Maine Knitting Cruises

Knitters knitting away on the J&E Riggin

Fun and crafty knitting cruises in 2017!

Knitting & Dyeing Getaways June 14th – 17th & July 10th – 13th:

MimJoin Heather Monroe (Highland Handmades) and Mim Bird (Over The Rainbow Yarn) for a 4-days/4-nights fantastic fiber experience.

Using seawater and fiber reactive dyes from a Maine based company, Heather will show you how to turn a skein of superwash wool yarn into your own unique colorway. Once you have your beautiful skein, Mim will work with you to create a personal design that showcases your color. Whether you’re a skilled knitter or a beginner, this is an opportunity to learn from and be inspired by your fellow knitters as well as two of Maine’s highly accomplished fiber arts professionals.

Mim Bird is the owner of Over the Rainbow Yarn, where she teaches an array of classes from basic to advanced knitting and crocheting. Mim has participated in many Maine-knitting adventures and she is ready to show you how to design your own creation with your hand dyed yarn. She can also help you with any other knitting questions on any project you wish to bring with you. This will be her fifth adventure on the Riggin and she says, “I love the Riggin, her captains and crew so much. And the knitters are always so much fun. I can’t wait to be back.” You can follow Mim’s knitting life by going to and subscribing to her newsletter.

Heather Monroe, owner of Highland Handmades, has been offering knitters of all abilities expert guidance and inspiration since 2009. Heather’s love of the natural beauty of Maine shows in her colorways, many of which are inspired by Maine’s remote highlands and the bold coast. A former teacher, Heather enjoys showing others how to knit, spin, and dye. This will be her second year on the Riggin and she says, “I get to spend four days on a historic schooner, eating great food and knitting with wonderful women from all over? I love my life.” You can follow her forays into the fiber world via her podcast The Fiberista Files or on Instagram @HighlandHandmades.

June 14th – June 17th knitting getaway & fiber experience w/Mim Bird & Heather Monroe
$765 per person, all inclusive
July 10th – July 13th knitting getaway & fiber experience w/Mim Bird & Heather Monroe
$875 per person, all inclusive
Reserve your space on this exciting sailing & knitting adventure.


Knitting Vacation June 18th – 21st:

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 and mitten journey.

Join Bill for a 4-day/4-night knitting cruise. What better project to knit on a boat than a hat or mitten? 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 18th – 21st knitting vacation w/ Bill Huntington
$765 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 4th – 9th:

Margaret Radcliffe

This year’s 6-day/6-night knitting cruise w/Margaret Radcliffe will focus on “Knitting Without Boundaries.” You will be led on a voyage of discovery through projects you can design right on the needles, as you knit, using any yarn, any needle size, to fit any body.  Free yourself from the tyranny of finding yarn to match patterns instructions and never have to make a gauge swatch again!  Maggie will teach this truly creative, open ended approach to knitting and will lead you gently into making bags, hats, scarves, shawls, and even mittens, socks, and sweaters, without a pattern.

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 The Knowledgeable Knitter.

September 4th – 9th knitting cruise w/Margaret Radcliffe
$1108 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 14 – 17, 4 days, $765 
with Mim Bird & Heather Monroe

June 18 – 21, 4 days, $765
with Bill Huntington

July 10 – 13, 4 days, $875
with Mim Bird & Heather Monroe

September 4 – 9, 6 days, $1108
with Margaret Radcliffe

Non-knitting spouses and friends are warmly invited to join in… there is plenty for anyone to do, see and eat.

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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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