Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp
Knitting Camp 2023 Reunion
Knitting Camp 2023 is tentatively scheduled. See session information (subject to change) and dates below. More information about the online application period will be available in November. After three years away, there may be some changes to our usual camp format. We'll update information as we make decisions in the interest of our knitters and staff. For now, we're looking forward to planning!
Knitting Camp History: Knitting Camp began when Elizabeth Zimmermann taught a week long knitting course at an extension of the University of Wisconsin in 1974. Over time, more weeks were added due to the popularity of the class. The event was named by its participants; knitters stayed in rudimentary dorms during the early years at Shell Lake, in the “up north” region of Wisconsin and later moved to UW in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Knitting Camp became a private event hosted by Schoolhouse Press when Elizabeth passed the torch to her daughter Meg Swansen in the 80s. Meg is a designer and internationally known knitting teacher. Each year, Meg joins knitters at Knitting Camp retreats in Marshfield, Wisconsin at The Holiday Inn Conference Center.
General Info, Session Descriptions, and Tuition
Summer Knitting Camp retreats are held from Thursday to Monday during July. Arrival is Thursday after 3 p.m. for check in. Meg Swansen teaches, with assistance from Amy Detjen, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (time to be determined). Camper Show and Tell and discussion, run by event staff (Amy, Ann Fincham, and Heather Black) also takes place each day. The classroom is open for knitting and gathering when class is not in session. The Schoolhouse Press staff (Cully, Michelle, and Eli) takes care of all the details in advance and provides support for the event throughout the weekend. Monday is departure day.
Knitting Camp - Retreat 1 & 2, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 6 to Monday, July 10 2023
In this all levels* camp retreat, we will review Elizabeth Zimmermann's Percentage System (EPS) for circular, seamless garment construction and other Elizabeth Zimmermann basics for knitting yokes, raglans, cardigans, and drop-shoulder styles. For those knitters already familiar with EPS and Elizabeth's books, we will explore additional territory based on individual questions. Handouts for small projects to knit during class help knitters learn new skills or improve on them in two-color knitting, Fair Isle knitting, Aran knitting, double knitting, lace knitting, Armenian knitting, twisted stitch knitting, and more. A few of the techniques covered include: steeks, short rows, shaping, phoney seams, jogless stripes, purl-when-you-can, knitting backwards, variations of I-cord, arranging stitch pattern motifs and texture patterns.
*Knitters who attend this session need to know the basics: knit, purl, cast on, and cast off. Those who attend should have already completed some knitting projects.
Knitting Camp - Retreat 2.75, tentatively scheduled for Thursday July 13 to Monday July 17
This retreat typically draws a mix of intermediate and expert knitters for a session comprised of group discussion, instruction from Meg Swansen based on individual garment construction and technique questions, mini-workshops by participants, camper show and tell, and a knitting contest with fabulous prizes (Contest Topic: Knit Green). During class, we allow the conversation and instruction to ebb and flow based on the desires of the group members; classroom time is loosely structured.
Knitting Camp - Retreat 3, tentatively scheduled for Thursday July 20 to Monday July 24
This retreat typically draws a mix of intermediate and expert knitters for a session comprised of group discussion, instruction from Meg Swansen based on individual garment construction and technique questions, mini-workshops by participants, camper show and tell, and a knitting contest with fabulous prizes (Contest Topic: Ocean). During class, we allow the conversation and instruction to ebb and flow based on the desires of the group members; classroom time is loosely structured.
Location and Lodging/Classroom:
We stay at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Marshfield, WI with all the amenities you expect (fridge and microwave in the rooms, indoor pool/hot tub, wireless internet, basic workout facility, and attached bar and restaurant). During the summer sessions, we have a large conference room for our classes, as well as living room space.
Meals for 2023 are yet to be determined. Typically, the event includes continental breakfast, break, and lunch on each class day.
Transportation Information: (not included in fee)
By air: Madison, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Milwaukee, WI; and 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 may be available through the Holiday Inn (call at least two weeks in advance, 715-486-1500).
Or you can rent a car at either CWA or a major airport (CWA approximate drive time: 35 minutes, Madison, approximate drive time: 2.5 hrs; Milwaukee, WI approximate drive time: 4 hours; Mpls, MN, approximate drive time: 3 hrs; Chicago, IL approximate drive time: 5.5 hours)
Camp 2023 fee to be determined by time of application
Questions? Call us at (715) 884-2799 or email.