‘Fun Knits’ Knit Camp.
Ah, another knit camp report! This camp, however, has been refreshing to the soul. Of course, holding the event on an island will always get my vote (although Quadra is much larger than Tancook). The Tsa Qwa Luten lodge is a perfect location for a retreat: it is on Cape Mudge on the southern tip of Quadra Island, overlooking the inside passage, and on the far side, Campbell River and the mountains of Vancouver Island. Here we spent three days exploring the hidden delights of the Venus Rising Cardigan in a room with wonderful light, overlooking the sea, in the very excellent company of incredibly diverse knitters from as far afield as Minnesota.
Wildlife abounds on the island: I saw immature bald eagles, deer and possibly an orca (or maybe it was rogue wave), but there were reports of a super pod in the area, sighted from the ferry. I listened for wolves but was out of luck on this occasion; I didn’t realize that wolves still roamed this far south.
The Fun Knits store is just a couple of miles away in the downtown shopping mall. What a treasure to have on an island with a population of only 4000! They have an array of sock yarns beyond belief, possibly enough to knit one sock for each resident! Shelley was one of my early influences to start using Kauni yarn, for which I owe her many thanks!
This was a great event, one that has been held annually for the last four or five years, and well worth the spectacular journey to reach this secret spot. I believe Sally Melville is on the bill for next year.
It’s hard to photograph the scenery from the lodge – it’s way too big for my camera! The photos are of a nearby bit of land at Rebecca Spit. The Pacific northwest is beautiful.
The petroglyph was on a rock on the beach near the lodge. I wonder just how many tides it took to chip it into the rock?
UK Knit Camp Aftermath grinds on..
The saga goes on, but gets no better. This is my understanding of how things stand now (please bear in mind that legal stuff is not my area of expertise):
Several of the UK tutors have now received letters from Doug to say that Events by British Yarn Ltd. is insolvent and is being dissolved. (The letters were of the ‘form’ kind, not personally addressed, and they did not include a single word of apology.)
Apparently, if people who are owed money do not lodge a petition (costing 1000 Euros to lodge) with the court within 30 days of the letter dated September 30th (which the foreign tutors have not yet received) and force this to be a ‘voluntary liquidation’, we effectively absolve them of their debt without significant damage to their legal business reputation. I don’t quite understand this.
I am very unhappy about not attempting to stop them in their harmful tracks, but also don’t feel that there will be any satisfaction in pouring good money (or yet more emotional energy) after bad, as the ‘organisers’ obviously have more money to spend on lawyers than to pay the folks they ’employed/used’, and I don’t doubt that they would find another way around any roadblock that we could impose. The knitting community is small and well-connected and hopefully better informed now. Sadly I think this is the best we can do, or hope for.
Please do spread the word about this debacle amongst your knit-friends, so that all may be wiser and perhaps prevent this sort of misery from being visited upon honest folks again.
As I remarked in an earlier post, the knitting community is also full of generous and caring people, and here is more proof:
A fund-raising month (October only) has now been coordinated for all the unpaid tutors (sadly, a long list) with the aim of clearing firstly the out of pocket travel and the class material provided, and, if anything remains, to divide this on a percentage of teaching fees owed. For more details see Deb Robson’s latest post on her blog, The Independent Stitch.
A number of you have been kind enough to help me by purchasing my new finishing book, Cool Knitters Finish in Style, and pattern .pdf’s; I so appreciate the supportive notes that came with your Paypal purchases.
Many many thanks!
PS – On October 6, 2010 we received $234.65 Canadian from Yarn Gathering (re UK Knitting Camp) on the several thousand dollars owing.