See that blue pom pom on the Squam Art Workshops sign? It was a harbinger of things to come ...
Some looked so real, you did a double take.
There was, of course, much natural beauty, too.
What I did at Squam: I sewed pajamas in a class with Cal Patch and knit up swatches in classes with Franklin Habit and Stephen West. (One swatch has become a cat toy for Snickers.)
At every meal, I checked out the inspiring projects on the gallery tables in Rockywold dining hall.
There was sun, there was rain. There was coffee, tea, and sometimes wine around the fire in my cabin, Shingle Blessedness.
Shirley sewed a smock:
Laurel jumped in the lake:
Julie got to know the ins and outs of F-stops and ISO:
And Nancy was handy at looking things up on her phone:
We residents of Shingle Blessedness were happy campers indeed (despite rain causing seriously bad hair days for some of us).
At Ravelry Revelry on Saturday, I got to hear the amazingly talented Anne Hanson speak about her design process and her new line of Bare Naked Wools yarns. And I was thrilled when she offered to model my Birchleaf cowl, knit in BNW's Breakfast Blend fingering.
Squam Art Workshops founder Elizabeth seemed to be everywhere, always ready to answer a question or solve a problem. My favorite Elizabeth moment? At breakfast on the last day, when she rang her bell, then asked all the dining hall staff (mostly teenagers) to line up in front of the fireplace so that we could show our appreciation. The applause went on for a long time; we even gave them a standing ovation.
Sparkling heart by Harriett Goodall