Calling all crocheters and knitters looking for a good time! I’ll be knitting, crocheting, and teaching on a cruise in October 2013, and I’d love to have you join me! Designer and knitting teacher extraordinaire Chris Bylsma and I will be cruising Canada and New England at the perfect time of year to wear our favorite sweaters. It won’t be too cold, but it will be sweater weather. How great is that?
Our Craft Cruises group will be on the Holland America ms Maasdam, so we’ll get all the amenities that an established cruise line offers (great food, drinks, lovely ship, spa, etc.) You’ll meet a group of new friends who have the same interest(s) you do. Non-knitting friends and family are welcome to come; we absolutely do not discriminate! There will be plenty of non-fiber activities to keep everybody happy.
Our group will be dining together (if you wish) and spending our down time in “social knitting/crochet” at various locations throughout the ship. We’ll have plenty of noncompetative show-and-tell and lots of casual learning opportunities. You never know what you’ll learn from each other! At the same time, there’s plenty of space on a ship to find your own quiet place for relaxation and meditation.
We embark in Montreal and head down the St. Lawrence River to Quebec City (Day 1), then we cruise the Saguenay Fjord and spend three days in various scenic Quebec towns. Day 5 is Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (read up on your Anne of Green Gables!). Then Sydney (Canada, not Australia), Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Bar Harbor, Maine. You can read more about our itinerary and what is planned for each port on the Craft Cruises website.
After all those ports, you’ll be ready for some uninterrupted yarn time. Two days at sea means it’s time for classes. Chris and I are teaching a nice mix of knitting and crochet classes. You may sign up for as many or as few classes as you wish. I’ll give an overview of classes in a future post.
Two days of classes and cruising down the Atlantic seaboard brings us to Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most picturesque American cities, and so full of history! One more day at sea (and a final day of classes) brings us to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, our disembarkation point. You’ll fly home relaxed, exhausted, five pounds heavier, dozens of new fiber friends, and with a head full of new techniques to try. What more could you wish for in a vacation?
October 2013 may sound like a long time from now, but with cruises it’s important to sign up early to get your choice of stateroom and to make sure you don’t miss the fun.

Contact Melissa at Craft Cruises (877·972·7238) for more information (tell her I sent you). Join Chris and me for yarnie fun!

About Edie Eckman

Many years ago, Edie Eckman co-owned a yarn shop. No one told her that yarn shop owners don't actually get time to crochet or knit, so after a few years she closed the shop and turned to designing. Now she has her fingers in many aspects of the fiber arts, as teacher, writer, designer, editor, and technical editor. She considers herself fully bi-textural, and likes to serve as a Knit-Crochet Diplomat, easing the schism that can exist between the two disciplines. Edie travels extensively to teach both knitting and crochet. Her articles and designs have appeared in many yarn company publications and magazines, including Interweave Crochet, Knitters and Knit 'N Style. Edie is the author of Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, Socks to Knit for Those You Love, Fresh Vests to Knit, Around the Corner Crochet Borders, How to Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy, The Crochet Answer Book, and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs.

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