Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp Retreats 2019, Marshfield, Wisconsin

The application period for Knitting Camp 2019 has ended. If you applied between February 1st and February 8th, you will receive an email within two weeks to let you know whether you have been accepted or placed on a waiting list (waiters are determined through a random lottery draw). Missed your opportunity to apply? Email Michelle at info@schoolhousepress.com and ask me to check on openings or place you on the waiting list.

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2019 marks 46 years of Knitting Camp

Knitting Camp began when Elizabeth Zimmermann taught a week long knitting course at an extension of the University of Wisconsin. Over time, more weeks were added due to the popularity of the class. Knitting Camp was named by its participants; knitters stayed in rudimentary dorms during the early years at Shell Lake, in the “up north” region of Wisconsin. Knitting Camp became a private event hosted by Schoolhouse Press when Elizabeth passed the torch to her daughter Meg Swansen. Meg is a designer and internationally renowned knitting teacher. Each year, Meg joins knitters at Knitting Camp retreats in Marshfield, Wisconsin. In 2019, Knitting Camp will be held at The Holiday Inn Conference Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  

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 and an evening welcome supper. Meg Swansen teaches, with assistance from Amy Detjen, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a mid-morning break. Camper Show and Tell and discussion, run by event staff, takes place each day after a catered lunch. The classroom is open for knitting and gathering each evening with individual instruction available on Friday and Saturday nights. The Schoolhouse Press staff (Cully, Michelle, Tami) takes care of all the details in advance and provides support for the event and the market throughout the weekend. Monday is departure day with check out and a farewell breakfast. (For General Info about the Fall Mini-Camp, see its individual description.)



Knitting Camp - Retreat 1 & 2, July 18th-22nd (arrive Thursday, July 18th, Class 19. 20, 21, depart Monday, July 22nd) 

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. Note: In past years, Camp 1 and Camp 2 have been separate sessions; however, in 2019 we are offering one, combined session. We invite first-timers to join second-timers, or any other session.



Knitting Camp - Retreat 2.75, July 11th-15th (arrive Thursday, July 11th, Class 12, 13, 14, depart Monday, July 15th) 

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 2019 Topic: Mythology). 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. Individual assistance is available on at least two evenings during the weekend.



Knitting Camp - Retreat 3, July 25th-29th (arrive Thursday, July 25th, Class 26, 27, 28, depart Monday, July 29th) 

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 2019 Topic: Mythology). 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. Individual assistance is available on at least two evenings during the weekend.



Fall Mini Knitting Camp, 
October 10-13, (arrive Thursday, October 10th, Class 11, 12, 13 (until noon), depart Sunday, October 13) 

This mini-camp takes place from Thursday to Sunday at noon. Arrival is Thursday after 3 p.m. with Class on Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Knitters may visit the sweater room and shop at Schoolhouse Press on Saturday afternoon. 

Our theme is Island Knitting, and we will focus upon those islands with distinct circular knitting traditions: the Faroe Islands (both sweaters and shawls), Fair Isle (yokes, as well as all-over patterned dropped-shoulder style, and vests), the Isle of Guernsey (classic Ganseys in a number of styles wth myriad unique attributes), and Iceland with their beautiful yoke styles and wool.

We will discuss the construction of these garments - all of which may be extrapolated into Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Percentage System (EPS) - and demonstrate the specific techniques associated with them such as short rows, weaving, shaping, two-color knitting, gussets, and steeks. There will be a handout for you to try some of the color-pattern possibilities, as well as a steek-sampler handout, plus an EPS schematic.

As always, our knitting workshops are both instructional and conversational; our knitting discussions can go in any direction according to the wishes of our participants. Individual assistance will be available during Friday and Saturday evening. On Saturday afternoon, participants may visit the Schoolhouse Press warehouse to see the sweater room and shop. Participation is limited to 28.


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 a private dining room, living room, and a knitting supplies marketplace. The fall mini-camp will be held in a smaller conference room at the hotel with a smaller number of participants.

Meals:

A supper buffet will be served from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the evening of your arrival and a hot breakfast will be available each morning, along with lighter breakfast fare. You will also receive a coupon for a free breakfast at the Kitchen Table restaurant 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.

Transportation:

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 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.

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)

2019 Camp Fee --includes tuition, lodging, and some meals 

Single ($1195) knitting participants only; if a companion is joining you, please see Double with a non-knitting companion.
Double w/knitting camp roommate ($935) choose your own knitting roommate or we'll pair you with one
Double with a non-knitting companion ($1220) 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 ($700); 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.