Crocheting to Alaska

Last summer I signed up for a crochet cruise. I was so excited to find this trip. Every once in awhile I would google crochet trips and there isn’t much out there. The Crochet Crowd does these cruises a few times a year. I signed up to go to Alaska. It is hard to commit to a trip like this a year in advance but I am so glad I did.  The Crochet Crowd has a website dedicated to the cruises. You can find it here.

I had so much fun. The scenery in Alaska is breathtaking. I did some fun excursions at each stop. BUT back to the crocheting. I have only done one crochet cruise. This is how this one was laid out.

Friday is the day we left. In the afternoon we met and got our goody bags.  JoAnn Fabrics sponsors the cruise. We do pay an activity fee that covers the cost of the room and some of the items we get. You can see from the above pictures we got a JoAnn bag (that zipped!) full of items and a red bag that had the crochet cruise logo for the Alaska trip on it – also filled! Below is a picture of what I came home with. I traded the Caron Simply Soft skeins for more Bernat Home Dec and Outdoor Home Dec.  I also won a yarn umbrella that I am trying to figure out how to set up.

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On Friday evening, we exchanged our squares. We had homework before arriving on the ship. We were to make 4 c2c squares. I hadn’t done these before so I was glad to have a reason to try them. I really like them and they work up fast. I did two with striping yarn and two graphs. The graphs look nice when finished but are a pain to make with all the yarn attached.  I did find I needed to count after each row to make sure I didn’t get off.  Caron One Pound was provided as community yarn.  I used gray and light blue. I bordered each square and then joined them and added more of a border. JoAnn provided fleece for us to back our afghans. I had never done this before and really like the technique. Mikey from The Crochet Crowd has some good video tutorials on YouTube for this.  By the end of the cruise we had close to 200 blankets completed for charity.  The one I did has my one square (the black/gray one) and the rest is from the community.

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