Guest Blog “Ruth at Work”

I received the loveliest email from a nice knitter from Texas whom I met in Norway.

We traveled together on the Arne and Carlos Knitting Cruise.  She attached a photo of me on the deck of the M/S Finnmarken, shooting the Norwegian coastal  vista with my phone. Norway is a beautiful country.

I didn’t even know she took it. Turns out she’d also checked out my blog site when she got home and saw the People at Work series from last July’s show.

So she titled it “Ruth at Work”  Thanks Becky.

Photo by Becky Weaver 

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Orange Scarf Day in Norway

Z from NY, Joan from NJ and Clare from NZ with the scarves they knit, ready to donate

(Scarves in Window design above by Z)

Pretty soon it will be Orange Scarf Day in Norway. In all the yarn stores there were bins of orange yarn for knitters to buy and knit up a scarf.

Three fellow Knitting Cruise Members knit orange scarves during our trip. It’s good to think of the scarves keeping someone warm.

“an annual event by The Church City Mission (Kirkens Bymisjon) to emphasize caring and inclusiveness while approaching winter and Christmas season. The scarves are left on the sculptures for those who need in cold winter days.”

You can see photos of the scarves on statues in Oslo at this link
https://www.tnp.no/norway/panorama/behind-orange-scarves-oslo/amp

What’s on the Hurtigruten Menu This Past Week

 

71784C75-BD3F-4957-93D3-92A90D6691CAThe MS Finnmarken kitchen is a busy place, All meals included in the Knitting Cruise with Arne and Carlos. Everything I ate was delicious. I didn’t sample every offering  but wanted to make a collage of the possibilities.  We had a vegetarian entree Wednesday night and last night was the Four Course Gourmet Dinner with a beautiful cheese plate with fresh currants shown above.

Knitting Cruise Invitation

Last January I was watching Arne and Carlos on their YouTube channel and they said come with us a journey like no other. See our beautiful Norwegian coast, warmed by the Gulf Stream waters.
I told my sister about it and she encouraged me to sign on immediately. I listened!
And I am so happy I did.
Norway is magnificent. Arne and Carlos are excellent hosts, making time to speak with everyone.
What a beautiful journey, exactly as promised. I came by myself but was fortunate when I opted for a roommate and got one so compatible. I’ve met knitters from Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, Sweden, Germany and Norway and Arizona, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Wisconsin to name a few.
Here we are with Arne and Carlos with my knitting cruise cabin roommate
If you’re a knitter you might already know of Arne and Carlos– their books ( in at least a dozen languages), their blog, patterns, tutorials, and their informative Q and A segments filmed from their restored railway station surrounded by lush gardens with thousands of plants. High up on a Norwegian mountainside. Nestled in the mountain next up a crystal clear lake, they live, design and create while inspiring thousands around the world to find their own creative spirit within themselves.
Perhaps you remember their sock yarn (Regia)that instructs you by change of yarn color- when to stop ribbing and knit the foot heel or toe.
They also have a video the called the easiest sock in the world. It’s true! https://youtu.be/uQcPvZAEJ3w
https://rutheh.com/2018/03/14/id-rather-be/

Be sure to check out their latest New Nordic with ROWAN

Troll Fiord at Night on the Knitting Cruise

Powerful searchlights illuminated the rocks of the narrow passage of the Troll Fiord. Just as Carlos (Arne and Carlos) said it would be, It felt as if you could touch the walls as the ship passed through the Fiord.
AND then the our skilled ship Captain Tom-Rune Einarsen, turned around the MS FinnmarkenHurtigruten in the incredibly tight space
WOW. It was amazing. Neither a little precipitation nor darkness kept the Knitting Cruise group from experiencing this natural wonder. A little tricky to get sharp focus, though. What a night!!!
Click this link to see it by day and learn more about the Troll Fjord in Norway.
https://www.fjordtravel.no/destination-norway/norwegian-coast-trollfjord/

Rauma Yarn Factory Tour

We docked in Alesund. There were two buses taking our group of knitters from the ship to the yarn factory-an English speaking one and a Norwegian one

The factory founder’s grandson gave us the tour of the factory his grandfather started in the late ninteen thirties.

Greetings from Norwayy

Today we visited the Rauma Yarn Factory. The Arne and Carlos Knitting Cruise up the ucoast of Norway has been on my calendar since last January. It’s exciting to be here. The weather is chilly gray rain, windy, intermittent sun with wild waves and snow on the Troll Ladder Road so that Road was closed. I’m not feeling too sad we missed eleven hairpin turns without guard rails. For lunch we had Sour Cream Porridge. Raspberry juice and tea.