Time for Technique

Weekly Workshops:

Gather once a week in a small group to work on a project of your choice. Each student works independently at their own level with a circulating teacher. Students sign up in advance to secure their spot and class size is limited. $20.00 per two hour session, minimum of 4 students to run a workshop .

Seasonal Knitalongs:

Six hours of classroom instruction in three separate 2 hour sessions spanning three months plus two hours of prep/support time.

Two series in 2019:

1-3pm on 16 Feb, 16 Mar and 13 April;

1-3pm on 20 July, 24 Aug, 21 Sept

Students will select a project designed to advance their skills within this format.

$150 per student for 8 hours of instruction.

Private lessons

Private Group lessons can be set up in your home or at the Studio. There is a two hour minimum at $25.00 per person, minimum of four students. Within the Central Marin, Ross and San Geronimo Valleys, there is no additional commute charge.

Individual private lessons are available at $50 per hour.


For reservations or information:

Any and all communication is very welcome.  Please feel free to ask questions, or sign up for updates.  Once bookings open for Retreats, reservations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Lessons and Workshop times are available on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Students may request times and I will do my best to accommodate those.


Special Events

Sunday January 20th, 2019

10:00am - 4:00pm in the heart of the Napa Valley

Join Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep and Sloane Rosenthal of Sloane Rosenthal Knits for a day of learning and fun. We will be exploring the magical intersection of yarn and design in an extraordinary home in Napa.

Local fiber artists, Sloane Rosenthal (www.tightlyknitdesigns.com) and Brooke Sinnes (www.sinceresheep.com) are a great example of the alchemy between a yarn producer and knitwear designer. Their collaboration informed the recent capsule "Wine Country Knits" as well as many other pieces.  We will enjoy learning more about all that goes into such a partnership, review how this results in a design especially developed for the Retreat and then we will cast on together.

Napa chef, Julii Ashby, will prepare our lunch with ingredients gleaned at the Farmer’s Market in the morning!

What’s included:

Instruction, yarn and pattern, lunch and all snacks and refreshments at an exclusive Napa location.

Cost per participant: $450.00

This event is designed to be interactive and intimate, so space is limited. Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me gayle@pacificknittingretreats.com

2. Working with Linen

April 2019

Spend a day with Elizabeth Doherty unravelling the secrets of working with linen! Wearing and caring for linen knits is so perfect - so let Elizabeth share her tips and tricks to make creating with it just as enjoyable.

3. Natural Dye Workshop

Date coming soon

Brooke Sinnes (can you tell how much we love her - and how much she has to share!) will introduce us to the actual nitty gritty of natural dyes. Join us in this hands on exploration - and understand your yarn so much better afterwards!

4. Pop Up Yarn Events

Stay tuned

It’s no secret that there are yarn producers I adore. Get ready for some special pop ups that feature them.

5. Field Trips

Stay tuned

Visits to a local Mill, yarn shops, ranches and fiber shows and festivals - and maybe even out of State!!!

Multi-Day Retreats feature:

Small Learning Sessions

Each retreat is designed to present an opportunity to learn from teachers who represent the most exciting current thinking in knitting.  Each teacher will present techniques specific to their particular niche in the yarn world.  These leaders bring their progressive approaches to the craft, while honoring the traditions that we all hold dear.  

A particular project focus for each of the retreats is designed to help you hone in on the teaching experience that meets your needs as well as a chance to explore new interests.

Learning sessions will be intimate with plenty of time to interact with instructors and enjoy their exclusive attention.


Knitting Circles

Overnight retreats offer the valuable opportunity to enjoy informal knitting circles outside the more structured Small Learning Sessions.  Knitting Circles are a time honored tradition that allow knitters to share their tricks and tips.  We will make time for this treasured exchange with our teachers and each other.

Yarn Connections:

Each Retreat highlights a particular yarn chosen for the curriculum and included as part of your Retreat. Pacific Knitting Retreats values these partnerships most highly and appreciates the yarn shops and producers with whom we collaborate. You will have an opportunity to buy more of these yarns if you choose, and others presented by our partners at curated pop up shops open throughout the Retreats.