3rd-6th October 2016 and 13th-16th March 2017 Knitting Holiday/Retreat at Cumbria Grand Hotel Grange over Sands with Heather Haynes of heatherhaynesknits & projects in luxury Artyarns from New York.

£375 per person – no single person supplement – yarn & workshops included.

The holiday will be three nights DBB – arrive Monday; choose one of the available projects to make a scarf or small shawl in Artyarns on Monday evening; workshops Tuesday morning & afternoon; workshop Wednesday morning followed by a free afternoon on Wednesday; and Knit & Natter Wednesday evening & Thursday morning before departure. Tea & coffee provided during workshops & soup & sandwich lunch provided on Tuesday & Wednesday.

This is an opportunity to see & feel (& buy if you wish) beautiful luxury Artyarns from New York. These are not yet widely available in the UK and for lovers of yarn of the highest quality this is a wonderful opportunity to see it.

Payment in full is required to book a place and only a limited number of places are available (10-12). Transport to Grange over Sands is not included but if travelling by train to Grange over Sands railway station then transport to & from the hotel from this station will be arranged for you. There is free car parking space at the hotel. If you wish to come with a non-knitting partner this can be arranged and there is a reduced charge for your partner.

Please email for booking form & further details.


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heatherhaynesknits will be holding further Holiday Knitting Workshops 16th-19th March 2015 at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange over Sands, in the Lake District Peninsula.

These workshops will give you an opportunity to use fantastic luxury yarns by Artyarns and Artesano. They are designed to encourage those with basic knitting skills to find confidence to take their knitting a little further in a pleasant environment with like minded people. There will be a maximum of ten people to ensure personal tuition. Patience and encouragement will abound so please do come and join us! Advanced knitters are welcome but may already be familiar with the skills we will be using.

Workshops will be held on Monday evening (day of arrival),Tuesday morning and afternoon, Wednesday morning and evening and Thursday morning (day of departure). Workshops are optional so please feel free to take a break if required.

Workshops will be looking at various different techniques: several ways to cast on and off; some different increases and decreases; basic reading of lace chart and symbols; little extras such as adding beads to your work; and opportunities to try different needles and yarns  in the technique workshops. Yarns used in the workshop will include yarns by

Iris Schreier, co-founder of Artyarns, has kindly given permission for us to use her Every Which Way Shawl pattern and a shawl kit (rrp £53) is included in the inclusive price – you will begin the shawl by the end of the break. See for colourways.

Please contact for further information, draft programme, booking form and full terms & conditions.

The price includes the following:

  • workshops with knitting workshop tutor Heather Haynes
  • an Artyarns Every Which Way Shawl kit;
  • three nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast at 3* Cumbria Grand Hotel (no single supplement)
  • soup & sandwich lunch on Tuesday & Wednesday;
  • tea, coffee & biscuits during daytime workshops.
  • Workshop materials will be provided but please bring your own knitting needles

There will be one free afternoon for time to explore the locality but the focus is on the workshops.

Travel to and from the holiday is not included. Insurance is not included (see terms & conditions).

Full payment required at time of booking (see terms & conditions) and any extras incurred at the hotel must be paid by you in full before departure.

Please contact for further information, draft programme, booking form and full terms & conditions.

August Knitting Workshops 2014

SOCKS 14th and 16th August 2014 10am-4pm
Learn to turn a heel and make a mini sock on five needles. Yarn and pattern and sock needles included to make a pair of DK socks at home later. Cost £30 payable in advance. Parking available. Contact to book a place.

CABLES, BOBBLES & BEADS MITTENS 21st August 2014 10am-4pm

Learn to make a pair of DK fingerless mittens with a thumb with cables, bobbles and beads. Cost £30 payable in advance. Includes yarn, pattern, beads and crochet hook. You will need to bring 3.75mm needles. Parking available. Contact to book a place.