We are so lucky to live and work here. Maine is a pretty place and every day we are surrounded by a large slice of transcendent beauty that not even poetry can do justice. I could tell you about the drizzly days that are a monochromatic silvery color or the sudden break in the clouds over the harbor, between the breakwater and the islands, that allows golden shafts of light to gild the surface of the water with tiny iridescent sparkles like fish scales. Or the lift on the heart and soul when you drive up Old County Road, hit the top of the hill and look out over the bay as you head down into Glen Cove…and you know without a doubt that you are blessed to be in this place, in this moment. Maybe my poetic skills are just not up to the task, but really, these words on this screen can not take the place of seeing it for yourself.
And, for a time, if you play your cards right, you can see it for yourself. We have several historic schooners moored in the harbor here, and they sometimes do knitting themed cruises. We here at OTR are partnering with the schooner J&E Riggin this summer to make four specialty knitting sailing adventures happen.
Doesn’t that look like fun? Or if that’s not quite your style, how about this…
I am actually teaching on the first cruise out this season. We’ll be covering embellishments in a class I call Gilding The Lily. Imagine, a short, focused workshop in the morning, then all the rest of the day to lounge around, hang out, trade inspirations or stories and knit.
Oh…and did I mention that Captain Annie Mahl is an exquisite chef with two published cookbooks? This will be my first time on the Riggin, but I have heard from others that the food is so good, you will eat ’til your sides creak.
There are friendly deck hands… some of whom are knitters…who play guitars and sing in the evenings. Then you’ll be gently lulled to sleep by the rhythm and swish of the ocean. Dreamy, right? And all in the context of some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. What’s not to love?
Wind and weather depending, we may even get to explore some islands or secluded beaches. We may see seals or puffins or dolphins. You never know what might come out to greet us. But it’s certain that even long after you’ve returned to your ordinary life, at odd times, when everything seems cloudy or gray, these moments and these folks will break through like those golden sunbeams over steely water and lift your heart. Like knitting, it’s not just for a day, but if you do it right it can last a lifetime.
I can’t wait to get there, and I know I won’t want to leave. But when I do have to put my feet back on land, I’ll be headed to the Maine Fiber Frolic, and your ticket to the Frolic is included in your package. You can get all the particulars on the Riggin’s web site here. And you can read more about past trips here. When you call for your new reservation, be sure to mention Over The Rainbow Yarn. They’ll offer you 25% off a new reservation. Won’t you join me?