Maine Knitting Cruises

Knitters knitting away on the J&E Riggin

Three fun and crafty knitting cruises in 2016!

Knitting Getaway June 8th – June 11th:

MimThis 4-day/4-night fiber experience offers you a unique getaway with Mim Bird of Over the Rainbow Yarn (Rockland Maine’s LYS), Dyan Redick (Bittersweet Heritage Farm), and Heather Monroe Kinne (Highland Handmades) as you follow the start to finish yarn process of shearing to spinning to knitting with your handspun yarn.

Before we cast off and set sail your fiber experience will start at 9am on June 8th with a sheep shearing and skirting demonstration at Bittersweet Heritage Farm.  A bag lunch packed by Chef Annie will be provided.  With a few hours before you will check in at the boat you can meander your way back to Rockland stopping to visit the lighthouse, do some shopping or pick up last minute items you’ll want to bring on the boat with you. We will leave the dock, weather permitting, and have dinner at anchor with an  appetizer of cheese from Bittersweet Heritage Farm. Heather from Highland Handmades will be joining the trip on Thursday for a spinning demonstration and you’ll be able to spin fiber provided (roving and combtop) on a drop spindle. Mim Bird will be with you for the entire trip as you assess the yarn you’ve created and figure out what it is suited for. Projects may vary. Already handspun yarn will also be available.

Mim learned to knit when she was seven years old, and started teaching when she was nine.  She learned from her great-grandmother how to darn, mend, re-knit and otherwise keep knitwear usable and attractive for many years.  This is her third time teaching on the Riggin and she is looking forward to sharing some fun in the sun and helping you keep your knitted things with you for a life time.

June 8th – June 11th knitting getaway & fiber experience w/Mim Bird
$779 per person, all inclusive
Reserve your space on this exciting sailing & knitting adventure.

For more information on Dyan Redick and Bittersweet Hertiage Farm visit 

For more information on Heather Monroe Kinne and Highland Handmades visit

For more information on Mim Bird and Over the Rainbow Yarns visit


Knitting Vacation June 24th – 27th:

Bill Huntington

This year spinning and knitting guru Bill Huntington, of Hope Spinnery, a wind-powered fiber mill, will lead you on a fabulous hat journey.

Join Bill for a 4-day/4-night knitting cruise. What better project to knit on a boat than a hat? Hats and mittens are the perfect gift (start Christmas gifts early this year) for a loved one or yourself, a great project to make a statement and the best part – this is a project you can start and finish on a 4-day trip. Bill will have all his patterns and yarns available for purchase. We’ll have discussions about sizing and adjusting patterns to individual needs as well as develop new patterns as we sail. Perhaps we’ll create a new design for the Riggin. Bring your own WIP or yarn to start a new project.

June 24th – 27th knitting vacation w/ Bill Huntington
$679 per person, all inclusive
Reserve your space on this exciting sailing & knitting adventure.

For more information on Bill Huntington and Hope Spinnery visit


Knitting Cruise September 5th – 10th:

Margaret Radcliffe

This year’s  6-day/6-night knitting cruise w/Margaret Radcliffe will focus on color knitting. Bring your current knitting projects and questions and enjoy wide-ranging knitting discussions geared to all levels of knitters and relaxed lessons tailored to your individual interests.  Our theme this year will be color knitting—stripes, hand painted yarns, slipped stitch patterns, stranded and twined knitting and perhaps a smattering of intarsia, mosaic and entrelac. Come prepared to have fun, explore new techniques and pick up tips to improve your knitting from cast on to bind off.

A knitter for 50 years, a designer for 35, and a teacher for almost 25, Maggie is the author of two best selling books –  Knitting Answer Book and Circular Knitting Workshop. She has also written The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, and her most recent book The Knowledgeable Knitter was released in September 2014.

September 5th – 10th knitting cruise w/Margaret Radcliffe
$1005 per person; all inclusive
Reserve your space on this exciting knitting adventure.

For more information on Margaret Radcliffe, her books & patterns visit


Knitting Cruise Dates


June 8 – 11, 4 days, $779 
with Mim Bird

June 24 – 27, 4 days, $679
with Bill Huntington

September 5 – 10, 6 days, $1005
with Margaret Radcliffe

Interested in putting together your own knitting or crochet cruise? Have a knitting group you’d like to travel with? The Riggin is available for sailing &  knitting charters.

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52 Skeins

52 Skeins - A Maine Knitting Cruise Giveaway

In honor of the Year of the Sheep (from which fabulous fiber is derived) we are celebrating with a year long (and weekly) giveaway – 52 Skeins.

Each week, for 52 weeks, a hand-spun/hand-dyed fiber artist will be featured and a skein of their beautiful yarn/fiber will be given away via our Facebook page. Our grand prize giveaway, one year from now (February 2016), will be a 52 skein stash valued at over $1,300.

Week 41: Swans Island Yarn

Swans Island Yarn makes custom-spun in New England and hand-dyed here in Maine. They select only the best certified organic wools and other fine fibers to create all their yarns. They hand-dye the Natural Colors collection in small lots using all-natural dyes and no harsh chemicals. Each dye lot is slightly different, yielding a rich depth of color that only Mother Nature can produce. Their unique process results in extremely soft, 3-ply worsted spun yarns with high luster and subtle tonalities in every skein.

Visit and shop for Swans Island Yarn

Find Swans Island Yarn  – on Facebook, on Instagram, on Ravelry

To enter to win go to the Maine Knitting Cruises Facebook page

A) leave a comment
B) tag a friend for an extra entry
C) share the post for an extra entry.

Be sure to “Like” the page so we can see your share for the extra entry and so that if you win we can contact you. Weekly winners will be announced on the same post every Thursday. It is the winner’s responsibility to message with your contact information to receive your yarn. All weekly winners will be entered to win the 52 Skeins stash on February 19th 2016.

Heard on the Docks…

“Bill is an excellent teacher & mentor in the best sense of these words – so respectful of all the different styles of people that came. His depth of knowledge is incredible and he is so laid back and patient with my questions.”


Knitting by Ben Krebs