Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Winter Blues Buster Weekend!

Registration is OPEN!

for our first retreat of the 2019 Season

Recover from the holiday bustle


Susan Mills!

Susan Mills

The Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms, Vermont

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A Season for Giving Thanks

Knit Maine 2018

It's always the Season for Giving Thanks and I am particularly thankful to everyone who made Knit Maine 2018 such a super success! All the Participants, the Instructors and Assistants, and our wonderful Sponsors: Harrisville Designs, Berroco, and Green Mountain Spinnery. Their generosity overwhelms me.

As the photos and surveys are rolling in it makes me so happy to see the smiling faces and read the lovely comments on our weekend at Haystack. The memories of our time together on the rocky shoreline are such a pleasure. See below for a handful of images, more will be posted on the website later this month.

Announcing a New Retreat!
Registration is Open!

Winter Blues Buster Weekend!

January 31 - February 3, 2019

in Quechee, Vermont

with Susan Mills

Quechee, Vermont has become a huge annual favorite among our knitters and always fills so quickly. Here is a great opportunity to see what all the buzz is about! 

Settle in by the fireside for a cozy weekend of knitting, eating wonderful food, making new friends and day tripping through Woodstock, VT together!

Susan Mills, one of our perennially favorite instructors (and sometimes participant!) since the beginning of K&YA (ahem, 14 years ago), is on a new adventure of her own. It's called Knitting Union. Take a look at Susan's beautiful work here. And keep your eyes on Ravelry for their first collection coming out this fall!

Happy knitting! I hope to see you again in 2019!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

October (Re)Treats!


no Trick and all Treat! 

Space has opened up for our Quechee, Vermont retreat this

November 1-4, 2018!

This special weekend features Beth Brown Reinsel and both her Norwegian Mittens class and Traditional Beginnings, Cast-ons from Long Ago.

Contact me today! knittingyogi@maine.rr.com

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Event Season

Thesis Subject: List Making

Many people are puzzled by the seeming disparity of the work I do, event planning vs working with clay. I would have to agree, one is tedious and stressful and the other quiet and peaceful. Both strive for a similar end result which is the appearance of ease and peace, but which one?  The longer I do this work the more I realize they are foils for each other.

Knitty.com will be posting a profile of me and my work on Tuesday this coming week. Take a look here, and then tell me in September if you agree!

Boy, are we ever underway! There are only 10 places remaining, so please tell your knitting friends and send them this way

Much to my delight, workshop space has been holding strong and with few exceptions everyone has been getting into their first and second choices. 

Exciting notes... we have a phenomenal list of Guest Presenters each evening: Katharine Cobey, Norah Gaughan, Peter Hagerty, Julia Farwell-Clay, and Gale Zucker

(Peter Hagerty of Peace Fleece, now one of Harrisville Designs beautiful lines, will be reading from his new book and discussing his recent visit to New Mexico)

Also, we will have yoga each morning out on the decks with Melora Gregory and Holly Hofman!  Our beloved yoga instructors from Monhegan Island and Quechee, Vermont.  

Knit Maine was toasted on the patio of the Abiquiu Inn in June

We had a spectacular time in New Mexico last month! We daytripped our way through northern New Mexico visiting ranchers, dyers, massage therapists, and artisans. We ate so much and stuffed our suitcases with goodies never slowing down building our stashes with beautiful churro and rambouillet wools, jewelry and artwork. The weather could not have been lovelier, though some rain would have been very welcome. New Mexico is suffering from a terrible drought right now. 

Our group was sweet and kind, eager to explore and I miss them so much! Enjoy a few photos below that cannot possibly show the wonderful-ness of our week together.

I look forward to seeing all of you soon this September. Until then, keep reading about all the K&YA retreats right here and stay in touch.                     

Santa Fe

Knitting inspiration in the Abiquiu Inn gallery

Toni and her indigo dying
O'Keefe Country

Ghost Ranch and Pedernal
One of our projects

Our last day together

Monday, April 2, 2018

YOGA by the Sea

Many of you have asked about YOGA at KNIT MAINE® in September...

Ask and you shall receive!  

Three morning sessions on the decks of Haystack.

                                                                          ...This just keeps getting better.

Sign-up soon!  


Lisa dreaming up another fabulous retreat.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

In Like A Lion

February was sweet like Gotland lambs..... 

                                                                 ...but March has roared in!  

Abiquiu, New Mexico   June 2-9, 2018

June is just around the corner and a fiesta awaits our arrival in New Mexico!  

If you've been thinking about this trip, there's still time to join us. This is an all-expense paid week in the high desert of Northern New Mexico. We will be visiting fiber producers and vendors, watching dying and weaving demonstrations, touring historic sites, soaking in spring-fed mineral pools and dining on some of the best New Mexican cuisine around. 

Visit the website here and see what this beautiful trip to Abiquiu, NM is all about!

KNIT MAINE™   September 6-9, 2018

Annemarie and Sasha at Harrisville Designs

Plans for for this new event are heating up in a big way!
Ads are going out...
Stores are handing out postcards and putting posters up in their windows...
Sponsors are shipping them to customers... 
We're all getting ready!

Send us the name of your favorite knit shop and we'll send them more information!

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Happy travels! And I hope to see you this year with your knitting in tow!



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Wintery Contemplation of the Year to Come

February is my favorite month.  

It's my birthday month so naturally it's a little more special to me.  Mostly it lends itself to quiet contemplation.  The landscape plays a big role in this, the crunching snow and blocks of sea ice rising and falling on the marshes I drive by everyday set the tone to turn inward.  This is also the time when I look over my calendar for the year and think about what I want to accomplish and how I want to spend my time.

I just returned from a weeklong conference in Bennington, Vermont called the North Country Studio Workshop where I was delighted to see some familiar faces from K&YA retreats.  It's such a great thing to try new things and stretch your creative muscles.  This is what I hope others will do in attending a K&YA retreat.

One aspect of my contemplation is much like how I approach planning retreats.  I begin with the seasons, family events and work my way down to the smallest of details. How it will feel to sit in the sun on the deck overlooking Penobscot Bay or walk around the alpaca ranch in Northern New Mexico in June?  When will we be 'on the go' and when will we rest, knit and visit?  Balance is the operative word here.

I invite you to think of your upcoming year and hope that you consider spending some of it with us. In New Mexico it will be experiencing a culture and fiber so unique and unusual right in our own backyard.  In Maine, Haystack will offer the chance to live on campus with knitting icons, learn new techniques among friends, even the opportunity to turn your craft into a life-supporting career if you are so inclined.  Through studies in gauge, pattern writing, tech editing one could change the direction of their craft and step up to a greater challenge.

Here is a link to the workshop offerings in September.  No matter your skill level, there are sessions for you here.