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Choose to either knit with Frederica Patmore or crochet with Anna Nikipirowicz on this exciting holiday to the Black Forest. Take the opportunity to get to know both of our experts as you explore this captivating region. Venture to the town of Triberg, famous for having the world’s largest and smallest cuckoo clocks, visit the vibrant city of Freiburg with its medieval old town and Gothic cathedral, and enjoy an insightful look into the Black Forest culture and history at the fascinating Open Air Museum.
Anna is a crochet and knit designer, tutor and author of several crochet books. Her designs are regularly featured in craft magazines such as Inside Crochet and she also is a regular on Yarn Lane TV where she shares her designs and techniques. She works closely with West Yorkshire Spinners, LoveCrafts and other yarn brands.
Anna attributes her love of knitting and crochet to her very talented mother whose stranded colourwork jumpers and hats were legendary. Even though she admits herself she really didn’t appreciate the skills in her childhood.
She is an experienced tutor who started her knit and crochet career as a Rowan Design Consultant. She teaches regularly at John Lewis Partnership and independent yarns stores, and also virtually. Anna constantly explores new techniques and incorporates them in her classes. Confidence and skill-building is very important to her, she wants everyone who takes her class to learn something new and leave with feeling self-assured that they have unlocked their creative potential with new skills.
Frederica is a knitting and crochet designer who has been working in the industry for nearly 20 years.
A self-professed sock-knitting addict, it was working as one of Rowan Yarns’ regional workshop tutors that she created the designs for Dorling Kindersley’s series of books. Having grown up with the ability to knit backwards, she loves opening minds to new techniques. After spending three years as a designer and technical editor on the Woman’s Weekly Magazine team before co-founding Love To Knit and Crochet magazine, Frederica created an online knitting shop which later became The Knitting Network.
She regularly creates new patterns and writes and films tutorials for various magazines and books including Prima magazine. Her specialism is in 3-dimensional knit and crochet design with her favourites being socks and toys.
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Meet Anna, Frederica, and your Arena Travel Tour Manager at London Heathrow for your flight to Basel. Upon arrival, you will transfer to your hotel on the outskirts of Freiburg in Germany. You will have some time to settle in and grab some lunch before travelling into Freiburg centre, where we will enjoy a guided tour through the historical narrow streets, town gates and ‘Bächle’ – a striking landmark of the city. You will also see the Gothic Cathedral and the marketplace before having the opportunity to explore independently. In the early evening, we will return to the hotel where dinner is included.
The Titisee lake lies in the heart of the southern Black Forest. This morning you will enjoy exploring at your own leisure. Look for the Black Forest Ham and cuckoo clocks, take a stroll along the waters of lake, and admire the peaceful scenery.
This afternoon, we will make our return to the Freiburg area, stopping in Schauinslandbahn on route where we will take the cable car up for magnificent views of the Black Forest.
Today we will immerse ourselves in the history of the Black Forest at the Black Forest Open Air Museum. Enjoy a guided tour around the museum learning how people used to live and work in the Black Forest. Besides farming, various handicrafts played a significant role in people’s lives – today we will see a local craftsman demonstrate and explain their craft. You will then have the opportunity to enjoy some time at leisure and explore independently.
The town of Triberg is famous for having the world’s largest and smallest cuckoo clocks as well as the highest waterfall in Germany! We will explore this town which lies in the middle of the Black Forest with a guided tour of the Black Forest Museum, a walk to the waterfall, and some time at leisure to explore independently.
This morning we will check out of the hotel and depart to Basel airport for our return flight to the UK.
Tour Notes: You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to get the most out of this holiday. On excursion days you will need to walk a short distance from the hotel to the coach and you should be able to board the coach unaided. On arrival at the excursion destination, you should be able to alight the coach unaided and there may be a walk between the coach drop off point and the excursion venue. By their nature, walking tours, museum visits etc involve being on your feet for a significant amount of time. Whilst our excursions are taken at a leisurely pace, for the enjoyment of everyone in the group you should be able to keep up with your fellow travellers.
Specially designed for knitters, this Stitchtopia knitting holiday is the ideal opportunity to meet like-minded knitters and indulge in your favourite hobby. Our talented knitting expert will be on hand throughout the holiday and host inspirational workshops with a beautifully designed project to get those needles clicking!
You will stay for seven nights at the 4-star Dorint Thermenhotel in Freiburg.
The Dorint Thermenhotel lies in the tranquil Black Forest just over 8 kilometres from the city of Freiburg. With comfortable rooms, a spa and restaurants on site, the hotel combines all the features you need to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
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