2012 ~ Sheep Ahoy Knitters Cruise...........Boston to Canada
We set sail the Carnival Glory on July 26, 2012 for Saint John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia.
At sea FREE workshops were available for the Sheep Ahoy Knitters.
For our first day at sea we started off the AM workshops with Learning To Knit with Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Yarns.
or folks could take a Drop Spindle class with Stephanie Bostic.
Later that morning we had a Bead Knitting workshop. In this workshop, I taught knitters some of the “tricks of the trade” to bead knitting. Several techniques were demonstrated in this interactive class.
In the afternoon, we had a Soap Felting workshop presented by Alice Stern.
We each finished with several bars of felted soap for gifts giving or to keep for ourselves.
The following day we docked at Saint John, New Brunswick. Some travelers stayed in town to do some shopping and exploring. Others signed up for shore excursions and had a professionally lead experience. Then there was a group of 20 knitter’s who took a Sheep Ahoy Excursion to Fredericton, New Brunswick to visit a yarn shop and meet local knitter’s.
Our bus trip to Fredericton was about an hour away. We had an informative travel guide giving us lots of facts about the area we were traveling to.
Upon arrival to Fredericton, we made our way to Yarns On York where we had a prearranged meet-up with local knitters. The shop owner, Trish Campbell and her crew met us with open arms. They provided us with a goodie bag filled with a skein of yarn and directions to make a pair of mittens. The ladies provided us with a spread of wonderful home made treats. Some sat out front and chatted about knitting and spinning while others continued to shop in this delightful yarn shop.
The next day we arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia. We made our way to The Loop Craft Cafe (http://www.theloophalifax.com) where we had a morning workshop in the art of making thrummed mittens. Great demonstrations about how the knitted stitches flow as shown below.
<--- Mimi gives a demonstration of how the stitches should face.
Finished thrummed mitten
Inside thrummed mitten=warmth!!
The afternoon workshop was a workshop The Bermuda Shawl. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bermuda-scarf The shawl was designed by Halifax native Ilga Leja.
As luck would have it, there was a weekend fiber fest going on at a local hotel. We were allowed to shop for the gorgeous Fleece Artist yarns. What a fabulous variety of colors, fibers and patterns.
For our last day at sea, Sheep Ahoy presented 3 knitting events.
The first was different ways of Casting on Stitches workshop was given by Amy Blake-Baldwin. In this workshop we learned several new ways to cast on stitches for different projects.
The Double Knitting workshop was presented by Alasdair Post-Quinn. This was our most advanced technique workshop. Alasdair was also available to sign his book Extreme Double Knitting.
We ended the events with a “fiber fest”. At this event Diane Ivey of Lady Dye Yarns displayed and sold her beautiful hand dyed yarns. It was also an opportunity for all to share what they purchased while on land in Saint John, NB and Halifax, NS.