Knit and unwind during a weekend retreat with Ruth Boelkins of Spout Knitting Design.


When, Where & What

Dates | October 18-20 or November 1-3

Time | 4:00 pm on Friday to 1:00 pm on Sunday

Cost | $345/guest for shared room, $395/guest for private room

Does getting away for a weekend of knitting and relaxing sound good to you? Enjoy a completely inclusive two night stay on Hamlin Lake, near Ludington, MI. I’m the host at a modernized early 20th century waterfront home that I rent for our special getaway. I take care of everything, including preparing delicious food and drink. The schedule is light and easy, so you can do whatever you want to make the most of your retreat. Knit a lot or knit a little. You can take a break and walk nearby trails or hike to Lake Michigan. The colorful leaves and autumn sunlight might offer a necessary escape for a wander in the woods.

Bring your projects and get comfortable - there are so many places for knitting, both in the cottage and on the lawn overlooking the lake. It’s your time to slow down, breathe deeply, make progress on your knitting and enjoy the company of other makers. Seam those sweater pieces together. Get a head start on all the planning and tools for something new. Of course, asking knitting questions and getting help from me throughout the weekend is a perk of your stay!


Food & Other Goodies

Retreaters receive a specialty skein of yarn and a custom Spout canvas tote as a gift. I’ll bring loads of Spout samples for you to browse and will offer other exclusive retreat surprises too!

All meals, snacks and drink are included. There will be a variety of healthy options and indulgent treats all weekend long! Breakfast and lunch will be laid out self-serve buffet style, and dinner will be family style at the big table. Get up early, stay up late - help yourself to anything in the kitchen 24/7 too!

Meals and snacks are home-made by me. It might not be possible to work around food allergies, but you are welcome to specify dietary preferences like vegetarian or dairy free on the registration form and communicate directly with Ruth about specifics. You can also bring any of your own food items to prepare in the kitchen.

Nitty Gritty Stuff

Some rooms are shared and some are private. Each has a single bed and two have space for including a deluxe twin air bed. The retreat will fill on a first come, first served basis, according to the type of rooms requested, with the number of total guests being 4, 5 or 6. When making a registration request you will indicate your room preference. There is no need to come with a friend - sign up on your own and come to make new friends!

The cottage has a large common room and a sitting room with a full view of the lake. It is very clean and comfortable. It’s heated with both electric baseboards in the bedrooms and a cozy wood stove in the main room. There is one full bath with a tub shower downstairs and one half bath upstairs. Pack casual clothing and keep it simple (staying in your pjs for the day is totally acceptable). Take walking shoes that can get dirty if you want to trek outside and bring slippers for the wood floors inside!

The cottage is a smoke free environment.

A deposit of $100 is required to hold your place, and the balance of your registration fee is due 30 days prior to the retreat (you will be contacted about two months before the retreat with a request for payment). Refunds will be given up to 72 hours prior to the start of the retreat (minus a $20 processing fee).

You are welcome to contact Ruth about setting up a retreat weekend for your friend group.

Knitting Retreat Inquiries

If you are interested in attending a retreat, please click the Retreat Inquiry button below and fill out the subsequent form. Ruth will then reach out to you to coordinate additional details. She will also send you a unique confirmation code to enter when making your deposit to secure your reservation. Please note that if you plan on attending with multiple people, you will receive a unique code for each attendee so each guest can make their deposit to secure reservation for the weekend.