Frequently Asked QuestionsBelow are the answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions we've received. If you have a question that isn't answered here, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
General1. What time does the retreat start?
- The retreat starts at about 5:30 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
- The retreat ends at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 23, 2018.
- That is great! Many of our attendees came for the first time on their own. The people who attend Stitches, S’Mores & More are a friendly bunch. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be surrounded by like-minded fiber people. We love meeting new people, sharing, and learning. We are an inclusive group who are generous, friendly, and kind. We love to have fun! By the end of the retreat, you’ll have made a bunch of new friends. Many of our attendees return every year to see and catch up with the friends they have made at prior retreats. We also have attendees who travel from other states to attend and return year after year.
- We were all beginners once! In the past we’ve had brand new knitters all the way to advanced knitters. The thing about knitting is that there is always something new to learn. You’ll find a wealth of information and people ready to help. The instructors will also help you during the classes. All of the classes are meant for a variety of levels unless specified otherwise.
- As physical as you want to make it. You can go for a walk on the surrounding country roads or sit and knit all day (and night). It is entirely up to you. A golf cart is available if needed.
- Fiber! You’ll need to bring a project or two (or more) to work on during free time. You’ll also need to bring bed linens for a single bed and your toiletries. A full list of what to bring will be provided a couple of weeks before the retreat. All the materials for classes are provided.
- Part of the joy of the retreat is being able to get away from it all. Cell service is spotty at the retreat. There is wifi in the conference center building.
- We can provide the phone number of the Crossroads Retreat manager who can get messages to you.
- If you love fiber, love to learn, and love to meet others then this retreat is for you! Our attendees are a big bunch of friends united by our love of all things fiber. We typically don’t talk a lot about what we do when we’re not knitting, spinning, weaving, crocheting, etc. We come together to get away and be with others who “get” what we do. We love being with a group where we don’t have to explain why we spend hours and money knitting socks, sweaters, shawls, cowls, etc. When we asked our attendees to describe each other, they said we are: curious, lifelong learners, friendly, smart, welcoming, inclusive, sharing, generous, kind, fiber-addicts, and funny.
- As structured as you want it to be. You can take classes or not. If you want to switch classes when you arrive, we’ll work to make it happen. You can get up early or stay up late. The only thing that is structured is when we eat. Breakfast is usually around 8AM, lunch around Noon, and dinner around 5:30 or 6.
- Absolutely! Most of the classes are knitting-related. We do have at least one non-knitting class.
- We have only had women attend in the past. However, there is an extra bunkhouse we could open up if any men want to attend.
- Crossroads Retreat center is about an hour west of Bryan-College Station. Given the time of year (end of September), it may be warm or cool. For the retreat in 2017, the highs were in the mid-80’s and lows were in the 60’s. All of the buildings do have air conditioning and heat. Since you do have to walk outside between buildings, we do recommend shoes with sold soles (the ground is sandy and has some stickers). You may also want to bring a jacket or sweater. The best thing is to check the weather prior to leaving for the retreat.
- Age is not a consideration at all. We do recommend that attendees be at least 18 years of age.
Classes1. What classes are offered?
- You can find the list of classes on the Classes tab.
2. What if I don’t want to take classes?
- That is perfectly fine! Classes are an optional, but fun, part of the retreat.
- Our teachers are knitters who have a passion to teach others. They love what they are teaching. you can learn more about the teachers by reading the bios on the Classes tab.
Accommodations1. What are the sleeping arrangements?
- We sleep in bunkhouses. One bunkhouse is designated for early risers and another for night owls. The beds are twin size beds in bunkbed configurations. Our attendees sleep on the bottom bunk (although sometimes we do find someone sleeping in a top bunk – the choice is yours). Each bunkhouse sleeps 13 people on bottom bunks. Although it sounds rustic, it really is like a sleepover with a bunch of friends. Our attendees don’t spend much time in the bunkhouses except when sleeping, getting ready, or grabbing things they need for classes or projects.
- There are plenty of outlets in the bunkhouses. If you prefer to sleep in a bunkhouse with other CPAP users, we do have a bunkhouse designated for our attendees who uses CPAPs or need other special sleeping arrangements.
- Yes. All buildings have air conditioning and heat.
- The bathrooms in the bunkhouses have three stalls with toilets, three fully enclosed shower stalls, and three shared sinks.
Meals1. What are the food arrangements?
- Three meals each day are provided during the retreat. These meals are either catered, provided by retreat staff. We also have snacks available during the day.
- You are welcome to bring your own food. The staff at Crossroads Retreat Center have been great about accommodating special dining needs in the past such as gluten sensitive options. However, we can not make any guarantees. You should plan on bringing your own food. We do have attendees who do this every year.
- There is a refrigerator and freezer in the dining hall for attendee use.
Vendors and Sponsorships1. Are there vendors?
- In the past we have had a couple of vendors who setup shops in the conference center. They are also usually teachers. There is no obligation to purchase from the vendors.
- Absolutely! If you are interested in sponsoring Stitches, S’Mores & More, email us at email@example.com.