Maine Knitting Cruises

Knitters knitting away on the J&E Riggin

Three fun and crafty knitting cruises in 2015!

Knitting Getaway June 8th – June 12th:

Mim Bird - Over The Rainbow Yarn

This 4-day/4-night knitting getaway offers you a unique fiber experience with Mim Bird of Over the Rainbow Yarn (Rockland Maine’s LYS) and Jackie Ottino Graff from Swan’s Island Company.

Before we cast off and set sail your fiber experience will start at 1:30 on June 8th with a trip to the Swan’s Island dye house and weaving studio. Your cruise will start June 9th with Jackie leading you in a natural dye experience beachside. Using native dyes, sea water, and Swans Island’s popular organic merino yarns as a base, you will explore Maine’s rich offerings of native dye stuffs, as well as color layering and primitive dye methods over an open fire while creating your own skein of hand dyed yarn. Mim will show you knitting techniques that will show colors to their best advantage.  Mim is known for using simple shapes that can be adapted to many different uses.  She will offer three projects that use the same stitch to showcase your personal colorway. You’ll go home with a unique, wearable art piece.

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 12th knitting getaway & fiber experience w/Mim Bird & Jackie Ottino Graff
$759 per person, all inclusive
Reserve your space on this exciting sailing & knitting adventure.

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



Knitting Vacation June 19th – 22nd:

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 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 19th – 22nd knitting vacation w/ Bill Huntington
$659 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 August 31st – 5th:

Margaret Radcliffe

This year’s  6-day/6-night knitting cruise w/Margaret Radcliffe will focus on knitted pattern stitches, exploring a new type of stitch each day. Try out knit/purl combinations, learn to knit-below, slipped stitches and their many variations, yarn overs and lace, and cables and Arans.  Learn the techniques, get hands-on practice swatching, and enjoy seeing (and feeling!) Maggie’s knitted samples. Maggie will help you understand pattern instructions and charts, provide tips and tricks for working pattern stitches more easily and efficiently with fewer mistakes, and mentor you in designing your own hat, bag, or sampler scarf to put your favorite new pattern stitches to use.

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.

August 31st – September 5th knitting cruise w/Margaret Radcliffe
$977 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 – 12, 4 days, $759 with Mim Bird

June 19 – 22, 4 days, $659 with Bill Huntington

August 31 – September 5, 6 days, $977 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 - 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 28: Willow Pond Dyeworks

From Willow Pond Dyeworks – “Willow Pond Dyeworks is an artsy partnership of two Moms that love knitting, dyeing and fiber. WPD is appropriately named after our view while dyeing, a HUGE willow tree on the edge of our back yard pond in Rogers, MN. We take great pride in using as many locally sourced supplies as possible, including base yarn that contains NO KNOTS. We dye and sell yarn as a hobby with many one of a kind skeins that are a result of our sunshine-filled Mommy time together. We are inspired by all things outside; vegetables, flowers, animals, rainbows, even the pictures on the Ice Cream Man’s truck!”

Shop & visit Willow Pond Dyeworks online

Find Willow Pond Dyeworks  – on Facebook

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