome CAD $3985
Single occupancy additional CAD $650 per person
Book Now! Non-Refundable Deposit (land arrangements only) of CAD $600 per person (~ US $454) is due by November 30, 2019.
- Fill out a secure Credit Card Authorization Form with payment submission
- Register Now >
- Final payment due: July 20th, 2020 (90 days prior to trip date)
Day 1: Saturday October 17th, 2020
Arrive at Dublin Airport and meet with your experienced Irish driver and accredited guide who will take you to a nearby hotel for a welcome breakfast (arrivals prior to 9.00am). Feeling suitably refreshed enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin city that will include a visit to The Constant Knitter, a favoured stop of many of our knitters through the years. Meet a local craftsperson for a demonstration and informal chat about their craft topic which will either be knitwear design or Irish Lace crochet depending on designer availability. Following the visit, go to Ireland’s most popular attraction, Guinness Storehouse where there will be time for lunch (not included) during your tour. Check into your hotel mid-afternoon after which the remainder of then day will be free to explore Dublin or just relax before dinner.
Overnight Camden Court Hotel Dublin (D)
Day 2: Sunday October 18th, 2020
Today your knitting retreat will take you to Kerry via the remarkable Cahir Castle. One of Ireland’s best preserved Castles, Cahir sits on a rocky island above the river Suir. Once the home of the powerful Butler family, the castle’s keep, tower and defensive structures remain intact. Continue to the Lake Hotel and meet your host Carol Feller. You will spend a lot more time with Carol over the few days spent in Kerry, so this evening is an informal get together and ‘get to know each other’ session with some informal knitting thrown in for good measure!
Overnight at Lake Hotel - Lake View Rooms (B,D)
Day 3: Monday October 19th, 2020
This morning enjoy your first session with Carol. Details of what you will be working on will be advised well before you arrive in Ireland so that you may prepare yourself. This afternoon after lunch (included), enjoy a Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting Event where experienced whiskey and chocolate connoisseurs will take you through the history of Whiskey in Ireland and how to pair it with the perfect chocolate flavour. You can enjoy samples of both or either! After dinner, enjoy an Irish dance demonstration where there will be the opportunity to learn a few basic Irish dance steps yourself.
Overnight at Lake Hotel - Lake View Rooms (B,L,D)
Day 4: Tuesday October 20th, 2020
Today you will start your second session with Carol. After lunch (included) you can opt to stay in Killarney and visit the National Park where you can visit Muckross House & Gardens, Muckross House Traditional Farms or Killarney House & Gardens – or all three!! You might just want to wander around the popular town with its many shops & restaurants or simply enjoy a session at the hotel’s treatment room. Alternatively there will be an optional excursion to the Dingle Peninsula which although not as well-known as the Iveragh Peninsula where the Ring of Kerry is located, it is every bit as beautiful. The town of Dingle is a small fishing port where you will find plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to have lunch. Then to the west of the town the scenery is particularly rugged with views out to the formerly inhabited Blasket Islands. Visit the Blasket Center which celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and tradition. Don’t forget to bring your knitting as Carol will accompany you on the tour. There will be a yoga session this evening which will be designed for knitter, concentrating on the neck, shoulders, arms & wrists.
Overnight at Lake Hotel - Lake View Rooms (B,L,D)
Day 5: Wednesday October 21st, 2020
Again, today if you prefer to stay at the Lake Hotel you can do that or join us for a tour of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in Cork. Again, if you do decide to tour with us, bring your knitting! Today we travel to Cork across the magnificent Healy Pass. The Healy Pass is known for some of Ireland’s best views. It was built in 1847 during famine times to connect Cork and Kerry and to provide relief work for the poor. There are a number of places to stop where you can get out and enjoy the view. After a short stop continue to Sheep’s Head and meet Niamh and the other organisers of the annual Sheep’s Head Yarn festival. Enjoy some knitting sessions with Niamh and the gang on the topic of travel sock knitting or textured stitches depending on your preference. After the workshop and some lunch we will explore the peninsula some more before returning to the hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight at Lake Hotel - Lake View Rooms (B,L,D)
Day 6: Thursday October 22nd, 2020
Today the knitting retreat ends and you say goodbye to Carol. Board your coach to travel to County Clare crossing the Shannon Estuary by ferry. Once in Clare, enjoy the scenery as you travel to one of Ireland’s natural wonders, the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs rise to 214 meters (702 feet) at the visitor centre where the views are magnificent and the Atlantic Edge Experience describes life above and below the ocean around the cliffs. Following the visit, travel to one of the most complete castles in Ireland, Bunratty Castle. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medieval splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Within the grounds of Bunratty Castle is Bunratty Folk Park where 19th century life is vividly recreated. This evening enjoy an Irish Night at Bunratty’s Corn Barn which will include dinner and a show of traditional Irish music, song & dance.
Overnight Bunratty Castle Hotel (B, D)
Day 7: Friday October 23rd, 2020
This morning start your journey back to Dublin, stopping on the way at Newbridge Silverware and the Museum of Style Icons. The Museum of Style Icons started 11 years ago when CEO of Newbridge Silverware, William Doyle purchased a little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1963 film, Charade. Current exhibits include items once owned or worn by such stars as Michael Jackson, Marilyn Munroe, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor to name but a few. Continue to Dublin and after checking in to your hotel, the remainder of the afternoon will be free for independent sightseeing and/or shopping before your farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight Camden Court Hotel (B, D)
Day 8: Saturday October 24th, 2020
Transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight arriving in good time to complete check-in formalities and that last minute duty free shopping.
Included in the cost of the tour:
- Transfers on arrival and departure by private coach (start & end days only)
- Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced Irish driver
- Services of an accredited guide throughout the tour
- Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 7 nights
- Irish breakfast daily
- 3 lunches + 4 hotel table d’hote dinners
- Welcome breakfast (arrivals prior to 9.00am)
- Whiskey & Chocolate Tasting Event
- Irish dance demonstration
- Shannon Estuary ferry crossing
- Medieval banquet
- Farewell restaurant dinner
- Entrance fees to the following attractions and sites: Guinness Storehouse, Cahir Castle, Blasket Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Museum of Style Icons
- Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at each hotel
- Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)
Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in the tour:
- The company of your knitting host Carol Feller
- Two morning knitting sessions plus informal knitting periods
- Knitting with the locals on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula
- Demonstration and visit to the Constant Knitter in Dublin
Not included in the tour:
- Travel to and from Ireland
- Items of a personal nature such as wines, drinks, laundry etc.
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Tips & gratuities
- A NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit (land arrangements only): CAD$600.00 per participant
- Payment Submission: A Credit Card Authorization Form must be completed and submitted at the time of deposit.
- Please see the following link: https://www.visiontravel.ca/nancyferragine/en/creditcard-authorization
- Final Payment Due: July 20th, 2020 (90 days prior to trip date)
For information to book please contact Nancy Ferragine
251 Consumers Road, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario M2J 4R3