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Knitting on Block Island

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Knitting on Block Island

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An American Treasure

Come with us as we visit Block Island, a 10-square mile treasure sitting 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ocean. While long a tourist destination in the summer, Block Island has much to offer during the “quiet” season as well. Most importantly for us, Block Island is also home to North Light Fibers, a yarn micro-mill serving up specialty yarns in island-inspired colorways.

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Overview: Knitting and Sewing on Block Island RI

overview: knitting on block island

Knitting on Block Island RI

DATES & PROGRAMS:

2018: APRIL 11-19
• APRIL 11-16: Mosaic Knitting
• APRIL 11-19: Knitting Extended
If fully booked, get on our wait list as we may have cancellations.

TO REGISTER: To register, contact us (301.766.4543). $500 per person non-refundable deposit due upon registration.

LOCATION: Block Island, Rhode Island

THE EXPERIENCE: Quiet season on a unique island in the Atlantic.

LODGING: The 1661 Inn on Block Island. Select your room and book directly through the hotel. See LODGING tab for more information.

ACCESSIBILITY: We walk and climb stairs on this trip. While we take a coach to locations we visit, most venues involve walking and/or standing during tours. If you doubt your ability to tolerate a couple of hours on your feet, please contact us prior to booking the trip to discuss if accommodations are available. It may mean we simply need to insure your lodging is on the first floor; other times it may mean your ability to accompany us will be limited.

PRICING: All pricing includes meals, workshops and materials, tours, ferry ride.
Knitting (April 11–16) is $1,400; includes yarn
Knitting Extended (April 11–19) is $1,800; includes meals, activities and tours through 4/19. Enjoy some extra time on Block Island with Trips for Knitters.
Save $50 if you pay by check. 2018 payment in full is due February 15, 2018.

TRAVEL: Make your own arrangements to get to Port Judith, RI. From there, we will take the 50-minute ferry ride together to Block Island. See TRAVEL tab for more information.

TIPS FOR TRAVELERS: Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

Programs

programs

2018 programs

• APRIL 11–16: Mosaic Knitting

Mosaic Knitting 2018Knitting: Using North Light Fibers’ newest yarn, "Atlantic," we'll explore mosaic knitting, which  allows us to create a two-color pattern using only one color per row. A variation of slip stitches, mosaic knitting typically creates geometric designs and is accomplished with only the knit stitch and slip stitch. Quite magical, mosaic knitting makes all of us appear clever (we are) and provides work that is unique and appealing. Knitters will learn how to read mosaic knitting charts, knit a few mosaic motifs and design one of their own to knit.

Mosaic Knitting is presented by Susan Wolcott of Trips for Knitters.

The Experience

the experience

What to Expect

• A visit to North Light Fibers to learn how this micro-yarn mill creates its premier yarns, and the impact the mill has on this remote island.
• Shoreline bird watching with The Nature Conservancy
• Private island tour
• TFK’s exclusive New England boiled dinner (read: lobster)
• Boat tour of the island and wind mill farm
• Lighthouse walk and picnic (weather permitting)
• An island-inspired two-color knitting project (see more on PROGRAM tab)

Walking

Block Island is a very walk-able island and our accommodations are central to the shopping area, North Light Fibers, and the classrooms we’ll be using. There will be ample opportunity for hikes and visits to beaches. Please be prepared to be able to walk at a leisurely pace for at least an hour.

A few reminders:
• Pack/wear comfortable shoes that have been broken in prior to the trip.
• Bring band-aids as a precaution.
• Build stamina by walking more and more the weeks prior to the trip.
• Add stairs! Block Island has rolling hills.

Itinerary (subject to change)

Day 1: Ferry ride and settle in
Day 2: Visit North Light Fibers, and island bus tour
Day 3: Mosaic Knitting project instruction and bird watch
Day 4: Lighthouse tours, picnic, and project instruction
Day 5: Island and wind farm tour by boat
Day 6: Any knitters not enrolled in Knitting Extended depart by ferry
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Day 9: Depart by ferry

The 1661 Inn

the 1661 inn

The 1661 Inn

1661 InnTrips for Knitters participants will be staying at the 1661 Inn (named in honor of the year the island was established). The 1661 Inn offers a variety of options within five different buildings—most with en suite accommodations.

Please contact the 1661 Inn and tell them you are with Trips for Knitters to discuss your particular budget and needs when booking your lodging. All lodging expenses are the responsibility of the participant and are not included in the Trips for Knitters fee.

Travel

travel

travel to block island

Block Island is accessible during the quiet season by ferry only. The off-season ferry leaves Port Judith, RI at 2pm and 6pm. Participants should plan to be in Port Judith by 1:30pm for the 2pm ferry.

Cars may be left in Port Judith for approximately $10/day. Those flying to the area should fly to Providence, RI and make their way to Port Judith. The drive from the airport to Port Judith is approximately 30 miles, and taxis are accustomed to making this trip.

Bus travel from the airport is possible for those with plenty of time. Trips for Knitters will help coordinate transportation so knitters and sewists can travel together when possible. We can also help coordinate carpooling for those driving.

Cars aren’t really necessary on the Island, but participants can take cars on the ferry.

Departures from Block Island will be mid-afternoon. Ferry schedule can be found at The Block Island Ferry.

Pricing

pricing

pricing per person

All pricing includes meals, workshops and materials, tours, ferry ride.
• Knitting (April 11–16) is $1,400
• Knitting Extended (April 11–19) is $1,800; includes meals, activities and tours through 4/19; does not include Sewing. Enjoy some extra time on Block Island with Trips for Knitters.

Save! Save $50 if you pay by check instead of credit card/Paypal. Discount taken at final payment. We ask that you please deduct the $50 from your final check in order to take advantage of the discount.

to register

Payment in full is due January 15, 2018. We accept partial payments up to that date.

cancellation policy

• The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
• All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
• Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.

Read the Trips for Knitters Responsibility/Disclaimer Statement.

FAQ

faq

faq

I'm not a really experienced knitter so will I be able to do the project? What if I don't want to knit the project?
We plan projects that are accessible by knitters at various levels of experience, complexity in knitting, and interest. For those not as confident in their knitting, this can be a great time to move past some of your apprehension with experts to help you along. We also believe that you it's your knitting and if you choose not to do the project or to do it a different way, that's fine. We want you to make the most of your knitting in your way, and it's different for all of us. You still get the project yarn, whether you knit it or not!

How do I get specific questions answered?

Can I bring my husband, friend, family member who is not a knitter?
For this event, we charge everyone the same, so that person sharing your room will pay the same amount as you, but you will each pay the shared room rate, which is less than the private room rate. Please read our Notes for Husbands, which pertains to any non-knitters traveling with you. Non-knitters participate in all activities as they choose, including day trips, meals and tours. If there are several non-knitters we may be able to schedule some side trips for them.

How do I connect with other knitters participating with Trips for Knitters?
We'll put everyone in touch electronically, facilitating email communication, about three months before departure.

What should I bring?
We recommend traveling light. We'll have a detailed discussion and send guidelines.

Do we have to assist in meal preparation or clean up?
You do not have to prepare meals or clean up. You do not have to make your bed! It really is a relaxation trip with a light schedule and lots of time for knitting, connecting with others, learning and doing what you want.

What is the schedule like?
A balanced mix of knitting, workshops and getting out to see the local sights. The schedule allows for time alone, with others, for walks or reading.

I have physical limitations and wonder if I'll be able to manage this trip?
We walk and climb stairs on this trip. While we may take a coach to locations we visit, and we often simply relax, most venues involve walking and/or standing during tours. If you doubt your ability to tolerate a couple of hours on your feet, please contact us prior to booking the trip to discuss if accommodations are available. It may mean we simply need to insure your lodging is on the first floor; other times it may mean your ability to accompany us will be limited.

What if I need to cancel for some reason?
We recommend travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense should you need to cancel. You can shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources. The cancellation policy as stated at the bottom of pricing (above):

  • The $500 per person non-refundable deposit is just that: non-refundable.
  • All cancellations must be in writing. Email is acceptable.
  • Cancellation does not necessarily result in a partial refund.
  • We strongly urge participants to purchase travel insurance to cover airfare and event expense in the event of cancellation. Shop through AAA, your travel agent or online sources such as Travelex.

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