The Glory of Squam!


I just came back from another glorious weekend teaching at SQUAM Art Workshops.  I taught there last year and it was the most inspirational  workshop I had ever been too. I have to admit that I was a little concerned that there was no way it could live up to my expectations this year.  I'm happy to say, it surpassed them!

The weekend was a perfect balance of teaching, learning, swimming, walking, talking, not so much sleep and LAUGHTER.   Serious laughter, I mean, pee in your pants laughter, you know?  The kind of laughter that restores me to balance after many long work weeks.... and gets me ready for the weeks ahead. 
The Sugar Shack (my classroom)
Jessa from Happy Knits
Julie's Entomology

I taught Entomology all day Thursday, Circulate all day Friday, and a really fun WIP class on Saturday that helped 6 amazing knitters get their projects back on track.  My students were phenomenal, we were quickly comfortable with each other and though I challenged them and "made their brains hurt" we still had tons of fun.  

In between teaching there was all that talking, laughter, and swimming I was telling you about.  The camp SQUAM takes place at, RDC, is pristine.  Walking back from lunch one day we even had a baby black bear cross our path!  I was so amazed I forgot to be scared, he was seriously cute and even stopped to look at us a bit.  I was too involved to take a pic, but he did look something like this:

A moth I saw on another (less exciting) stroll:

As is typical for me I was WAY too involved in the moment to take many pics, but I finally got to meet (and spend time with) Stephanie,
Ysolda, Jared, Jenny, and Gundrun and see Elizabeth (Squam's Visionary Mama) Kimm, Marisa, Lizzy, Denny, Jonatha, Jen, Maya and Jess and Casey from Ravelry again.  I seriously LOVE my Squammie peeps!


I'm hitting the ground running, getting ready to leave for TNNA on Thursday am with 7 new designs to show in the Schaefer booth, 2 classes to teach, and LOTS of Jeni's ice cream to eat.  Until next year I hold onto the view from my bedroom:


  1. Would it be wrong to photoshop my face into that last photo? (oh, how ironic. The security code below is "regrat")

  2. What a fantastic week! So nice to meet you! Already planning for next year. And look at me, posting a comment!!! No longer a lurker. YAY!

  3. so.so. jealous. One of these years I will get it together and go !

  4. That looks like so much fun! Can't wait to see your new designs. big hugs!

  5. It was lovely to meet you and share so much laughter.

  6. That's exactly what the bear looked like! I'm so glad I wasn't the only one who saw it, or I definitely would have thought I was seeing my spirit animal or something!

  7. Looks so wonderful! That moth is gorgeous. Did you see your most recent mention on the Yarn Harlot blog? You and your beads... you're a super star. <3

  8. I thought I left you a comment of post Squammie gushing and as it turns out I did not?? Totally want to say that I loved seeing you, miss you, am happy you made it through to TNNA and had so much fun. Coffee was your friend? And that every time you tweet, I feel like I can now actually hear your voice reading it to me out loud ~ whatever that means? I think it means based upon all our talks about "am I what I tweet"?, that you are indeed what you tweet ;)