Knitting Camps & Retreats
Meg Swansen's Knitting Camps 2015
The application period for Knitting Camp 2015 has ended and all sessions are currently full. Email us at email@example.com and we will add you to the waiting list for any session. See general information about the sessions and dates below. Knitters attending 2015 camps, click for camper information page.
2015 will mark our 42nd 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.
July 2-6 (arrive Thursday, July 2nd, Class 3,4,5, depart Monday, July 6th)
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 preferably 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.
July 9-13 (arrive Thursday, July 9th, Class 10,11, 12, depart Monday, July 13th)
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 2015: If I Had Wings) to highlight the session. This retreat is based almost entirely on discussion and Q&A.
July 16-20 (arrive Thursday, July 16th, Class 17,18, 19, depart Monday, July 20th)
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.
July 23-27 (arrive Thursday, July 23rd, Class 24,25, 26, depart Monday, July 27th)
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 2015: The Year of the Sheep ) 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.)
2015 Camp Fee--includes tuition, lodging, and some meals
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.