Saturday, July 15, 2017

Great News!


It's official!  Knit Maine is now a trademarked name and logo!  




Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This year on Monhegan Island...

Beth Brown-Reinsel, our Guest Designer on Monhegan Island this year joins us this month with a special post.  Enjoy!


     'No matter where I am in my travels, knitters are the best – warm and welcoming!  I have been traveling to teach and research historic garments in museums for over 20 years and have just come back from a two-month teaching tour in New Zealand.  My focus is 19th century northern European knitting traditions, because that is around the time that the sweater (as we know it today) emerged in several cultures.  (I had to visit Australia too, since I was so close–I felt really lucky to see some kangaroos in the wild!) 
 

     I think it is important that we as fiber artists acknowledge and honor what has gone before, for all our work stands upon the work of someone else in the past. When I consider knitting through an anthropological or social context, it holds more meaning for me, and I feel connected to knitters of the past.


   This perspective has shaped my interest and informed my work.  I love to examine garments that defined groups of people, such as the British fishermens’ gansey, the Norwegian Setesdal Lusekofte that indicated where the wearer was from, Latvian mittens, given as a gift signifying esteem and friendship, or the Danish Nattrøjer, worn by women from the 18th to early 20th centuries. 



There are wonderful techniques in many of the museum garments I have seen and incorporate into small sampler sweaters or mittens for my historic knitting workshops. It is through these samplers that I teach the traditional construction techniques in context, rather than with meaningless flat swatches. These old methods can be incorporated into modern garments, expanding a knitter’s choices.




Another aspect of traditional knitting are the many styles of knitting.  In Scandinavia, most knitters hold the working yarn in the left hand (Continental), while knitters from the UK prefer to hold the working yarn in the right hand (English).  I enjoy teaching knitters to work with the hand they don’t normally use which is a good practice to distribute, and thereby decrease, the repetitive stress over more areas of the body. I sometimes include that information in my workshops.


In this modern age, we are all privileged to be able to knit for fun.  It is no longer the necessity it once was for keeping one’s family clothed and warm. I feel that knitting classes should also be fun and stress-free, so I try hard to create a relaxed atmosphere where my students know a mistake is no big deal.  Teaching knitters is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life and I hope to continue to spread the fun for a long time to come!


I am really looking forward to coming to Monhegan Island in September to enjoy Lisa’s knitters/yoginis in a quintessential Maine setting!   Lobstering has been a way of life for many generations in this village whose history reaches back over 250 years!  So, knitting, yoga, Maine, lobsters…what’s not to love?  September can’t get here fast enough for me!'

                                                                                                       ~Beth


You can check out Beth’s website at www.KnittingTraditions.com and her Etsy shop at https://www.etsystudio.com/shop/BethKnitsandWeaves/.  She lives in Vermont and loves winter!


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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Enchanted

Enchanted

What a wonderful week we had in New Mexico.  The weather was perfection, the sights, day trips, and landscape could not have been lovelier.  Thank you to all who attended, it was such a pleasure to host you in the Land of Enchantment.


Read about our trip below!  See our full photo album on Instagram @KnittingYogi


There's more! Monhegan Island, Maine is coming in September and there is still room for those who want to venture out with us to yet another enchanting landscape.  Monhegan Island is filled with sparkling sunlight, art and beautiful vistas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Here we will hike, dine on splendid lobsters and knit on the porch in the soft warm air in the day and bundle up by the wood stove on the cool nights.


We have the pleasure of welcoming Beth Brown-Reinsel as our Guest Designer on Monhegan Island this year.  Beth has an extensive knowledge of historic knitting styles from all around the globe which she will be sharing with us in September. Fresh from her latest adventure to Australia she'll have lots to share with us!


I hope we see you there!
~Lisa



New Mexico 2017 Adventure

We had an amazing week in the great Southwest touring fiber producers, greeting double horned Churro sheep, learning about spinning, dying, weaving and knitting with the amazing Norah Gaughan.

Each day began with a morning filled with knitting learning new techniques and working with the beautiful Churro wools from Tierra Wools in Los Ojo, New Mexico.  We set out on Monday to see where our wool was produced. The tiny town of Los Ojos had everyone fooled by its old craggy appearance.  But when the doors to Tierra Wools opened it was as if we'd stepped into a Technicolor rainbow!





Weaving Southwest was another fiber highlight as we were hosted by Teresa, granddaughter to the amazing Rachel Brown who played a key role in preserving and protecting the historic Churro sheep and the weaving culture of Northern New Mexico.


Other days were spent soaking and being massaged at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, visiting Taos Pueblo and the Sanctuario de Chimayo.









But one of the most memorable highlights of our week was our day spent in the footsteps of Georgia O'Keefe.  Stepping into her Abiquiu home and studio and getting into the landscape of Ghost Ranch where so many of her paintings were conceived and painted was an experience not to be forgotten.  





This was one for the books, every day was like magic.  And at the end of each day we dined on New Mexican cuisine before snuggling into our casitas at the Abiquiu Inn.  I hope you can join us next time.  Stay tuned as details emerge about the next time we visit New Mexico.

~Lisa


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

September in Maine 

There's still time to enjoy the dream.







                                                                                   

  










~Lisa

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


New Mexico holds a special appeal for me, ...                                     

                                                                                                ~Norah Gaughan


Los Ojos, New Mexico


...even beyond the promise of sunshine and warmth after a New England winter. I long to see the desert landscape so inspiring to Georgia O'Keefe. 

I'm fascinated by Native American Pueblos and look forward to walking amidst the charming architecture of Santa Fe. In fact, I'm feeling a bit more relaxed just thinking about our upcoming trip.  

I'm excited about the workshop time, too. We have 6 knitting sessions over the week, which allows enough time to actually complete a project. 


Navajo-Churro sheep, a breed dating back to the 16th Century,
The first breed of domesticated sheep in the New World.


Tierra Wool's Churro comes from the Navajo-Churro sheep, and is provided by local sheep ranch Shepherd’s Lamb. 



The yarn is dyed in a lovely 
array of colors and my plan is 
to split the hanks so we can 
mix and match 
to suit our sensibilities. 







I am dreaming up a bag, using multiple techniques and knit with New Mexico native Churro wool. 
I also want to dabble in some fun techniques to finish the bags, like twisted cord and multicolor pompoms. My sample yarn arrived a few weeks ago. 




My swatch below shows a couple of the ideas I like a lot and will be sharing, but I am just getting started!


See you soon!


               ~Norah

*photo credits to Tierra Wools and Norah Gaughan

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!


     Happy New Year, Everyone!  

     Today is a special new day that always feels like a fresh start to me. And while it is only one day past that dreadful last year I'm already feeling so much brighter and more hopeful for a new beginning.

     Today is also that special day when Registration Opens for all of the K&YA 2017 Adventures! 

     We have a great year planned with Norah Gaughan, Beth Brown-Reinsel, and Julia Farwell-Clay.  Plus a new adventure to New Mexico!
Check it all out here.

     Best wishes for a wonderful 2017 to all of you and your families!


                                                                                                          ~Lisa

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Land of Enchantment

 It's not just a dream anymore.


This time of year, after the first hectic dose of the holiday season my thoughts begin to wander...  


New Mexico is a dream come true on


May 20 -27, 2017. 



Imagine spending seven glorious days and nights deep in the heart of the high desert of northern New Mexico.   Every day we will be exploring Santa Fe, Abiquiu and Taos absorbing the magical atmosphere, the light, culture and fine cuisine that can only be found in the Land of Enchantment.  

There is only one thing that could make this trip even better.  (Make that two things.)  

Norah Gaughan and Open Registration.  


That's right, we'll have Norah Gaughan all to ourselves for the entire week exploring the unique ancient fibers of the Southwest.  And while registration for all the other 2017 retreats opens as usual on January 1st, May comes quickly so New Mexico Registration is open today! 

We have an impressive lineup of Guest Instructors this year:

I invite you to go online, read through the pages and see what's happening in 2017.  Its going to be a great year no matter which trip you chose to attend.




I hope to see you in 2017!

~Lisa