Monday, June 7, 2010

Squam High

I've just returned from teaching at the Squam Art Workshops and it was a totally brilliant experience so I had to share some of the highlights here!
Of course I took very few photos as I was too busy enjoying myself to remember the camera!

SAW is held at the Rockywold Deephaven Camp up in New Hampshire. It's a stunning setting with cabins dotted throughout the woods, many of which have their own little dock. I was in a cabin with Jess and Casey, Jared Flood, Ysolda and her assistant Sarah. In between the teaching and the class taking that was going on we had the chance to hang out, swim, star gaze and of course knit!

I taught two full day classes, one on the Hap shawl and one on my Aestlight shawl. I had great students which made it super enjoyable and I think they all got a lot out of it. (Yeah and I have no photos of this part)!
There were all kinds of classes going on, block printing, sewing, embroidery, book making, spinning...and many more. Next year I plan on attending at least one class in a different medium!

On the final evening there was a marketplace filled with beautiful handmade goodies. Ysolda had a booth to showcase her patterns and I snuck in a few of mine too. cake and beer from the Ravelry team....didn't last long!

Elizabeth (the organizer of this whole shebang) made it a very special experience for everyone attending. She lined up some awesome talent for our evening entertainment; the beautiful singing of Jonatha Brooke, the insanely entertaining, laugh-till-you-cry words of Stephanie Pearl-Mcphee, and the thought provoking stories of Jenlee.

So if you've ever wanted the perfect creative getaway you must check out this incredible won't regret it!
Thank you so much Elizabeth for a rewarding and rejuvenating experience....can't wait for next time!


Hilary said...

Well, that sounds like heaven. Even free beer and cake?? Wow. And my goodness, what a talented group sharing that cabin! Creativity must have been radiating out the roof!

Ibunnysavetroy said...

I remember a friend of mine showing me about squam last fall..I so wanted to go, but the tuition was equal to a semester at my university, so I decided against it. but it looks like so much fun!

Rows Red said...

Ahh... if only tuition and travel weren't more than our mortgage payment. Boo.

Looks like a wonderful time though, thank you for sharing.

melissa said...

it looks so beautiful there! i was part of a small group of people who had to pretend squam didn't exist, just to contain the jealousy!

Siga said...

Sounds like fun fun fun.

Ariane said...

I wish I was living in the States for all these get-together! But, Montréal is far away!
It looks like you had a lot of fun!

nicole said...

Oh, how I wish I could have been there among all the knitting royalty. Sounds like you all had a smashing time!

Jen Lee said...

Was so great meeting you, Gudrun!

Christine said...

Sounds and looks amazing. What a treat!

Anonymous said...

I always wanted to see how nice Jared Flood looks when knitting :) Thanks :)

DAT said...

I just finished making your Aestlight shawl, and I love, love, love it. The pattern was easy to follow and the shawl is beautiful. i will be wearing it to a banquet next week--can't wait.
Thank you for the great pattern, I can't wait to make it again!