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!

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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!