We are all busy, busy, busy, so there is nothing like the gift of time. I love knitting above all of my other hobbies for the fact that it allows me to be able to sneak a few moments of bliss into my day here and there. But there is also something really magical about the opportunity to attend a knitting retreat and immerse oneself in crafty pursuits. I’m thrilled to share a few retreats that Berroco and I will be involved with in 2015!
Slater Mill’s Knitting Weekend (1/16-18): A convening of professional knitwear designers, fiber artists and knitting enthusiasts in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The Friday night event includes a talk with Adrienne Martini, author of Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously (2010, Free Press), and trunk shows from Gudrun Johnston with her Shetland Trader collections, Ellen Mason presenting her Stitcher’s Wardrobe and yours truly with all the pieces from New American Knits (and maybe a few other things as well). There will be classes with Thea Colman, Bristol Ivy, Gudrun Johnston and Ellen Mason Saturday and Sunday, as well as a luncheon event for attendees who participate in the classes.
The Vendor Marketplace (11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday) is free and open to the public. The market hosts some of the finest yarn producers and farmers in New England. The Rhode Island Hook and Needle Guild will hold their annual sale of baked goods, and members of the Rhode Island Spinning Guild will likely demonstrate their craft as well.
Squam Fiber Art Retreat (6/3-7): The spring 2015 retreat will be held in Holderness, New Hampshire.
It’s impossible for me to properly summarize this event so please forgive me if I quote directly:
“If I had a dollar for every time someone asked, “What is Squam?” I’d be half-way to a surf & yoga spa in Mexico by now. Of course, to actually earn the dollar I’d have to come up with a good answer and the fact is, I haven’t got one. It seems to me that if you read people’s stories, watch the videos or scan the raves, you will get the best perspective on what it’s all about because the thing is—it’s not just about the gatherings themselves – people make friendships and connections that last well beyond the weekend. And, it’s not just about the other people you meet as, at core, the weekend is an opportunity to follow your own drummer and do what calls to you most.” – Elizabeth Duvivier, Founder
Squam is an amazing opportunity, and I am beyond humbled to be teaching at this event. The full line up of classes can be found on this page.
The Spring Art Fair will be June 6th from 7-10 p.m. You can read about my first Squam adventure here. If you’re unable to attend the retreat but will be anywhere near New England that weekend, I strongly encourage you to make the trek.
Squam pre-registration information is here.
Hope to see you in 2015!