make. wear. love. west coast retreat


Something magic happens when knitters get together at a make. wear. love. retreat.


These intimate weekends in gorgeous places steep you in the best craft has to offer: There’s lots of laughter. There’s great food, and great yarn, and amazing instructors who help you think about your craft in a new way. There are no strangers – just new friends. By the end of the weekend, you’re energized. Inspired. And ready to tackle anything.

make. wear. love. west 2017 is now over – thanks for your interest!

The retreats take on some of the character of their locations, and the result is that our west coast retreats, located at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove CA, are relaxed and festive. We hope you can join us in this gorgeous 107-acre refuge by the sea for an amazing weekend of knitting, festivities, and instruction.

Every year in the spring, I’m thrilled to be joined by an incredibly talented group of instructors, and as an attendee you’ll have the ability to make the weekend as free-wheeling or education-intensive as you’d like. (Inspiration, though? Will be dialed to 11.) In 2017, I was pleased to welcome Laura Nelkin, Catherine Lowe, Kate Atherley, Kim McBrien Evans, and Patty Lyons. (And I taught too!)


Download the brochure for complete information on the 2017 retreat.


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Here are the key details in brief: Based on feedback both from last year’s west retreat, and this fall’s retreat, I’m continuing to let the retreat format evolve. There are still two attendance options, wayfarer and student, but the mix of formal and a la carte education is changing to make those two options look different than at past retreats:

  • Formal classes are now being held in the morning only, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; wayfarers will have shorter, less-formal education and local activities with instructors during these times.
  • Afternoons have shorter mini lectures, demos, and round-tables, each one focused on a specific topic. Participate in all, some, or none of them – your choice regardless of your attendance option.
  • We’ll have group events every evening, and to end the event on Sunday afternoon. They’ll include more time with your instructors, a fashion show, and an extended marketplace session.

It’s my hope that this more flexible format will allow all attendees to get their desired mix of education and relaxation time in this beautiful, beautiful place. Of course, as at all past retreats, this year’s make. wear. love. west will be full of the same inspiration, design, and love of craft you’ve come to love (or heard so much about).

One more change to student attendance: Since there are four main teachers, and three class spots, you’ll get a morning class with three out of the four instructors. Each instructor is offering a single class this time around, and when you register you’ll be asked to rank them in order of preference.

The cost of the retreat in 2017 was $995 for students, and $845 for wayfarers. Attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging with Asilomar due to the breadth of options. (You get a room information sheet, and instructions for signing up, with your acceptance.)

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I confirm your attendance via email within a week or so of registration opening. A non-refundable $250 deposit is due at that time; your remaining balance is typically due by January 30.

I look forward to the make. wear. love. retreats all year long. I can’t wait for you to join us.

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