Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp Retreats
We know that many knitters have been waiting for an announcement about Camp 2022. We held out hope for a reunion. However, during this challenging time, we recognize the need to postpone Knitting Camp again this year. Many campers have expressed that they are not ready for large group gatherings, and waiting another year seems prudent. We realize that some events are moving forward in person, while others remain online, and we’ve chosen the path that feels right for us.
We are excited about our ongoing Schoolhouse Press projects, some of which we hope to complete this year and share with you as we celebrate 65 years in business!
We cherish our Knitting Camp families and will continue our correspondence, despite the barrier to gathering in person.
The future is uncertain, but I hold firm in the belief that we will meet again.
With much love - and Knit On… Meg
Watch Meg's video as she discusses the Until We Meet Again project and reads some words from Elizabeth about an early camp.
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. 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 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 lunch. The classroom is open for knitting and gathering each evening. 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 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 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 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 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 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 2022 are yet to be determined. Typically, the event includes continental breakfast, break, and lunch on each class day.
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; Camp 2022 fee to be determined by time of application
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.