Escape to the Luxurious Galiano Island with Kyle Kunnecke and Interweave Knits Editor Meghan Babin for an Exclusive Knitting Retreat Oct. 27-30, 2017

Interweave Escapes

Event Overview

Interweave Escapes is a unique way for knitters to come together, learn from a knitting expert and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow devotees in this intimate, retreat-style event.

On October 27-30, 2017 Interweave Escapes is traveling to the secluded Galiano Island in British Columbia to enjoy a exclusive and rare opportunity: We will be staying at the stunning Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa for a one-of-a kind, all inclusive knitting getaway. There will be two workshops from designer, author and teacher Kyle Kunnecke, delicious gourmet meals, and ferry tickets are included. Plus, you’ll be joined by Interweave Knits Editor, Meghan Babin. Join us for an amazing weekend amid the beauty of Galiano Island, October 27-30, 2017.

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What You’ll Learn

Stranded Knitting: Unlocking the Secret of Locked Floats

Ever looked at the “wrong side” of a stranded, hand-knit garment and see no floats? Do you wonder what was done to hide those floats and make it so beautifully finished? The answer may very well be what some refer to as “Armenian Knitting”, or what I call “Locked Floats.” The technique is simple, and creates a wonderfully even fabric. In this class, we will first review how to carry floats across the back of the work (traditional), and then learn this simple technique that results in a beautifully woven “wrong side”. We will address increasing and decreasing “in pattern”, and cover tricks that help to make projects look more polished. You’ll leave with a good understanding of how to work this technique, along with a series of swatches you’ll be able to use for future reference.

Prerequisites: Students should have basic knitting skills, including the ability to cast on, knit/purl, increase/decrease, and read color work charts.

Yarn Provided by Makers Mercantile, Seattle Washington

Materials: Circular needles US6-8 (4.0-5.0mm) (bring a few different sizes or an interchangeable needle set), ruler, stitch markers, note taking materials, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, knitting bag filled with its usual treasures.

“You want me to do WHAT to my knitting?!” – an Introduction to Steeks

Cutting our knitting may seem like the stuff of nightmares, but in a controlled environment following a few simple steps; it’s a tool that makes stranded knitting a dream. In this workshop we will face our fears while learning to master the skills required to steek knitted fabric, and explore the steps necessary to create a beautifully finished edge. Once we have learned a few ways to divide the fabric, we will continue our adventure by learning how to install a zipper by hand.

Prerequisites: Students should already have basic knitting skills, including cast on, bind off.

Yarn Provided by Makers Mercantile, Seattle Washington

Materials: Circular needles  US6-8 (4.0-5.0mm) (bring a few different sizes or an interchangeable needle set), ruler, stitch markers, note taking materials, sticky notes or magnetic board to keep your place on the chart, knitting bag filled with its usual treasures.


Yarn Provided by Makers Mercantile, Seattle Washington



About The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa

The Heart of Galiano Island – Halfway between British Columbia’s beautiful Butchart Gardens and Vandusen Gardens is a boutique garden set in the natural beauty of an island…and this garden is set in a small inn so you can actually stay here. The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa has been operating as a special place to stay on Galiano Island since the early part of the last century. Standing proudly in its choice waterfront location, it has long been a prominent island landmark – the first place arriving guests and islanders see when they approach by ferry. The earliest settlers on the land planted specimen trees at the turn of the last century, and they still feature on the property: the London plane and the giant Sequoia. Rock gardens and waterfalls, ponds and garden plantings were all created to enhance the tranquility and beauty of this special spot.

Whether viewed from the oceanfront, from the restaurant, spa or guestrooms, or from a vantage point in one of the many hidden garden spaces…you will find your heart fills with beauty and rest, here in the “Heart of Galiano Island.”

The Inn is the only resort in the Gulf Islands that is within walking distance of the ferry, as well as all of the little shops and galleries in the Village. ( The Inn does have a pick up service for those who prefer not to walk or they will take you luggage)


About Your Knitting Instructor Kyle Kunnecke

Seattle based designer Kyle Kunnecke has a not-so-secret passion for color work. Through his fiber workshops he provides inspiration to his students; exploring the skills necessary to continue their personal knitting journeys. His patterns are published in numerous knitting books and magazines, by yarn companies, and under his label, Kyle William. He leads workshops at events all over the country (and the world!). His book, Urban Knit Collection: 18 City-Inspired Knitting Patterns for the Modern Wardrobe (Interweave, 2016) showcases projects that utilize the techniques he loves to share with his students. Learn more about Kyle and his work:


About Interweave Knits Editor Meghan Babin

Interweave’s own Meghan Babin will be joining in on the fun! Meghan Babin is the editor of Interweave Knits, knit.wear, and Wool Studio. Her mother taught her how to knit one weekend when she was home from college, and since then she’s barely put down her needles. Before joining the Interweave team she worked as a freelance knitwear designer; many of her designs have appeared in Interweave Knits under Lisa Shroyer’s tenure as editor. Her goal as editor of Knits is to invigorate and inspire the loyal base and draw new knitters with unexpected and innovative designs, photography, features, and education articles.

More Happenings:

Pop Up Yarn Shop at the Inn: Urban Yarns brings the yarns to you! Urban Yarns is a full service knitting and crochet retail company with shop locations in Vancouver and North Vancouver, British Columbia, and an online store that ships worldwide. “Always Something New” is the Urban Yarns motto, which continually motivates us to provide our customers with fresh and innovative products and designs. We believe our two stores are visually exciting places to shop, and we delight in bringing this experience to you at your fibre retreat! We offer a plethora of colour, fibre, and weight choices, including exotic and traditional yarns in all price ranges. On our Canadian wall, we are proud to offer hand-dyed yarns by SweetGeorgia, Fleece Artist, Handmaiden, Niwas Natural Fibres, Rhichard Devrieze, and Biscotte & Cie, as well as Kristan MacIntyre knitters’ jewelry and Firefly Notes stitch markers. And our collection of books and print patterns by world-class BC designers such as Jane Richmond, Shannon Cook, Tin Can Knits, Sylvia McFadden (Softsweater Knits), and Caitlin Ffrench (These Secrets) is not to be missed!

Mini Herbal Harvest Workshop at the Galiano Conservatory:  On Sunday afternoon knitters can attend this 2 hour program visit our cutting-edge Forest Garden and discover first hand what sustainable farming looks like. Learn about Forest Garden plants, harvest and taste some plants from the garden, and sample a fresh tea made from them.



This extremely limited event includes lodging at The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, all meals, workshops, and a gift bag. All taxes and gratuities are also included.

Villa Suite ($2,395 per person for single occupancy or $1,895 per person for double occupancy knitters): Features two rooms with a king bed and sofa bed, a patio, and a fireplace. Perfect for single knitters, single knitters + companion, or great for two knitters to share! All meals and activities included.
Deluxe Room ($2,295 per person for single occupancy or $1,795 per person for double occupancy knitters):  Features a king bed and fireplace. Perfect for single knitters or single knitters + companion. All meals and activities included.
Companion ($950 per person): Want to bring a non-knitting guest/spouse? All companions can participate in all non-knitting activities/meals.

*Looking for a knitting roommate? We can help. Contact Doreen Connors 516-498-7463.

Schedule of Events

Friday October 27, 2017

1:00pm – Meet at the Fairmont Airport Hotel Vancouver/Coach transportation to Ferry
3:00pm – Board Ferry to Galiano Island
4:15pm – Check-in at Galiano Inn and Spa
5:30pm – Welcome Reception
6:15pm – Dinner

Saturday October 28, 2017

7:30—8:30am – Breakfast
9:00am—12:00pm – Knitting Workshop with Kyle Kunnecke
12:15—1:15pm – Lunch
1:00-5:00 – Shopping at Vancouver’s Urban Yarns “Pop Up Shop” on site at the Inn
6:00pm – Dinner

Sunday October 29, 2017

7:30—8:30am – Breakfast
9:00am—12:00pm – Knitting Workshop with Kyle Kunnecke
12:15pm—1:15pm – Lunch
Afternoon free to visit the Spa or take a tour of the Galiano Conservatory Forest Gardens
6:00pm – Dinner

Monday October 30, 2017

6:30—7:30am – Breakfast
8:00am – Board the Ferry to return to Vancouver
9:30am – Coach Transportation to Vancouver International Airport (Arrive @ 10:45)

No refunds will be provided within 90 days of the event.

For additional questions please contact Doreen Connors at [email protected] or 516-498-7463.

*Photos courtesy The Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa.

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