Maureen and I piled into the car last weekend and headed to New Hampshire to join the fun of the Squam Art Fair and the Ravelry Revelry. It was wonderful fun to mingle with crafters who had been at the camp all weekend taking workshops, making friends, finding fresh inspiration, and glowing with new skills.
This video should give you a good sense of what a magical place and experience the Squam Art Workshops can be.
We joined the stream of folks heading into the Fair and were charmed by twinkling lights and blocks of ice illuminated by candles. The video that you’ll find here should give you a good sense of what a magical place and experience these art retreats are.
Once inside, we were met with a room full of beautiful creativity; and both of us fell speechless at the workmanship of all of the talented vendors. “The Squam Art Fair is a whirlwind of inspiration. Mix together the magic of a vintage shop feel, one of a kind goodies, and the creative spirits of all in attendance and you’ve got yourself a memorable evening at the lake.”
We are very proud to be one of the sponsors of this evening.
Among some of the delightful items that captured our interest as we browsed through the room were the beautiful samples from Amirisu’s Spring 2014 magazine. Maureen was quite taken with two of the sweaters: Mokoshi designed by nest-design laboratory, and Whispers by Veera Välimäki. (You may have already seen photos on our Facebook page).
We were able to meet up with some familiar faces and old friends, and check out beautiful hand knits modeled by knitters from all across the country. We even got to see Stephanie Pearl-McPhee in her finished Adriana. The story behind this lovely vest is a wonderful read; but it’s even better when Stephanie tells it in person. Maureen and I were in stitches.
We couldn’t resist indulging in a bit of shopping. Maureen was drawn to a beautiful waxed canvas tote; and I came home with a linen apron that will be perfect wearing in the shop. (It has a pocket for a measuring tape!) You can find a bag just like Maureen’s here and you can find an apron just like mine, here.
There are a couple of Squam Art workshops coming up later this year that you may want to look into. The Fall retreat will be in early September and Squam is headed to Providence, RI for an urban experience towards the end of that month. You find find more details about both retreats here.
We hope that you find a bit of inspiration in all of this, as we did last Saturday!