The Nifty Knitter Visits Victoria!

July 9-12, 2018

Your Happy-Go-Lucky Knitting Retreat

Relax and rejuvenate at our luxurious yarn retreat in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia! 

Enjoy some peace and quiet in your rooms overlooking the water, or take a stroll in the gardens below. 

Let our teachers, Sivia Harding & Sarah Lukes, reignite your textile passions by helping you select your next project. Get hands-on help, or learn new techniques at our optional workshops led by world class instructors.

Breakfast and lunch will be prepared by our gourmet chef and in the evenings take advantage of the city by exploring Victoria’s vibrant culinary scene, just blocks away

Workshops By Sivia Harding

"I am a person who loves knitting and all fibery pursuits, surprise! Other than knitting and spinning, my favorite activities are reading, history, old music and films from the 40s, and messing around with my camera, not necessarily in that order."

-- Sivia Harding

Sivia Harding

Sivia Harding

Relax & Knit, Weave, Crochet, or Spin

Relax & Knit, Weave, Crochet, or Spin

Afternoon Tea at The Empress

Afternoon Tea at The Empress


Our adventure begins in Seattle with Clipper Ferry! We'll cast off from Pier 69 on Monday, July 9, and arrive in Victoria.  After arriving on Canadian soil we will check in to the Inn at Laurel Point.  While they prepare our accommodations we will take a short scenic walk three blocks to the historic Empress Hotel where we will enjoy afternoon tea. Tea includes house-made signature Empress scones, pastries, clotted creams and strawberry preserves with fresh lavender from their rooftop herb garden, and 21 of the finest loose leafs teas available.  From there you are free to spend some time roaming the city or join us as we go to visit the Beehive Wool Shop.

The heart of the retreat will take place in our private suites in the Erickson wing. We’ve customized the spaces to feel like an extension of our shop. There will be couches and quiet corners to knit, floor-to-ceiling windows, and patios to enjoy warm Victoria breezes and to see the sea planes coming and going on the inner harbor.

We’ll gather and unwind, sharing stories and making friends, all to the soft hum of our clicking needles. Workshops and demos led by Sivia Harding and Sarah Lukes will be sprinkled throughout the stay, giveaways and surprises will keep us on our toes, and our professionals will be available for any yarny assistance you may need.

On our final day, July 12, we’ll depart Victoria on the Clipper at 11:30am just after breakfast. 


Reservations have been made at the beautiful Inn at Laurel Point in the premiere Erickson wing and standard Laurel wing. These rooms feature private balconies and great views of the water united with the beautiful bright green peninsula they so proudly inhabit. 

ROOM OPTIONS                    3x            1x
Luxury Single King                $635      $1900
Standard Single King            $565      $1700

Luxury Double Queen          $500      $1500
Standard Double Queen      $435      $1300

Rate includes three nights at the inn, transportation to and from Victoria on the Clipper Ferry, breakfast, lunch, and activities. After signing up we'll contact you by email to ask if there are any accessibility needs.  Call if you don't need Clipper tickets included.

We have two payment options: a one-time payment OR three automatic installments paid in six-week increments (last installment must be paid by June 10). Please call us at (425) 369-3098 or stop in to sign up or questions regarding the payment plan.

Early Bird Holiday Special: pay in full by December 31st, 2017 and get $100 off your trip.


If you are attending the retreat with friends, we recommend purchasing all packages in one transaction (before they sell out!). Packages purchased together will receive roommate priority. If you’re traveling solo but prefer a double room, we’ll happily pair you with another lovely traveler.

Waiting list
In the event that we sell out, send us a quick email to be added to the waiting list. The waiting lists will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cancellation policy
The last day to cancel is Monday June 4, 2017. If we are able to fill your slot, we will refund the total amount, less $50 processing fee.


If you have any questions, please call the shop at (425) 369-3098. We're so excited to offer our annual get-a-way. We have a limited number of spots available, so sign up today!