During the retreat there will be ample time to gather and share our common passion for knitting. We also have inspiring classes planned. For those, Natasja joins forces with the one and only Nancy Marchant, to provide a number of interesting and novel knitting classes. For the retreat, Natasja will create a Knit on Texel design, which will be the starting point for some of the classes.
Nancy will host two classes. One of those will be on Tuck stitches, the other on knitting that is based on weaves. Nancy has been experimenting with the ‘woven fabric’ knitting quite a lot lately, and it leads to beautiful outcomes. It involves intarsia techniques that can be easily applied to other knits as well.
On Nancy’s Instagram you can find some amazing, inspiring examples of ‘woven knitting’ and tuck stitches.
Natasja will host a class on knitting tricks and finishing techniques used for the Knit on Texel design. Her second class will be a workshop focused on the photography of your knits.
Most of us want our knits to look as swoon-worthy in photo’s as they do in real life, and in this class Natasja will help you to develop your photography skills. After the class you will surely feel more confident behind and in front of the camera!
We will stay at ‘Nieuw Leven’ (New Life), a group accommodation that has won an award for being the most sustainable project in Europe. Without compromising on comfort and indulgences, Nieuw Leven is totally self-sustainable, and is an example for the Netherlands and abroad.
The accommodation is situated in walking distance of Den Burg, the islands main village. Nieuw Leven is surrounded by grazing sheep and from the grounds you have unmatched views over the Texel landscape.
The splendid villas have elegant and warm interiors, consisting of a large country kitchen, beautiful living rooms and spacious bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.
In addition to the private villa gardens, you can make use of the other facilities on site, like the ecological swimming pond with a spacious swimming area and the wellness garden with barrel sauna.
Picture by Zora Spook
We’ve invited chef Karin Gaasterland of Cuisine Carine to take care of our lunches and dinners, which she will prepare in our villas, using fresh, local produce from the island.
Karin is the author of the cookbook Cuisine Carine and she co-owned restaurant Balthazars Keuken in Amsterdam. Currently she has organized pop-up eating experiences in Marrakech, Mallorca and Amsterdam.
Karin’s philosophy on cooking and eating:
“For me, cooking is not exclusively about technique or precise recipes. Of course, knowledge is useful, and you don’t become a chef overnight. But it’s also about taste, creativity and the courage to create something. With your own palate and beautiful products. Searching for that perfect balance in the pan.”
You can find Karin and her mouthwatering dishes on Instagram.
Sunset beach club knit night
On Thursday night we will enjoy a sunset knit night including a gourmet dinner in one of the loveliest beach clubs on the island. Indulge in the amazing local food and the spectacular sea views while the sun sets over the island.
Tour of the island
The retreat includes a half day tour of the island. During the tour we will visit a sheep farm and Natasja will show you the most beautiful and scenic sights on the island. Make sure to take your knitting and some photography equipment!
There will be complimentary e-bikes available for retreat guest that want to explore the island by bike. Texel has 145 km of cycling paths, and more often than not, the cycling paths lead straight through the landscape, with no car roads in sight.
Knit on Texel swag bag
All knitters will receive a sumptuous, drool-worthy Knit on Texel swag bag.
Pattern Knit on Texel design
For the retreat, Natasja will create a Knit on Texel design. During the retreat, the pattern is exclusive to our knitters and is included in the swag bag.
Pop-up yarn shop
We also make sure there’s a well-curated pop-up shop to help you out if you’ve forgotten something or to inspire a new project.
And of course you can take your non-knitter friend or partner. Since our accommodation and the island have so much to offer, they will surely have a wonderful time too. We can make tailored arrangements for all kinds of activities from shrimp fishing on the Wadden Sea, to guided bird watching tours, to parachute jumping, to some serious wellness pampering and everything in between and beyond.