Monday, September 29, 2014

Pictures from Camp

Debbie took lots of great pictures Saturday evening during the Student Fashion Show.
 The Campers showed off amazing knits!!

And shared great stories about their garments.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Home Again

Wow. Another great weekend at Knitting Camp. Last night was tough. No one made dinner. And then this morning no one made me breakfast. I have a feeling that my bed won't be made when I get home from work.

Thanks to all the Campers and to Sally and Kate for their awesome classes. 

Debbie took some amazing pictures at Camp and emailed them to me so that I could share with you. There will be another post with pictures from the Student Fashion Show. 

If you have pictures and are willing to share them on the blog, please email them to me.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's Almost Here

Can you believe that it's only a week until Camp?

I've been watching the weather and it says rain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please don't forget an umbrella and shoes for walking in the rain.

One other thing to bring - a flashlight. In the evening you will be walking outside and a flashlight will help guide the way.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Weekend Agenda

Thursday September 18
4:00-6:00pm    Registration in Crusader Lounge
6:00pm    Dinner in Echo's Dining Lounge
8:00pm    Meet in Cedar Room 

Friday September 19
8:00am    Breakfast in Echo's Dining Lounge for those registered for Option #1
8:00-9:00am    Registration in Crusader Lounge for those registered for Option #2
9:00-11:45am    Morning session of classes.  
12:00pm    Lunch in Echo's Dining Lounge    
1:00pm    Free time. Meet in the Cedar Room. Knit by the Lake. Take a nap.
4:00-6:00pm    Registration in Crusader Lounge for those registered for Option #3
6:00pm    Dinner in Echo's Dining Lounge
8:00pm    Fashion Show in Cedar Room 

Saturday September 20
8:00am    Breakfast in Echo's Dining Lounge
9:00-11:45am    Morning session of classes
12:00pm    Lunch in Echo's Dining Lounge
1:30-4:15pm    Afternoon session of classes
6:00pm    Dinner in Echo's Dining Lounge
8:00pm    Student Fashion Show in Cedar Room 

Sunday September 21
8:00am    Breakfast in Echo's Dining Lounge
9:00-11:45am    Classes
12:00pm    You must be checked out of your room
12:00pm    Lunch in Echo's Dining Lounge

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Coming to Camp?

Please bring with you

Kate's Classes
Friday-Toe Up Socks 101
  1. 4 or 4.5mm double pointed needles
  2. aran or worsted weight yarn in a light colour
Saturday morning-Sizing and Fit
  1. any pattern you wish to explore
  2. paper
  3. pencil
  4. tape measure
  5. calculator
Saturday afternoon-Fixing Mistakes
  1. any projects with mistakes
  2. 4mm or 4.5mm straight or short circular (60cm) needle
  3. worsted or aran weight yarn in a light colour
  4. 4mm, 4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook
Sunday-Expert Tips
  1. a second set of needles (4-5mm)
  2. another colour of worsted weight yarn

Sally's Classes

Friday morning-Knit to Flatter and Fit
  1. Homework below (it was also sent out in an email a month ago)
  2. a couple of pages of at least 2 colours of light-weight (20lb or lighter but NOT tracing paper) light coloured paper that you can trace your outline through
  3. scissors
  4. measuring tape
  5. pencil
  6. eraser
Saturday all day-Making the Most of Your Yarn Collection
  1. homework from below
  2. various yarns (weights and colours)
  3. various needles
  4. large tapestry needle - blunt tip essential
Sunday morning-Two Colours, Two Hands
  1. homework below
  2. more of your homework yarn

Julie's Classes

Saturday morning-Linen Stitch
  1. 2 balls (3 if you have a spare lying around) of worsted weight yarn in contrasting colours. You will be cutting up this yarn so please do not bring anything expensive
  2. 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm and 6mm needles
  3. 6mm, 40 cm circular needle. This is just for a practice piece. Please don't buy a special needle. You can use 5mm or 5.5mm if you have it.
  4. stitch markers
Saturday afternoon-Beginner Crochet
  1. 4mm, 4.5mm or 5mm crochet hook
  2. worsted weight yarn in a few different colours. You will be cutting the yarn so please don't bring anything expensive.


Sally's classes

Friday - Knit to Flatter and Fit

It is essential that this exercise be completed. You will be disappointed if you don't do this! And please read this carefully, including the NOTE at the bottom.

1.        Dress in something close fitting. (We need to see your real silhouette. You may wear only lingerie, or a bathing suite, or a tight yoga outfit. But it needs to be close to your body and supportive.)
2.      Standing straight, with arms  slightly away from your side and feet together, have someone take a straight-on, full body (head-to-toe) photo of you. (Have the photo fill the screen as much as possible.)
3.        Print the photo onto plain paper (enlarging it to 8-10" tall).
4.        Trace your outline only with a heavy black pen: we don't need your photo anymore, only your outline. Bring your outline to class.

NOTE TO PARTICIPANTS Common homework and supplies errors are the following: arms too far from sides, feet not together, head not included, paper too heavy or too light (tracing paper does not work), photo brought instead of just silhouette, silhouette not outlined or not outlined heavily enough.

Saturday - Making the Most of Your Yarn Collection

Use plain, light-colored yarn throughout.  Worsted weight works best. Block the finished swatch.
  1. Find the metric needle size you would normally knit this yarn. Drop down 2 sizes (as shown on a needle chart). Multiply by 2. You now have the metric size needle with which you should knit this following swatch: with light-coloured yarn and these larger needles, cast on 12 stitches; knit  2 rows; change to stockinette and knit 2"; bind off.
  2. With any yarn and appropriate needles, cast on 15 stitches and work 2 rows stockinette, leaving work ready to work a RS (knit) row.
Sunday - Two Colours, Two Hands
With DK or finer yarn and appropriate size circular needle, long-tail cast on 120 stitches (or whatever number of stitches fits comfortably on the needle). Join work, and knit 1 round.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 Weeks

Camp will be here before we know it. 

These beautiful yarns have been donated by Dream in Color to be given away at Camp. Thanks Veronica and Nancy!!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pictures from Linda

Linda sent me pictures from Camp and I totally forgot about them until this morning. Thanks Linda for taking these! 

Green grass and sun. I wish we were back at Camp!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Addendum 1

If you received the email this week about Camp 2014, please disregard the brochure. We're changing up the classes. My mistake. I tried to finish the brochure on New Years Day and didn't want to bother Sally and Kate.

The new brochure will be coming out later this week and I will email it to you.

Sally's classes

Friday morning
A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? Because the knitter follows the directions without questioning them OR makes the right garment but wears it with the wrong thing.

There are a few simple rules to follow to achieve a personalized fit and to wear the garment with something flattering. This workshop covers these with very visible and very convincing work done with your measurements, your silhouette, and your wardrobe references.

Saturday - all day
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR YARN COLLECTION - 6 hour class – all day Saturday 
This workshop shows knitters how to use, manage and replenish a yarn collection! Participants will learn ways to use up bits of this and that plus those 4-6 balls of something heretofore unusable. They will also learn that they may now buy one ball of anything that appeals to them, knowing they will use it well. The elegance of the resulting fabrics, plus the fact that they look nothing like odd-ball knitting, comes as a very exciting discovery to participants in this workshop. 
Sunday morning
Two colour stranded is one of knitting’s most glorious traditions. This workshop explores the techniques we need to make beautiful fabrics with heavy emphasis on alternative methods of using your hands (and even your neck) to manage the yarn.

Kate's classes

Friday morning
Learn how to make toe-up socks on double-pointed needles. We teach you everything you need to know to work toe-up – from casting on for the toe, to working in the round to turning the heel to shaping the toe. Once you’ve mastered the mini, we get you started on your first full-size sock. 
Saturday morning
The biggest challenge for many knitters when choosing a pattern is knowing which size to make. This class will show you how to decide – and set you well along the way to a successful and flattering sweater project. We explain how to read sizing tables and schematics. We’ll show you how to measure yourself. And most importantly, we’ll explain garment fit, including demystifying terms like “negative ease” – and show you how to tweak it so it looks perfect on you.
Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning are still being discussed.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Camp 2014

The brochure for Camp is finally finished. A newsletter just went out to those who were at Camp in 2013 and/or 2012.

If you didn't receive the email, you can view it and the brochure here...