I made it back home after four days of knitting and sailing -- What a great, great cruise this was! I say it every year, but it seems true every year too: this was the best knitting cruise ever! We had a great time. Wednesday was foggy and there were some swells to get through, but the knitters persevered and made progress on their work. A beginning knitter finished her first hat in just a few hours, which was pretty exciting (for her and me, anyway). We anchored near Stimson Island in the Little Thoroughfare (just off the Fox Island Thoroughfare) in Penobscot Bay and had a great lobster feast, with hot dogs & burgers for the non-crustacean eaters; there were the tastiest mussels I ever had and roasted corn, all followed by s'mores of course.
Thursday was rainy, but I love to sail in the rain. I was joined on deck by our own Anne from Vermont (Hi Anne!) and we weathered the storm quite well; the rest of the knitters made more progress on their knitting down in the galley or in the midships area below. It's a "Knitting Cruise" -- Anne and I figured we were doing the cruising part, and everyone else was doing the knitting part. :) Peggy worked diligently on a really pretty blue variegated yarn that she is using to create a Silver Creek pattern pullover. We anchored in Pulpit Harbor, one of Maine's most well protected harbors, to weather out the blow from the remnants of Hurricane Frances. There was a beautiful osprey in the huge nest at the entrance to that harbor.
We left Pulpit Harbor in sunshine on Friday morning and had an excellent day of sailing! As you can imagine, it was windy and we were able to go really fast. It was quite exciting. It's really fun watching the waves break over the bow and hearing the wind whistling and laughing in the sails. It was great. Since it wasn't raining, we were all able to enjoy the sailing while we worked on our projects. We even had a little impromptu race with another windjammer (I think it was the Lewis R. French) which was quite exciting. The French won the race to Gilkey's Harbor, but that just allowed Brenda to breeze past them, tack, and then make a dashing entrance back into the harbor, dropping the jib & foresails and the anchor all at once. Then there was a great evening sing-along and performance of a special windjammer song by the crew.
Saturday was bright and sunny and we enjoyed a totally blow-out brunch by a magical being named Eileen (currently disguised as cook on the Evans) and we knit our way slowly back to Rockland and the end of the cruise. I did dig out my spindle and spun some of Linda Diak's fab fiber in a lovely turquoise color, appropriate for cruising on Penobscot Bay. It was all so much fun.
Throughout the cruise there was unbelievably fabulous food, much sharing and learning, a great deal of laughter and bonding. And a LOT of knitting! And door prizes, many, many door prizes (are they "porthole prizes" on a boat?)..... actually, I think everyone won one. As a matter of fact, I do believe there were prizes left over. Maybe they'll make their way to Helen's Treasure Chest. :)
If you want to check out the Isaac Evans, their website is http://www.midcoast.com/~evans . You can call them toll free at 1-877-238-1325. Next year's schedule isn't finalized yet, but it's pretty safe to say the knitting cruise will be during the week after Labor Day next year.
You can visit my online photo album called: "Isaac Evans Knitting Cruise 2004": http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid5214652