Spring 2020 Knitting tours in Umbria with André de Castro

May 12-19: Lace Workshop: Featuring  Estonian, Shetland, and Orenburg lace techniques

May 22-29: Stranded Colorwork in Portuguese knitting

Knitwear Designer and Instructor André de Castro returns to Umbria for an exciting week-long fiber adventure — times two. Reservations have come in quickly from previous guests — they had such a good time with André that they’re coming back — so we needed to add a second week.

May 12-19 will focus on lace techniques from Estonia, Shetland, and Orenburg and will feature 6 workshops — 2 1/2 hours each . André will bring specific yarns for each tradition for maximum authenticity and has also designed a special sampler project for our group. 3 skeins of appropriate yarn will be included.

May 22-29 will focus on Stranded Colorwork done in the Portuguese style. André, of course, is from Portugal so you’ll be in good hands.  We will explore not only stranded colorwork but color theory and pattern design.  A specially designed cowl, based on a traditional weaving pattern from Perugia, will be the workshop project. 5 or 6 workshops (each 2 1/2 hours long), yarn for the project will be provided. 

And if all that knitting weren’t enough, there is also Umbria to experience. You’ll enjoy tours of our fabled hill towns, visits to cashmere and alpaca farms, a weaving demonstration on jacquard looms, visits to knitting and weaving factories, visits to spectacular rose and iris gardens, not to mention extraordinary Umbrian cuisine, a wine tasting, and much more.

And you’ll stay in a beautifully restored 17th-century palazzo in the walled hill town of Bettona.

Reserve today – May 12-19, 2020: 3 places available; May 22-29, 2020: 5 places available!  Write info@aweekinumbria.com

Some shots from our wonderful spring 2019 tour: 

What people have said:

The knitting seminar in Bettona [last year] was a real wonderful experience to me!
It was conducted together with the master classes of the talented knitter André de Castro and was not only highly professional but also deeply inspirational. The marvelous reception and hospitality of Michael LaPlaca along with his immense patience and fine sense of humor are an attribute to his ability to guide and instruct us to achieve our goals. In addition, the magical surroundings of nature’s beauty and the historical scenery of this surprisingly beautiful place, gave me a unique experience that I will never forget and a desire to come back again. I warmly recommend to enthusiastic knitters to participate in such a stimulating event.

— Sharon Lubasch, Haifa, Israel (ravelry name: sharonlubasch.)

Dear Michael, I would like to thank you for the lovely time I had at your home and the trips you took us on throughout our stay. You really are an amazing person. First of all, you are a warmhearted, caring person with the amazing ability to connect and communicate with people. The knitting seminar conducted by Andre de Castro was professionally performed with great patience and skill. With his guidance we were able to reach our goals. Thank you for giving us the pleasure of your company, visiting your amazing home with its breath-taking views, learning from your and Andre’s vast skills and enjoying the beautiful and historical sites you shared with us. You, and the people you introduced us to, are an inspirational group that I will continue to remember for a very long time.

— Yours truly, Marganit Haber/ Israel

I’ve been on two knitting weeks (2017 & 2018) with aWeekinUmbria and am so excited to be returning for a week with André de Castro. I’ve taken workshops with him in the US and look forward to spending a whole week with him.  Also, I can’t say enough about Michael LaPlaca and the tours he runs. His palazzo is fantastic, the food is to die for (he’s a great cook as well), and Umbria is wonderful in every way. It was so much fun to see the newborn Cashmere goats and the visit to the Jacquard weaving studio was  just spectacular. I also was able to get all my Christmas presents at a wonderful outlet Michael took us to. Can’t wait to do it again.

— Dawn Tannebaum, Teaneck, NJ 

Package includes: accommodations for 7 nights in an historic palazzo (see below), workshops, daily tours and outings, all meals, admission fees, airport pick up/drop-off, and local transportation.

Tour includes:
• 6 workshops with André de Castro (2 1/2 hours each);
• One on one time with 
• Traditional yarn for each lace technique to make our sampler;
• A specially designed shawl and yarn;
• Daily tours of several of the fabled hill and plain towns of Umbria;
• Visit to a (hand) weaving studio producing antique Jacquard patterns;
• Visit a cashmere farm and even get to comb a goat;
• Visit an alpaca farm and purchase alpaca and wool blend yarns;
• Discover local factories and see all the steps of commercial knitwear production;
• Visit a cashmere outlet for great savings;
• Enjoy evening knitting circles;
• Enjoy the best Umbria has to offer with wonderful meals out, and a wine tasting . . .

7-day all inclusive package:
$2600 double occupancy;
$2950 per person, single occupancy;
Rooms are in a private or shared apartment or B&B room. (Group configuration determines room availability.)

Airfare is not included in package price

For help planning your trip — airline tickets and travel insurance — contact Bill Travers at 212-869-6431 or bill70tt@aol.com 

Extraordinary accommodations is the beautifully restored 17-century Palazzo Fiumi-LaPlaca

A variety of accommodations are available on a first come basis. Shared apartments sleep four with queen and twin beds and a shared bathroom. Two B&B rooms, with private bathrooms, are also available. Depending on group configuration, there may be a surcharge for single occupancy, if available.