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13-day ~ Baltic Knitting Cruise (Oct 2022)

Holland America Line


Start Date:

   

October 2, 2022

   

End Date:

   

October 15, 2022

Baltic Knitting Cruise (Oct 2022) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

13-Day Jewels of the Baltic Knitting Cruise with Galina Khmeleva
October 2-15, 2022

 

This fabulous knitting cruise visits nine cities in six countries on this 13-day cruise sailing from Rotterdam to Amsterdam October 2-15, 2022. Cruise from the Netherlands to Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden while being luxuriously pampered as you travel from one fabulous port to the next. While the ship is at sea, the onboard educational program will feature classes taught by Galina Khmeleva; while in port, you will have the opportunity to shop for yarn and connect with local designers and knitters. We invite you to pack up your needles and come along for some fun. Life is short, and you deserve to make the most of it.

 

 

Northern Europe is home to many leading-edge designers and has some of the most outstanding yarn shopping opportunities in Europe. Your onboard knitting instructor extraordinaire, Galina Khmeleva, is very passionate and knowledgeable about Russian lace knitting and the region's history. Galina grew up in post-WWII Leningrad and is one of the world's leading experts and historians on Orenburg knitted lace.

 

 

All of the countries visited on this cruise are known for having rich knitting traditions. Estonia, in particular, is often a favorite destination and is well known for its Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union, Eesti kasitoo. This craft union brings together organizations and individual craftsmen and craftswomen to preserve and develop traditional Estonian handcrafts to keep this part of their culture alive and serve as a source of income and subsistence for Estonian craftspeople throughout the country.

 

 

13-Day Jewels of the Baltic Knitting Cruise Highlights

 

  • Shop for gorgeous yarn at Amsterdam's leading yarn shops, including Stephen & Penelope, home of Westknits.

  • Shop at Sommerfuglen and Uldstedet, two popular yarn stores in Copenhagen, where you will see samples and kits by many popular Danish designers.

  • Take a historical walking tour of Copenhagen and have lunch at Cafe G, a popular hangout for local knitters.

  • Shop for kits by popular Danish designers such as Marianne Isager, Bente Geil & Hanne Falkenberg at prices below those in the US.

  • Take the train into Berlin or stay in the quaint port town of Warnemunde, where you can walk on the beach, eat fish and chips with a pint of beer or take the train to Rostock to shop for yarn at Prunkist.

  • In Estonia, experience the coolest "Old Town" in modern Europe, Tallinn, which has retained its medieval character and is home to some of the best design studios and art galleries in Europe.

  • Shop for locally produced lace shawls and a wide range of knit-wear at the Estonian handwork union craft guild stores.

  • Enjoy shopping for linen and wool yarn at the lowest prices in the region at one of Tallinn's yarn shops.

  • Explore the treasures of St. Petersburg, including the Hermitage, Church on Spilled Blood, Pushkin Palace, and Catherine's Palace, among others.

  • In Helsinki, visit Menita, the largest yarn store in Finland.

  • Shop for 100% Finnsheep wool dyed naturally with plants and mushrooms at Leena Riihivilla's open-air stand at the waterfront market.

  • Spend the day in Stockholm exploring the architectural beauty of Old Town, strolling through five centuries of Swedish history at Skansen Open-Air museum or shopping for Swedish yarn at one of several popular yarn shops located throughout the city.

  • In Kiel, visit the studio of Martina Behm for a trunk show and presentation of her amazing work, including the popular Hitchhiker shawl.