4.25.2016

Nautical Knitting Cruise 2016!

Happy Monday... I've got some good news for you!

Remember last year's Nautical Knitting Cruise? Well we have another one planned for this December! (and oh my, re-reading my re-cap post just made me a little nostalgic!)
Join Melissa Leapman, Patty Lyons and myself for another fabulous adventure at sea!
This time we'll be leaving from Miami and headed to St Thomas, Tortola, and The Bahamas... our boat is newer (like brand-new) and bigger and I've read great things about the food/boat activities. The itinerary is longer leaving us all a bit more time to relax and knit poolside. (IMHO the last cruise was too fast!)
You can read more about the cruise here. There is info for signing up with some excellent new travel agents that Melissa has cultivated a strong relationship with. I'll be teaching 9 classes on the cruise, and one of them will be for a new shawl design, Escapado!
How about we have a little giveaway?
I'd love to hear about what you want to learn in Escapado,  I'll try to incorporate your ideas into it!

Leave a comment below sharing a technique with me you'd love to learn on the cruise, and I'll choose one of you to win an Escapado kit (you'll have to wait until next November to receive it!). .I'll keep comments open through April 29th and announce a winner in my next blog post!

Oh, and the winner of last week's La Jefa yarn giveaway? Congrats go to PrettyPinkZebra Get in touch with your size and address and Spirit Trail Fiberworks get you your yarn! Thankyou so much for the La Jefa love last week... I'm thrilled that y'all love her as much as I do... I can't wait to see her start to come off your needles, she is going to be great for the cruise!

53 comments:

  1. The cruise sounds amazing! I would love to learn entrelac...maybe with some beads! ;) Rav ID: mikron

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  2. Oh my goodness. I can't believe I won. Thank you so much to you Laura and to Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Can't wait to knit La Jefa.

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  3. Oh my goodness. I can't believe I won. Thank you so much to you Laura and to Spirit Trail Fiberworks. Can't wait to knit La Jefa.

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  4. I like the idea of a lacy entrelac shawl with beads!

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  5. How about 2 color beaded brioche with lace

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  6. I would love to learn Estonian lace or some other vintage lace

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  7. I would LOVE to learn double knitting!! Maybe a lovely scarf with some palm trees :-))

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  8. I would love to learn more about Brioche and to use it in a shawl designed by you, well, that would be awesome. :-)
    (PokyJo on Ravelry)

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  9. I would love to continue the theme of crochet edgings. This was so new o me and I loved it.

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  10. I'm a fairly new knitter, so I wasn't sure what to answer. However, I looked up Estonian lace mentioned by another poster and I love it!! That would be interesting to learn.

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  11. I just finished my first brioche....a scarf with one color. I would love to try another project in brioche with two colors and beads.
    Bhickswhite@gmail.com

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  12. I'd really like a class where we learn and practice fixing lace mistakes right on the new Nelkin creation we are making!

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    1. Ha! I bet we can build that in... but I'm also teaching a fixing lace mistakes class on the cruise too!

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  13. Beads with picots in an edging...I struggle with picots. Would love to learn how to nail them (with beads is the icing on the cake!)I am juliannahey on ravelry

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  14. I wish I had ideas for techniques, but I'm a beginning knitter and don't know yet about the techniques that I don't know about. I love beads, so something with those would be wonderful. And I'd like to learn some different bind-offs that could create pretty edges.

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  15. Seconding Laurel. Beaded two colour brioche sounds fun!

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  16. Also would love more work on fixing lace! Knit1baketoo on Rav.

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  17. Beaded knitting! I've at least tried my hand at most things, but that's one thing I've never even attempted!

    RachelKnits on Rav

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  18. Knitting with beads and wire to make jewelry. It looks beautiful. On second thought, don't teach it this cruise. I don't think I can make it.
    Lkristy@Ravelry

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  19. I would love to see what you would do with Estonian Lace and beads.

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  20. I know that this is not very specific but I would love to learn anything new!!!!!! You always have some thing exciting in store for us and I learn something new with each KAL. I am sleekymom on ravelry.

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  21. I'd love to have the shawl NOT require a swatch but allow us to begin the project directly. I so often get sidetracked with a swatch and I'd love to start the shawl the first morning of the cruise and then continue to work on the project the rest of the cruise. Other than that, any new techniques (except entrelac, which isn't my fav) would be fine.

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  22. Something simply beautiful inspired by traditional Shetland shawl patterns and BEADS

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  23. Hmm, I have brioche and additional lace knitting (Estonian) on my list this year - either would be great
    Docjulie on ravelry

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  24. I don't have a specific technique in mind. I learn something new in every project! It might be interesting to learn brioche and I second the suggestions for Estonian lace. I am Dswgr6 on ravelry.

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  25. I'd love to learn how to not hate intarsia! I've attempted it several times, but it's just not my favorite. I have a feeling I make it harder than it has to be. :-)

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  26. I'd love to learn how to not hate intarsia! I've attempted it several times, but it's just not my favorite. I have a feeling I make it harder than it has to be. :-)

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  27. A cruise sounds like a lot of fun. I would love to learn brioche (asimplehomestd on Rav)

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  28. I'd like to learn how to read patterns and charts. I start a new project and have problems understanding complex patterns.

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  29. One subject I've never found a lot of info on is stranded knitting with more than 2 colors per row. There's a bit out there, but not much. Also Intarsia in the round.

    Also, cruise ships usually have bands,yes? Wound not mind refresher courses in Jitterbug, The Hustle, Gangam Style, Minuet, even Vouge-ing à la Charlie's Angels ... Just sayin'. KittenWhiplash on Rav

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  30. Double knit and entralac are at the top of my list to learn

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  31. The cruise really sounds terrific! I would like something challenging perhaps incorporating a bit of crochet with the knitting. I enjoy both knitting and crochet and there are very few designers who combine both.

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  32. Would love to learn brioche with beads. Maybe in a mid-weight yarn because after November...baby it's cold outside!

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  33. Would love to learn the best way to decide when to use a lifeline, and when not to. Also would like to get better with short rows.

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  34. Realistically, I love everything and anything you want to teach will be great! I have heard a lot of complaining about nupps and I have no idea what those are so maybe it should include some so I can have that experience? Hopefully, people reading this are not giving me angry stares now!

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  35. Well, I have done Nupps and thoroughly dislike them, but if you want to include them, I will just substitute beads for them. In reality, any of your crazy ideas would be welcome. Just design away, looking forward to the pattern after the cruise.

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  36. How about twisted 2 toned cabling with beads with dropped stitches to add a lace quality to it? Sounds complicated but I am partial to complicated!

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  37. I would like to learn brioche, cabling, and/or some new and interesting cast-ons and off-s!
    Rav name: nursekerri

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  38. Brioche with beads would be awesomesauce!

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  39. So hopeful I'll be able to go on this cruise. I'd love to learn double knitting with beads.....can't you just see a lovely 2 color reversible beaded shawl!!

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  40. I'm sure you will come up with something I've never seen before, and I will LOVE it!

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  41. you can NEVER have too many shawls!!! LOL!

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  42. 2 color brioche with beads would be a great project. I doubt I can make the cruise but will look forward to the pattern release of whatever you decide to do after the cruise. RavID Chellemay

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  43. Whatever we do, please make sure there are beads in it.

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  45. Would love to knit something with a few textures in it and beads, of course!
    Rav ID: Moonmaid7

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  46. A light lacy shawl perfect for cruising.

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