Getaway Retreat 2020

431 water St./126 Quincy St.

At Northwest Maritime Center/Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop

431 water St./126 Quincy St.


View behind the Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop ~ Port Townsend, WA

The retreat will be held Thursday, March 5 - Sunday, March 8, 2020 in Port Townsend, Wa, at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Spend four days knitting in a beautiful place, surrounded by expert teachers, Indie dyers, and fellow fiber fanatics!

We recommend early registration. Last year's returning participants nearly filled our event and based on a show of hands, we are expecting the same this year!

Ann Budd kicks off this years event with an informal class for all participants, sharing her favorite knitting tricks and lore part 2. In addition to sharing her tips and tricks Ann will be teaching and will be available for one on one consultations throughout the retreat as the "Knit Dr." So be sure to bring any projects and questions that have stalled your knitting.

We've also included free time to just sit and knit with your tribe.

Register early to secure your spot AND save $50!

Photos borrowed from the Northwest Maritime Center website

The Maritime Center is a short walk from our shop.

There will be plenty of opportunity to visit our shop during "off" hours.

Each participant will get three 3-hour classes with Susan and Mary Jane, plus a private appointment with the Knit Doctor. You may choose to do one class each with Susan and MaryJane and one with Ann as well. 


A little bit about Susan…

Susan B. Anderson lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin. This beautiful Midwestern location is where Susan, along with her son, runs their new pattern, kit and custom yarn company called Barrett Wool Co. ( Susan has authored six traditionally published knitting books which focus on toy-knitting, hat knitting, baby knitting, and a learn-to-knit book called Kids' Knitting Workshop. She has four video workshops, has published an extensive library including hundreds of independent and magazine designs and patterns. For the past 13 years, Susan has written and produced her award-winning knitting blog found Susan has a YouTube channel at SusanBAnderson which is all about knitting. Her YouTube Channel has currently had over 2.3 million views. Susan’s favorite part of her career, in addition to designing, is traveling far and wide to teach knitting and to have the honor of meeting knitters from all over the world.


Susan will teach the following classes…


Knit an adorable sheep with a clever one-piece construction and three choices for the body, simple stranded colorwork, loopy texture, or a smocking stitch. Tons of tips and tricks for toy knitting and beyond.

Bear and a Bunny Suit

Tips and tricks for toy design and toy construction all while working on a uniquely constructed and adorable project:

Shawl Shapes

A workshop on shawl design. Students receive 11 shawl shape formulas and loads of tips and tricks for designing their own shawl in the shape of their choice.


A little bit about Ann…

Ann Budd is a freelance knitting editor, author, teacher, and designer. She has authored more than a dozen books, including the Handy Bookseries and many of the Style series, as well as several book on sock knitting, including Getting Started Knitting Socks, Sock Knitting Master Class, and New Directions in Sock Knitting. Ann is also the host of Knit For Retreats, which are held twice a year at various locations in the U.S. Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado, and teaches workshops around North America and abroad. Learn more at

Ann will teach the following class…


Turning Oops Into Ahhs—Fixing Knitting Mistakes

In this class, you’ll learn how to fix common mistakes in your knitting, including ripping out, picking up dropped stitches (even edge stitches!), and reversing the
direction of a cable that was turned several rows below. You’ll also practice how to correct a snag that pulls the stitches tight. If time permits, you’ll also learn how to fix
a snag that breaks the yarn. 

Experience level: Must know how to knit, purl, and turn a cable. A sense of adventure is helpful.


A little bit about Mary Jane…

Mary Jane Mucklestone loves to knit, especially with color. She's the author of 4 knitting books 3 exclusively featuring stranded colorwork. Her stitch dictionaries 200 Fair Isle Motifs and 150 Scandinavian Motifs, were instant classics and have been translated into many languages. Fair Isle Style is a contemporary take on colorwork featuring 20 projects from 18 designers. Her newest book Geo Knits:10 Lessons and projects for knitting stripes, chevrons, triangles, polka dots and more - gets back to her knitting roots, when the craft was new to her and she approached it through the shape of things! She’s currently at work on a super fun colorwork project. Mary Jane travels the world to study traditional knitting techniques and to learn more about the history of the craft. She's a popular teacher specializing in lively, fun and informative classes. She feels lucky to be invited to teach all over the world, and is eager to share knitting knowledge with her students. She aims to give students the courage to try something new! Mary Jane's inventive hand knitting designs are featured in many books and magazines as well as on her website


Mary Jane will teach the following classes…

Scandinavian Colorwork


Class Level: Intermediate

Technique requirements: Some experience working stranded colorwork in the round.Description: What makes Scandinavian colorwork different from other world traditions? We will explore color choices and the classic motifs used in Scandinavian stranded knitting. Learn techniques for tacking down extra-long floats found in many motifs. We will learn the Norwegian purl and a way of executing garter stitch in the round. Explore ideas for combining motifs and adding colorwork to liven up your future projects. We will begin our exploration by starting a headband or hat.


Making it up- FairIsle Hat

Class Level: Intermediate

Technique requirements: A design class for intermediate knitters. Knitters must know how to knit/purl; cast on/bind off; several methods of increasing/decreasing; working stranded colorwork in the round; chart reading; and have knit several stranded color work accessories.

Description: Begin designing with Fair Isle motifs by starting with a hat! In this design class a basic hat pattern is offered with multiple options for you to pick and choose to make it your very own. Experiment with color!Go wild and even invent your own pattern motifs - MJ will show you how! Lots of individual attention with group participation encouraged.


Contemporary Stranded Colorwork

Class Level: Intermediate

Technique Requirements: Some experience working stranded colorwork in the round; chart reading.

Description: Knit bold contemporary looks using the principles of traditional Fair Isle knitting. Mary Jane will share her love of stranded knitting by embracing techniques that make traditional work simple while modernizing the look with graphic geometric shapes and a contemporary take on color. Using Mary Jane’s Flying Geese Cowl as a template, we will create a sampler, experimenting with color and shapes. Mary Jane will help guide your color choices and offer tips on stranded knitting technique.

Knit Doctor

In addition to the three 3-hour classes that you'll choose, you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-one sessions of 20 minutes each with Ann (a.k.a., the Knit Doctor) on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ann will help you with anything that ails your knitting, from taking measurements and choosing yarn to finding your place in a piece gone wrong to fixing mistakes. With more than 40 years’ knitting experience, She's seen (and corrected) almost everything. Make sure to check the box on your class schedule so that an appointment can be made for you.

Accommodations and Costs 
The retreat will begin on Thursday with check in beginning at 12:30 p.m. Please note that lunch is not included on Thursday.
Classes will begin at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
The retreat will end following a Continental breakfast Sunday morning. 

The cost for the weekend includes three 3-hour classes, an appointment with the Knit Doctor, 3 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, a SWAG bag, and fun, fun, fun!!!
Historic Port Townsend is a beautiful little harbor town with several options for accommodations. Please make your own reservations from the list below. All are within an easy walk of the Northwest Maritime Center. The Water Street Hotel, The Bishop and Swan hotel have graciously given us a 10% discount. When you call to register, please mention that you’re with the BG retreat for your discount. 

The Water Street Hotel 360-385-5467
The Bishop 360-385-6122
The Swan Hotel- 360-385-1718
The Palace Hotel 360-385-0773
Special Early Bird Pricing!!!
This year we're launching the registration early and offering you a chance to get in early at a discount!

Early Bird Registration of $825 will be available through November 1, 2019. On November 2, the cost will increase to $875.

Two Payment Options
1. Pay in full at time of registration. 
2. Pay a $300 deposit at time of registration, followed by two equal payments of $262.50 on November 1, 2019, and January 1, 2020.

The balance of your deposit is refundable sans a $150 cancellation fee until December 1, 2019. After that, we regret that all cancellations are non-refundable.


Please call The Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop at 360-379-9273  if you wish to make payments.

If you have any questions about the retreat you may call us or email Cindy at

We are so excited to be presenting such an amazing lineup for the weekend. 
There are many fun surprises planned for the weekend as well! We can’t wait to meet some new fiber friends.

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4 thoughts on “Getaway Retreat 2020

  • numahka Swan Post author

    Hi Heather,

    Cindy is working on the class schedule. You will be getting an email from her very soon.
    We are very excited!

  • Pat Murphy

    I care for my 99 year old mom hope to join you if her health is fine. Love the opportunity to meet all three teachers.