Friday, May 25, 2007

It seems so long ago..... updated

First thing to check out is the food, because on a cruise ship it's all about the food!

This is the buffet area so I checked it out and thought well just maybe I should stay away from the buffet. The weight gaining issue was worrying me, if I go to a buffet try as I might I always take more food then if I order specifically the food I want. So this was my only visit to the buffet, it was very nice but as you can see from the huge plate I got I would have problems.

After a few bites I left the rest and decided to take a walk around the ship, it was kind of early so most of the passengers were not on board yet and our cabin would not be ready till 1 pm.

Here is my obligatory self portrait.

Coming back from a vacation has it's "adjustment" and catching up side to it but this time this phenomena is "supersized". I got back from my glorious cruise vacation a week ago and it seems like a month has gone by.

Today's dilemma is do I do laundry or do I knit? I would rather knit than do laundry but sometimes tough decisions have to be made.

The trip I was on was glorious! I want to go back, the Vision of the Sea was great! I slept like a baby being rocked, we had a balcony cabin and was able to leave the doors open enjoying the fresh sea air all night.

Roomate Kathy my roomate we got along just great, both of us had a great time. We both love knitting and love to travel.

The cabin, was lovely we had a nice balcony and a sitting area. No we did not sleep together they came by and separated the two twin beds.

Now for the knitting part:

We knitted socks attended some classes, sat around "stitch n bitching" knit in the dining room, knit while walking just had a great knitting time.

We also went on "yarn crawls" (visiting local yarn stores as a group) some of the stores had wonderful goodie bags for us and some special welcome activities.

Some of the stores we visited:

Marin Fiber Arts
1026 Court Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Birkeland Bros. Wool Ltd
3573 Main Street
Vancouver BC V5V 3N4

three bags full knit shop
4458 main Street, vancouver, bc
canada v5v 3r3
604-874-wool (9665)
Urban Yarns Point Grey
4421 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Phone: 604-228-1122
Some of the Brands we saw and I purchased was from

Here are some of the blogs who were represented in the Sea Socks ‘07 Cruise.

Our Hosts: Cruise Planners

Aimless Wondering

Join Me in Snarkville


round and round

Pictures on Flkr from SeaSocks 07

Susan She Seeketh Wool

Joann from Denver who never went anywhere without her beautiful Nikon camera and took some wonderful pictures!

Keep Talking a wonderful recap of the whole cruise with great pictures and links and comments

And who knew that Joann sells Qiviut online

"Qiviutis one of the most rare and luxurious yarns. Qiviut, sometimes called
qiviuk, is 8 times warmer than wool, hypoallergenic, soft enough to be worn
next to the skin and will not shrink when washed in a mild detergent. This yarn
is spun from undercoat of the ancient muskox, which is found in the Arctic.
$70.00 + p&h per 1-ounce laceweight ball / 218 yards of qiviut


The Bid Adventures of Mama - E

Hand Dyed Sock yarn available from



Susie Cupcakes


Amy one of the teachers teaching us a toe up sock knitting tecnique

Rose by Any ... life through the eyes of feral knitter and dizzy spinner

Laura from Santa Barbara
Knit a Life


Laura and her mom

1870 pearl For the love of handknit socks!


Jackie from Northern California

The Knitting Hutch


This has nothing to do with Sea Socks but....

I just did not want to change pages so I'm sticking it here. This may be handy if you ever want to graph out a pattern.

To generate free pdf graph paper:


Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear and see more details! I was just looking at cruise prices this week!

Ellen Bloom said...

Oh! I want to hear more about the socks and more about the cruise! The ship looks great!!!

Sorry about the shop repairs, etc. Some things just can't wait.

See you soon!

Anonymous said...

It was fun, wasn't it! I miss someone cleaning my room everyday and asking me what I'd like for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Back to reality ;o)

Laura said...

Hi Ana! Thanks for your sympathy about the yarn. It would have been nice to see how that raffia hat turned out.
Ah well. I'll give you a shout next time I go visit my sis -- wouldn't it be fun to get together? L.

Anonymous said...

Ana -- I want you to join us again!!! It was too much fun to keep my eye on you.

Hugs and I miss you terribly!!!