Time for Technique

Join Gayle at her beautiful studio in Fairfax, CA for a regular roster of teaching options! These small, quiet and supportive classes are designed to encourage focus and development … and of course, warmth and joy!

Weekly Workshops:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays:

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 to 6 students.

$20.00 per two hour session with a minimum of 4 students to run a workshop .

Monthly Session Coming Soon:

No need for weekly help? Monday workshop once a month from 11am-1pm might be perfect for you.

We are in the process of building this class - let me know if it’s the one for you!

Seasonal Knitalongs:

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


1-3pm on 16 Feb, 23 Mar and 13 April;

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 at the studio in Fairfax.


Special Events Open Now

Natural Dye Workshop, Napa, CA

Sunday 13 October, 2019

10:00am - 4:00pm

Brooke Sinnes will introduce us to the actual nitty gritty of natural dyes at her studio in Napa where all the magic happens!

Join in this hands on exploration, take home a rainbow of Sincere Sheep Cormo mini-skeins you dyed yourself - and understand your yarn so much better afterwards!

A lunch break at Napa’s Southside Cafe is included.


Field Trips

Valley Oak Wool Mill, Woodland, CA

Sunday 27 October, 2019

10:00am - 2:30pm

You want to meet Marcail Williams - the force behind every rivet and gear of Valley Oak Wool Mill. Marcail mills and produces yarn for many of our Fibershed members and local farmers in a Mill that has served the community for years. Come and see what happens when that fleece takes a journey through Marcail’s hands (and antique machines) to become yarn (and other fiber products). Lunch included.


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.