2016 Norwegian Sweater Construction Workshop
September 29-October 2, 2016
The application period for the 2016 fall workshop will take place online via a link placed on this page from March 1 to March 8, 2016. If we receive too many applications, we will hold a lottery to determine participation.
Each year, knitters retreat to a Schoolhouse Press workshop focused on discussion of a specific topic, determined by a vote at the previous year's workshop.In 2016, knitters will gather to learn about Norwegian sweater construction with master knitters Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen.
During the weekend, Meg and Amy will discuss traditional garment construction as well as yarn choices, regional design variations, and traditional techniques, with explanation of modern variations. They will show examples of Modified Drop Shoulder construction, shaped-in-the-fabric necks, turning a pullover into a cardigan, and knitting sleeves from the top, with tips for achieving perfectly fitted sweaters. Norwegian designs incorporate gorgeous color patterns; Meg and Amy will demonstrate knitting with two colors, steeking, and trapping, along with other techniques from their book Knitting with Two Colors.
Schoolhouse Press workshops are based on a combination of instruction, participant discussion, question and answer, and optional show and tell. As always, the workshop will wend its way through the topic, and meander into other knitting-related conversation.
The close runner-up subject for the workshop was Twisted Stitch Knitting, so we will also touch on that topic. The Twisted Stitch technique falls into the category of "minutes to learn, lifetime to master,” so Meg and Amy will show some finished garments and demonstrate various methods of executing the twists for this lovely technique.
Please read General Workshop information below.
Workshops are limited to approximately 25 participants (the room accommodates a few more knitters, so sometimes we do as well), allowing each knitter ample opportunity to ask questions and receive individual feedback. We held a variety of workshops with different themes from 2007 to 2015, and we look forward to welcoming a group of knitters in fall of 2016.
The workshops take place at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin where we hold our summer knitting camps. The workshop includes an afternoon visit to the Schoolhouse Press warehouse to shop and explore "The Sweater Room," where all the knitted treasures of Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen are stored.
Thursday afternoon/evening (check in after 3 p.m. and 5:45 welcome supper); evening knitting optional
Friday 9 a.m.-3:00 (Class); evening knitting with individual assistance available
Saturday 9 a.m.-12:00 (Class); 2:00-? Visit Schoolhouse Press; evening knitting with individual assistance available
Sunday 9 a.m.-12:00 (Class)
We stay at The Holiday Inn Conference Center in Marshfield, WI with all the amenitites you expect, including fridge and microwave in the rooms, an indoor pool/hot tub, basic workout room, and an attached bar and restaurant. We also have a room for our classes and a separate dining area for our group meals.
We include a supper buffet on your arrival night, continental breakfasts on Friday and Saturday as well as a coupon for a free breakfast at The Kitchen Table restaurant owned by Meg's sister Lloie, a hot breakfast on Sunday, and lunches on Friday and Saturday, in addition to coffee, tea, and snacks during our breaks. Non-knitting companions may join us for the Thursday supper buffet.
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; the cost varies, call the hotel for information (Holiday Inn Marshfield, 715-486-1500 and press 4 for the front desk). 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)
Workshop Tuition (Estimated Tuition; Tuition to be determinedmby time of application)
Tuition includes lodging, most meals, and teacher's fees. Transportation is not included.
Double w/knitting workshop roommate ($935)
Double with a non-knitting companion ($1065)
Questions? Call us at (715) 884-2799 or send us an email.