Need a vacation? Plan a “yarncation!”

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

Imagine the perfect vacation for knitters and crocheters: a cruise to the Shetland Islands—that paradise of supple, chunky wool yarn—on a luxurious cruise ship loaded with stitchaholics who each have a serious yarn stash and a collection of knitting patterns to back it up, just like you.

Yes, such a thing really does exist! Knitting and crochet cruises may be the ultimate crafter’s retreat. When we heard about them, we were oh-so tempted!

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While it’s fun to daydream about sailing away to an exotic locale, just you and your yarn, it’s simply not in the cards for a lot of us. But don’t despair! You can plan a fabulous “yarncation” right in your own backyard—or at your local yarn shop, your guild’s annual retreat, or even a few towns away for a mini shop hop!

Here’s your handy “yarncation” planning checklist:

Travel agent: yarn-shop owner, guild retreat planner, or you

Traveling companions: knitting and crochet friends, fellow guild members, or eager-to-learn family members

Itinerary: Knit, crochet, repeat

Packing list: Needles, hooks, yarn, yarn, yarn—need we say more?

And most important of all…

Guide books: Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks, Crocheted Softies, Fair Isle Sweaters Simplified, and Knits from the North Sea.

You’re all set to travel the world of yarn!

Start with a tour of traditional Scandinavian sock designs and modern variations for men and women.

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Crochet your own safari, tropical island getaway, or arctic adventure.

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Journey to Scotland’s remote Fair Isle and create cozy, vibrantly patterned sweaters.

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Explore the exotic beauty of Shetland Island lace knitting.

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What’s your dream “yarncation?” Tell us in the comments!


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