Alpaca Ranch Retreat

Saturday, April 14, 10:00-3:30 – FULL

Saturday, May 12, 10:00-3:30


Enjoy a fun-filled day of crafting on an alpaca ranch, only an hour away from San Francisco! We’ll start the day with coffee, juice, and pastries while knitting, crocheting, and spinning. Seated on the porch of the farmhouse at Black Diamond Alpacas ranch in Knightsen, CA, we’ll have a great view of the alpaca paddocks. You can also visit the alpacas, shop in the farm store, and browse through a trunk show of Kira K Designs patterns and kits.

After we’ve settled in for the day, we’ll move indoors for an intermediate level class where you can start knitting your choice of a Suspension Cowl or Suspension Slouch (one pattern is included in the retreat registration). You can bring your own yarn, or plan to buy hand-dyed yarn created from the fiber of the alpacas grazing right outside the farmhouse window!

After class, we’ll eat lunch and chat with ranch owners Donna and Mike, then have more time to pet the alpacas, shop, and continue our relaxed crafternoon on the porch.

What to bring:

    • A knitting, crochet, or spinning project to work on. Kira will be available if you need a little help with your project.
    • A bag lunch.
    • For the Suspension Cowl or Suspension Slouch: 120-190 yards dk weight yarn OR plan to purchase yarn onsite, US 6 (4 mm) 16″ circular knitting needles (feel free to adjust if you are a tight or loose knitter), stitch marker. To finish the hat, you’ll need US 6 double-pointed needles, but we won’t get to that point during our class.  Note: if you prefer not to make this project, you can work on your own project during the class time. Crocheters may want to start a Belle Époque Shawl or Negative Space Scarf with Black Diamond Alpacas yarn.

Notes: Unfortunately, the farm is not wheelchair accessible. There are also multiple adorable and very friendly cats, so take allergy medication if you need it! The class will be intermediate level – you should be comfortable casting on, knitting, and purling.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel with more than one week’s notice, an 80% refund will be sent. An 80% refund will be sent for cancellations with less than one week’s notice only if we can find someone else to take the spot. In the very unlikely event that we have to cancel the retreat due to low enrollment, we will give at least 4 days’ notice, and a full refund will be sent to all registered attendees.


Retreat Registration Cost: $45.00

Saturday, May 12

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