Knitting Retreats


The Ultimate Knitting Retreat


October 4-9, 2020

how summer camp should have been!


Situated on the shores of Cayuga Lake, this historic lakeshore home, built in 1903, will be the location of our Fall knitting retreat.  Rowland House is an eclectic mix of late-shingle and Colonial Revival influences, with a broad wrap-around porch and an extraordinary view of the lake. Under the direction of Pleasant Rowland, creator and founder of American Girl Dolls, the house was completely restored in 2014. The exquisite interiors were created in coordination with The Mackenzie Childs Company, previously owned by Ms. Rowland. The site was carefully landscaped to create a terraced lawn, the “Roman Temple” pavilion restored, and the boathouse returned to near its original appearance.

Accommodations include 10 very comfortable bedrooms, a formal dining room for our evening meals, several parlors for relaxing, and a unique and spacious, light-filled conference room for our two ITO knitting workshops.

Each afternoon our dedicated housekeeper will offer a tasting of local wine and cheese.

Breakfast each day will be as you please:  a light fare without leaving the house, or a fully cooked breakfast at the 1833 Kitchen.

Lunch will be served during the two workshops.

Dinner will be served each evening. Our dining room will be the setting for two dinners. Weather permitting, we will enjoy two more dinners alfresco on the porches or lakeside at the boathouse. This leaves us one more dinner:  a fancy night out at the Aurora Inn's 1833 Kitchen and Bar.

A day trip is planned to the Mackenzie Childs store in Aurora including a private tour of their Farmhouse.

One evening will feature a sponsored showing of the newest knitting designs from Woolfolk, Shibui, and Brooklyn Tweed.

We are hoping for a warm and dry autumn so that most evenings can end with s’mores around the fire pit at the lake.

The Activity Center is at your disposal as our guest. Most offerings are complimentary, some, such as massages and treatments have a fee.

Included is a complimentary, one-time scheduled pick-up (3:00 pm on arrival) and drop-off (10:30 am on departure) to and from Syracuse's Hancock Airport.

You are invited to take advantage of free shipping and a 25% discount on all ITO yarns purchased at the retreat.

All rooms are booked single occupancy with the option to share with the addition of a companion fee.

To make a reservation or to be placed on the wait list, please contact David at Tutto (315) 673-7252 Tuesday - Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Eastern Time or email us anytime:

This event is now fully booked. Be sure to let us know if you would like us to keep your name on a waiting list in the event of cancellations or changes.


Ito Knitting Workshops


Rowland House Re treat

October 4-9, 2020 


Knitting Workshops












Our workshops will be held in the conference room beginning at 10AM on Monday and Wednesday during our stay at Rowland House.

They will be based on and explore the work of two very popular and talented knitwear designers: 

Jana Huck and Junko Okamoto

The workshops will be only a slight challenge for beginner knitters, introduce new techniques for intermediate knitters, and give advanced knitters a chance to play with interesting combinations of design, technique, pattern and color.


The format will be the same for each workshop:  technique, followed by design and construction, and ending with color play.

There will be a lunch break around 12:30 and weather permitting it will be served picnic style outside in the sun and fresh air.

Workshops will casually end in the afternoon, largely dependent on other plans people may have.  The conference room is ours for the entire stay so there is no need to “pack up” each day.

Yarns will be provided for the workshop.  We will send you a list of recommended needles and notions that you should bring with you.