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British Isles Discovery Knitting and Crochet Cruise

31st March - 11th April 2020

12 days from £2,049pp

Join expert Sophia Reed for a fantastic opportunity to experience some of the wonderful scenery, fascinating history and ancient cultures of the British Isles, including highlights of Ireland.

  • Knitting and crochet workshops with Sophia Reed
  • Craft trail excursion on Orkney  
  • Visit to Guernsey Woollens 
  • Full day yarn excursion in Invergordon
  • Visit to Amsterdam including canal cruise and entrance to Dutch Costume Museum 
  • Optional excursions in Oban, Belfast, Dublin and Hornfleur
 

Perfect for Yarn Lovers

Carefully crafted for yarn lovers, this knitting and crochet holiday embraces all things woolly! Our experienced knitting and crochet expert will be on hand throughout the holiday; joining us on yarn-related excursions and hosting inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to spark your creativity.

British Isles Discovery Knitting & Crochet Cruise

On this fascinating springtime cruise discover picturesque harbours, historic castles and ancient sites on the optional excursions as well as included and exclusive yarn-related tours in Amsterdam, Invergordon, Orkney and Guernsey.   

Join our expert, Sophia Reed, for two full day and two half day workshops, plus plenty of time for social knitting and crochet. Your projects will draw on the traditions of the places you visit, so the techniques you’ll be covering will include textured gansey stitches from Holland and the Channel Islands, lace and fair Isle from the Scottish Isles, Aran and cables from Ireland and crochet from Honfleur, since it is believed that crochet was first developed in France. The workshops will provide an in-depth focus to the various techniques.

A message from our expert:

I am delighted to be teaching on this exciting journey around the British Isles which promises to provide so many places of textile history and design inspiration.

Drawing on my experience of working with a company who produce Dutch Gansey sweaters, our first full day workshop offers the choice of exploring these textured knit designs together with the contrasting colour work of crochet motifs inspired by the flowers of Amsterdam, including the African Flower pattern and flowers in squares. There will be the opportunity to choose from many different patterns and techniques, featuring beading, embellishment and professional finishing in both knitting and crochet. This workshop also looks at the design process and different ways of joining the motifs together to make home textiles such as blankets and cushions or fashion accessories: for example, you could choose to make a number of hexagonal crochet African Flower motifs and ‘join-as-you-go’ to make an exclusive bag with a feature beaded crochet button.

Looking at colour-work in a more unusual way, our first half-day workshop features Fair-isle Tunisian crochet which is a fun project for knitters and crocheters alike as it is a unique combination of both crafts. If you discover a passion for Tunisian crochet, you will be able to learn more Tunisian crochet stitches, including a pattern for a beautiful Tunisian Entrelac scarf, during further workshop sessions on our cruise.

Inspired by the Emerald Isles, our third project references Irish Linen heritage by creating exquisite but versatile crochet lace edgings that can be used for traditional tableware, towels or bedding. We will look at making these 100% cotton edgings both directly on fabric and also ‘by-the-yard’.- Sophia Reed

Your Accommodation

Magellan

★★★★
Overview

The Bahamian flagged Magellan with her gleaming profile, beautiful wood type decks and distinctive livery is an impressive ship. She will accommodate about 1250 guests within a warm and friendly atmosphere that reflects a truly British cruise experience. Magellan is air conditioned and has nine passenger decks serviced by eight lifts.

Magellan boasts a spacious interior, with wide corridors and expansive wooden deck areas providing comfortable surroundings for guests. However, the ship still provides an intimate atmosphere, with a huge range of leisure facilities, including bars and lounges, as well as multiple dining options.

The Magellan ship provides a quintessentially British cruise experience to all its passengers. Highlights include its two high-quality restaurants, the Waldorf and the Kensington, the more relaxed Raffles Bistro, and an impressive array of whirlpools and swimming pools out on the deck.

Room Facilities & Amenities
All cabins, regardless of category, are equipped with the following:
  • Air Conditioning
  • En suite with shower
  • Ample wardobe and storage space
  • Flat screen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Personal safe