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Ann Shayne + Kay Gardiner
of Mason Dixon Knitting

Knitting Getaway

June 7-10, 2018
Class is Full

Course Description
This summer, for the first time ever, 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 no formal classes. Instead, we will knit and hang out; eat and drink; hike Shakerag Hollow; swim in pristine water; do yoga; learn about indigo and other natural dyes (and dye some yarn samples); learn to crochet; have a session with a board-certified Knitting Doctor. 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.

The Schedule
Arrive on Thursday in time for Happy Hour and a delicious supper in the dining hall.

On Friday and Saturday, all participants will have these options, with time to do them all if you wish:

  • Learn to crochet with the Bay Area’s crochet wizard, Liz Kaplan.
  • Learn to take photos of your handknits and how to use smartphone photo-editing apps to best advantage with master New York photographer Gale Zucker.
  • Dye sample wool (or wool blend) skeins of yarn with indigo or one of the dyes featured during each dye session: henna, cochineal, black walnut, or madder. Dyeing will be done with Catharine Ellis (who will be teaching Week 1 of Shakerag for those who want to extend their stay)
  • Participate in a Log Cabin Dishcloth Freestyle Extravaganza and leave with a gallery of finished dishcloths! We will supply a pile of worsted and a bunch of needles, and you can just dive in as you like! And you might go home with an MDK Log Cabin Field Guide!
  • We will add other optional things as they materialize or not - as we plan to knit and talk and think and enjoy one another in our Tennessee mountain-top setting.

Morning activities will include swimming, yoga, and hikes in the beautiful woods of the Cumberland Plateau.

The main afternoon option is a swim in the pristine lake Shakeraggers call The Res (formerly the reservoir for the campus). Swim out to the dock or knit on a rock; it’s up to you, and it’s heavenly.

Each evening will begin with a Happy Hour, followed by one of the locally sourced dinners for which Shakerag Workshops is beloved. Evening entertainment will be something where knitting is encouraged (and we are eagerly making plans!)

And our Saturday evening will include a raffle for various packets sure to please every recipient!! We are not sure yet what prizes will be - but we know that they will be spectacular. So plan to enjoy this option as a part of your experience!

It wouldn’t be a knitting getaway without a little shopping, right? Of course, there will also be a very special market featuring special Tennessee yarns, plus other tempting treats for your needles.

On Sunday morning, we’ll have one last delicious breakfast and say our goodbyes. Some of us will stay on for a full Shakerag week. The rest of us will put our names on the list for the Shakerag Knitting Getaway in 2019!

Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner are the knitters who founded, 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 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.

  • All registrations will involve the regular Shakeag $50 non-refundable registration fee.
  • Tuition, including all meals, and housing (single room), is $700.
  • Tuition, including all meals, and housing (double room), is $650.
  • Tuition, including all meals, is $600 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 85 registrants. Registration for the Knitting Getaway will open on August 1, 2018, and we will notify registrants by August 20 of their acceptance. If we have more than 85 registrants before August 15, we will select 85 participants by lottery, and the remaining registrants will be placed on a waiting list. Only the registration fee ($50) is due with the August registrations, and that fee will be returned if a space in the class is not available. For those whose registration is accepted, half of the full registration fee is due before October 1 to hold one's space.

Begin your application process now!

2019 - Session Two Faculty Work

Michael Brennand-Wood

Donna Brown

Cora Cohen

Jean Jones

Lesley Patterson-Marx

Hannah Perner-Wilson

Jeremy Randall

Paul Roden

Katja Toporski

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