christina sarah jess path walking

Last week, all five of us on the staff here at Ravelry retreated to the woods of New Hampshire for the Squam Art Workshops. This is an event that Jess and Casey have attended nearly every year since its inception, though for me, Sarah, and Christina, it was our first year getting to be Squammies. I’ve seen the pictures and heard about the classes and environment that Elizabeth has nurtured for years, and knew that we were all in for a treat, but the experience of actually being by the lake, taking classes in cozy cabins, and spending time with the other Squam attendees left me feeling truly nourished and inspired.

yarn bombs at Squam

Between us we enjoyed classes in knitting taught by Nancy Bush and Franklin Habit (two of the many incredible yarn-y teachers present), art, writing, and photography – a wonderful sampling of the subjects available at Squam. When we recapped our classes with each other, we all kept talking about how we knew we’d be reflecting on the things we learned for some time. We also heard a talk by Jared Flood, swam in the lake, ate yummy food, hiked through beautiful woods and admired the yarnbombed treasures everywhere, listened to loon calls, stayed up late in our cabin chatting and laughing with friends, crocheted on the dock, and ate s’mores… so many s’mores.

squam art fair

The Squam Art Fair and Ravelry Revelry on Saturday night was a blast. Fantastic vendors set up booths in the main hall, and eager Squam attendees and locals lined up before it opened, ready to browse and buy these indie goods.

ravelry revelry 2014

Across the road, our Ravelry Revelry had beer, cake, bunting and twinkle lights, and plenty of room for sitting down, craft in hand, and catching up with old and new friends. The evening was the perfect ending to this event, and we are especially grateful to our sponsors for making it possible!

The JOY level sponsors are:


Uppercase Magazine

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purl soho

and Purl Soho

There were even more participating sponsors who can be found on the Squam website.

Thank you so much to everyone at Squam for making it an unforgettable event!

obligatory dock picture