knitting cruises

RobStrauss's picture

I just noticed that one of the advertisements on this blog is for "knitting cruises." Has anyone been on one of these? I'm trying to conjure up an image of 3,000+ passengers on a cruise ship knitting. Do you think there might be "gay men knitting cruises" someday? My mental image of such a cruise has put a smile on my face!

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AndrewNiehus's picture

Supposed to be at Joe: Not

Supposed to be at Joe:
Not offended at all, I just thought it was funny. Picture me jumping up and down screaming "I want to go, I want to go!" and then a sad face for being a poor college student who works too hard.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

The jumping up and down,

The jumping up and down, screaming, describes my feelings as well. However, my drawback is lack of funds and the overall expense of getting away from Wyoming to be able to attend any of these things. Let alone fitting the time into my life. Still, it never hurts to daydream.... -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

MMario's picture

Cruises, overall, are a very

Cruises, overall, are a very economical means of vacationing - when you factor in the entertainment, meals, lodging, etc on a per day cost.....but getting TO and FROM a cruise can be a royal pain in the tuckus not to mention $$$$$ - then there is trying to get enough time off to take the cruise, let alone the travel time to and from....

*sigh*

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

My point exactly...from

My point exactly...from Wyoming the costs to just get to a reasonably priced means of departure from Denver can be outrageous. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

jessemkahn's picture

I've heard nothing but good

I've heard nothing but good things about the Men's Knitting Retreats at Easton Mountain. I know several guys who've gone and all say they have been a blast. Not sure if I'll make it this year, but it is certainly something I'd love to do.

And I would TOTALLY go on a knitting cruise. A men's or Gay men's knitting cruise would make it that much more fabulous. Perhaps we should plan one?!

chipsir's picture

give me the site I would

give me the site I would like to look into it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2manyhobbies's picture

On a related note, is anyone

On a related note, is anyone planning on trying to go to the Men's Knitting Retreat at the Easton Mountain Resort center in Upstate NY?

http://mensknittingretreat.com/

It looks like it's a gay-owned (and mostly gay-event) resort center. Has anyone gone before who could describe what it's like?

QueerJoe's picture

Hey Jon...I've been trying

Hey Jon...I've been trying to work through reading all the latest posts before posting any replies, but I thought I could give you a bit of information.

The first Men's Knitting Retreat was in May of 2008 and it had 31 gay men and one straight guy (unless there were other straight guys who were just closeted). In May of 2009, we held the second annual event with 42 guys (two openly hetero men that year). I joke about the sexuality piece, but it really isn't intended as a gay-only event. Easton also isn't exclusively a gay retreat center (or even exclusively male)...the have many events throughout the year for varying diverse groups of people.

In the interim, Mike Wade and Brian Kohler have organized two West Coast Retreats, Todd Gocken and Thor organized the first Midwest retreat (that Tim mentioned) and there's a scheduled event this in New Zealand being organized by James Herbison. The idea has really caught on.

I know I just sent you an e-mail notifying you about the event, so hopefully we'll get to see you this may!

Now back to getting caught up on the posts I missed...I'm almost current!

teejtc's picture

I haven't been to the Easton

I haven't been to the Easton Mountain retreat, but I attended the Midwest Men's Knitting Retreat which has a little bit of overlap with the Easton Mountain one (and similar organization --> Info at: www.mensknittingretreat.com).

It was wonderful. Great time... great people... etc. I'd recommend it.

Grace and Peace,
`tim

MMario's picture

I'm hoping to go in 2010

I'm hoping to go in 2010 but yes, there are people from MWK who have gone . If you search the archives you'll find quite a bit on the last two years.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I certainly wish I could

I certainly wish I could go...but it isn't to be. Hope for the future though. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

2manyhobbies's picture

Could you block your sweater

Could you block your sweater in the pool? :)

MMario's picture

I went on one knitting

I went on one knitting cruise - which ended up being somewhat botched by the person arranging it; so ended up with only 6 people (plus three significant others) in all; but still was a lot of fun. All seated together for meals; tended to hook up together at other times and lots of knittingin the general public areas.

A friend has been on several others where the numbers were high enough that the cruise line designated a space for them to meet and knit.....and the tour group arranged special day trips to yarn stores and fiber places of interest.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Haven't ever been on one but

Haven't ever been on one but I understand they can be lots of fun. The idea of an all-Gay one is most intriguing. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

AndrewNiehus's picture

I think that an all male

I think that an all male knitting cruise would be hard enough to get together, don't make it harder by not inviting us straight guys. We obviously know how to turn down unwanted advances, otherwise how could many of us be married and not be sleeping with the drunk coed that just...well never mind that. Just think, I could come along and supply knitting breaks by teaching dance, and I know of several guys (on here even) who would be glad to help me.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very valid points, Andrew.

Very valid points, Andrew. I sincerely hope that no one took my endorsement of an all-Gay event in a bad way. I think a gathering of men who knit (Gay or Straight) is grand. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.