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Knitting and Needlework

February 21-24, 2019


Continuing Professional Education

18 Possible CPE Hours
Art / Math
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Knitty By Nature is a four-day retreat where knitters of all stages and abilities are invited to come stitch together. The focus of this retreat will be on knitting, crocheting and needlework, but all creative outlets are welcome!

There is a place for you here—whether you are well-versed in the world of yarn, or whether you’ve just picked up your first set of knitting needles. You’ll learn some new techniques, share expertise, ask lots of questions and have time to work on some of your own projects.

Expect to laugh, learn, worship, visit, pray and enjoy all that Mo-Ranch has to offer.

Questions? We’re happy to help! Contact us at 1.800.460.4401 ext. 246 or

Lesley Rayl Saunders of Wise Owl Knits in Austin, Texas will serve as the instructor and knitting goddess aficionado for this retreat. Lesley enjoys all sorts of arts & crafts; she hasn’t met a yarn she doesn’t love!

Growing up in her mother’s yarn and handwork shop, Lesley found her passion for fiber arts early. She learned to cross-stitch when she was in prekindergarten, and that was a gateway to the many fiber crafts she has learned over the years. By the time she headed off to college, she had mastered knitting, tatting and sewing. She had also added crochet, needlepoint, hardanger, latch hook, crewel and embroidery to her repertoire. As an adult, Lesley has learned to quilt, weave and spin. She is currently experimenting with dyeing fibers for her ultimate goal of following the path of fiber from roving to completing a project.

Lesley teaches handwork classes and accepts commissioned pieces in Austin, where she lives with her family. A science geek, Lesley teaches science when she’s not working with fiber and is especially giddy when her love of science and fiber cross paths. She is active in her home church, where she is an elder and teaches Sunday school. She also coordinates the church’s book club, board game group and craft group. She and her family avidly participate in activities for Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Science Olympiad, and the animal community in Austin.

If you see her out and about around Austin, you can be sure of two things. First, she’ll have some sort of project in her purse — usually a sock. Second, she’ll be accompanied by Nick, the Service Dog in Training she is raising as part of the The Dog Alliance Hounds for Heroes program.





Cost and Housing

Participants will be housed (and will meet) in the beautiful Nicklos Barn.

Single Occupancy        $860

Double Occupancy     $620

Commuter                   $350 (excludes housing at Mo-Ranch, includes tuition, lunch and dinner during the retreat)


A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 45 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 45 days full payment is required at the time of registration.

Full refund minus $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.


Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

  • Knitting or crocheting needles
  • Your favorite yarn
  • Project(s) that you are working on

Bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, hair dryer and rain gear. Linens are provided. Bring shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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