West Coast Knitting and Weaving Retreat - November 2018

Join us on the West Coast for a retreat in 2-stranded knitting with colour work expert, Faye Kennington, while nestled in a cozy, ocean-level room at the end of a Pacific Ocean surge channel at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort.


November 01 - 02, 2018


West Coast NEST


Faye Kennington


Rose Wilson


596 Marine Drive, Ucluelet


Just in time for the cooler weather, come learn how to knit warm and cozy, bright and beautiful 2-stranded knitting from colour work expert, Faye Kennington. Explore the colour wheel, and the process for selecting your own inspired colour combinations; learn tips for managing tension and floats, and learn how to correct mistakes. Class time will include selecting and beginning a small accessory project.

The retreat will also include a cedar weaving workshop led by local artist Rose Wilson, an optional naturalist-led guided walk on the Wild Pacific Trail and time to explore the many shops around town, and to knit of course!


Yarn custom dyed by Polka Dot Sheep will be provided; participants will need to bring some tools:

  • US 11 (8mm) 16”/40cm circular and double-pointed needles or needle size necessary to obtain gauge.
  • US 10 (6mm) 16”/40cm circular, or 2 sizes smaller than gauge needle;
  • stitch marker;
  • tapestry needle, and
  • pompom maker (optional)

Instructor Bio:

Faye Kennington lives and knits on the wild west coast of Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Her patterns have been published in Knitscene, Knit Now, and various Knit Picks books. Find more of her self-published designs on Ravelry. She goes by @UkeeKnits on Instagram and Twitter.

Cedar Weaving Workshop:

Learn the art and skill of cedar weaving with Rose and son Brian Wilson of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation. Create a cedar craft while hearing about the many aspects of cedar and grass weaving such as how fibres are prepared.

Weaver Rose Wilson of Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ First Nation is both self taught and has the traditional teachings from elders in processing materials and creating traditional works of art. Rose works with red and yellow cedar bark and several types of specific grasses to create clothing, hats, baskets which incorporate traditional and meaningful designs that have been passed down through her family for many generations.


The West Coast Knitting and Weaving Retreat will take place in the Wine Cellar at the Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet, BC. Situated at the end of an active surge channel, the cellar has spectacular views of the coast and Pacific Ocean - a perfect location to peacefully knit, while viewing the powerful sea.

Special room rates are available at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort for retreat participants by mentioning 'West Coast NEST' when you contact  reservations@blackrockresort.com or by phone at 250-726-4800 ext 1.


Retreat Agenda:

Thursday, November 1st

9:00 - 9:30 am - Welcome and morning coffee/tea & snacks

9:30 – 11:30 am Stranded knitting workshop

12:00 pm - Lunch @ Black Rock Oceanfront Resort Fetch Restaurant

Afternoon/evening - free knitting time, explore the community and beaches


Friday, November 2nd

9:00 – 11:00 am - Cedar weaving workshop

11:00 am – 1:00 pm Free knitting time & your own lunch plans

1:00 pm- Naturalist-led walk on the Wild Pacific Trail

3:00 pm - follow-up stranded knitting workshop or free knitting time

5:00 pm -  Retreat Close


Participants should be able to knit in the round.

Course fee:

$300 (Includes: stranded knitting & cedar weaving workshops, morning coffee/tea and lunch on day one) Special accommodation rates are available for Retreat participants at Black Rock Oceanfront Resort by booking directly with Catherine Audet.* (see below)

How to register:

Register through Eventbrite here.

Registration deadline is Saturday September 15th. Don't miss out!

Accommodation: Special rates are available by contacting reservations@blackrockresort.com or by phone at 250-726-4800 ext 1 and mentioning West Coast NEST.

Getting here: For more information about Ucluelet and how to get here, please visit our Destination page.

Photos by: UkeeKnits and Black Rock Oceanfront Resort