Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp Retreats, Marshfield, Wisconsin
We regret to inform you that we do not plan to hold Knitting Camp in 2021.
46 years of Knitting Camp...and counting
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. 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 in the 80s. Meg is a designer and internationally renowned knitting teacher. Each year, Meg joins knitters at Knitting Camp retreats in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Knitting Camp is 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 (Amy, Ann Fincham, and Heather Black), 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, Judy, and Eli) 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.
Knitting Camp - Retreat 1 & 2
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
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 2020 Topic: Knit Green; holding over for a future event). 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
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 2020 Topic: Ocean; holding over for a future event). 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.
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.
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 the welcome dinner and breakfasts. Please note:This applies to one non-knitting companion based on the non-knitting companion fee.
Transportation: (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 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)
Estimated 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 ($1250) includes one room for knitter plus one companion and some meals for one companion. Non-knitting companions may not be present in the classroom. If your non-knitting companion does not plan to eat during the welcome dinner and breakfasts, you may apply for a single room. It is helpful to know a companion is with you and to have you list a preferred bed type in the comment section of the application, even if you choose a single room. Your companion will not receive any meals if you choose a single room. Meals are charged per person based on our advance counts, even though the meals are served buffet style.
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.