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14-Day ~ British Isles Knitting Cruise (Jul 2020)

Holland America

Start Date:


July 11, 2020


End Date:


July 25, 2020

British Isles Knitting Cruise (Jul 2020) ~ Knitting Cruises Description

14-day British Isles Knitting Cruise with Alissa Barton
July 11 - July 25, 2020

Beginning and ending in Amsterdam, this 14-day British Isles adventure aboard Holland America's Veendam begins at the height of summer in northern Europe, with long hours of daylight and refreshing temperatures. This cruise visits many favorite ports including Liverpool, Dublin, Belfast, and Edinburgh, as well as a few more out-of-the-way stops in St. Peter Port (Guernsey), St. Mary's (Isles of Scilly), Holyhead (Wales), Stornoway (Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland), Scrabster (Scotland), and Kirkwall, (Ornkey Islands, Scotland). While onboard, enjoy knitting classes with Alissa Barton, who will be teaching a number of her favorite classes: Two-Handed Stranded Color Work; Cast On - Bind Off; Two-Colored Brioche; The Art of Keeping a Knitting Journal; Celtic Cables; and Dutch Heel/ Welsh Heel.

The ports on this itinerary give travelers a chance to steep themselves in rich history and learn about cultures and traditions that also honor knitting. Learn about Harris Tweed in the Outer Hebrides where it originated. Shop for yarn in charming shops in Amsterdam and Edinburgh. In addition, the locations are scenic, from the dramatic wind-swept cliffs of Scotland to white sand beaches in the Isles of Scilly that look like they belong in the Caribbean. Flowers and gardens in every port will be at their peak. Enjoy a cold local brew in a pub or take high tea at an outdoor cafe and knit a few rows. What better way to see the British Isles and Amsterdam than on this 14-day mid-summer cruise.

14-day British Isles Knitting Cruise with Alissa Barton Highlights

  • Before the cruise take an optional canal tour in Amsterdam, walk around the floating flower market, or visit the Van Gogh Museum.

  • Make a pilgrimage to Steve & Penelope's yarn shop in Amsterdam.

  • Visit the Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum where visitors can walk through 250 years of island history including a collection of old Guernsey costumes and traditional Gansey sweaters.

  • Meet Janine Le Cras, a knitwear designer from Guernsey who'll come onboard and share her knitwear design work with the group.

  • Knit a souvenir hat and matching scarf designed exclusively for group by Janine le Cras using Gansey patterning such cables, nets and ladders.

  • Tour the Ucheldre Arts Center in Holyhead, Wales or visit St. Cybi's Church, built within a Roman fort.

  • Relax with a pint or cup of tea at one of Holyhead's charming pubs.

  • In Liverpool tour the Tate Museum of Modern Art, enjoy learning about the Beatles' hometown, and have cream tea.

  • In Dublin meet local knitters and designers, possibly including Kieran Foley.

  • Enjoy traditional Irish tea in the medieval section of town at The Constant Knitter yarn shop in Dublin.

  • See the Book of Kells and enjoy a pint of Guiness in Dublin, Ireland.

  • Take an optional excursion to Lisburn outside Belfast to visit the Irish Linen Centre and trace the history of linen production from the earliest times to the present with the 'Flax to Fabric: the Story of Irish Linen' exhibit and see live spinning and weaving demonstrations.

  • Learn about the history of Harris Tweed in Stornoway, and take an optional tour to the Callanish Standing Stones, stone monoliths pre-dating Stonehenge.

  • Visit one of Scotland's most famous medieval churches, St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.

  • Shop for souvenir yarn at Ginger Twist Studio and Kathy's Knits in Edinburgh.

  • Walk the Royal Mile through the heart of old Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland.