Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
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.
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
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
|Hollyroodhouse- I held the bannisters that Kings and Queens touched!!!|
Monday, June 03, 2019
Scotland- May 30, 2018As 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
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
|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