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Tuesday, 21 May 2019


Yes, for the first time for a couple of years we went on holiday, so different from anything we’d done before, connecting our ruby wedding anniversary, Knitting & Crochet Guild and first time cruising. Way back in 2017 an article by a frequent cruiser in Slipknot suggested KCG held workshops and Knit & Natter sessions on sea days, opinions were sought as to to dates and destinations, result was this May, Norwegian Fjords and P & O Ventura. Although about 5 weeks ahead of our actual anniversary we decided to make it part of our celebrations, we didn’t want a rent-a-mob party. Advantages included no flying, it is not the actual flying, it is all the hanging about as one is told to be at the airport hours before the flight so much money can be spent in the departure lounges. These are even more profitable for the airport finances than landing fees.

As newbies to this we enlisted the help of Ben, our travel agent who advised us on cabin location, meal service - we had freedom dining - car parking etc.  Before we went we booked 4 tours, nothing energetic but organised so no danger of missing the boat. There was a closed Facebook page discussing all things woolly and cruising advice.

Briefly, it was all very successful, it did take us a few days to work out how everything worked like the onboard spending, there were fewer knitters and crocheters join us than expected, I learnt Judy’s magic cast on and at last conquered Dorset buttons, the usual friendliness of craft people as we met each day for afternoon tea. I had taken some stash that I couldn’t see myself using for passengers who wished to learn to knit, pleased to say it will be used for charitable purposes.

Because of GDPR there are no photos of knitting on board, instead amongst the pictures will include a photo of Ian and I in Norway, he’s wearing a crocheted scarf, mine is knitted.

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Friday, 3 May 2019


Just want to explain why the previous post was cut short, once I posted the photographs it was impossible to scroll the screen up so I could add more text. Must remember to add pictures at the end, after editing my ramblings.

Stylecraft ethical twist is 70% organic wool & 30% alpaca DK, I was delighted to receive 2 skeins in camel and cream, I think I may make a large shawl, as a chilly mortal it would be a great way to keep warm whilst not being concerned about fit and tension, not sure whether to crochet or knit. The Knitters’ bingo was great fun, a sociable way to fund raise, a big thank you to all who donated or made prizes. Finally, a picture of the goodies at the end of my posting.


Well folks, things are back to normal, at last my mouth has healed after the extraction, still a little difficult to eat hard crusts, even  struggled with a square of darkest chocolate which we have with a glass of milk at bedtime.

A list of instructions came back with me from the dentist, no alcohol for 24 hours, we hardly drink so it was very unusual for me to have a drink so to have one about half an hour after the 24 hours had passed as I was attending a gathering of knitters & crocheters to play Knitters bingo to support Mel & her  daughter Emilie take part in Walk the Walk for the Moon Walk. The fizz was Prosecco, with  home made scones, jam, cream on first was popular.  The bingo prizes were amazing, when I won a line my prize that included yarn gold.

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This soft yarn is 80% merino, 15% Qiviut & 5% silk, in daffodil colour, I’m searching for a small scarf pattern to enhance this 28 grams of squidgyness. That’s not all in a project bag made by Jean, yes the same friend who saved my sanity concerning the Moorland stitch pattern - it is growing so well now - there were these gems.