In addition to hosting a podcast (FiberTrek, available on iTunes) and facilitating the introduction of designers, crafters, and yarn producers to each other and to knitters at large, my good friend Sarah Hunt puts on lovely, cozy, educational, yarn/knitting retreats in Maine. In her podcasts and personal knitting she is interested in the relationship of wool, yarn, and knitting to landscape and a sense of place. For the last couple of years she has been bringing these ideas into focus during her Tidal Tours knitting retreats in collaboration with Jodi Clayton of One Lupin Fiber Arts, but even more exciting, this year she is also drawing on her background as a Maine Guide to bring interested knitters into the wilds of Maine.
From August 13-17 Sarah will be hosting the Wool Scout Knitting Retreat at Bradford Camps on Munsungan Lake, in Township 8-Range 10. The camps may be reached by logging road, but a float plane is the recommended mode of transport. Mary Jane Mucklestone will be holding classes in Fair Isle knitting (!!!!!!!) Sarah will be teaching classes in starting fires with flint and steel, and also in working with rare and primitive breed wools, Jani Estell of Star Croft Fibers will be leading a class in making Viking Chatelaines (an organizer for small tools) and Igor Sikorsky will be teaching fly fishing and map and compass skills. And, boat schedule willing, I will be there as well with my indigo pots, introducing interested folks to the magic of dyeing with natural indigo. I am giddy to be included in such company, and also just really looking forward to getting to be part of the retreat.
For more information, and to register, go to fiber-trek.squarespace.com