Galiano Island is one of our favourite places to host retreats. Located in the Southern Gulf Islands off the West Coast of Vancouver BC, it’s rugged landscape and calm beauty make for a perfect knitting retreat location.

We are thrilled to invite you to join us at this special place for our upcoming Knit Social Spring Retreat taking place May 3-5, 2019, with two amazing instructors: Norah Gaughan and Bristol Ivy.


Our home for the weekend will be the Galiano Inn & Spa, a spectacular oceanfront hotel, conveniently located just steps away from Sturdies Bay ferry terminal. No car is required!

All rooms at the Galiano Inn are waterfront, with spectacular ocean views. You have a choice of private Oceanfront Spa suites with private terraces or balconies, or tasteful shared accommodations in the Oceanfront One Bedroom Villas, also featuring private terraces or balconies, wood burning fireplaces, and private outdoor hot tubs. Other amenities at the Galiano Inn include the Madrona del Mar Spa & Steam Rooms and the Flores del Iris Gardens.


Joining us for the weekend are our very special guest instructors: Norah Gaughan and Bristol Ivy. Each attendee will have the opportunity to take one in-depth class with each instructor. Small class sizes and a relaxed environment makes for an exceptional learning experience!


Norah Gaughan

The author of Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook (Abrams) and Knitting Nature, among other books, Norah Gaughan has spent her life immersed in knitting—as a freelancer for yarn companies and knitting magazines while also designing pattern stitches for 7th Avenue; as the design director at JCA (she oversaw the Reynolds, Artful Yarns & Adrienne Vittadini Yarn lines); and as the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years (where she headed up the design team and published sixteen eponymous booklets). Now an independent designer working out of her studio in Harrisville, Norah’s latest ventures include being a member of the Brooklyn Tweed design team and Designing a book of linen pattern for Quince & Co. Keep an eye out for newest labors of love, PomPom issue 27 (Norah was the guest editor) and Mason Dixon Knitting Field Guide No 9, Interchangeable.

Make it your own – Patterned Yoke with Norah Gaughan

Do you love the idea of designing your own cabled yoke cowl, poncho or even sweater without having to do the hard part? Begin by choosing from the variety of cables Norah has designed. Practice working that cable with a swatch. Then learn how to easily maneuver details like sleeve length, body shape and neck finishing to suit your own likes and quirks with Norah’s fill in the blanks template.

Materials: Bring a variety of knitting needles for knitting swatches with worsted or bulky weight yarn. Grab Sizes 7-10 so you'll have the right needle for both ribbing and the pattern stitch. You'll need both 16 and 24" lengths. Bring a couple of cable needles or double pointed needles.

Knitting 2 Sided Cables with Norah Gaughan

Learn how to knit 2 different types of 2 sided cables. The first looks great on both sides because it is built of ribbing and the second has a different cable on each side. Knitting from a chart is a necessity in this class but you can learn as you go.

Materials - Light colored DK or worsted weight wool and the needles that go with it & a cable needle. Suggested skill level: Intermediate.


Bristol Ivy

Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer, teacher, and author from Portland, Maine. Her work has been published with PomPom Magazine, Quince & Co., Making Magazine, and her own eponymous pattern line. She has taught at such events as Squam Art Workshops, Edinburgh Yarn Festival, and Vogue Knitting Live, as well as yarn shops worldwide.

Her recent book, Knitting Outside the Box with PomPom Press, explores her lifelong commitment to breaking rules and finding beauty in unexpected places. When not knitting, she’s sewing, running, watching far too many British murder mysteries, and baking a mean loaf of oatmeal honey bread. Find her online at and on Instagram and Twitter as @bristolivy.

Shawl Shapes with Bristol Ivy

Shawls are one of the most popular projects in the knitting world right now. They’re the perfect way to explore new techniques or use just a few skeins of precious yarn for something lovely. In this class, we’ll look at a how to create a few different shawl shapes, and then discuss adding stitch patterns or playing with unconventional shaping. Experience needed: knitting, purling, increasing.

Materials and homework: Though we will mostly be swatching, you can bring between 500-900 yards of fingering weight yarn to start your chosen shawl and a size 5 or 6 32” or longer circular needle. For swatching, please bring around 200 yards of dk or worsted weight yarn, appropriate needles, and stitch markers. 

A Lace for Everything and Everything in Its Lace with Bristol Ivy

Lace is one of the most beautiful ways to manipulate your knitting into something truly spectacular.  In this class, we’ll work on designing our own lace patterns based on two different development techniques: encoded and improvisational.  From there we’ll swatch, play, and perfect that lace ready to add to any project you want!

Please bring: smooth, light-colored worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles, graph paper, pencil, and eraser.

Other highlights of the weekend include ample knitting time, Friday and Saturday evening presentations with Norah Gaughan and Bristol Ivy, Sunday presentation with Norah Gaughan, and an exclusive pop-up marketplace on Sunday morning.

Retreat fee details can be found HERE.

Transportation details can be found HERE.

Registration page can be found HERE.