Kitting Retreat and Cruise!
Join us for our 3rd Annual Knitting Cruise! This year we are sailing out of sunny Tampa
Florida and visiting the ports of Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico. If you have been on one of our retreats
before, you know what to expect, and you are probably already signed up. If not, here is what we are all about!
January 11th – 16th 2014
onboard the Carnival Paradise, visiting Grand Cayman & Cozumel!
Itinerary: The cruise leaves Tampa Charleston at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 11. Sunday is a full day at sea and our first full day of knitting! Monday is a "port day" in Grand Cayman, followed by another port day, in Cozumel Mexico, on Tuesday. Wednesday is our second sea day and our second full day(!) of knitting. On Thursday, January 16 we return to Tampa at 8 a.m. for the trip home.
Costs: The cost of the cruise portion will be determined by when you register (earlier is better) and what other discounts you may qualify for with the cruise line (AAA, Military, prior cruiser, etc.). Each person is responsible for making their own cruise reservations by contacting our travel agent, Suzanne Smith, who will take care of all the booking details, and get you the best deal possible!
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We've worked hard to keep our costs down and are happy to announce that the cost of the retreat is not increasing this year and will again be $495! For the cost of the
retreat, you will get:
A Special Retreat Knitting Bag, purchased exclusively for
this retreat. It is a surprise, so we
can’t show you what it will be, but here are some of our previous retreat bags:
A Special Retreat T-Shirt.
It is always the same design but there is a new color each year, here
are some of the previous T-shirts and colors.
The color is a surprise too, but you know it won’t be one of the colors
you see here!
Free Goodies! We will
pack your knitting bag with some of the things that Patty thinks are the most
cool new or “must have” accessories.
Plus, last year’s bag included a ball of Madelinetosh yarn!
Vendor prizes! We
solicit doorprize gifts from each of our vendors for the cruise. So far, we have always been able to have
enough gifts for each person on the cruise to win!
Classes! Of course,
the point of the Retreat is the great classes!
Based on feedback from previous attendees, we have pared back a bit and
will now “only” have 6 hours of class on each of the two “at sea days”, for a
total of 12 class hours. You will have a
choice of 3 “project” classes that will be focused on a particular project and you
will receive the yarn and pattern, whatever you need for the project, except
the needles. We will also have at least
one group project and we have such great ideas that there may actually be
two. This will be some type of
“keepsake” project that will be exclusive to the retreat. We will provide all the supplies you need for
The rest of the schedule will be filled with technique
classes and we provide everything you need for that as well.
phenomenal list of instructors includes Andrea Wong, Patty Frame, Lynne Little,
Gary Frame and potentially Linda Rudisill!
Who can come? Everyone! Since this is a "family affair" for us, it has become much more of a family affair for many of our knitters! Last year we had 24 knitters and 45 total group participants (this includes the companions who came and our staff.) So, feel free to bring your significant other, mother, best friend…all non-knitters are welcome! Obviously, the non-knitters do not pay the retreat fee.
What else will we do together? For our group activities outside of the 2 "at sea" retreat days, we invite you to participate, but they are not mandatory. If you had a big day in port and you just want to grab food from the buffet and go to sleep, that is what you should do!
We will have group dinner reservations in one of the main dining rooms for the late dinner seating. We have found these dinners together to be so much fun each night! Although there is only one of these dinners that is usually "formal," it is a great opportunity for us to wear our knitted finery and out-shine the "store bought" guests!(He He) I am also looking for a project that we can all finish during the cruise and wear to the last night together! (Yes, I am a knitting geek)
Other activities during "port" days: In general, those of us who have been to these ports a few times may just be on the cruise to "cruise" and we do not even leave the boat! We will usually secure a location to "hang" and knit or enjoy the sun together if you would like to join us. The cruise line also provides many activities including some (surprisingly) good movies during the day and lots of entertainment at night. We will have as may "shared" activities as possible and hope that you will join us in the fun!
Roommates: Non-knitting companions are, as we've said, very welcome to come on the cruise with you, so bring your family or a non-knitting friend along, or better yet, bring another knitter! If you're paying for your travel companions you will need their names and date of birth when you call Carnival.Final notes: We plan these retreats to foster camaraderie and friendship among our knitters and for us to get to know you better. We limit our participants to 24 so that the group does not get too big. This is our MOST FUN activity all year and we hope you will come and join us and our family for the best vacation EVER!
If you need a roommate, call us at the shop (704-733-9053) before calling Suzanne. We'll be keeping a list of "singles". We will not be pairing people up but we'll be happy to facilitate your roommate search.