I’m just back from an amazing road trip to Marshfield, Wisconsin. I went to Knitting Camp (the 2.75 camp) with Debbie Wilson and I had a blast. One problem with Marshfield, though, is that it is so very far from Ottawa. We traveled about 1430km (888mi) each way. We split it into two days of driving.
Knitting seems to puzzle and amuse border guards, but it is deemed to be innocent. On the way into the US I think I had to repeat, “Knitting Camp”, but we were waved through. On the return trip home when we gave our total value of goods bought, the guard asked what we had. I said, “Books, yarn, and other knitting items,” or something like that. We got waved through so quickly that we were driving away in Canada before we realized that we didn’t even get the customary questions about alcohol, tobacco, and firearms.
Camp began with a dinner on Thursday night. Before dinner Debbie & I walked into the “living room” each carrying a bottle of beer, which felt somehow like a bad Canadian stereotype. It was initially a bit strange for me, being a newbie among so many returning knitters, but everyone was very welcoming.
Camp began in earnest on Friday morning. Since it was the 40th anniversary of camp, the campers had, with the coordination of the fabulous Linda Lutz, made some amazing blankets. Here’s Meg wrapped in hers, with Amy Detjen over to the side.
Snacks clearly let us know we were in Wisconsin:
There was plenty of time for shopping in the Schoolhouse Press store in between sessions:
While learning, I was able to work on an existing project. I finally finished my pair of gloves:
The pattern is Aino’s Gloves, from Nancy Bush’s Folk Knitting in Estonia. I started them back in May, and now they’re finally finished. I used 1.5mm needles (000), and I tried out Karbonz double pointed needles for the fingers. It went very well. Now I just need to wash them, if I dare.
I had a wonderful time at Camp and I’m so grateful to all the Schoolhouse Press staff as well as my fellow campers for making me feel very welcome. Before leaving on Monday I spent a little bit of time in the classroom looking over the great many knit samples:
And then it was time to say goodbye:
I’m hoping to be back!