On a sunny day in June, our Maine Knitting Cruise crowd took to the island armed with indigo dye and yarn. The process was magical, beautiful, creative, and a complete blast.
Below is the best of the process start to finish. Ending with the yarn hanging over the wood stove for a final dry. Of course the day wouldn’t have been complete without an all you can eat Maine lobster bake too!
The trip began with a visit to the Swan’s Island Company north of where the Riggin is docked. Jackie Ottino Graf, the resident dye-master and social media maven of the company, took us through the dyeing process, handed out complementary patterns with yarn, and shared her extensive knowledge.
The next day found us in the Rockland yarn shop, Over the Rainbow Yarn, owned by Mim Bird, resident knitting instructor extraordinaire, for last minute items and extra yarn (because who doesn’t need EXTRA yarn)? We left the dock shortly after for our 4-day adventure armed with more yarn than we could possible knit in as many days.
Our first day had us romping across the bay to feisty winds and feistier seas with a promise of sunnier days to come. Mim started everyone off with information on how to knit with multi-colored yarn, the difference between a tonal yarn and variegated yarn, plus many more tidbits and facts.
As with any knitting retreat, some dug right in to their project and managed to knit furiously, finishing on the last night. Others meandered their way through the day, working on the official project some and their pet projects as well.
I’ll post photos of the actual dyeing process next, because that cool event deserves it’s own post.
My hands are blue (from indigo), but my spirit is sunny
P.S. When you go to the Swan’s Island Company website, check out what schooner is the setting for some of the photos! And,yes, the model and the yarn are pretty too.
P.P.S. Our next two knitting cruises are June 19 to 22 and August 31 to September 5. You should come!
Mim is busy knitting away. If you haven’t yet already guessed, she’s designing a sweater for Jon. Why is it so huge, you say? Did Mim have a ‘minor’ measuring catastrophe? Well, no. Mim is a knitter extraordinaire. It’s actually going to be felted, which will make a super warm fabric for those breezy, on the wind days on the Riggin. Mim’s done a couple of interesting posts on the process already….
This one’s about gauge related to boiled wool and how different yarn and different tension matter hugely when it comes to all things measuring. Over the Rainbow Yarn.
Speaking of ‘on the Riggin,’ we have space left on both of our knitting cruises. You should come! We’d love to have you. Do both even; it’s too hard to choose! The dates are June 6 to 10 and/or June 23 to 25. Book now and receive a 15% discount! Click here for more details on either Maine Knitting Cruise.