Knitting courses – the bad news and the GOOD news

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Free yarn from Rowan at the start of Marie’s course

We’ve just finished a lovely knitting week with, internationally renowned designer Marie Wallin, following an earlier fun-filled week with Lisa Richardson.

The bad news is that the next two booking courses for this year are fully booked.

The GOOD news is that we are already taking bookings for 2018 – and if you make a booking now, you can enjoy one of our 2018 knitting weeks at 2017 prices.  Just email us at info@watermill.net  to reserve your place

We’ve had wonderful feedback form out first two knitting holidays. For example, for Lisa Richardson’s knitting holiday one guest said: “Had the most wonderful knitting holiday at the Watermill in Posara! Really everything was taken care of by our perfect hosts Lois and Bill as well as by the rest of the great staff. Having Lisa Richardson as our knitting tutor was a delight and great inspiration! A huge thank you to all.” Another said: “A simply heavenly knitting retreat at the Watermill with the lovely Lisa Richardson. Many thanks to Lois and Bill for being the perfect hosts.”  And a third added: Such perfection, I am spoiled for anywhere else!”

Marie Wallin 2And for Marie’s course: Thank you so much for your wonderful Watermill hospitality last week. It was a brilliant week which could not have been bettered. Utterly brilliant! Perfect hosts, fabulous food…” And another comment:Thank you and Bill so much for making my holiday in Tuscany perfect.  I had a wonderful time and have so many happy memories; wonderful company, weather, food and trips out, not to mention all the knitting time and help from Marie and Gwyneth. I am already looking forward to coming to The Watermill again next July. Thank you once again for a fabulous holiday.”

As I said, we are already taking bookings for 2018 – and if you make a booking now, you can enjoy one of our 2018 knitting weeks at 2017 prices.  Just email us at info@watermill.net to reserve your place.

 

2018 knitting course dates:

Sarah plus picKnitting and La Bella Vita with Sarah Hatton

Saturday 5 May to Saturday 12 May 2018 AND

Saturday 12 May to Saturday 19 May 2018

Details of our 2018 courses will not be on our website until September 2017. To learn more about Sarah and her 2017 course at the mill, please click here. If you would like to reserve a place, please email us at info@watermill.net.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Marie Wallin Knitting and La Bella Vita

Saturday 14 July to Saturday 21 July 2018.

Details of our 2018 courses will not be on our website until September 2017. To learn more about Marie and her 2017 courses at the mill, please click here.  If you would like to reserve a place, please email us at info@watermill.net

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Lisa Richardson Knitting and La Bella Vita
Saturday 29 September to Saturday 6 October 2018.
Details of our 2018 courses will not be on our website until September 2017. To learn more about Lisa and her 2017 course at the mill, please click here. If you would like to reserve a place, please email us at info@watermill.net

Come and join in the fun!

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill's vine verandah

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill’s vine verandah

 

Two exciting knitting projects from Marie Wallin

Marie Moss Tile Cushion WIPOur celebrated knitting tutor, internationally renowned designer Marie Wallin, has created two special knitting projects for our guests on her knitting holidays at the Watermill this year.  There are links to the courses below, but hurry – we have only one place left, on Marie’s first week here this year, from Saturday 20 to Saturday 27 May.

Marie’s Watermill projects are an introduction to Mosaic knitting and an introduction to Fairlisle, where you’ll make a sassy Tam o’ Shanter. Marie will show you how to knit Fairisle in an easy and neat way whilst keeping your yarns untwisted.  She will also be showing you the two-handed method of creating Fairisle.

The pictures are ‘work in progress’ photos of a Mosaic Tile Cushion (above) and a Ness Fairisle Tam (below). Marie says: “The photo of the cushion shows it complete except for the final row of ‘tiles’ in a dark brown and green colour. The photo of the tam shows my design swatch and is a section of the whole tam.”Marie Ness Fairisle Tam

Incidentally, we still have two place available on Lisa Richardson’s fabulous knitting course, from Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May, so hurry too, to bag one of those.

Here are the links to all the 2017 knitting courses.:

Lisa knit6 May to 13 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Lisa Richardson Two places left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please click here 

Marie knit20 May to 27 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita with Marie Wallin One place left

 

 

Marie knitAND 8 July to 15 July 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Marie Wallin Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Marie and her courses at the mill, please click here 

Sarah knit16 September to 23 September 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

With Sarah Hatton Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill, please visit click here.

Come and join us and enjoy knitting and la bella vita italiana.

Knit 2015 Where to begin

What are you waiting for? Only three places left on all the Watermill’s knitting holidays this year!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Yes, we only have three places left on our four knitting weeks at The Watermill this year. Hurry if you’d like to bag one of those last places.  We have two vacancies on Lisa Richardson’s course from Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May and one place on Marie Wallin’s week, from Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May. Come and join us and enjoy knitting and la bella vita italiana.

Lisa knit6 May to 13 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Lisa Richardson Two places left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please click here 

Marie knit20 May to 27 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita with Marie Wallin One place left

 

 

Marie knitAND 8 July to 15 July 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Marie Wallin Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Marie and her courses at the mill, please click here 

Sarah knit16 September to 23 September 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

With Sarah Hatton Fully booked, waiting list open

To learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill, please visit click here.

Don’t be a dog in a manger. Grab one of those last places now!

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It’s not fair! I’m not going on a Watermill knitting course.

Dog knit 1…and there are still a few places left:

Lisa knit6 May to 13 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Lisa Richardson One place left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please click here 

Marie knit20 May to 27 May 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita with Marie Wallin Fully booked, waiting list only

 

 

Marie knitAND 8 July to 15 July 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

with Marie Wallin Two places left

To learn more about Marie and her courses at the mill, please click here 

Sarah knit16 September to 23 September 2017 Knitting and La Bella Vita

With Sarah Hatton Fully booked, waiting list only

To learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill, please visit click here.  

Don’t be a dog in a manger. Grab one of those last places now!

Witches in the parish church?

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.The Catholic church’ ecumenical endeavours continue apace. Earlier in the week, Lois took this picture  of crossed broomsticks in the front door of the church of Saints Jacobo and Antonio in the walled Medieval town of Fivizzano near the mill. The priest, it seemed, had invited local witches into the church, but insisted they left their broomsticks at the door. (There were two broomsticks in the side door, too.)

In this age of alternative facts and false news, I should point out that the paragraph above is an attempt to bring a weekend smile to your lips. I am well aware that the broomsticks were probably put there by the cleaners to bar access while the floor dried. And in this age of political correctness I should state that I have much respect for the Catholic church – and (white) witches come to that.  No minors under 18 were involved, nor were any animals injured, in the making of this blog.

This picture of an unexploited friend’s dog, however, reminded me that we still have one or two places left on this years Watermill knitting courses. Enjoy your weekend!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Due to a knitting cancellation, Botticelli beckons

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Sandro Botticelli: come knit with me

Due to a cancellation on Lisa Richardson’s knitting course this May, we now have one place left on her delightful knitting week with us this May. It it in our lovely Botticelli bedroom.

It’s one of our Superior double bedrooms, with a new en suite shower room. We’ve been overseeing the renovation on this lovely bedroom and I can tell you that the new tiling and bathroom fittings are going to be in place this week. This is a large, dual-aspect bedroom, with a balcony and views over the courtyard and gardens to the mountains beyond. The ‘Super Kingsize’ bed can be divided into large singles if required.

We now have 11 knitters booked into Lisa’s popular course plus two non-knitting partners, so one more knitter will make a nice round dozen, the perfect size for our creative groups.

Lisa Richardson’s name is instantly associated with the Rowan pattern house. In addition to her designer role there, she manages the pattern editing process and mentors newer members of the design team. She says, My biggest drive is to people create something that they will cherish for years to come.”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Lisa is also an enthusiastic  tutor, winning much praise from her workshop participants. For her week-long course at the mill she has devised two specially designed projects for you to knit: one inspired by Italian lace work (see left, now available as a knitting or crochet project) and the other (below), a beautiful, colourful bag that fully justifies her label as ‘slip stitch queen’.The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Here’s a comment form one of our guests on Lisa’s week last year: “Just returned from an outstanding holiday in this most beautiful place. I have been looked after for a whole week and feel really spoilt. The whole experience has been such a wonderful treat. I was apprehensive as I have never travelled on my own before, but all fears were banished from the moment I arrived in the Mill. Bill and Lois are marvellous hosts and made all the group feel at home. Everyone had a lovely room. I had a room with outstanding views, and an en suite bathroom. The bed was really comfortable and huge. Everything is provided and nothing is too much trouble.  The food is delicious and prepared from home grown and local produce.

“Lisa Richardson, our knitting/crochet teacher is exceptional – generous with her knowledge, creative with her teaching and inspiring with her personality.
I’ve made some beautiful projects which I can complete at home, made some new friends, and I’ve seen and experienced the breathtaking Tuscan countryside. I think I need to go again!!”

Lisa Richardson head and shoulders6 May to 13 May 2017

Lisa Richardson Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here to learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill.

  *** Why not bring your non-knitting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Botticelli beckons! Come and join us!

 

 

Have you heard the Early Bird news?

Blog Early Bird parrots Dec 16Yes, you only have six days left to take advantage the Watermill’s Early Bird offer, which expires at the end of the year.

If you book before 31 December 2016 there’s a £75 per person discount on each of our fabulous 2017 painting, knitting, yoga, cooking and Italian language holidays. Our courses are filling really quickly (some 145 places already taken), so now is the time to book – and receive the Early Bird bonus.

We’d love to welcome you on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled courses next year. Come and join us. You can find out more about everything by clicking here.

First, here’s the full list of our inspiring 2016 painting tutors, with links to more details about them – and more of their inspiring pictures. And after that, more details of our knitting, yoga, cooking and language courses. We hope to see you soon…

Doranne new head and shouldersPainting by Doranne Alden, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.13-20 May: Watercolours

with Doranne Alden

To learn more about Doranne and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Sandra Strohschein head and shouldersA painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor on painting courses at The Watermill at Posara, Tuscany Italy27 May – 3 June Watercolours

with Sandra Strohschein

To learn more about Sandra and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Sarah S H&S for tutor profilePainting bysarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.3-10 June Oils and drawing mediums

with Sarah Spencer

To learn more about Sarah and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Keiko painting en plein air

Painting by Keiko Tanabe, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.10-17 June Watercolours

with Keiko Tanabe

To learn more about Keiko and The Watermill, please click here

 

RENNER H&SPainting by Maggie Renner Hellmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.17-24 June Oils, acrylics, pastels and drawing mediums

with Maggie Renner Hellmann

To learn more about Maggie and The Watermill, please click here.

Lea Nixon head and shouldersPainting by Lea Nixon, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.24 June- 1 July Watercolours

with Lea Nixon

To learn more about Lea and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Terry Jarvis painting cropped morePainting by Terry Jarvis, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.1-8 July Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

with Terry Jarvis

To learn more about Terry and The Watermill, please click here.

8 to 15 July 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and The Watermill, please click here.

 

New Sue Ford pic croppedSue Cinque Terre demo15-22 July Watercolours, pastels, collage and mixed media plus acrylic

with Sue Ford

To learn more about Sue and The Watermill, please click here.

Mark Warner H&S croppedPainting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.22 to 29 July 2017 Mark Warner

Acrylics/watercolours incorporating conte/pastel.

To learn more about Mark and The Watermill, please click here.

Neiman H&SNeiman Daumazon promenade26 August-2 September Watercolours

with Varvara Neiman

To learn more about Varvara and The Watermill, please click here.

 

Mike new head and shoulders FINALPainting by Mike Willdridge, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.2-9 September Watercolour and drawing (also gouache and acrylics)

with Mike Willdridge

To learn more about Mike and The Watermill, please click here.

Nel and Rebecca head shotPainting by Nel Whatmore, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.23-30 September Pastels

with Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça

To learn more about Nel and Rebecca andThe Watermill, please click  here.

Charles New photo 2012Sluga Fivizzano belltower demo pic30 September-3 October Watercolours (and acrylics,  oils)

with Charles Sluga

To learn more about Charles and The Watermill, please click here.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhttp://watermill.net/painting-holidays/painting-holidays-tutor-tim-wilmot17.php7-14 October 2017 Watercolours

with Tim Wilmot

To learn more about Tim and h The Watermill, please click here.

 

Here are the knitting weeks:

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita 

Please click here for more about Lisa and The Watermill.

 

Marie Wallin head and shoulder croppedMarie Wallin

Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Marie and The Watermill.

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here for more about Sarah  The Watermill.

The yoga retreat:

Claire Murphy H&SYoga portrait shape 39-16 September Nourish — mind, body and soul

with Claire Murphy

To learn more about Claire and  The Watermill, please click here

Our cookery course:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italypanzanella19-26 August – L’arte di mangiar bene 

with Lois Breckon, Ingrid Fabbian and The Watermill team

To learn more about this delicious cookery course, please click here

And last, but by no means least, our unique Italian language course:

Language FrancescaSaturday 29 April to Saturday 6 May 2017

Francesca La Sala Italian Language course

Please click here to learn more about out Italian Language course at the mill, including the itinerary for the week

A little knitting ditty

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We had a cracking knitting party with Lisa Richardson last week, with 11 knitters enjoying Lisa’s tuition and skilled advice, and two NKPs – non-knitting partners who found plenty to amuse and entertain them as the knitters klicked, klacked and chatted on the vine verandah, in the walled garden or in the spectacular locations of a hilltop village and an atmospheric monastery. Thanks to Lisa and all our guests for making it such a lovely week.

And special thanks to one of the NKPs, Bob Humphries, for composing this celebratory ditty, which made us laugh at the end of the week:

THE KNITTING PARTY

A knitting week at Posara Mill

Hosted by Lois and that bloke Bill

Eager knitters who got on with ease

And a couple of chaps known as NKPs

 

Difficult to mention all by name

But Janice from Barnsley enters the frame

Not sure about her knitting, embroidery or darn

But she had us all in stitches when spinning a yarn

 

Bill on the bell would have made old Pavlov proud

Ringing it timely, clearly and loud

At each ring of the bell at breakfast and lunch

Aperitivo and dinner – a salivating bunch

 

We have to mention young Lisa of course

The patient designer leading the course

Amidst Klicks and Klacks and idle natter

She brought sense and focus to a serious matter

 

The various projects progressed apace

Slip stitched bags and Italian lace

Lisa even brought along some spares

To allow creation of embroidered squares

 

Did we eat well? – did it suffice?

The pasta, zucchini, porcini and rice

Washed down with vino, bianco and red

And then a digestivo before heading for bed

 

The answer is clear but deserves a toast

Bill and Lois are the hosts with the most

And now as the week inevitably ends

Ciao and saluti to a new group of friends

 

Thank you for that Bob, much appreciated.

NKP or knitter, why don’t you join us next year for one of our celebrated (in prose and poetry!) knitting weeks next year? But hurry, we’ve only a few places left – and now is also the time to take advantage of our Early Bird special offer  — a £GBP 75 discount is you book on any of our 2017 knitting courses before the end of 2016.

If you want to book, let us know and we’ll reserve a 2017 place.

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita Four places left

Please click here for more about Lisa and her course at The Watermill.

 

Marie Wallin head and shoulder croppedMarie Wallin

Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita Course full, waiting list

Please click here for more about Marie and her course at The Watermill.

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita Three places left.

 Please click here for more about Sarah and her course at The Watermill.

Come and join us and enjoy the magic at the mill!

Poised to knit!

Poised to knit!

Still a very few places left for our remaining 2016 creative weeks

Mill courtyardWe’ll soon be starting the second half of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative course season, with painting, knitting and yoga weeks. We are pretty full, but still have a few places if you’d like to join us. We’d love to welcome you here.

Here’s the current availability of our remaining 2016 courses, painting first:

Mike plus pictureMike Willdridge 27 August to 3 September 2016 

Watercolours, oils and acrylics, drawing, sketching.

Course full: Waiting List. To learn more about Mike and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Sarah S plus pictureSarah Spencer 3 September to 10 September 2016  Oils and acrylics, drawing

Course full: Waiting List To learn more about Sarah  and to see more of her pictures, please click here

 

Trevor plus pictureTrevor Lingard 24 September to 1 October 2016

Watercolours

Two or three places left To learn more about Trevor and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Lea plus pictureLea Nixon 1 October to 8 October 2016 

Watercolours

Three or four places left. To learn more about Lea and to see more of his pictures, please click here

David plus pictureDavid Taylor 8 October to 15 October 2016 

Watercolours

Course full: Waiting List To learn more about David and to see more of his pictures, please click here

Yoga and meditation retreats availability

Yoga Claire pic 1

Nataly courseNataly Kogan and Joanna Benevides 20 August to 27 August 2016 

Nutrition for your Soul

One place left. To learn more about Nataly and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Profiles Page

Claire Murphy head and shoulders 2Claire Murphy 19 September to 24 September 2016 – Please Note: this retreat will start on a Monday and end on a Saturday

Unplug and Unwind

Four places left To learn more about Claire and her course, please visit her Profile Page

 

Knitting courses: all full this year, taking bookings for next!

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill's vine verandah

Enjoy knitting on the Watermill’s vine verandah

There is only one knitting course left this year, with Lisa Richardson – and that’s full! But we are already taking bookings for 2017 courses. If you want to book, let us know and we’ll reserve a 2017 place.

Lisa Richardson head and shouldersLisa Richardson Saturday 6 May to Saturday 13 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Seven or eight places left Please email info@watermill.net if you’d like to reserve a place on this course.

Marie Wallin head and shoulder croppedMarie Wallin

Saturday 20 May to Saturday 27 May 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Course full, waiting list: Please email info@watermill.net if you’d like to be on the waiting list.

Sarah Hatton head and shouldersSarah Hatton

Saturday 16 September to Saturday 23 September 2017

Knitting and La Bella Vita

Five or six places left.  Please email info@watermill.net if you’d like to reserve a place on this course.

Come and join us and enjoy the magic at the millPainting in Monte dei Bianchiill!

From Teddy’s scarf to internationally famous designs — Sarah’s knitting career

sarah_hatton_RowanTeddy scarfWatermill tutor Sarah Hatton has been knitting since the age of five. She’s not sure what was her first knitting project, but thinks it was a scarf for Teddy! Now she’s a well known knitwear designer for Rowan and you will often see her name against many of the beautiful garments in the Rowan magazine and in their pattern books. Her designs are aimed at all levels of knitter from beginners to the more advanced

Sarah has always had a love of textiles and had a passion for dressing up as a child. As a teenager she showed a flare for customising her own clothes and was always up to the minute with fashion in her own dress sense. Immediately after graduating with a degree in degree in Fashion Design at Bretton Hall College, part of the University of Leeds, Sarah was offered her first job as a designer with a hand knit company. She prides herself on the fact that since graduating she has always worked in the hand knitting industry. Sarah’s inspiration has a tendency to be garment shaped and she rarely works in more than one colour, yet produces amazing wearable garments that explore and push the boundaries of shape and texture.

Sarah’s first knitting holiday week at the Watermill is now full: We have 11 participants eager to learn more with Sarah, work through her lovely projects (see below) – and, of course, enjoy la bella vita italiana at the Watermill. But we do still have  a couple of places left on our second week with Sarah, from Saturday 28 May to Saturday 4 June 2016. So come and join us and share Sarah’s passion!

She will not only help you with two very special projects she has specially designed for her week’s course, but will also pass on professional tips and techniques to take all your knitting from ‘homemade’ to ‘handmade’.

Sarah’s specially designed projects for you are first, a soft lace scarf project which will help you understand how eyelet lace is formed; Sarah will also cover short-row shaping, beading and knitted-on edges.  She says: You will then design your own small lace pattern before knitting a shawl or scarf. There are three shape options as shown abelow and you can either select from charted lace patterns or include your own lace pattern.”

Note: All the yarn for these projects will be provided free of charge. You will only need to bring 3.25mm needles, pencil, eraser (and reading glasses if needed!)

Sarah Hatton head and shoulders28 May to 4 June 2016

Sarah Hatton 2 Knitting and La Bella Vita

Please click here to learn more about Sarah and her course at the mill.

*** Why not bring your non-knitting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you  — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.