Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Camp Stitches, anyone?

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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.

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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! :-)

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6 comments:

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.