Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Campers, Indeed

So we're back. And while we have been back for a few days at this point... I have felt jet lagged and groggy and in no place to write anything coherent. Which is weird... because there is only a one hour time difference between home and Marshfield, WI. Who knew that knitting information overload and jet lag could have the same effects?

In any case, I thought that I would wrap up the week with some point form Knit Camp notes.

In short- Knit Camp? So good. Like... SO good. I can't say that I did much research into Knit Camp before setting sail. I just knew that I loved Meg Swanson. But man oh man, am I ever glad that we went.

We met wonderful people, ate some decent food, knit A LOT of stitches and learned even more about those stitches than we knew possible. 

Knit Camp. You're great. 

And readers? If you are considering going at some point in this lifetime- GET ON IT. Do whatever it is you have to do to get there, and then go.

So without further ado, in point form, I present to you a quick summary of what went down in Wisconsin.

As one might expect, we knit.

My colourwork baby bonnet out of Icelandic Unspun held double

And then we knit some more.

Tara is wearing- Juneberry by Jared Flood
Tara is knitting- fingerless gloves out of Manos Alegria

We ate.

Deep fried dill pickles- a Wisconsin speciality.
Or so I'm told...

We then ate some more. (As people tend to do)

Hummus and feta omelette from Meg's sister
Lloie's restaurant "The Kitchen Table"
where Lloie herself was hard at work
We tried on yarn in various states of knit.

Don't try and tell me that you wouldn't have done the same thing...
Yarn- Jamieson Shetland 2ply Spindrift 
We steeked. (For the first time EVER. Video footage to come.)

Tara's colour work baby bonnet.

We took some Wisconsin style selfies.

Some VERY happy campers

 And then got some proper pictures taken with the inspiration behind the Baby Surprise Jacket himself. An experience that truly left me far more breathless than that time I came face-to-face with Mr. T. Oh, SWOON.

EZ designed the ever popular Baby Surprise Jacket when Meg
was pregnant with her son Cully (pictured) in 1968.

 We fondled mountains of gorgeous hand knits.

Gorgeous is an understatement.
 And then had mini heart attacks when we flipped the hemline, only to discover who had actually knit said handknits.

A little piece of knitting history- right there in front of me, just like any other regular day. (NOT!)
Marshfield, Wisconsin- you and your inhabitants are wonderful. 

Fields and farms for miles.

Knit Camp Team- That most certainly includes you.


Anonymous said...

What fun you had!! And deep fried dill pickles to boot! Thanks for sharing, for those of us who can only dream of going one day.

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had a great time. I've been tossing around the idea of going for some time.I'm going to have to get serious about it after reading your post! Jill from Ohio

ElleS said...

Wow, looks like a great trip! I totally would have tried on that "scarf"of skeins too :)

amanda said...

Hehe - I read it as 'streaked'... and questioned why you'd want to put up a video! And if it was a knitting group activity... feisty knitters.

KnitTwit said...

Tres cool! I never heard of knitting boot camp before. Thanks for sharing!!!

Michelle said...

Welcome back! Knit camp sounds WONDERFUL! I'm saving reference to the site for future reference. I think I could really use a knitting themed vacation. And, I can't believe you got to handled an EZ sweater! That is so cool! I also really love that she knit her initials and the date into the sweater! Amazing.

Monique said...

Bet that was fun!
The food looks scrumptious!!