This summer, for the second time, Shakerag Workshops will open its traditional two weeks of programming with a long-weekend getaway just for knitters, hosted by Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner of Mason-Dixon Knitting.
When Shakerag Workshops approached Ann and Kay about teaching a workshop in 2018, they told Claire of their dream for a different kind of knitting event. That’s how this weekend got started.
The Shakerag Knitting Getaway will be a true getaway: a few beautiful days for knitters to gather at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee to enjoy good food, beautiful natural surroundings, and each other. There will be a variety of fun things to do. We will knit and hang out; eat and drink; hike Shakerag Hollow; swim in pristine water; do yoga; learn about natural dyes (and dye some yarn). Three additional teachers will guide us in sessions of fun hands-on learning. (Our faculty list is in formation. We're excited and can't wait to announce these teachers!)
Each participant will do all of these things, any of these things, or, perhaps, none of these things—exactly as we wish. The one constant will be: relaxation and knitting in the company of other knitters.
Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner are the knitters who founded MasonDixonKnitting.com, an online magazine for knitters that began in 2003 as an online correspondence between Ann, who lives in Nashville, and Kay, who lives in Manhattan. Fourteen years later, Ann and Kay produce a delicious daily read for knitters, as well as a series of gorgeous small books, the Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guides. The online shop at MasonDixonKnitting.com is a place where knitters all over the country can find exquisite, unusual yarns usually available only at fiber festivals.
Ann and Kay are known for: log cabin blankets, the YouTube video of their country music song about knitting—Pardon Me (I Didn’t Knit That For You)—and for Mason-Dixon Knitting Rule No. 1: Knitting Is Supposed to Be Fun. Ann lives in Nashville. Kay lives in New York.Fees
- All registrations will involve the regular Shakeag $50 non-refundable registration fee.
- Tuition, including all meals, registration, and housing (single room), is $900.
- Tuition, including all meals, registration, and housing (double room), is $800.
- Tuition, including all meals and registration is $750 for those who choose to live off campus.
The Knitting Getaway weekend is a part of Shakerag Workshops, held on the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee school campus. Housing on the campus is old-fashioned: dorms, with shared baths. Each group of 6-10 rooms shares a bathroom facility with an open sink area and private toilet and shower stalls. We hope that for this weekend gathering, as many knitters as possible will choose to stay on campus, to be together to enjoy late night conversations, early morning walks, and living differently - getting away from our normal routines. Part of that experience will involve living in dorms, a milieu most of us haven’t experienced since college. We encourage you to embrace this idea - and if you are a person who loves superior sheets and elegant bedrooms, bring what you need to furnish your room for the weekend so that it will be comfortable for you! Each room has two twin beds, two dressers, two desks, and two closets. The oldest dorms were built in the 1950’s, and the newest in 2005. You might want to bring a mattress pad, lovely sheets, a comforter, and lots of pillows; you will probably enjoy a good bathrobe and shower clogs for the bathrooms. Think of this one weekend as a totally different experience, getting away from the cares of home, from the need to think about meals, and even from the comforts of your own bed and your private bathroom! Imagine yourself laughing at one another in your bathrobes as you pass in the night on the way to the bathroom. Immerse yourself in the differences, and enjoy this special weekend with us!
Participation in the Knitting Getaway weekend will be limited to 100 registrants. Registration for the Knitting Getaway will open on August 15, 2019 and close on August 22, 2019. After August 22, if we have more than 100 registrants, we will select 100 participants by lottery, and the remaining registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Participants will be notified of their status early the week of August 27. For those whose registration is accepted, 50% of your fee is due before September 15. The remaining 50% is due before March 1.