Alison Crowther-Smith

Posts Tagged ‘Bath’

Knit Camp 2019, 25 – 28 July

Sunday, August 12th, 2018

There will be a summer 2019 Knit Camp, and with all the people from 2018 who want to come back plus my waiting list, there is just one space – and I would love you to come.  You can read all about it, here.

Knit Camp is different. It’s a hybrid of a knitting holiday (for example, luxury hotel facilities), and an intense knitting learning experience.  It is packed with new designs, all of which Knit Campers take away,  I send out regular KC Bulletins through the months that lead up to each Knit Camp and then you get to choose which project or projects you wish to cast on and knit.

Here are some of the designs for Knit Camp 2017:

 

 

So, if you fancy a three-day break in a beautiful hotel in Bath, with your every knitting and creature-need fully catered, do join us.

If you were on the waiting list and were not able to take a place, please note that I am starting the waiting list again, so contact me if you still want to be on it, for this year or next, or to join the list.

 

Knit Camp 2017 and 2018

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

I think this has been the longest I have ever gone between blogs.  That is mainly because Knit Camp 2017 happened last weekend and most of the 4 weeks prior to that was given over to the final preparations.  I have worked in many different roles all my life but I have never worked as hard as I did on Knit Camp.

When I decided to run it, which was a decision taken in October 2016, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted to deliver.  Somehow, I think we did deliver that vision, very close to the concept and the plans – in fact in many ways, even better.  The concept seems simple:  a knitting event that is not a holiday or a retreat, but a fully focused teaching and learning event.  The emphasis being on high levels of technical content all pitched at a variety of levels from intermediate to advanced, and also a range of project sizes from small to large.  All these factors determine the degree of difficulty for the knitters, and they also scope the teaching requirements for the teachers.

At KC 2017, we specifically taught:

  • Beaded icord
  • Picking up and knitting along a beaded icord and using this as a base for a knit-in-the-round accessory
  • Two handed, no-swap Fairisle, in the round
  • Steeking
  • Picking up and knitting into  lace edge, a side edge, a top/bottom edge, and a steek-side
  • Shawl shaping, including short-row shaping on a lace knitted-on border

Plus anything that was needed one-to-one.

Because it was over 2 days, Knit Campers could also choose and start more than one of the collection.  I will add some images of the Bailbrook Collection here but if you want to have access to the Drop Box folder that I created for Knit Camp 2017, contact me, tell me you want to see the 2017 Knit Camp Drop Box album, and I will add you to the access list. Knit Campers have been able to look at this folder for some time now, but now it is over, I will widen the access.

I loved it.  Don’t get me wrong, I also hated it at times, and there were several times when I wished I had not started it, and swore I would never do it again.  The sheer volume of Knit Camp was (self-imposed but) daunting at times and I wanted to tick off every conceivable detail, to create an event that was unique, special and really enjoyable.

Teaching with Kathryn, and working with each other all year to perfect these designs, was a joy.  I would never have done it alone.  To teach this level of content to almost 30 knitters, and have the grades of project content, at the same time as organising and running a complex event was something I will admit I found challenging, but then there was nothing for it but to work and then work a lot more to deliver the event we imagined.  So much was pre-planned, that on the weekend, it all just fell into place.

Next year, Knit Camp will return, in late November 2018.  We will stay at Bailbrook House, in Bath, and the basic format will be the same.  But this will be Knit Camp 2018 – the Christmas Edit.  It will be coinciding with the start of the Bath German Christmas market and the gorgeous Georgian hotel will be starting to get dressed up for Christmas.  So Christmas at Court Cottage will, in 2018, move to Bath.  This means I can widen the design scope with some festive content.  It will be Christmassy – but not too much; just enough to get that pre-Christmas tingle started.

My 2017 Knit Campers have first refusal, but inevitably, they won’t all want, or be able to attend.  So in a week or so, I will be opening up Knit Camp 2018.  If you are on my email list, you will automatically get an alert.  But if you are not, or you are not sure, please contact me and I will add your email address.

If you join us, I can promise you a weekend of absolute indulgence, luxury accommodation, delicious food which was also not overwhelming, inclusive wine, full board with all catering needs included, the undivided attention of my little team, an amazing weekend of companionship and laughter with lovely like-minded knitters – and a packed knitting and teaching schedule with lots to learn and choose from.   Along the way throughout the year, Knit Campers get regular Bulletins with news and previews, a private Drop Box folder as the designs emerge and first refusal at future events.  It means we build up a community.  And that is exactly what it felt like.  If you want to join in, please let me know.  You can see a general overview for 2018 and some of the 2017 feedback here.

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Knit Camp 2017

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The designs for my Knit Camp are now all complete, and the final two items are on the needles.  Those people who are coming to Knit camp have been seeing monthly Knit Camp Bulletins from me with news and glimpses of the five featured designs.

So here are some of the images of things I have been working on.

The theme is Bath – its culture, history and architecture.  This has proved a rich seam for me.  Next month all the designs go off to the pattern checker, the inimitable Donna Jones, and then I will do the photo shoot.  If – and I very much hope it will be – the event proves to be fun, exciting and packed with knitting time, we may well run another Knit Camp again, in future years.  Let me know if you’d be interested in that.

Knit Camp 2017

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Very exciting news – Knit Camp 2017 is fully booked.  It’ll be amazing!

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If you are booked on, I will be in touch very soon and there will be up-dates throughout 2017 as October approaches.  If you think you might like to come, please do contact me in case I get any cancellations.  I have started a waiting list.

Knit Camp 2017

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

As you may know, Kathy and I have been planning a Knit Camp experience; most of these plans have been in our heads – until now.  Now I am ready to ask you if you would like to come with us, next October from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th, at Bailbrook House in Bath.  At the end of this post is an outline document with lots of initial information.

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To gauge interest, I am asking people to tell me if they would like to go on the pre-registration list.  This commits you to nothing, but it does guarantee you a place, up to my maximum number, which is not all that high as we need to have an appropriate sized group for teaching.

Here are a few basic facts:

  • It is not a knitting holiday or Knit Club away-event.  It is an exclusive and luxurious weekend, but this is Knit Camp – two intense days of knitting with a lot of technical content.
  • I am designing The Bailbrook Collection for this event.  Three of these designs, which are inspired by the beauty and history of Bath, will form the basis for the weekend.  One project is relatively simple, one is moderate, one is more complex and challenging.  They can all be knitted with Kidsilk Haze – or with another yarn. It will be very flexible and we will be delighted to help you with yarn and bead choices.
  • You will choose one design, but all participants will have all the designs and we will be more than happy to teach you any and all of the techniques.
  • I have chosen what I think is a beautiful venue in Bath, which was once home to a knitting and button-making school for children.  I love that historical fact and I think it is only right that my first ever residential event should mean a return of the knitting school to Bailbrook House, if only for two days.

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Anyway, please read the attached and then, if you think you might like it, please contact me and tell me if you would like to be on the pre-registration list. If you do want to go on the list, you will get first refusal of the places when I start to take confirmed bookings.

We have so many plans for this weekend, so many design ideas, new teaching, and new adventures!  Plans are also afoot for little treats and gifts for you all.  It will not be a huge group, as I said, but with just about 25 spaces, I think we will have a wonderful, energising and bonding experience. You will work hard at my Knit Camp.  We will work hard to make it the most special experience.  And you will be spoiled a bit too, with lovely bedrooms, private dining and lovely food.  You will need it!

Please let me know what you think. I hope you can come. Here is the outline:

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