Meg Swansen's Knitting Camps
2014 Knitting Camp Online Application will be posted here from February 3-10, 2014.
2014 will mark our 41st year of Knitting Camp.
Knitting Camp came into being when Elizabeth Zimmermann began teaching a weekend knitting course at an extension of the University of Wisconsin. Elizabeth Zimmermann passed the torch to her daughter, knitting designer Meg Swansen, and Schoolhouse Press now offers four sessions Thursday through Monday during four weekends in July. (Knitting Camp dates are posted by the end of August each year.)
General Info, Knitting Session Descriptions, and Tuition
Arrival for all camps and retreats is Thursday after 3 p.m. for check in and an evening welcome supper. Meg Swansen teaches Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a mid-morning break. Show and Tell is after lunch, run by Knitting Camp staff. The classroom is open for knitting and gathering each evening with individual assistance provided by Schoolhouse Press staff. Monday is departure day with check out and a farewell breakfast.
CAMP 1: 2014 Dates July 3-7 (arrive Thursday, July 3rd, Class 4, 5, 6, depart Monday, July 7th)
Meg covers updated details of Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System (EPS) for circular, seamless garment construction plus color-patterns, steeks, and assorted techniques and tricks. There will be small project handouts from which to knit during the session, plus optional Show-and-Tell. We recommend reading at least one of Elizabeth Zimmermann's five books prior to your arrival, or watching some of her DVDs. Attendees must have at least a basic knowledge of knitting (cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast-off) and preferrably will have completed some garments. We also ask attendees to arrive with plenty of technique questions; camp is part-teaching/part-Q&A that stimulates conversation. We are prepared to converse about any or all techniques the group wishes to discuss.
Retreat 2.75: 2014 Dates July 10-14 (arrive Thursday, July 10th, Class 11,12, 13, depart Monday, July 14th)
A mixture of intermediate and expert knitters; Retreat 2.75 will include Show-and-Tell, mini-workshops by camp teachers and volunteer participants, group discussions, and a contest (Contest 2014: Secret Garden) to highlight the session. This retreat is based almost entirely on discussion and Q&A.
CAMP 2: 2014 Dates July 17-21 (arrive Thursday, July 17th, Class 18,19, 20, depart Monday, July 21st)
We will review Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System (EPS) for circular, seamless garment construction, as well as other techniques touched on in Camp 1. For those knitters already familiar with EPS and Elizabeth's books, we will explore additional territory based on questions and offer handouts for small projects to knit during class. In past years, we have covered topics such as: double knitting, lace knitting, Armenian knitting, twisted stitch, two-end knitting, Fair Isle knitting and more. As usual, camp is part teaching based and part discussion based. We rely on knitters to bring their technique questions, and we are prepared to converse about any or all techniques the group wishes to discuss.
Retreat 3: 2014 Dates July 24-28 (arrive Thursday, July 24th, Class 25,26, 27, depart Monday, July 28th)
A mixture of intermediate and expert knitters; Retreat 3 will include show-and-tell, mini-workshops by camp teachers and volunteer participants, group discussions, and a contest (Contest 2014: "Just Because You Can Doesn't Mean You Should" ) to highlight the session. This retreat is based almost entirely on discussion and Q&A.
We stay at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Marshfield, WI with all the amenitites you expect including fridge and microwave in the rooms, indoor pool/hot tub, wireless internet, basic workout facility, and more. We have a large conference room for our classes, a private dining room, living room, and a knitting supplies marketplace. There is a bar and restaurant attached to the hotel.
A supper buffet will be served from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the evening of your arrival and a continental breakfast will be set up each morning. You will also receive a coupon for a free breakfast at the Kitchen Table restaurant (most excellent fare) the morning of your choice (Closed Sunday). Lunch is catered each full class day, and we have a daily mid-morning coffee or tea break. If you bring a non-knitting companion, he or she may join us for meals. Please note:This applies to one non-knitting companion based on the non-knitting companion fee.
By air: Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Milwaukee, WI, or Chicago, IL airports all have feeder lines to Central Wisconsin Airport (CWA, phone:715-693-2147) in Mosinee/Wausau, WI (35 miles east of Marshfield). A van shuttle service from CWA to the hotel is available through the Holiday Inn (call at least two weeks in advance, 715-486-1500); the cost is $50 per person-one way (see camp literature regarding more exact costs and stipulations).
Or, you can rent a car at either CWA or a major airport (Madison, approx drive time: 2.5 hrs, Milwaukee, WI approx drive time: 4 hours, Mpls, MN, approx drive time: 3 hrs, Chicago, IL approx drive time: 5.5 hours, CWA approx drive time: 35 minutes) (More complete travel recommendations will be added to acceptance letters.)
2013 Camp Fee--includes tuition, lodging, and some meals (2014 fees TBA by time of application)
Single ($975) knitting participants only; if a companion is joining you, please see Double with a non-knitting companion.
Transportation is not included.
Questions? Call us at (715) 884-2799 or email.
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