After deep reflection, we have decided to cancel all 2020 gatherings at La Basse Cour, including events, workshops, farm tours and bed&breakfast stays. We are sad for the plans not coming to fruition as we had intended, but believe that our best response to these uncertain pandemic times is to observe a "Quiet Year" at the farm.

We will be none the less busy, working toward our food and fiber production goals while tending the land and animals entrusted to our care. Our eggs will be for sale as always in our milk house, and our vegetables in season on our farm stand. Please practice social distancing and wear your mask if you come to the farm.

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You are all in our thoughts daily and we look forward to sharing many joyful events at La Basse Cour, at Kortright Handworks @ La Basse Cour, and in The Carriage House @ La Basse Cour.

Workshops, Retreats and a` la carte Studio Stays
at La Basse Cour

Select from our list of 3 hour, 1 day and 2 day knitting and crochet workshops. Add a few friends and stir in a stay in our Bed & Breakfast sprinkled with farm-to-table meals et voila! Your very own custom get-away studio stay! Avalable from May1 through October 31.

All materials included. Meet our Workshop Instructors! Give us a call or drop us an email to make your reservation.

 Anatomy of a Hat – 1 Full Day

            Learn to mix and match bands, bodies, and toppers to knit one-of-a kind hats of any size, using any weight of yarn, working pattern free. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and a light lunch. Skills required: knitting and purling in the round.

Anatomy of a Sock – 1 Full Day

            Learn to knit a top down toddler sock on double pointed needles, step by step: cuff, leg, heel flap, heel turn, gusset, foot, and toe. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and a light lunch. Skills required: knitting and purling on in the round on double pointed needles. 

Sampler Singlet – 2 Full Days

            Knit an infant-sized vest comprised of traditional Gansey and Fair Isle knitting techniques. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and a light lunch each day. Skills required: knitting and purling in the round.

Introduction to Knitting in the Round – 2 Full Days

            Knit matching ear warmer and fingerless mitts, while learning how to knit in the round. Ear warmer is knit with a circular needle, mitts on double pointed needles. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and a light lunch each day. Skills required: knitting and purling on straight needles.

How to Read Your Knitting – 3 Hours

            Build your knitting confidence by learning to “read” your knitting while you work, using pre-made swatches and some knit up during class. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: knitting and purling.

Fixing (and Preventing) Common Knitting Mistakes – 3 Hours

            Learn to pick up dropped stitches, turn knits into purls, and other useful tips and tricks of the trade. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: knitting and purling.

Intro to Knitting – 3 Hours

            Learn the basics of knitting and purling. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: none!

Design and Knit a Fair Isle Style Hat – 2 Full Days

            Design and knit your own one-of-a- kind Fair Isle Style Hat. Workshop feel includes all necessary materials and a light lunch each day. Skills required: knitting and purling in the round.

Into to Fair Isle Knitting – 3 Hours

            Learn the basics of stranded 2-color knitting. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: knitting and purling in the round.

Intro to Crochet 3 Hours

            Learn to crochet. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: none!

Intro to Knitting Cables – 3 Hours

            Using pre-made swatches and some knit up during class, learn the mechanics of knitting cables. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: knitting and purling on straight needles.

Casting on and Binding Off – 3 Hours

            Using pre-made swatches and some knit up during class, learn to choose the best method of casting on and binding off for each project. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: knitting and purling.

Pattern Reading and Best Practices (Knitting) – 3 Hours

            Learn to read knitting patterns and charts, discuss best practices for achieving successful knitting outcomes. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: knitting and purling.

Knitting Clinic – 3 Hours

          Bring troubled works in progress for consultation and advice. Limited to 3 knitters at a time, registration required. Fee includes light refreshments.

Intro to Shepherd's Knitting (aka Tunisian Crochet) – 3 Hours

            Learn the basics of "hooked knitting", which blends elements of both conventional knitting and crochet, worked on long needles with hooked ends. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and light refreshments. Skills required: none!

Shepherd's Knitting (aka Tunisian Crochet) Basics and Beyond- 2 Full Days

Learn the basics of "hooked knitting", which blends elements of both conventional knitting and crochet, worked on long needles with hooked ends. Begin two projects during this workshop: a sampler scarf worked flat, and a two-color neck warmer worked in the round using the gobelin stitch. Workshop fee includes all necessary materials and a light lunch each day. Skills required: none! 

 

Stay tuned – new Workshops will be announced often!

Pricing subject to length of workshop(s) selected, materials required, number of participants with a maximum of 6,
length of stay and meals. Call or email with 1st and 2nd choice of date(s).