Sunday, June 16, 2019

Watershed moments

Life is often a balancing act.

This is what I would call a 'watershed moment.' 

For those who are unfamiliar with that phrase it is a time of significant directional change. Like when one graduates from college and begins their adult life in earnest. This isn't entirely unexpected as I have been considering it for a number of years but 2020 will mark the beginning of my full time commitment to my work as a ceramic artist. And isn't it interesting that 'Watershed' is the name of the center where I fire my work?

2019 will be the last year I lead retreats for Knitting & Yoga Adventures, Inc. So now's your chance if you're on the fence, there are only two trips remaining and both have space available!

And for those of you who are curious what it is that I have been up to outside of the knitting world I hope I see you here...

Instagram: @LisaBEvansPottery
and Facebook, Lisa B Evans

The fiber world is filled with so many dynamic and talented designers, artists, and enthusiasts; I have been immensely fortunate to work with and meet literally hundreds of amazing women & men over the course of my 19 years in this industry! 
I have made so many wonderful friendships in this place. You are all very dear to me and have made the knitting world a wonderful big hearted generous inclusive place for all these many years.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

With Bated Breath

Spring is officially here but it takes its time in Maine. While we wait for Mother Nature to fully wake up there are a few sure signs of Spring in Maine... honking geese heading north, greener mosses and very welcome early morning sunshine. A boring lull in the Farmer's Market as we wait for better things to come like fiddleheads, ramps and asparagus (!).  And the calendar seems to be exploding with Spring cleaning chores, graduations and kiln firings.

Not to rush all the wonderful-ness of Spring, but it's time to think ahead. Only a few spot remain for:

Monhegan Island, Maine, September 15-21, 2019, and 

Quechee, Vermont, October 31 - November 3, 2019 

I hope to see you soon!
~ Lisa

Lisa dreaming up another great retreat.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Mystery Knitting

'What do Cape Ann, Latvian knitting, yoga and MURDER have in common?'

Next month we'll find out when a special mystery guest drops by to knit and chat with us about her fun series,

The Seaside Knitters Society Mystery Series.

If you guessed Sally Goldenbaum you're one step ahead of the rest of us! Check out her latest book here and be ready to find out why knitting can be so dangerous...

There is still plenty of space available! Join us for the full weekend or just for a day. Beth Brown Reinsel will be teaching three of her most popular classes:

Fingerless Latvian Mitts
Introduction to Twined Knitting, and
Traditional Beginnings, Cast-Ons from Long Ago

We're thrilled to welcome Treetop Yoga from Gloucester, MA to our weekend. They will be leading our 3 morning mixed-level yoga sessions at the Emerson Inn. We will be in a beautiful sun-filled room set aside just for us where we can contemplate the intricacies of Latvian knitting, murder and Sun Salutations.  If you live nearby you will want to check out their wonderful practice and long list of classes and instructors. 

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Hope to see you at The Emerson Inn in Rockport, MA 
April 4-7!


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Great News!

Can't get away for the entire weekend?

Attend either day (or both!) of Beth Brown Reinsel's K&YA classes in Rockport, MA.
Enjoy a full day of workshops and a gourmet lunch from the Chef of The Emerson Inn.

April 4-7, 2019

Friday: Latvian Fingerless Mittens
Saturday: Traditional Beginnings: Cast-Ons From Long Ago
Introduction to Twined Knitting

And be sure to follow us on Instagram so you don't miss a single detail!

Happy Galentine's Everyone!

See you there!


Lisa dreaming up another fabulous retreat!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

February is like an iron fist in a velvet glove. Beautiful, quiet and for me, my birthday month so naturally my favorite time of year. But it is a tough one with the bitterly cold weather, storms and lack of light that can so easily wear one down. It's a good time to think ahead to the warmer sunnier days to come. 

Next up for the K&YA 2019 calendar is our weekend on Cape Ann in Rockport, MA, April 4-7

I have fallen hard for this hidden gem. It's labyrinth of walkable narrow streets filled with shops and galleries. The stunning views from our weekend home away from home, the beautiful Emerson Inn. I'm really looking forward to walking the beach between knitting sessions or just hanging out on the deep porch overlooking the ledge filled lawn to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Emerson Inn, Rockport, MA

This will be another weekend like others you may have experienced with us, luxurious, filled with knitting, new friends, wonderful food, morning yoga sessions and afternoons exploring or relaxing on the porch.

Registration will be closing for this special weekend at the end of the month, February 28th. Check your calendars and call your friends because this is a weekend not to be missed.

Beth Brown Reinsel will be leading us through two of her classes, Fingerless Latvian Mittens and Traditional Cast-Ons.
This will be Beth's third K&YA retreat and she is one of the most attentive and experienced instructors K&YA has ever hosted. Participants have raved about her classes and her ability to effectively teach the historic techniques she presents.

Check out Beth's re-released classic, Knitting Ganseys, Revised and Updated: Techniques and Patterns for Traditional Sweaters, Interweave July 2018

Suggested reading and viewing for our weekend away:

The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Leaving Lucy Pear, a novel by Anna Solomon
Walden by Henry David Thoreau (not exactly on Cape Ann, but nearby)
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ahab's Wife: Or, The Star Gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund (it's a stretch, but I loved it)
Manchester By The Sea, 2017 Academy Award winner, Netflix
Olive Kitteridge, 2013the movie, set in Gloucester, Essex, and Rockport, MA

I hope to see you there!

~ Lisa

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!

 Sign-up Today!

~ 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