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 makes a perfect knitting retreat location.

We are thrilled to invite you to join us at this special place for our upcoming Knit Social Fall Retreat taking place November 15-17, 2019, with two amazing instructors: Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone.


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: Gudrun Johnston and Mary Jane Mucklestone. 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!


Mary Jane Mucklestone

Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit, especially with color. She's the author of 4 knitting books, 3 exclusively featuring stranded colourwork.

Her stitch dictionaries 200 Fair Isle Motifs and 150 Scandinavian Motifs, were instant classics and have been translated into many languages. Fair Isle Style is a contemporary take on colourwork featuring 20 projects from 18 designers.

Her newest book Geo Knits:10 Lessons and projects for knitting stripes, chevrons, triangles, polka dots and more - gets back to her knitting roots, when the craft was new to her and she approached it through the shape of things!

Mary Jane travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and to learn more about the history of the craft. She's a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She feels lucky to be invited to teach all over the world, and is eager to share knitting knowledge with her students.

She aims to give students the courage to try something new! Mary Jane's inventive hand knitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her website

Making it up: The Fair Isle Hat 

Class Level: Intermediate

Technique requirements: A design class for intermediate knitters. Knitters must know how to knit/purl; cast on, increase/decrease; work stranded colorwork in the round; read charts; and have knit a stranded color work project.

Begin designing with Fair Isle motifs by starting with a hat! In this design class a basic hat pattern is offered with multiple options for you to pick and choose to make it your very own. Experiment with color! Go wild and invent your own pattern motifs - MJ will show you how! Lots of individual attention with group participation encouraged.

Materials and homework required will be provided to attendees in advance.


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gudrun Johnston

Gudrun was born in Shetland in the 70’s while her mother, Patricia Johnston, was running the successful knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader.

Thirty years later – and now living in the United States – Gudrun has followed in her mother’s footsteps. She has made a name for herself among a new generation of knitwear designers, using the internet to directly interact with an international community of knitters.

Gudrun revived the use of The Shetland Trader name and publishes this website under this logo. She has self published two collections of knitwear inspired by the Shetland islands, The Shetland Trader Book One and Book Two and also collaborated with one of her favorite yarn companies, Quince & Co to publish a Mother and Daughter knitwear collection called Knit With Me. Gudrun has also been published in several prominent magazines online, including Brooklyn Tweed, Twist Collective, Amirisu and Knitty.

Gudrun often includes aspects of her Shetland heritage in her designs, mostly utilizing traditional lace patterns in a contemporary context. She also loves to design using seamless construction and is always adding new techniques to her seamless knitting skills. Most recently she is exploring Fair Isle knitting.

Shetland Hap Class 

Learn how to knit a traditional Hap (shawl) from the Shetland Islands. This beautiful
heirloom shawl makes a great gift for a new baby and is a great introduction to Shetland
Lace knitting. We will make a mini version of this shawl in class (as a half hap) and students
will leave with the necessary skills to make their own full sized version at home. A copy of a
Hap pattern will be provided via email after class.

Materials required for this class will be provided to attendees in advance of the retreat.


Other highlights of the weekend include ample knitting time, a Friday evening presentation about their Shetland Adventures with Gudrun and Mary Jane, optional hike 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.