The Nifty Knitter Visits Victoria!

July 10-13, 2017

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 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

Pincushion Project

Pincushion Project

Beaded Buttoned Bracelet

Beaded Buttoned Bracelet

Pincushion Project

Work up a charming knitted square (cute as you like, embellished with pattern stitches, beads and/or stitching). We have several templates to start you off on your creative exploration, and an actual pattern if you prefer to follow instructions. This piece will be the top of your pincushion. The bottom can be a different knitted square or a woven piece. Options for joining the pieces add more possibilities for color and texture. You'll want to make ALL the pincushions!

Beaded Buttoned Bracelets

While working a bracelet tutorial, we explore several beading techniques while learning about a million things about beads in the process. While working a flat sampler, we will explore all potential beading situations: how to bead cables, lace, texture, or just plain knitting. You will emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas. The handout includes three additional bracelet patterns for you to enjoy making in addition to the class sampler

Relax & Knit

Relax & Knit

Butchart Gardens Picnic

Butchart Gardens Picnic


Our adventure begins in Seattle with Clipper Ferry! We'll cast off from Pier 69 on Monday, July 10 at 9am, and arrive in Victoria at 11:30am.  From there we take a short 25 minute ride to the gorgeous Butchart Gardens.  We will have a gourmet picnic lunch set up on picnic tables in the gardens where we can knit and eat.  After that you are free to roam the gardens.

The heart of the retreat will take place in our private suite in the Erickson wing. We’ve customized the space 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.

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 13, 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 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.


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 5, 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 first get-a-way. We have a limited number of spots available, so sign up today!