I wish I had a synthetic mind and were able to tell you all the benefits, all the lessons I am taking from those few days at Squam. So in no particular order here what I love.
The beautiful settings, Squam Artwork Camp is by Squam Lake, in Holdernes, New Hampshire. The cabines were somewhat rustic, but not too much. I love our ice box, it reminded me of my Grand-Mother grocery shop. We had ice from the lake delivered every morning as well as wood for the fire. Yep, no heating in the cabine so a good fire was very appreciated in the evening. PJs time by 8pm, socks on (hand knitted obviously!). I shared the cabine with 4 other happy campers, and I think we had a good fit. I hope they enjoy the cohabitation, because I enjoyed it.
I took 2 classes. The first one with Karen Templer on cables for beginner. I’ve knitted my share of cables, but it is always interesting to take on somebody else approach, there’s always something new to learn. Again, the company of knitters, 16 of us, was great: a couple ladies from Australia, a couple of sheep farmers, beginners and experienced knitters of all ages. My second class was ‘In my opinion’ and how to write a personal statement with Camille DeAngelis. This was a more solitary activity and I have nothing to show for it now, however I want to come back to it.
There was a class on Yarn Bombing. I did not take it, I am not sure I’m ready to spend energy knitting for a temporary exhibition. Nevertheless I loved the display.
I got to visit the most wonderful sewing room ever. It belongs to one of the teachers, it’s chaotic and so well organized at the same time. Her house was perfect too, so welcoming. It did not take an lesson with Terri, but I will if I have the opportunity, everybody was telling how wonderful a teacher she is.
I don’t know whether I will have another chance at Squam, if I have I would really love to bring my family too and stay longer. There’s so much to enjoy on the lake.
On the way back, I stopped at Gather Here. And it was all I expected, fantastic fabrics, yarns, selection of patterns… I love the industrial-ish look…
Going back to real life is now proving difficult, especially after all the delays I had yesterday and making it home this morning at 3am. Never mind, I have plenty of kitting to do and keep those memories alive.