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A Yarn Dreamer's Tale

I have been captured by Alpacas

My journey began seventy years ago in Berlin, Germany. I entered the United States as a motion picture editor in 1964. After forty-three years in film, and a life with a menagerie that included twelve cats, five dogs, nine geese, several chickens and Jimmy the Rooster, I met Honeycomb the Alpaca. Then the past became prologue.

Her fabulous eyes, gentle nature, incredibly soft fleece, and humming sounds introduced a new phase in my life. I fell in love with this gift from the Andes, and now I have Star of Bethlehem, Queen of Sheba, Alhambra del Fuego, Rhett Butler and Tahitian Pearl providing fleece to create one of a kind hand-spun yarns and garments for you to treasure and enjoy!!!


Yarn Dreamer Knitting Retreats and Workshops 2014

Knit in Paradise (or not far from it!) at Insel Haus B&B on Bois Blanc Island, Michigan.

  • Starting at just $320 per person for lodging, meals and knitting instruction. Add $50 per night for a private room. Additional nights, $50 per night.


Book the entire weekend for your guild, shop or knitting group and get 11 spaces for the price of 10. PLUS select any one of Christa’s workshops*. *Material fees are not included in pricing and vary per workshop.

Retreat workshops are led by Yarn Dreamer, Christa Newhouse: Fiber Artist & Teacher

  • Double knit scarf, an introduction.
  • Bi-Color Brioche double sided scarf, an introduction.
  • Double knit tassels.
  • Personalized pillbox hat with techniques that include i-cord cast on and bind off, two color knitting, bobbles.
  • Scarf and mittens with cobweb ruffles.
  • Reflections ruana. A color study with bobbles and a not-so-common bind-off.

Reserve space for you or your knitting group on one of these 2014 weekends: *

  • May 2-4
  • May 16-18
  • June 6-8
  • June 20-22
  • July 11-13
  • August 8-10
  • August 22-24
  • September 5-7
  • September 19-21
  • October 3-5
  • October 17-19