We call ourselves the Marconi Knitters and for the past three years we have gathered in West Marin for a knitting retreat. It started in 2014 by a knitter and Marinite, Lisa, who for some reason knows knitters all over the San Francisco bay area. The first year we met we huddled in our separate groups but now three years later everyone mingles as if we have been best friends forever. Newcomers are always welcome. Knitting, fiber and yarn creates community and this is one of the best. Lisa, our founder, now lives in New York and continues to make it back to California for the retreat. It is something we look forward to every year and luckily Sydney, a very talented knitter and instructor from the South Bay, has taken the reins to pull us all together.
I have been asked “What do you do at a knitting retreat? Along with knitting it can vary, at our retreat there is not a set schedule except for what time we eat. We are free to spend the time as we wish. We stay in West Marin at the Marconi Conference Center. There are numerous walking trails and located near Tomales Bay. Everyone brings yarn projects and we share what we are making or have made. In years past we have brought in people to read to us but this year Lisa read to us from her newly published popular book “Knit, Purl, Pray”. It contains 52 devotionals plus a couple of patterns she has created. Here is a link to the book on Amazon, she also has a coloring book that will becoming out soon.
Sadly, we never take a group picture and honestly I think pictures of people sitting around tables knitting can look quite boring. This year I wanted to document each one of us and what we do. Below are pictures of each of the talented women that attended the retreat. They are showing off something they are currently working on and/or wearing something they have made. See for yourself what a wonderful and supportive community this has become.
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Upcoming Knitting Retreats
Here are a few more knitting retreats coming up this year.
In April two in California
- Make. Wear.Love West Coast Retreat also in California.
- Kira Dulaney’s knitting weekend retreat also at the Marconi Center.
and a few are out of State
- a long weekend in May hanging out and “Knitting With Company“, Bainbridge Island, Washington
- Jimmy Beans Wool Spring Retreat in June with Amy Herzog at Northstar at Tahoe
If you attended this retreat or are a participant in another retreat I hope you will share your experience in the comment space provided below for others to read.