American Wool Series

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Northern California Knitting Retreat

It's true, I went on another knitting retreat the weekend after my knitting group's retreat and it was amazing! This time I flew down to San Francisco with my good friend, Monica, and spent the night before driving to the East Bay for a mini yarn and fabric crawl and driving to the retreat center in San Juan Bautista. First off, the weather was superb.

Straight off the plane, we grabbed our rental car and headed to the Legion of Honor for the High Style exhibit. Let me tell you, it's amazing and you should totally see it if you live in the area. 

I think this was my favorite piece in the exhibit because TIGER PRINT and I love that it drew inspiration from 17th century gowns and Marie Antoinette - this little number even featured panniers. The rest of our time in SF was spent eating, knitting, and watching Murder She Wrote and reality tv.

Friday morning we drove over to Berkeley to meet up with the ladies from the Stash & Burn podcast and do a mini yarn and fabric crawl featuring Philz Coffee (not fabric or yarn but very, very important), Claddagh Yarns, Stonemountain & Daughter, and A Verb for Keeping Warm.

It was incredibly difficult to show restraint. But I came away with three cuts of fabric for myself and a remnant of some polka dot knit jersey for a tank for Little A. I'm super jealous of folks that live near this store because it has an excellent selection of apparel fabric.

Left to right and top to bottom: polka dot jersey for Little A, Cotton & Steel rayon, Pendleton wool suiting (at half off!) and a woven cotton and lycra plaid. Project wise this will be a tank for A, probably another sorbetto top for me, a pleated pencil skirt, and a summer dress. 

At VFKW I picked up a skein of Reliquary II in Vermillion for some kind of around-the-neck accessory. We said good-bye to the East Bay and drove in some crazy Friday afternoon traffic to San Juan Bautista and didn't leave for almost two days. It was glorious. 

And you know what? I didn't take a single picture the entire time. I left my phone in my room except for calling the kiddo at bedtime each night. If you want to see pictures taken by more responsible instagram knitters than myself you can find them here. I'll just say that I laughed so hard my face hurt for a couple of days and I'll never see White Rhinos and animal crackers the same way again. I can't wait until next year!


  1. Awww shoot... now I feel perfectly sorry I didn't attend the retreat!! I still need to get to Stonemountain too... my friend, Laurel, sews for Suzanne (the owner), who keeps her quite busy. Very glad you had such a great time Erin!!

  2. OMG, what a fun weekend! Can you believe that I've never been to Stone Mountain and I've lived in the Bay Area my whole life. And I sewed long before I ever knit. I hope to make it to that retreat next year. Sounds like everyone had a great time. :)

  3. Regretfully I moved away from this part of California many years ago, I was born and raised here. What a joy to see it again through your eyes!

  4. How fun!! Love that you had such a great time. Thank you for sharing with us. :)