Friday, January 4, 2019

Ahhh... It's a New Year!

New Years Greetings from Maine!

This time of year always feels fresh and new like a blank palette spread out in front me waiting for the first creative strokes of planning.  Join me in dreaming as the days are stretching out and the sun is rising a wee bit higher every day. My knitting reveries are already taking shape lured by the multitude of stunning images of new designs, luxurious fibers and colorways I see everyday online. 

Explore your knitting dreams by coming away with us on a fabulous retreat in 2019!  

2019 is shaping up to be a great year for Knitting & Yoga Adventures with new and renewed retreats spread across the year.  After a spectacular 2018 traveling to New Mexico, Vermont and let's not forget, Haystack the bar has been raised.

Here's a look at what's coming our way in 2019...

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Cape Ann, Massachusetts, 

April 4-7, 2019

We'll spend a relaxing long weekend in Rockport, MA at The Emerson Inn learning historic knitting techniques as only Beth Brown Reinsel can teach them. Each day will include yoga sessions, great food surrounded by the wide open Atlantic Ocean views off the Cape Ann seashore.  We'll explore the winding streets of historic Rockport, walk the sandy shoreline and make new friendships on this lovely Spring weekend.

Abiquiu, New Mexico, 

June 2 - 8, 2019

On this fun day-tripping tour of northern New Mexico we will go deep into the heart of Georgia O'Keeffe country where we will soak in natural mineral springs, meet the ancient Churro sheep left behind by the Spanish explorers, and attend a natural dying workshop at the famous Tierra Wools of Los Ojos. All this is included along with our daily knitting workshop sessions with Susan Mills at our home-away-from-home, The Abiquiu Inn. Extend your experience with an optional day trip tour to Acoma Pueblo.

Monhegan Island, Maine, 

September 15 - 21, 2019

K&YA's classic retreat, a full week on the majestic Monhegan Island with the highest bluffs on the Maine coastline. We will enjoy daily yoga sessions, island walks, visits to artists' studios along with Norah Gaughan leading our daily workshops from our home base at the Monhegan House. We conclude our week on 'island time' with a delicious waterside lobster bake and a yarn crawl home visiting unique Maine fiber venues.

Quechee, Vermont, 

October 31 - November 3, 2019

A cozy fireside favorite retreat that fills fast! We fill the beautiful Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms every year where we enjoy daily yoga sessions, fine food, and fireside knitting each evening.  Beatrice Perron Dahlen will lead our daily knitting workshops teaching her Lopapeysa and color work design techniques. In our free time enjoy visiting nearby Woodstock, King Arthur Flour and the lovely knit shops in the area. Join us for this perennial favorite!

We all hope to see you on one of these great trips in 2019!

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~ Lisa

Can you find yourself in one of these past retreat photos?
Knit Maine, Haystack Mountain School of Craft
with Norah Gaughan, Julia Farwell Clay, Susan Mills,
Katharine Cobey, Beatrice Perron Dahlen,
Kate Atherley, and Patty Lyons
Quechee, Vermont with Bristol Ivey

Monhegan Island, Maine with Beth Brown Reinsel

Los Ojos, New Mexico with Norah Gaughan

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!

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. 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!