What was it like?
There were glaciers . . .
In Sitka there were raptors being cared for. This juvenile bald eagle, who would never fly again because of her injuries, was in training to teach humans about her kind. She had a 9-foot wing span. She was gorgeous.
And bears . . . bears who had been orphaned and were being cared for in a refuge for them.
Just south of Ketchikan, at Saxman Village, there was a totem being born,
and a native dance in beautiful, ceremonial robes.
What did I like best about the cruise? The people and teaching the classes. Besides traveling with a congenial group of smart, generous knitters and the incomparable Orenburg Lace teacher, Galena Khmeleva, my girlfriend from when I was 3 and she was 5 flew in from FL to be my roommate and knockaround pal. We ate ice cream and laughed . . . both to excess.
Beyond the lovely people, the food was elegant and abundant, the service was friendly and impeccable, the scenery was . . . duh! it was Alaska y’all.
And, of course, there was yarn. Delicious yarn. I even brought some of it home to add to my stash which will surely exceed my life expectancy.*
Would I teach for Craft Cruises again? Yes, absolutely.
Will I do it again? Maybe . . . stay tuned for 2019. I’ve always wanted to go to Patagonia, Iceland, the Baltic, the Mediterranean (Greece esp.) or on any European river cruise. And one of these may happen (don’t know which but it doesn’t matter to me).
So start saving your change in a jar if you want to go. We would have some fun, I tell you.
Finally, thank you Melissa Gower, magician behind Craft Cruises. It was a pleasure going along for the ride.
- Regarding knitters with such stashes . . . some people collect salt and pepper shakers, others, hammers and socket sets, or fancy rocks and crystals, or motorcycles. We collect yarn. We curate our collections with an eye to beauty. It provides long hours of entertainment and meditation, AND, we make beautiful things out of it. So begone critics! Just put a sock in it.