Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp Retreats 2017
The online application for Camp 2017 will be placed here on February 1 through February 8, 2017.
2017 will mark 44 years 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 passed the torch to her daughter, designer and internationally renowned knitting teacher Meg Swansen, who offers four sessions Thursday through Monday during four weekends in July. (Dates are posted by the end of August each year.)
General Info, Session Descriptions, and Tuition
Arrival for all camp retreats is Thursday after 3 p.m. for check in and an evening welcome supper. Meg Swansen teaches, with assistance from Amy Detjen and Heather Black, on 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 event staff. The classroom is open for knitting and gathering each evening with individual knitting instruction provided by Amy Detjen and Heather Black. The Schoolhouse Press staff (Cully, Eleanor, Michelle, and Tami) administrates camp and provides support for the event and the market throughout the weekend. Monday is departure day with check out and a farewell breakfast.
Week 1/Camp Retreat 1
July 6-July 10 (arrive Thursday, July 6, Class July 7,8,9, depart Monday, July 10th)
Meg Swansen 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 preferably will have completed some garments. We also ask attendees to arrive with plenty of technique questions; camp is part-instruction/part-Q&A that stimulates conversation. We are prepared to converse about any or all techniques the group wishes to discuss.
Week 2/Camp Retreat 2.75
July 13th-17th (arrive Thursday, July 13th, Class 14, 15,16, depart Monday, July 17th)
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 2017: At the Museum) to highlight the session. This retreat is based almost entirely on discussion and Q&A.
Week 3/Camp Retreat 2
July 20th-24th (arrive Thursday, July 20th, Class 21,22, 23, depart Monday, July 24th)
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 instruction 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.
Week 4/Camp Retreat 3
July 27th-31st (arrive Thursday, July 27th, Class 28, 29,30, depart Monday, July 31st)
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 2017:Poetry) 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 some 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 approximately $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.)
2016 Camp Fee as an estimate--includes tuition, lodging, and some meals (2017 fee to be determined by the time of application)
Single ($1025) knitting participants only; if a companion is joining you, please see Double with a non-knitting companion.
Double w/knitting camp roommate ($830) choose your own knitting roommate or we'll pair you with one
Double with a non-knitting companion ($1050) includes one room for knitter plus one companion and some meals for one companion. Non-knitting companions may not be present in the classroom.
Off-campus ($650); does not include lodging, but includes one dinner, and lunches Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Transportation is not included.
Questions? Call us at (715) 884-2799 or email.