the date

Thursday afternoon March 28th through Sunday morning March 31st, 2019

The Event

Three nights of lodging, delicious meals, docent-led nature walks, inspiring talks and lots of knitting.

Kick back, share stories, enjoy delicious food and peaceful surrounds at IslandWood, Bainbridge Island, WA.

If you need help with a pattern, or want to explore a stitch technique, or are curious about a fiber, just ask.

We'll be hanging out with you the whole time, keeping your needles moving.


Julie Hoover, Catherine Lowe, Olga Buraya-Kefelian, and Gudrun Johnston


Space limited to 72 attendees.

Registration for this event will open 10:00 AM PST on February 2, 2019. Be ready!

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Olga Buraya-Kefelian


Growing up in Belarus, Olga learned knitting from her seamstress mother at a very young age. It wasn’t until her mid-twenties that knitting developed beyond a hobby and a distraction from the hardships of military life, into a career in knitwear design. She has created her own brand of knitwear patterns, olgajazzy, that are sold via her website and she has self-authored several publications. You can also see her designs in numerous 3rd-party print and digital publications. Currently residing in Alexandria, Virginia, Olga continues her work through her brand and numerous other collaborations, all the while teaching classes and workshops nationally and internationally. Find her work at and across most social media platforms as @olgajazzyknits.




Gudrun Johnston 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 and now living in the U.S, 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. She is currently at work on a third that will be based on her mothers designs.

Gudrun frequently travels back to Shetland where her dad currently lives. She has attended and taught at the annual Wool Week in there for the past 6 years and has also started running trips of her own to the islands. Her designs can be found on Ravelry and on

Gudrun Johnston


The Location

Bainbridge Island’s world-famous IslandWood leads by example with sustainable design that’s breathtakingly beautiful. You’ll eat in a naturally-ventilated Dining Hall and mingle in congenial gathering areas. IslandWood’s Northwest-style lodges offer well-being in a natural setting. Each room has a private bath and is appointed with thoughtful details, including a window above each bed that invites in the natural setting. Each lodge also features a spacious great room, complete with a fireplace and comfortable gathering space for knitting together. Between the hospitality of the staff at IslandWood and the amazing team at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, you will feel right at home.

See you There!