C’mon, Get Hap(py)! A Knitting Retreat with Gudrun Johnston

May 5, 2017 1:00 pm - May 7, 2017 4:00 pm 120 Manastee Rd, Bodega Ridge Resort, Galiano Island BC

We are so pleased to announce our Spring 2017 retreat on Galiano Island. C’mon, Get Hap(py) with us and special guest instructor Gudrun Johnston!

The retreat will take place Friday May 5th to Sunday May 7th, 2017 at the beautiful Bodega Ridge Resort on BC’s idyllic Galiano Island. The resort is home to seven modern, self-contained log cabins and a great lodge on 22 beautiful acres of rural countryside at the island’s peaceful north end. Located at the base of Bodega Ridge, the property offers magnificent views of Trincomali channel, the surrounding Gulf Islands and the Vancouver Island Mountains.

Joining us as resident instructor for the weekend is knitwear designer and Shetland Hap knitting expert Gudrun Johnston. Gudrun was born in Shetland in the 70’s when her mother was running the successful knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader. She spent her early years in Shetland and the rest of her childhood on mainland Scotland in various locations. Some 30 years later she has followed in her mother’s footsteps by reviving the Shetland Trader name, and has made a niche for herself in the knitwear design industry. Gudrun often includes aspects of her heritage in her work and has self published two collections of Shetland inspired designs under the Shetland Trader name.

Our weekend Hap retreat will be spent getting in-depth instruction from Gudrun on the history and construction of the Hap shawl. The casual setting and small class size makes for a unique and wonderful knitting class experience. Gudrun will also be entertaining us with a presentation and slideshow to introduce you to the Shetland landscape and it’s textile history.

Our 9 hours of class time total will cover all aspects of the Hap shawl construction working both outwards and inwards from the borders, as well as explore the complex lace patterns also found in Shetland shawls.

Materials required to bring:

300 yards of fingering weight yarn in Main Colour and 40 yards of three different Contrast Colors.
300 yrds lace weight yarn (can be fingering weight if you dislike working with lace weight).
Please avoid anything too variegated or dark and try to stick with 100% wool as much as possible.

US 6/4mm, US 7/4.5mm and US 8/5mm 24 inch circular needle and 1 dpn US 8/5mm
Stitch markers
Any other highlighters/tape you like to use for keeping track when following charts.

Homework required: none!

Retreat details:

Each cabin has three private bedrooms with queen sized beds, a shared bathroom, a fully appointed kitchen, and a comfortable sitting room with wood burning fireplace. All linens and basic kitchen utensils are provided. You will be assigned your own private bedroom. If you would like to share your cabin with friends, there will be space to request this on your registration form (under Order Notes).

All your meals are prepared on site and will be served in the Lodge. The chef uses fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, and food allergies can be accommodated. Please do note food allergies on your registration form, under Order Notes. You are welcome and encouraged to bring snacks and drinks for your own cabin kitchen as well.

The classes and trunk show will also take place in the Lodge, with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and islands from every window.

Arrival at the resort is on Friday afternoon, from 1:00pm on. There are many charming lunch options on Galiano Island for you to fuel up before arriving, and should you like to explore the Island during your stay we have some great suggestions. Friday afternoon we’ll take some time to show you to your cabin and get to know each of you before we settle in for dinner and a presentation on Shetland from Gudrun, followed by the popular knitter’s show and tell!

Saturday will be a full day of Hap knitting exploration with Gudrun, broken up with a little yarn fondling and shopping at the Hinterland Farms and Kristan MacIntyre trunk shows.


Hannalie from Hinterland Farms will have an exquisite selection of their yarn made from Canadian born and raised alpaca, Rambouillet, and Corriedale sheep, while Kristan MacIntyre will be showcasing her beautiful and functional knitters jewelry including shawl pins, buttons and silver handmade darning needles that double as pendants.


The retreat ends Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm, after a morning of classes followed by lunch.

The retreat fee includes:

Two nights private accommodation at Bodega Ridge Resort

All meals prepared fresh daily

9 hours of in-depth classes with Gudrun Johnston, plus a presentation on Shetland

Exclusive trunk shows with Hinterland Farms and Kristan MacIntyre.

Prizes and the amazing Knit Social goodie bags!

(Retreat fees are in Canadian dollars. Canadians, take advantage of a local retreat! Americans, take advantage of our dollar!)

**Please note, you will need to take a ferry to get to Galiano Island** The cost of the ferry and other transportation is not included with registration. You are responsible for organizing your own transportation. You will find ferry information here.

We highly recommend making a ferry reservation for travel from the Mainland.

On Friday May 5th, if you are departing from the Mainland (Tsawwassen), you will need to catch the 10:10am ferry (arriving at Galiano/Sturdies Bay by 11:05am) or the 7:20pm ferry (arriving by 8:15pm).

If you are departing from Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay), you will need to catch the 10:25am ferry (arriving at Galiano/Sturdies Bay by 11:35am), the 4:15pm (arriving at Galiano by 5:45pm) or the 6:30pm (arriving by 8pm).

On Sunday May 7th, if you are returning to the Mainland, you will need to catch the 5:05pm (arriving at 6:00pm).

If you are returning to Vancouver Island, you will need to catch the 4:40pm (arriving by 6:10pm).

There is no public transportation from the ferry terminal to the retreat centre. If you would like to organize a carpool with other attendees, please join our Knit Social forum on Ravelry where there will be a thread for the C’mon get Hap(py) retreat with Gudrun Johnston. It’s a great way to get to know your fellow attendees prior to the retreat as well!

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This retreat is now SOLD OUT. Please email info@knitsocial.ca to be added to the waitlist. 

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