Sunday, June 10, 2012

On the Unusualness of Squam

When I travel to teach, my hotel doesn't usually look like this.


My hotel room doesn't usually look like this.


The path to my classroom doesn't usually look like this.


My classroom doesn't usually look like this.


I don't usually have one of these,


upon which to do this with Jess, Ysolda, and Gudrun.


There are not usually bedtime stories by the fireplace with Casey and Eloise.


There are not usually random acts of owl-bombing by a mysterious knitter.


I do not usually look like this,


and cry a little when it's time to leave it all behind.


Thanks, Squam.



Keith said...

I REALLY need to go one of these years. So many retreats ... so little time.

Renee Anne said...

I'm definitely jealous. Some day (hopefully sooner than later) I hope to take lovely classes with you (or anyone else that was teaching, for that matter).

Alas, not for a little while :(

yarnsnob said...

That is exactly what I imagined it to look like, which is heaven to me.

Anonymous said...

Love, envious! Thank you for sharing!

ami said...

i heart all these pics so much...i'm so glad you got to go and shared these gorgeous pics w/ the rest of us! :) xoxo

Shoelaceswitcher said...

I aaaaalmost drove the 3.5 hours just to go to the art fair on Saturday, but I didn't. This post makes me wish I had!

kjt said...

Sounds heavenly!
I would love to take a class from you Franklin.

Kathleen said...

Thank YOU Franklin, for traveling so far to share your knowledge and wit. It was a joy to listen and learn in your class (wish I could have taken all three), and a true pleasure to share smalltalk while strolling through the woods on the way to lunch.

Here's to future Squam adventures, and to all the ice cream you can eat!

Be well.

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

It looks like you went to summer camp! Idyllic.

collegeknitting said...

Those lake shots are stunning! I'm glad that you enjoyed yourself ;)

FiberQat said...

*Sigh* Oh to be out in the woods with friends. Such a marvelous experience. I'm happy you had a great time, bear and all.

Jinxie said...

Scarf got clean with a little bath in the sink, woot. Flight was uneventful, which is exactly how a flight should be. No time in Concord to do much sightseeing, aside from a stroll to the big old cemetery where all the Transcendentalist authors and their kin are buried. If I'm up early enough in the morning, I might head back over to see if I can find author hill (Emerson, Alcott, Thorough AND Hawthorne!!!!! All in one convenient location.) because that's just how rock n'roll I am. 

Nita said...

Being in nature is just plain ol' good.

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Jinxie said...

Um, whoa, that comment was not what I meant to post. Embarassing phone fail! What I meant to say was Squam was magic etc and I'm glad you were able to experience it with us. Clearly my experience has left me exhausted and unable to use modern technology (maybe I should never have left the lake). Apologies!

Estella said...

I once got to spend a magical weekend camping and canoeing on Squam...when I saw this workshop last year I wished I could go back. Your photos have sealed the deal for me. Thank you for truly is a magical place.

SusieQ100 said...

I am soooo jealous! Perhaps I'd better start saving - I might have enough money within the next 10 years....

PleaseLouise said...

Squam is so beautiful, so peaceful, so energizing - especially with all the added fiber and fiber artists. Thank you for teaching us, making us laugh and bearing with me during your Garter Gone Wild class (I was the one with no stranding experience!), and thanks for sharing our joy at being 'owl bombed'!

Roxie said...

What state is Squam in? I mean, besides a state of bliss.

FredAstep said...

I can only look on with envy, and the expectation that i too may one day be there also.

Gudrun Johnston said...

Great documentation of the w'end! So lovely to meet and get to know you.

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stefanie said...

That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing such lovely photos - you are so lucky!

CeltChick said...

You look so happy, sittin' on the dock with your uke! I gotta get out there someday.....

Peppermint Mocha Mama said...

Wow - I would cry too!

littleredyarn said...

That looks wonderful...I need to get up there one of these days.

Slip, Knit... Meditate said...

That looks like a real Childrenbook fairytalestory about a little cabin next to a lake and with lovely sweet children living there all year round...and a sweet bear around the corner...and they all sing all night while father plays the ukelele..and there is always an happy fighting and no screaming...but..where is the Mother??

sweeneybird said...

Loved seeing your cheerful face, utilikilt and bear-annoying at Squam - so glad you had fun!

Ruby said...

Thanks for sharing your wealth of retreat pics with us. We love our visits via your pics.


RobinH said...

Ah, I need to get back to the Lakes...I used to live not too far from Squam, and even though I'm still in NH, I don't get to the lakes and mountains nearly often enough.

Unknown said...

You were right about the tesselations, I am seeing them everywhere! Thanks for coming to share your knowledge and stories with us. Hope you will be back at future sessions.

dana said...

looks like a story book to me. perhaps a fairy tale?

Pretty Knitty said...

As always, thanks for sharing. I love to travel and play with my virtual friends by way of your adventures. :)

skeindalous said...

The owls are just fabulous! Can you tell us how to make one? ..... Your photos are superb, too. Very nicely done.

EmEm said...

Thanks for sharing the thoughts and pics. You describe it exactly as beautiful as I imagine it would be.

steph said...

really really enjoyed your vintage knitting class!

(I was the owl-bomber!!!!)

LindaV said...

We interrupt our previously-scheduled commenting to say: OMG! ELOISE IS SO CUTE! AND SHE'S GOTTEN SO BIG!

Now that that is out of my system, I will say that taking a class from you in LA was great, but it wasn't *this* great. Squam looks awesome!

=Tamar said...

Roxie at 8:45 am:
Squam is in New Hampshire.

Diane said...

Looks like a wonderful place to go and obviously quite relaxing from your pictures. Someday...

Zoe said...

The unusualness of Squam - you found the perfect way to say it! Just looking at your pictures makes me long for it to be next year already so we can do it all again!

Pat in NY said...

I second the motion that EmEm made: Please info/pattern for the owls!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just spent 10 minutes researching squam and that campsite. Wow. I hope you are teaching next year because I'm going next spring for sure. Your pictures look like heaven - and there is knitting on top of that? I may burst into flames with joy! Thanks for sharing.

Seanna Lea said...

I really hope that you get to teach next year. I would love to try that garter stitch jacquard. It looked amazing!

Anonymous said...

Sigh...wish I was there. I MUST attend Squam someday!

Pamela said...

I love getting away from all the technology, the noise and the insanity of our day-to-day lives. I hope to make it to Squam some day. Until then, I will live vicariously through posts.

Cheryl said...

Dear Franklin, I love your blog and one day I hope to take your 'Photographing Knitting' class. I am taking other classes via a web site called '', where they offer a 'Food and Drink Photography' class. You already write, photograph and teach, so have you ever thought of becoming an online course creator? - they welcome new teachers. If you do, please let me know! Regards Cheryl

Julie Delves said...

Great blog post!!! Love it all :-)

Madame Leiderhosen said...

Great photos. Good Heavens, you are such a handsome bloke.

Mona said...

So glad you enjoyed yourself! She what happens when you teach stupid little snowflakes at Madrona!

Squam rocks, no matter what the weather!

WillOaks Studio said...

Beautiful blog-beautiful place! At first I thought you were at Haystack!

Aunt Cookie said...

Thank you so very much for sharing those beautiful pictures with us. I keep hearing how beautiful it is at Squam and how much fun it is but your pictures really bring it home. :) I hope to someday be able to attend and/or get to meet you at one of your many venues.

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