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14-Day ~ Baltic Knitting Cruise (May 2020)

Holland America Line

Start Date:


May 23, 2020


End Date:


June 6, 2020

Baltic Knitting Cruise (May 2020) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-Day Baltic Explorer Knitting Cruise with Lily Chin
May 23-June 6, 2020

The Baltic is a haven for fiber artists. Our Baltic knitting cruise onboard Holland America's ms Veendam visits nine cities in seven countries on this 14-day cruise sailing round-trip from Amsterdam May 23-June 6, 2020. Cruise from the Netherlands to Norway, Denmark, Lithuania, Russia, Finland and Sweden while being 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 Lily Chin; while in port, you will have the opportunity to shop for yarn and connect with local designers and knitters.

Northern Europe is home to many leading-edge designers and has some of the most notable yarn shopping opportunities in Europe. Your onboard knitting instructor, Lily Chin, has designed an onboard educational program catered to this region. Lily Chin will discuss such regional knitting techniques as color-work, textured stitches, lace and entrelac in the classes she is teaching onboard.

Of all the countries visited on this cruise we are most excited about Lithuania. Lithuania is known for its elaborate knitting traditions, rich culture, colorful folk costumes and interesting history. Lithuanians have a strong feeling of shared culture and are proud to share it with others. With the help of the Klaipėda Ethnocultural Center, Craft Cruises is arranging special presentations for our participants to learn about Lithuania's traditional knitting techniques and traditional folk clothing. The national costumes here are considered to be the most beautiful in the world. These richly decorated garments are meticulously woven and decorated with intricate embroidery and ribbons. Elaborate head pieces, jewelry and woven belts embellish their ensembles making each costume truly unique.

In Klaipėda, there are yarn shops and traditional folk-art shops scattered throughout making it an interesting place for knitters to explore. Souvenir shops sell hand-knit garments such as mittens, socks, wrist warmers and hats. You will see locals knitting in the streets and markets. On cooler days you will see locals wearing their stunning hand knits as they go about their day. Like other countries on this cruise, Lithuania is a knitter's paradise.

All the countries on this cruise have strong cultural identities. Preserving these traditions, especially by keeping folk art and the fiber arts alive, is of increasing importance. We invite you to pack up your needles and come sail away with us as we explore this fascinating region together.

2020 Baltic Knitting Cruise Highlights

  • See designs by Stephen West at his shop, Stephen & Penelope, in Amsterdam.

  • Shop at the oldest yarn shop in Amsterdam, de Afstap, housed in a cute 17th century building that is jam packed with yarn and things knitters love.

  • Meet Tove Fevang, a Norwegian knitter, designer, author, teacher and blogger in Oslo for a special presentation of her work, a visit to the Norsk Folkemuseum and lunch at Café Arkadia.

  • Attend a knitting workshop with Lotte Kjær in her studio near Aarhus and shop for locally dyed yarn. Lotte will also talk about what inspires her and some of the other designers who call this part of Denmark home.

  • Shop at Tøndering Strik in Aarhus. This shop is the best in town, founded by Marianne Isager, on a very colorful, winding street that is not far from the cruise ship pier. Aarhus is a port that is rarely visited but never disappoints.

  • Shop for a wide-range of popular yarn brands at Strikkestâuan in Ronne, an off-the-beaten-path port on Denmark's sunniest isle, Bornholm Island.

  • In Klaipėda, shop for yarn and traditional folk art in cute little shops throughout old town.

  • Purchase hand-knit garments such as mittens, socks, wrist warmers and hats in open-air markets in Klaipėda.

  • Attend a presentation at the Klaipėda Ethnocultural Center about Lithuanias traditional knitting techniques and folk clothing.

  • 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.

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

  • Enjoy a presentation by Sus Gepard at her shop, Uldstedet in Copenhagen where she will serve refreshments, a little surprise and samples of her latest designs featured in Laine Magazine.

  • Shop at Sommerfuglen, the largest yarn store in Denmark and see work by popular Danish designers such as Bente Geil & Hanne Falkenberg.