Cruising Milford and Doubtful Sounds

Cruising Milford and Doubtful Sounds

After making stops in Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania), the Craft Cruise sailed for two days to the southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. I taught classes the four days we were at sea, but I got to…

Opera Anyone?

Opera Anyone?

The highlight of my stay in Sydney was visiting the Opera House. We got a view of it from a ferry. Although it was overcast and rainy, the structure was breathtaking. Some of us opted to take a tour, which…

Backing Up

Backing Up

It’s been nearly a month since I returned from the Craft Cruise from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, and I have yet to post any photos. It’s been a whirlwind of teaching and catching up since I returned and…

A Day in Melbourne

A Day in Melbourne

After cruising for a day (during which I taught a class), we docked in Melbourne, Australia. Most of the Craft Cruise participants took a tour of the National Wool Museum, where we saw the region’s wool story–from the sheep’s back…

All My Bags Are Packed

All My Bags Are Packed

And I’m ready to go! Down south, that is. I leave for Sydney, Australia, today (a day before I had written it on my calendar so I’ve been a crazy woman tying up loose ends and getting packed in time)….

The Trip of A Lifetime

The Trip of A Lifetime

Next week, I leave for to Sydney, Australia, to embark on my second Craft Cruise. I had so much fun on the cruise to Alaska in May that I begged to be allowed back. And it worked. The cruise is…

Hill Country Weavers Annual Retreat

Hill Country Weavers Annual Retreat

Last year over this weekend the Hill Country Weavers in Austin, Texas, held their first-ever retreat–Knitting In The Hills Getaway. I had the good fortune to be one of the first teachers (Romi Hill was the other). Because this was…

Space Available on Craft Cruise Australia/New Zealand Trip

Space Available on Craft Cruise Australia/New Zealand Trip

I am reaching out to everyone I can think of who may still have interest in joining the 2-week Craft Cruise (trip from Sydney, Australia, to Auckland, New Zealand, or who may have contact with people who might want to…

Coming and Going

Coming and Going

I was in Atlanta last weekend to teach at the Atlanta Knitter’s Guild. Talk about southern hospitality — look at the cake they had ready (yum!): I finished my Stephen West Daybreak shawl on the plane and was glad to…

Tracing My Roots

Tracing My Roots

While you read this, I’ll be in Lillisand, Norway, visiting the home of my mother’s ancestors (her grandfather, Severin Gustav Simonsen) was born in Lillesand (I think) in 1859 and immigrated to Chicago in 1881. This has been a longtime…