Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Norway - Just WOW AND ANNEMOR SUNDBO



Kristiansand, Norway


We landed in Norway, so far north yet the weather was very hot.   This is one of the most beautiful places I've been to.   I really did not take as many photos as I should have because I was just so enchanted by everything around me and was soaking it all in.   Just sailing through the fjords to reach this beautiful spot was amazing.   The ship is docked across from the Opera House and within a few short steps you enter a small marina filled with boats, shops and restaurants. 








Of course there was yarn shopping.  


The BEST TREAT OF ALL..... ANNEMOR SUNDBO





Annemor opened her studio to us and spoke of her passion for preserving the knitting history of Norway.   The mittens and gloves you see here are the remains of tossed away items that where shredded to make new yarn and woven into blankets, mattress pads etc.   Recycling dating back to the Second world war.    When she asked to apprentice with the owner of the mill, her said sure if she was willing to buy the mill.  Annemor purchased the mill in 1983, and thus began her journey to save the designs.  She has won many awards for her work and written quite a few knitting books.   











Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Invergorden- A day of leisure




Invergorden, Scotland
The Highlands and abode of Nessie


This was one of the last stops on our voyage.   I decided to forgo the trip to see the Loch Ness  Monster and explore this shipbuilding and key Naval location during the second world war.   We walked around the town, visited the museum and lunched at a local coffee shop.   This was the only place that accepted money in pounds (English and Irish),  euros and even krone's,  so a shopping I did do.  The local bank was in a Subway Sandwich Shop!!!!!











Friday, June 07, 2019

Edinbourgh Scotland



The ship docked in South Queensferry, a lovely spot outside Edinburgh.   I didn't plan anything for this port. We had no prearranged excursions and although there are yarn shops in this city, I was so full of yarn, "Yes I said that" and a bit tired.   I decided to be a typical tourist and take a ship planned excursion into Edinburgh and I'm so glad I did.   I had no clue, it is such an amazing city.  The architecture was breathtaking, there is so much history there.  Ancient history, centuries old history.   Kathy and Lynn were on the bus with me.  We visited Princes Street, a major shopping road, beginning at the bottom of the Edinburgh Castle, flowing out to Hollyroodhouse Castle, the Queen's residence while in Scotland.  I would love to visit here again.   Do museums and pubs and shop and go to a yarn shop..well, another time.


South Queensferry






Hollyroodhouse- I held the bannisters that Kings and Queens touched!!!



Monday, June 03, 2019

Knitting in Scotland May 2018

Scotland- May 30, 2018
As we traveled the Irish Sea toward Scotland we attended great classes. JC Briar is a wonderful, creative and super smart instructor.   We had classes in reading lace patterns,  cables, Brioche and shawl design.   So many things to think about and skills to learn or improve.   If you ever get the opportunity to take one (or more) of her classes, I would highly recommend it..she is brilliant in so many ways.   I know she does Stitches Events https://www.knittinguniverse.com/stitches/ and teaches at Black Sheep in Oregon.



In Scotland - North and South Lanarkshire
The New Lanark Mill

New Lanark quickly became known under the enlightened management of social pioneer, Robert Owen. He provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care, a new education system for villagers and the first workplace nursery school in the world! Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark has been beautifully restored as a living community,











Edinburgh next-til next time..



Monday, May 27, 2019

Cruising into Ireland 2018

More Cruising and Knitting

Lisburn and Belfast May 23, 2018

The Linen Mills of Lisburn 




Our Instructor at the Belfast Botanic Garden  5/23/18
JC Briar-she loves gardening too!

Real Irish Stew and Guiness@ Kelly's 


End of day Cafe



Dublin May 24 & 25, 2018




This Knit Yarn shop




 As you would have it, we just happened to arrive in Dublin for the first annual Woollinn festival...what luck











Off to Cork- another wonderful treat-
May 26,  2018


Our first stop - Little Island - home of Hedgehog Fibres




shopping 

Arm fulls- waiting on line to pay






In the town of Cork
Scribes and Vibes Craft Shop- yarn and fabrics






At the end of everyday--
-Back on Board to "Show and Tell" and Knit a bit