Maine Knitting Cruises
|June 10 - 13, 2020 w/ Mim Bird||4 days||$955|
|June 14 - 17, 2020 w/ Bill Huntington||4 days||$955|
|September 7 - 12, 2020 w/ Margaret Radcliffe||6 days||$1234|
All prices are listed per person and include lodging, meals, and shore excursions.
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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Fun and crafty knitting cruises in 2020!
Knitters of all levels join us for special knitting getaways. Spouses and non-knitters are welcome too! Don’t be shy. Our instructors Mim Bird, Bill Huntington, and Maggie Radcliffe have been teaching with us for years and these popular knitting retreats fill up fast!
Knitting Getaways with Mim Bird
Sail with Mim Bird this June for a 4-day/4-night knitting getaway where you will learn about and knit with a hand-dyed silk mawata. Soft ans shimmery, stronger than steel! You will explore silk beginning with unspun hankies, called a mawata, and make knitable yarn with a simple thumb trick. Join us and knit soft, warm, beautiful silk pieces of wearable art.
As always, you can follow along with the planned itinerary, or do your own thing. The actual instruction for socks will be in short bursts as we take time to put into practice what we’ve just learned before moving to the next phase. That will give everyone the chance to do whatever they like in the interim. Bring whatever projects you’d like to work on, or anything you need help with. Mim loves to help get projects over the rough patches, and she hasn’t been stumped yet!
Mim Bird is the former owner of Over the Rainbow Yarn, where she taught 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.”
Knitting Vacation with Bill Huntington
This year spinning and knitting guru Bill Huntington, of Hope Spinnery, a wind-powered fiber mill, will lead you on a fabulous journey with the history and use of gansey.
A gansey is a garment that was created for fishermen who required a warm, hard wearing, yet comfortable item of clothing that would resist the sea spray. The hard twist given to the tightly packed wool fibers in the spinning process and the tightly knitted stitches, produced a finish that would “turn water” and is capable of repelling rain and spray. We will use this style on smaller items such as hats and mittens, and of course sweaters too.
As always, you can follow along with the planned itinerary, or do your own thing. The actual instruction be in short bursts as we take time to put into practice what we’ve just learned before moving to the next phase. That will give everyone the chance to do whatever they like in the interim. Bring whatever projects you’d like to work on, or anything you need help with. Bill is happy to help get your projects over a rough patch.
Knitting Cruise with Maggie Radcliffe
In 2019, It’s All About the Fiber for this 6-day/6-night knitting cruise w/Margaret Radcliffe! Plant fibers like cotton and linen, slinky yarns like silk and rayon, luxury yarns like cashmere and alpaca all present a challenge to knitters, especially if used in a pattern designed for that all-forgiving fiber, wool. Even wool from different breeds of sheep behaves differently when you knit it up. We’ll play with different types of fiber, see how they behave, and learn to make the best of all of them in your knitting.
As always, you can follow along with the planned itinerary, or do your own thing. Bring whatever projects you’d like to work on, or anything you need help with. Maggie is happy to help get projects over the rough patches!
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. For more information on Margaret Radcliffe, her books & patterns visit www.MaggiesRags.com