Frequently Asked Questions

What size are the classes?

What is the cost of the weekend?

What do I wear?

Will I see the sheep and learn about the farm?

Is the farmhouse handicapped accessible?

I’m allergic to cats and dogs. Should I come to the retreat?

What about all the fences?

Any other things I need to know?

Is there anything in particular I should bring with me?

I am a vegetarian and have special dietary restrictions. Can I still attend?

Will I need to bring any finished homework for the class?

Will Kristin sign my own personal books?

Is transportation included?

How do I find Leyden Glen Farm?

How about lodging?

I would like to buy some lamb. Is it available?

Can I buy yarn at the studio?

What is the smoking policy?

Is internet access available?

What can my spouse/traveling partner do while I knit?

My spouse would like to come to dinner and on the hayride. Is that possible?

What if I need to cancel?

 

 

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What size are the classes?

Class size is limited to six participants. Everyone will get plenty of time to ask lots of questions while soaking up the artsy, farmhouse atmosphere. Sign up as soon as you can, as space is very limited.

 

What is the cost of the weekend?

$500 for the two days of total immersion in knitting, stitching, or fabric decoration which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday and snacks and beverages on both days. This cost does not include accommodations.

 

What do I wear?

Leyden Glen Farm is a working farm and farmhouse. Please do not wear fancy clothing, including white pants. When you leave, they certainly won’t be white anymore! Sundresses, shorts, and blue jeans work best. In the summer, bring a sweater or a shawl because evenings can be chilly.

 

Will I see the sheep and learn about the farm?

Yes you will! Leyden Glen Farm is a working sheep farm and artist’s home. Please do not expect perfection and suburban looking tidiness. We try our best but things happen. We don’t have a gardener or housekeeper - the two of us do it all ourselves. Along with raising farm animals, comes all kinds of extra bonuses such as manure, mud, and bugs. Our cats and dogs are in and out of the house constantly. If any of these things may make you uncomfortable, please re-consider enrolling.

 

Is the farmhouse handicapped accessible?

Hannah Cat SleepingNo, sorry, it isn’t. The house and studio is set up on three floors. The farmhouse was built in 1751 and is a working farmhouse. It is real farmlife! It is charming but it surely isn’t as picture perfect as it looks in magazine photos and in most people’s minds.


I’m allergic to cats and dogs. Should I come to the retreat?

Sorry, probably not. There are two busy, working, jumpy Border Collies. There are sheep and chickens. There are nine farm cats that go in and out of the house. There is often a litter of kittens. If you are allergic to cats or dogs, this probably isn’t the class for you.

 

What about all the fences?

Fences are there for a reason and many are electrified. Please heed them. If you want to take a walk through a field, please check with Mark or Kristin.

 

Any other things I need to know?

Private spaces of the farmhouse are not open to class attendees.  Our water comes from a farm well. Wasting of water is not allowed, otherwise we may not be able to flush the toilet.  There are a lot of hills and valleys around our house so flat shoes, preferably sneakers or “Merrell-type” footwear is advisable. Look down while walking.

 

Is there anything in particular I should bring with me?

Besides the knitting supplies which you will be given a list of, you may want to bring bug spray and sunscreen.

 

I am a vegetarian and have special dietary restrictions. Can I still attend?

Of course. We will just need to know in advance. This is a private home and we cook with nuts, eat meat, and drink cow’s milk. If you don’t, that’s fine too, just know we do.

 

Will I need to bring any finished homework for the class?:

You will be sent a list of knitting supplies to bring along with a homework assignment.

 

Will Kristin sign my own personal books?

She would love to sign them so bring them if you want. Many of Kristin’s books will be available for sale and takeaway.

 

Is transportation included?

Transportation to and from the class is not included. If you are flying, you’ll need to rent a car at the airport. Bradley Airport outside of Hartford is about one hour from Leyden Glen Farm.

 

How do I find Leyden Glen Farm?

You should print out the Directions to the Farmhouse and bring them with you. You can find them here.

 

How about lodging?

You will have to make your own hotel reservations. Check out the list of “Where to Stay.”

 

I would like to buy some lamb. Is it available?

Yes, usually. You can purchase a whole or half frozen lamb when you leave. Individual cuts are also available. Make sure to bring a cooler for the lamb to transport it. We do have some small coolers for smaller cuts. See our Leyden Glen Lamb website for more information.

 

Can I buy yarn at the studio?

Sorry, yarn is not available for sale. You will be given some samples to work with though.

 

What is the smoking policy?

Smoking is NOT permitted in the farmhouse, on the porch or in the classes. However, you may smoke outdoors away from the house as long as you bring your smoking remains inside and put them in the trash.

 

Is internet access available?

No, we have dial-up. You wouldn’t even want to try. Cell phone service seems to work somewhat but we prefer that you leave your cellphone in your car.

 

What can my spouse/traveling partner do while I knit?

If your spouse (or non-knitting traveling companion) will be coming with you, there are many things for he or she to do while you are knitting. See the “About the Area” page for ideas of what to they can do.

 

My spouse would like to come to dinner and on the hayride. Is that possible?

Spouses will be able to attend the hayride and Saturday night dinner and the closing Sunday lunch for an additional fee. In order to accommodate them, please let Kristin know when you return your registration form.

 

What if I need to cancel?

If you must cancel your participation in a class, your class fee will be refunded except for a $100 cancellation fee. You must cancel your attendance 60 days prior to the date of the class.

 

In the unfortunate event that Kristin Nicholas should have to cancel a class for any reason, all fees, including deposits, will be fully refunded. The costs of any travel arrangements you may have made will not be reimbursed.