We are thinking about June.
Next June, specifically, from the 6th to the 9th, when the second annual MDK Knitting Getaway will take place.
We are basically living on a moment-to-moment basis until we can get ourselves back up to Sewanee, Tennessee, and the campus of St. Andrews-Sewanee School.
Next summer, for the second time, Shakerag Workshops in Sewanee, Tennessee will kick off its traditional two weeks of arts programming with a long-weekend getaway just for knitters, hosted by us!
A few years ago, when Claire Reishman (the creative and organizational powerhouse behind Shakerag Workshops since its inception in 2005) approached us about teaching a workshop at Shakerag, we told her about our dream for a different kind of knitting event. That’s how this weekend got started.
What Is the MDK Knitting Getaway?
The MDK Knitting Getaway (June 6-9, 2019) will be a true escape: a few beautiful days for knitters to gather at the St. Andrew’s-Sewanee campus to enjoy: good food, beautiful natural surroundings, knitting, and each other.
There will not be formal classes, or at least not the kind of classes you may be used to. Instead, we will knit and hang out; eat and drink; hike Shakerag Hollow; swim in pristine water; do yoga; paint yarn with natural pigments; spend a couple of hours learning from one of three beloved teachers (whose names we cannot wait to announce).
Each participant will do all of these things, any of these things, or, perhaps, none of these things—exactly as we wish.
The constant will be: relaxation and knitting in the company of knitters. We’re planning on laughing a lot.
Please note: the schedule is still in formation, but it’s going to go something like this.
Arrive on Thursday evening in time for Happy Hour and a delicious supper in the dining hall.
On Friday and Saturday, all participants will have four “class-like” options, with time to do them all if desired:
Paint yarn (perhaps yarn in the form of a sock blank—we’re still working out details) using natural pigments, guided by master natural dyer Donna Brown (who will be teaching during Week 1 of Shakerag’s regular schedule, for those who want to extend their stay in paradise.)
- Learn something new during a morning or afternoon session with three of the knitting world’s nicest teachers and designers (list in formation and will be announced soon).
- Other delights currently being brewed. (We think a knitting party needs to have raffles and/or door prizes. We’re right about this, yes?)
Morning activity options 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 that Shakeraggers call The Res. Swim out to the dock or knit on a rock; it’s up to you, and it’s heavenly.
(THIS IS THE RES. THOSE TWO TINY PEOPLE ARE SHAKERAGGERS, HAVING THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES.)
Each evening will begin with a Happy Hour, followed by one of the locally sourced dinners for which Shakerag Workshops is beloved.
(THE SHAKERAG DINING HALL IS LIKE HOGWARTS BUT WITH HOMEGROWN TOMATOES and a legendary bread pudding.)
Evening entertainment will be something where knitting is encouraged. (We cannot definitively rule out a singalong. We like changing the words to songs.)
It wouldn’t be a knitting getaway without a little shopping, right? We got this! We will bring back the MDK Pop-Up Shop, and are planning some special 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 the first week of Shakerag Workshops. The rest of us will put our names on the list for the next MDK Knitting Getaway.
(DORM SWEET DORM. there are a limited number of single rooms, BUT DOUBLE OCCUPANCY Is the prevalent mode.)
Our plans for the weekend (and for the two subsequent weeks of Shakerag programming) can be found here on the official Shakerag Workshops website. (Did we mention that we get to live in dorms?)
Participation in the MDK Knitting Getaway at Shakerag Workshops is limited to 100 people.
Registration is open today, and will close on Wednesday, August 22 at 11:59 PM CDT.
Details on tuition and fees are here.
No payment is required with registration. (This is a change from last year’s process, to make life easier for all.)
If we have more than 100 registrants at the close of the registration period, we will select 100 participants by lottery.
There will be two lottery groups.
The first group will be for 2018 attendees who wish to return in 2019; 40% of the total number will be pulled from that group.
The second group will include all new registrants and returning 2018 attendees who were not chosen in the first group.
Registrants chosen from the lottery will be notified by email during the week of August 27. Payment of 50 percent of tuition and fees will be due within two weeks of notification. (Watch your email inbox, including your spam folder.)
Remaining registrants will be notified by email and will be given the option to be placed on a waiting list and notified if a place becomes available. (Note: while we can’t predict what will happen this time, in 2018, everyone who chose to remain on the waiting list eventually did get to attend. People’s plans do change unexpectedly.)
Note: the availability of single rooms is very limited. Once we’ve drawn the single rooms for each of the two lotteries, we will be admitting only people who requested double rooms. (In other words, requesting a double room will increase your odds of being selected in the lottery.)
If you are registering for a double room with a specific person, your roommate will automatically be included if your name is selected in the lottery.
What’s It Like at Shakerag?
For more photos and a taste of the Shakerag experience, here’s our blissed-out report on the 2018 MDK Knitting Getaway.
Innovations for 2019: we will have hangers in every closet, and soap and hooks in the showers! Possible Happy Hour Kickball. The Return of Movie Night, aka Some Movie We Can All Yell Things At.
We Can’t Wait
We hope to see you there, and make our virtual happy place a real place, if only for one long weekend.
Ann and Kay