We’ve been going to Knit Camp for years and years, and this weekend was the first time it was just off and on rainy all weekend (emphasis on the “on”)
Everyone there was the sort of camper who knew how to adapt. And we had a good time, even when the rain was coming down hard enough that the people sitting at the edges of the tents got wet.
It is slightly easier to camp in the rain when all your stuff is staying cozy. Maybe not quite dry (it was more than a little humid this weekend) but no puddles in the clean laundry is worth a lot!
The fire sputtered, but only went out once – and that was after dinner. Hiking and canoeing happened between the showers. And I got some real knitting time!
Whew, this has been a busy week! Which is too bad because I have so much to tell you about! Let’s start with last weekend, when I went to the 5th annual Vermont Knit camp.
Except for Neil and I it was day camp, not overnight camp, this year. I was almost 34 weeks pregnant, and sleeping in a lean-to (with a long walk to the bathroom) seemed like a poor choice.
We still managed to be there from lunch through night time s’mores!
And we happily went geo-casheing
And yes, knitting
And the biggest surprise (for me anyway, apparently EVERYONE else was in on it. Including my mom, and Neil) was the adorable woodland baby shower! The younger girls managed some amazing decorations, and had made a cake ahead of time! And there was knitting, and crochet, and I really need to be home during daylight hours so I can properly document everything and show it to you…
I usually mention knit camp a little earlier in the summer, but this year I seem to be awfully distracted…
Anyway, registration has been available for awhile, but we still have open spots! Vermont Knit and Fiber Camp is basically a great big, weekend long, knitting group. We sit around the fire with like minded people who don’t complain that you’ve been knitting, and talking about knitting, all weekend.
The camping part is easy, there are plenty of people to help you out if you’re new. And it’s car camping, which means we bring anything (and everything!) that will fit in the car.
If you happen to be looking for something to do the weekend of August 16-19 (just $12.50 per person, for two nights – more fun cannot be had at that price!) I hope you’ll consider it!
Knitting camp was every bit as awesome as I expected. It barely even rained! There was a bit of a sprinkle friday night and an actual rain shower saturday night. I hear the people who arrived friday afternoon got pretty wet, but most of the time was dry, and sunday/monday were sunny and gorgeous! There was plenty of camping to go around:
1. kettle pond, 2. fairy houses, 3. rocky shore, 4. cooking fire
Kettle Pond is a gorgeous location. The camp sites are little glens in the deep, thickness of Groton state forest, and Kettle pond is a jeweled opening in the woods.
And of course there was even more knitting:
1. knitting basket, 2. white knitting, 3. red crochet, 4. gray cables
I should say “crafting” because along with the knitting we had some crocheting and a girl who makes nifty bags and wallets and roses out of the prettiest duct tape you’ve ever seen (one of them was paisley patterned!)
Several husbands and families came to knit-camp this year and that was wonderful too! They were all very helpful and had fun exploring the woods, and didn’t detract from the knitting retreat at all. Having camp run for 3 days means us knitters can go for a hike, a swim, maybe paddle around the pond in a boat and not feel like we’re running out of knitting time either.
I got quite a bit of knitting done, although I didn’t finish ANY of the projects I brought along. Roam has a completed back piece, the baby blanket is half-finished, and I’m almost done with a new sock design. More details to come later I promise.
If you think knitting camp sounds like fun, check out the web site, there’s also a yahoo group where the dates and sign-up process are announced every year. I’d love to meet new friends next year!
I go to Knitting Camp this weekend!!
It’s supposed to rain. A lot.
But it’ll be ok. This is our forth year and the first with a threat of serious rain. Given that we pick these weekends every year in the spring that’s a pretty good run. And while the photos of previous years don’t show it, there are lean-tos. So we’ll be able to keep out of the rain.
I’m bringing extra tea. I think knitting in a lean-to, looking out at the rain in the forest, with a cup of tea, and some good friends sounds pretty nice.
And I’m mostly taking a break from designs this weekend. This is another thing I’ve done in the past. It’s kinda nice to take a whole weekend and work on other people’s designs. The big projects for this weekend will be my sister’s baby blanket (assuming the extra yarn arrives) and my Roam tunic:
This is from the fall Interweave Knits, designed by my friend Amy of Savory Knitting. It’s beautiful, I love it exactly the way it is (and yet, as always, I’m changing a few things) Mainly, the gauge. I’m using Bartlett, and aran weight yarn. I’ll tell you more about it soon. I suspect I’ll have a lot of progress to show after this weekend.
Knit camp was, once again, everything I hoped it would be! Well, monday was a bit wetter than expected, but we survived.
At some point in the weekend one person said something, and I realized how very true it was. Knit camp is a perfect example of how these funny online communities we form (communities where we don’t actually know each other in real life at all) can be extended, expanded into real communities where we look forward to getting together and seeing each other. Even if it’s just once or twice a year.
1. knitcamp swimming, 2. towel on the shore, 3. lake edge, 4. boats on the shore
It was warm enough that for the first time we actually put our knitting down to go swimming! The lake is beautiful and clear, the beach is sandy, and the water is wonderful!
1. lean to, 2. summer afternoon, 3. knitcamp3, 4. flowers
The state park, Kettle Pond, is set up just for groups. So we have lean tos all in a cluster with a central fire pit. It’s beautiful and secluded and a great place to hang out with other knitters!
1. knitcamp2, 2. dutch oven, 3. dinner, 4. camp fire time
The company, the food, the uninterrupted knitting time* I love knitting camp!
*some people chose to go hiking. Good for them! I got some extra knitting time…
Yes, I’m so excited about knit camp it deserves an all caps title- before I’ve even arrived! I’ve been looking forward to this since April. And given how the summer has gone I REALLY need the vacation (even if it’s just for a few days)
Neil’s holding down the house with an overflowing garden, a borrowed car, and a dog with a serious hot spot. Words can not properly express how grateful I am that he told me to go anyway, in spite of everything going on at home.
I’m all packed!
For the record, I think I’m bringing enough knitting for a month. I have the last 25% of Gwen, two mitt projects (fingerless mitts, and lacy cuffs) a second sock, and all the pieces needed for a not-even-cast-on Plum Frost cardigan.
Yep, two cardigans. I really mean it this time, I’m going to actually finish one soon!
It’s hot and summery outside, and it has me thinking of canoeing, hiking, and camping! So I thought I’d give a second shout out to VT Knit Camp. There will be knitting, good food, knitting, hikes, spinning, camp fires, talking about knitting, and probably some crochet too!
Seriously, it’s a wonderful time and you can check out my pictures from previous years here and here. I’ll be there from Friday night through Monday (august 12-15), and I always bring along my trunk show (such as it is) and this year I’ll have ALL the mitts from Time on my Hands – even the ones that aren’t published yet at that point (and I expect that all NINE pairs will be knit up by then)
If you’re in the New England area (or just nearby, people drive up from as far away as New Jersey) and like sitting around a campfire* knitting/spinning/crocheting you should come, it’s the best time that can be had for $17.50 (and you can pay via paypal)
*you can drive right up to the lean tos, the composting toilets are nice, and don’t smell at all, and there are showers down the street, it’s not really roughing it.
Registration is open for summer knitting camp! Specifically Vermont Knit and Fiber Camp 2011 (we have a wiki, we’re so official) I love knitting camp, it’s basically a great big, weekend long, knitting group. We sit around the fire with like minded people who don’t complain that you’ve been knitting, and talking about knitting, all weekend. I went last year, and the very first year it was held. It’s been oddly cool both years (even for August in VT) but that just means I haven’t felt guilty about passing on the swimming, boating, and hiking in favor of knitting and spinning.
The site at Kettle Pond state park is beautiful, the car camping is easy (drive up sites, lean-to’s for shelter, and a shower just down the road) and the company is always splendid! At $17.50 for three days and three nights you really can’t beat the price. So if you’re in the area, or want to come to VT for the weekend of August 12-15, please sign up! If you have questions check out the Wiki for more details, and registration info, or just ask me!
(I can’t wait for summer)
Camping at Maidstone was pretty awesome! Maidstone is the furthest east and most remote of all Vermont’s state parks and is really the middle of nowhere. At one point, as we were driving through that part of vermont known locally as “The Kingdom” I commented to Neil that we were quickly headed past the kingdom and out towards Oz… Actually, directions to Maidstone could be summarized like this:
- Drive to the city on the edge of nowhere.
- Continue east about 1 hour to the middle of nowhere.
- Drive past the middle of nowhere and continue past the wildlife refuge another 45 minutes.
- Turn right off the road from nowhere and head into the woods.
- Drive another 6 miles along this windy, single lane road (carefully posted with “logging trucks have right of way” that was a bit scary) to entrance of park.
Once you get there it’s pretty much like other state parks across the country. Brown CCC buildings, drinking water from carefully labeled taps, camp sites with fire pits and the occasional lean-to or tent platform. Maidstone has some prime campsites which are right on the water edge, and at night the calls of the loons can be heard throughout the park.
Jake and Reggie did pretty well, all things considered, sleeping right in our little tent with us. If you consider the close quarters that a two person tent becomes when you have 2 large dogs in with the 2 humans, well, I don’t think any of us slept as well as we might have. A larger tent is on the short list for future camping trips!
We spent all of Saturday canoeing down a section of the Connecticut river with some friends. Another demonstration of how remote we were – we paddled for 4 hours, and didn’t pass under a single bridge the whole time. At one break along a sandbar the boys climbed to the top of the wall of sand, looked across the river gorge, and called back to me that there was a black bear in the field on the other side!
No bears visited us at camp though. We had amazing roasted potatoes, corn on the cob, home grown chicken, and steaks that our friends brought along. One of the best things about car camping is that we can eat really good food! I ate more s’mores then is proper for a grown up to consume. Good thing no one ever accused me of being proper!
And of course I got some knitting done. No shock there. I knit the first of a pair of green thumb mitts at camp. I brought my knitting along in the canoe, but spent most of my time actually paddling. So the only real results from that part of the trip are some water stains on the pattern.