Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Camp Stitches, anyone?

First of all, thanks to everyone who has responded to the knitting polls thus far. The polls are still open, and so if you haven't "voted" yet, I would love for you to do so.

I would also love to hear from those who answered the second poll indicating that they learned Continental a long time after learning to knit English-style. If this category fits you, I'd love it if you would comment about how long it took you to change your habits, and if you find you're a better or faster knitter by knitting this way. Again - I'm just curious. And if you want to remain anonymous, so be it.


I got my brochure for Camp Stitches NC in the mail yesterday. Just the cover alone is enough to tempt someone to attend:

Has anyone ever attended a Camp Stitches? If so, did you find it worthwhile?

In case anyone is curious, here are the teachers and classes:

* Beth Brown-Reinsel: Scottish Sanquhar Gloves

* Lily Chin: The Elements of Design

* Jean Frost: Design Your Basic Jacket

* Galina Khmeleva: The Essentials of Knitted Lace

* Susan Lazear: Fashionable Fabrics: Combine Fabrics and Knits

* Maureen Mason-Jamieson: Japanese Knitting Techniques

* Debbie New: Free-Form and Swirl Knitting

* Judy Pascale: Projects-a-Plenty: Accent with Beads

* Merike Saarniit: Color Recipes and Remedies

* Candace Eisner Strick: Fair Isle: Everything You Need to Know

Being as I'm a beginning knitter, and that most of these classes are geared towards the intermediate-to-advanced knitter, I don't think I'll be going to this, because I'd probably be in way over my head. (And I've seen Lily Chin on Knitty Gritty a few times -- that woman is sharp but talks so fast I don't think I could keep up!) And that's a shame, because who knows when there will be another Camp Stitches in the mid-Atlantic region or in such a lovely location. Ah, well - another time, perhaps.

Not to worry -- there are plenty of other regional fiber events this year to take my money! :-)



sgeddes said...

This looks like a great event from the brochure. The classes seemed somewhat interesting too, but it was just too expensive for me.

moxie said...

Wow, that looks fabulous. I only live about an hour from Lake Junaluska, however it's way too expensive for me. Maybe once I get some more experience under my belt (and some vacation time/money built up) I can go to a Stitches event. :)

Sharon said...

I would looove to go to Camp Stitches, so I am sitting here in Australia thinking if I lived near you I would come right by and pick you up and take you there.

Jessica said...

I'd love to go, ha, and I could afford it too, not,
ummmm yeah seeing as I'm stuck here in Australia can't you go for me??? LOL

Ranger Susie said...

Boy, that looks like a lot of fun!

I learned Contintental about two years ago (20+ years after I learned to knit). I like it, but I don't use it much. It was easy for me to learn because I'm left-handed. Also cuts down on repetitive stress injury in the right hand when you have the ability to switch.

emmy said...

I am working my way backwards...I see that you already knew about Bedford. It looks to be shaping up nicely.