Did I forget to mention that we were on Tancook Island for a knitting camp? We were enjoying ourselves so much outside of class that I didn’t get the chance to recount how wonderful the knitting experience was that we had on the Island!
What fun to welcome such a talented and diverse group of knitters to my Island home-away-from home! From dedicated lace knitters to sock aficionados to designers and one lapsed knitter, this group presented me with a welcome challenge as a teacher.
Like the rest of life on Tancook, I decided to approach this challenge with a “go-with-the-flow” attitude. While I did have some very specific goals in mind, I made an effort to allow time for questions and teaching opportunities that arose from the knitters themselves. As well as working (and finishing) our Tancook hats as I’d planned, we also started covering some of the newer patterns and techniques which I’ve been working on through the summer(broken arm be damned!) that are yet to be released.
Of course, as knitters, we like to take our craft with us wherever we go. The Wishing Stones Gallery was a popular hang-out in the afternoons; Hillary has several couches and cozy chairs to get comfortable in. Many of us also congregated outside for chatting, laughter and knitting. And who could resist knitting on a boat on a beautiful sunny afternoon?!
The week flew past and our goodbyes came too soon. I am touched by the many new friendships that blossomed here on Tancook, both between the knitters and between them and the locals. I’ve heard from most everyone since camp broke up on Friday and we are all finding it just a bit difficult to adapt back into our everyday routines.
Tancook has a way of life all its own and it sure is hard to leave that behind, AIN’T IT!