January Thaw Retreat -- January 25th - 27th, 2018

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Welcome to Sun Valley Fibers' 5th Annual January Thaw Retreat --


At this time the retreat is full -- I think that was record sell out time, people!   George and I thank you very much for considering our retreat.  We look forward to seeing you in January of 2018!

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list -- please just send me an email at sunvalley@tds.net and put  January Thaw Wait List as the subject -- the list will be on Ravlery in our January Thaw group.   Thanks~!


The dates are:  Thursday through Sunday morning, January 25th-28th, 2018

There is an option to arrive on Wednesday afternoon, January 24th.  There are limited rooms available -- but the hotel can be contacted to add more (or ask me and I'll contact them as well)     I'm going to wait to see what the class responses are -- we may be offering classes on Thursday all day as well.   =)


Hilton Garden Inn, Middleton/Madison West, Wisconsin

1801 Deming Way

Middleton, WI 53562



Registration for the retreat is $110.  

You may only purchase one registration.   Each guest must purchase their own registration.

Registration for the retreat includes:

  • A most fabulous Swag bag with some items only available for retreat attendees and not for sale in the shop!
  • Early shopping in the Sun Valley Fibers market on Thursday evening from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.;
  • Friday and Saturday shopping from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • A Fashion Show Friday evening.   KALs and CALs and Spin-a-long info to follow!  
  • Access to our room block and our discounted room rates.
  • There will be refreshments available -- coffee, water and tea -- in the afternoons.   There will be some special treats available Friday evening and Saturday evening.   There is a cash bar in the hotel lobby if you so desire!
  • Opportunity to attend classes with BRISTOL IVY!
  • Bristol will be teaching at least 4 classes, two on Friday and two on Saturday.  As stated above, we are still working out details....   Stay tuned!
  • Registered attendees will have first dibs on signing up for the classes.   Please know that class sizes will be limited to a total of 20 per class, and will be an additional fee.
  • Class information will go out in late June.  For now, know that the choices will be from the following:
  •         Knitting with Refinement
  •          Reading Your Knitting
  •          Knitting Outside the Box
  •               Finishing Techniques
  •               Intro to Brioche
  •               Brioche, The Next Level
  • We will continue our tradition of a Thursday evening Stitch Marker swap.   You don't have to get fancy, but some folks come up with beautiful (and I mean beautiful) stitch markers!!
  • We will have a fashion show Friday evening -- 
  • and we will wrap things up on Saturday with a fun swap -- fun, sometimes silly, always useful and  very creative! -- NOT a white elephant exchange.   =) 


The retreat is limited in size to 120 attendees.    

Feel free to make reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn in Middleton/West Madison now - Make sure you mention the Sun Valley Fibers January Thaw retreat or use the link from your email to be part of our room block and room rate.  and when that hotel is full, there are several wonderful hotels in the area.

The Hilton Garden Room rates are as follows:

King bed - $94.00a night

2 Queen-size beds (four to a room) $104.00 a night    The room link is in the email sent out to you -- otherwise call the hotel at 608-831-2220 and mention the Sun Valley Fibers January Thaw.


Meals will be on your own, and I will provide information about all of the wonderful restaurants in the area.   Our location is right smack dab in the middle of Greenway Station and you will have many restaurants to choose from for lunch and dinner.   The Hilton Garden Inn has a spectacular breakfast buffet/omlet station and there are so many great restaurants in walking distance or a short drive away.

If you haven't already joined our Sun Valley Fibers January Thaw Retreat group on Ravelry, I suggest you do so, because that is the place information will be shared and updated regularly -- and the place for you to get a roommate (if you need one) and meet fellow attendees before the event. 

George and I are looking forward to another fun event -- see you soon!

Refund Policy:   50% refund if you need to cancel by October 30th, 2016.  After that date, no refunds will be available.     Your retreat spot is nontransferable.  If you cannot attend, please contact me at sunvalley@tds.net.





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  • 5
    Perfect weekend retreat with friends new and known!

    Posted by Jennie on 3rd Feb 2016

    This is the third year I've attended Sun Valley Fibers January Thaw and I hope to be able to attend in future years! George and Jeanette plan a great relaxing event and it is well worth the money.

  • 5
    I'll be back

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Feb 2016

    Excellent opportunity to knit with my friends. The location was clean, affordable, and comfortable. I would've liked the fashion show to be more organized and the mic to have worked.

  • 4
    January Thaw Retreat

    Posted by Unknown on 1st Feb 2016

    Awesome as always - so great getting together with like minded fiber enthusiasts. One suggestion would to post a daily schedule since people are getting in at different times and taking classes. There never was an "opening" to the event (or I missed it) with schedule and announcements. I think this would be a nice addition.
    I would love to see the evening events start earlier too or at a different time all together. It gets pretty late in both cases for those of us who aren't night owls!
    Thanks for organizing a great getaway.

  • 5
    My top favorite yarn

    Posted by Sandi Aichele on 1st Feb 2016

    the quality of these dyer and their yarn is the very best. The colors are rich, deep and absolutely fantastic. The yarn bases are luxurious and wonderful.
    In two words: FANTASTIC YARN!!!!!

  • 5
    Sun Valley Thaw Retreat was a fantastic experience.

    Posted by Kristine Hightshoe on 31st Jan 2016

    I think this was a great knitting retreat. There was an abundance of yarn in every color and every weight. I never thought I would like purple until you saw all the purples available. We all enjoyed the Hilton Garden. The staff was very professional. The rooms were perfect. I especially liked the Keurig coffee makers. The price was right. The wifi worked very well. I can't wait until next year. I'll wear my Lifesavers sweater.

  • 5
    Great time

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2016

    Loved the Hilton garden. The room was not too hot, or too cold. Nor too noisy. Easy access. The bed rooms were good too. The lobby was very friendly.

  • 5
    You will have the best time ever!

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2016

    You will have the best time and knit with the nicest people.

  • 5
    A great time was had by everyone!

    Posted by Sue Pflederer on 31st Jan 2016

    I attended my first January Thaw this year and had a great time! The atmosphere was relaxed and fun, the activities were participate as you chose- so no pressure if you didn't want to- but I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to... :). Great shopping with the vendors who were there. I will definitely attend again!

    Thanks Jeanette and George it was a great time!!

  • 5
    Great time!

    Posted by Unknown on 31st Jan 2016

    As usual, a great retreat! A suggestion: have the getting-to-know-you swap on the first night, instead of the last. People are tired, it's hard to hear, and there's no opportunity to follow-up with the people we "met" because the retreat is over when the swap is done. Also, a friend of mine thought it might move a little more quickly if the next person to choose a bag was the "giver" of the previous item.