Go Knit in Turkey!

My friend, Catherine Bayar, lives in Istanbul, Turkey.  She is heading up these knitting weekends that look just great to me!  There is no better way to experience another culture than to sit around with the locals.  And, for those of you who knit, this must be some kind of paradise!  I hope that you can make your way over there!

Info from her announcement:

The Turkish Tulip, in healing sifa cotton

Istanbul Knit RetreatsSultanahmet across the Bosphorus
Join us for the ultimate craft holiday in Istanbul, a thriving mix of historic and modern, of color, inspiration and fun.
We invite knitters of all levels, novice and experienced alike, to enjoy a long weekend from Friday to Monday with us in Old City Sultanahmet. Discover craft history, meet local women artisans, enjoy inspiration-filled knitting sessions and indulge in a world of yarn and textiles. My knit-conspirator Figi and I are both long-time expats in Turkey, fluent in its dramatic setting to knit and learn new skills. You will be accommodated in a quaint 3-star hotel in the heart of the old city, our base for outings of discovery, coming back to enjoy relaxed workshop sessions.
Merging fiber techniques
Our retreats are limited to 8 guests.
Duration: 3 nights 4 days, Friday to Monday
Dates through the first half of 2013: 
7-10 December 2012 (shop for Christmas!)
21-24 January 2013
22-25 February 2013
15-18 March 2013
12-15 April 2013
3-6 May 2013 (includes a Bank Holiday)
24-27 May 2013 (includes a Bank holiday) NOTE: This weekend merges with our Tulip Trip.
After Istanbul, join us heading east to Mardin, then to Aegean Ephesus!
The land where mohair originates

Here’s a sample of what we’ll do:

Arrive Friday to a selection of complimentary yarns and kits. Saturday, we wander the Bazaars for inspiration as only Istanbul can provide, finding yarns, textiles and other treasures in this ancient melting pot marketplace. Then a workshop session to learn about the diverse fiber crafts of Turkey, techniques, history and much more. Sunday, historic sites to visit, more colorful influences to soak up! Another workshop to add to your crafting skills.Monday, travel late in the day, or better yet, extend your trip as we enjoy one more morning outing before you go!

For anyone who would like to have a longer stay in Istanbul we would be happy to help book the extra days for you and recommend things to do, one-day tours, guides…

For a more detailed itinerary or specific fiber art requests, please contact us
Cost of retreat: £499 ~ €623 ~ $799
About your hosts: 
Figi Cakir is owner of Figgi Yarns, a Brit expat who has been living and knitting in Turkey for 20 years. 
Catherine Salter Bayar is designer, writer and owner of Bazaar Bayar. A California native, she’s lived in Turkey since 1999, first in Selcuk/Ephesus, and now Istanbul.  


Catherine is also a member of TAFA.  Here is her member profile there:  Bazaar Bayar

One response to “Go Knit in Turkey!”

  1. Thank you Rachel! I’d love to see TAFA members join us – happy to offer a discount to those who do.

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