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Knitting in Buffalo WY

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Knitting in Buffalo, Wyoming

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Knitting in Buffalo WY

Discover the West. Nestled at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, Buffalo Wyoming has rich history, scenic beauty, and most importantly for knitters, Mountain Meadow Wool Mill. This woman-owned mill is a powerful entrepreneurial success story and is unique in that the wool is sourced locally. With 100% traceback, the label of every skein tells which ranch it came from. Now that's knowing your wool.

Experience the new West and explore the old West. Stay at the historic Occidental Hotel where every Thursday is bluegrass jam night in the Saloon. Visit the TA Ranch and hear about the Johnson County Range Wars. Spend time at the mill. Experience the rich Basque culture of the area. Enhance your knitting as you learn from a skilled designer/teacher in residence for the week.

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Overview: Knitting in Buffalo WY

overview: knitting in buffalo wy

Knitting in Buffalo Wyoming

DATES & PROGRAMS:

TO REGISTER: To register contact us (301.766.4543). Call the Occidental Hotel to select your room. $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

LOCATION: Buffalo, Wyoming

THE EXPERIENCE: Discover the West

LODGING: Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming. Select your room and book directly through the Occidental Hotel (307-684-0451). Ask for the Trips for Knitters rate. See LODGING tab for more information.

PRICING: $1,400 — includes meals, knitting classes, local transportation, tours, and project yarn. Save $50 if you pay by check. 2017 payment in full is due February 15 2017.

TRAVEL: You make your own flight arrangements; see the Travel tab for more information.

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS: Preparing to Discover the West? See our Tips for Travelers page for registered travelers. Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

Programs

programs

2017 program

Mariposa MittsWe’re excited about the project and the instructor Tammy Thompson from Woolen Collectibles in Kalispell, Montana. Tammy has designed for years and has had designs published in just about every knitting magazine. She’s a skilled knitter and patient teacher.

We’ll be making the Mariposa mitts. Don’t worry if these seem like a stretch for you—that’s what Tammy is there for.

We suggest US size 3 (3.25mm) needles. DPNs are great and necessary for parts of the knitting, but you may also like to use 9” circular needles. Tammy thinks you can also use a 12” circular for the body of the mitten, or stick to DPNs if that’s what you like. Magic loop if you are skilled and comfortable with that method of circular knitting. Bring your favorite cable needle. If you don’t know what you want, check out your Local Yarn Shop and see what they have. Tammy will have some for purchase as well. Bring small markers and scissors. We’ll have the rest of the supplies you need in the goodie bags.

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The Experience

the experience

what to expect

Visit Mountain Meadow Wool Mill to see every step of the operation, play with wool and choose yarn for your next project.

Tour the historic TA Ranch where you will learn about the Johnson County Range Wars and cowboy life after enjoying a fabulous lunch.

Experience the Basque culture through museum tour, a special dinner and entertainment by local Basque dancers.

Visit and shop in interesting downtown shops and galleries.

Take advantage of local walking trails in and around the town, including the Clear Creek Trail, which winds its way from the mountains, right by the Occidental Hotel.

See the antelope play in meadows when we leave town.

Eat delicious meals in interesting venues throughout town.

Connect with other knitters and enjoy lively conversation, sharing and learning from others.

Most importantly, plan to relax and renew. We’ve selected the Occidental Hotel for its rich history and comfortable spaces. This is a chance to slow down and take advantage of fine Western hospitality.

itinerary

Subject to change, especially if we need to work around weather. Below are the primary activities of the day, in addition to enjoying downtown Buffalo, knitting time and workshops, short hikes.

Day 1: Arrive and settle in
Day 2: Hotel history and tour, Main Street tour and Jim Gatchell museum; Bluegrass Jam in evening at Occidental Saloon
Day 3: Mountain Meadow Wool Mill, tour and creative time
Day 4: TA Guest Ranch tour and lunch
Day 5: Fort McKinney, Basque Heritage Site, dancers and dinner
Day 6: Mansion House tour and lunch
Day 7: Mountain Meadow Wool Mill
Day 8: Departure

Lodging: Occidental Hotel

lodging: occidental hotel

135 years of western hospitality at its best

"When you step through the front door of the Historic Occidental Hotel in Buffalo, Wyoming, you are truly stepping back into the Old West."

Select your room and book directly through the Occidental Hotel (307-684-0451). Ask for the Trips for Knitters rate. Single rooms will be on a group rate of $100.00 a night. Multi-room suites will be an additional $50.00 dollars per room.

  • Save! Share a room and share the cost.

Travel

travel

travel arrangements

Who makes travel arrangements? You make your own flight arrangements from a major airport near you. Driving may be an option depending on your location.

What airport should I fly into? Depending on where your travel originates, you are most likely going to route through Denver. From there, Fly Sheridan brings you to the closest airport to Buffalo: Sheridan, Wyoming, where we will pick you up. Alternatively, fly into Billings, Montana, and rent a car for the 2-hour drive south from there.

What about sharing the cost of a rental car? We'll connect knitters traveling to Buffalo so that they can consider this option. Once we know who is coming, we can work together to figure out the most cost effective manner of travel. Do I need a car? Not really. Most of our activity is very local and walking will do. For the short drives to the Mill and TA Ranch, Trips for Knitters provides transportation. If you are bringing a spouse or friend who wants to do some exploring, a car will be helpful.

How do I get from Sheridan to Buffalo and back? We'll pick you up. There are two flights a day into and out of Sheridan, so we'll have pickups and deliveries at both, if necessary. You can count the antelope on the 30-minute drive.

Pricing

pricing

pricing per person

Per person fee of $1,400 includes meals, local transportation, tours, and project yarn. A $500 non-refundable deposit secures your space. 2017 payment in full is due February 15 2017.

  • Save! Save $50 if you pay by check instead of credit card/Paypal.

Lodging is extra; reservations are made directly at the Occidental Hotel. See LODGING tab for rates and contact information.

  • Save! Share a room and share the cost.

Want to register? Contact us to discuss availability.

Cancellation Policy:

  • The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
  • Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
  • We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

FAQ

faq

faq

I'm not a really experienced knitter so will I be able to do the project? What if I don't want to knit the project?
We plan projects that are accessible by knitters at various levels of experience, complexity in knitting, and interest. For those not as confident in their knitting, this can be a great time to move past some of your apprehension with experts to help you along. We also believe that you it's your knitting and if you choose not to do the project or to do it a different way, that's fine. We want you to make the most of your knitting in your way, and it's different for all of us. You still get the project yarn, whether you knit it or not!

How do I get specific questions answered?

Can I bring my husband, friend, family member who is not a knitter?
For this event, we charge everyone the same, so that person sharing your room will pay the same amount as you, but you will each pay the shared room rate, which is less than the private room rate. Please read our Notes for Husbands, which pertains to any non-knitters traveling with you. Non-knitters participate in all activities as they choose, including day trips, meals and tours. If there are several non-knitters, which is likely, we’ll schedule some side trips for them. They'll have a great time!

How do I connect with other knitters participating with Knitting Holiday?
We'll put everyone in touch electronically, facilitating email communication, about three months before departure.

What should I bring?
We recommend traveling light. We'll have a detailed discussion and send guidelines.

Do we have to assist in meal preparation or clean up?
You do not have to prepare meals or clean up. You do not have to make your bed! It really is a relaxation trip with a light schedule and lots of time for knitting, connecting with others, learning and doing what you want.

What is the schedule like?
A balanced mix of knitting, workshops and getting out to see the local sights. The schedule allows for time alone, with others, for walks or reading.

I have physical limitations and wonder if I'll be able to manage this trip?
While we do relax often, we also walk to sites for meals and tours. Longer walks are optional though some short hikes will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty of the area. We recommend being able to walk at least one mile.

What if I need to cancel for some reason?
We recommend travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense should you need to cancel. You can shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources. The cancellation policy as stated at the bottom of pricing (above):

  • The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
  • Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
  • We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.

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