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Knitting at Sea

April 25th, 2012

Thanks to a fellow member of Cruise Critic, we set up a group that meets to knit/stitch/whatever 10-12 every morning we are at sea. Since our confusion in Puerto Rico, we have now clearly defined at sea to mean “not at dock. We might have just left a dock, or have one scheduled later that particular day, but if we are not actually in port at 1000, we are planning on getting together.

As you might/might not remember, I started a Hanne Falkenberg Ballerina on the way to Miami. I might have included an update picture here and there, but I am now finished with the left front, the left sleeve and am in the process of motoring through the stripes across the back.

Anne (Anne with an E) from Key Largo is working on a Penny Straker pattern for a small person. It is the cardigan with owls at the top of the fronts and backs. She is hoping to have enough yarn for a matching hat. Primarily a quilter, the knitting comes out only on cruises.

Barbara from Bremen used to own a yarn shop. Retired now for several years, she and her husband relocated to Florida about seven years ago. Trans-atlantic cruises are a good way to move back and forth across the ocean to visit family/friends in a restful manner. She is knitting a sweater out of sock yarn -making up the striped pattern as she goes.

Caroline is from England. Primarily a quilter and stitcher, for some reason security decided to abscond with her needles leaving her with idle hands and a bit of an attitude (for which I don’t blamer her at all). Also not having brought along a hoop, some of her free style embroidery was not exactly making her happy. Since I always travel with more than enough needles and yarn, she is now working on a scarf.

Ann (without an E) is from Swansea (Wales) and also came empty handed just to chat. She handles phones at night for an NHS hospital leaving her with time, when quiet, to knit. A heavily cabled cardigan what she has in progress at home but didn’t think to pack anything portable. I am going to recheck the luggage, I am sure that there is one more ball of yarn lurking somewhere.

Suze joined us the second day at sea knitting an infinite garter scarf out of hand painted cotton on large needles. A spinner for 35 years, I think she might just have a wheel or drop spindle in her cabin.

We are all keeping out eyes out for more fiber people – up to a point, the more the merrier.

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  1. Chere
    April 25th, 2012 at 13:17 | #1

    Brad says “It’s an addiction!” and I don’t need another….

  2. April 25th, 2012 at 17:37 | #2

    You are sweet to share needles, funny as that sounds.

  3. Helen in OZ
    April 25th, 2012 at 23:00 | #3

    I’d be in trouble,

    Don’t knit and stitch only on a need basis!

  4. Carmen
    April 26th, 2012 at 12:38 | #4

    Knitting at sea sounds like a plan. I signed up on Cruise Critic.

  5. Brad
    April 26th, 2012 at 12:41 | #5

    Infinite garter?

    My mind cannot process that.

  6. Brad
    April 26th, 2012 at 12:42 | #6

    At least you should be able to get a decent cup of coffee.

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