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ARGENTINA & URUGUAY

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October 20-30, 2018
Buenos Aires ~ Montevideo ~ Punta del Este


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TORONTO & MONTREAL, CANADA

April 25 – May 06, 2018

Featuring….
Toronto Knitters Frolic
Tour of the Textile Museum of Canada
A day at Koigu
Sugar Bush Yarns and Bergère de France
Meet designer Veronik Avery at Espace Tricot

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SCOTLAND & ENGLAND

March 13-24, 2018

Featuring....
Edinburgh Yarn Festival
A day at Rowan Yarns, York, 
London & a presentation by
designer Debbie Bliss...and more! 

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ARGENTINA & URUGUAY

October 20-30 , 2018

Your tour itinerary:

Saturday, Oct 20
For those of you who live in North America, you will have to arrange your flight to depart
today in order to arrive in BUENOS AIRES on October 21.

If you would like to arrive in Buenos Aires prior to October 21, contact Traveling Together regarding accommodations at the CasaSur Bellini Hotel: $102 per person, double occupancy, and $187 for a single, including taxes & breakfast.

Sun, Oct 21
Once you arrive at MINISTRO PISTARINI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (EZE), you will make your way to the
CasaSur BELLINI HOTEL. Options for transferring from the airport to the hotel will be provided.

CasaSur Bellini Hotel is located in the heart of Palermo, one of the most distinguished areas of Buenos Aires and is within easy walking distance of upscale art galleries, renowned shopping centers and parks.

Meet the Vogue Knitting editor and your fellow knitters at this evenings WELCOME DINNER.

Mon, Oct 22
Argentina – The name Argentina comes from the Latin word “argentum” (silver) and has been used since the first “Conquistador” (Conqueror) from Spain came to the “Rio de la Plata” (silver river). The country has 40 million inhabitants, many Spanish, Italians, Germans and French emigrated to Argentina, making it the most European influenced country in South America.

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is the center of the political, economic and intellectual life of the country. It has a strong European influence which is reflected by its refined taste in cooking, its luxury boutiques and in the elegance of its inhabitants. The cosmopolitan atmosphere and the individual personality of each of its neighborhoods fascinate visitors. Almost 13 million people live here. This is the birth place of tango, which is included in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Today’s PANORAMIC TOUR OF BUENOS AIRES begins with an overview of the top attractions and historical sites, including 9 de Julio Avenue, Colon Theater, Plaza de Mayo, and a visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral.

The city is composed of forty-eight neighborhoods (known locally as barrios). Our tour will take us to just a few of the most visited and populated barrios, beginning with San Telmo, a historical neighborhood and the oldest district of Buenos Aires. Further south is the picturesque and colorful port neighborhood of La Boca, with its famous street “Caminito” whose buildings and customs reflect the influence of European settlers who arrived during the 19th century, leaving their imprint in the multicolor houses still being used today. Next is the green area of Palermo, with its elegant mansions surrounded by spacious parks and artificial lakes. The last visit on our tour will be La Recoleta, an affluent area known for Paris-style townhouses, lavish former palaces and posh boutiques. The main attraction is Recoleta Cemetery, where national icons like Eva Perón (Evita) rest in extravagant tombs.

An English-speaking local guide will accompany us on all group excursions.

Tue, Oct 23

JOJI LOCATELLI
Joji enjoys living her life in sunny Buenos Aires, while dreaming of visiting the rest of the world armed with knitting needles and yarn. She also thinks life is much sweeter when served with coffee and chocolate!
You can find her on Instagram as @jojilocat and on Facebook as Joji Knits

You will have a half-day CLASS WITH JOJI on how to manage your stash and
group colors. She will be designing a small project just for our group, with
YARNS PROVIDED BY MALABRIGO
.


Dinner this evening will be at Café de Los Angelitos and includes a tango demonstration. Argentine tango is a musical genre and accompanying social dance originating at the end of the 19th century in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. It developed out of a mixture of various rhythms, which were originally danced in the poorer neighborhoods and reflects the nostalgia and melancholy of the European immigrants. Although its lyrics are difficult to understand and impossible to translate, they are profoundly poetic. Each song has a story to tell about the city, its history and its people.

Wed, Oct 24
You will have the entire day to EXPLORE BUENOS AIRES at your leisure. Whether you decide to visit the famous El Ateneo bookstore, or return to one of the neighborhoods we visited on our tour, you’re sure to enjoy this exciting city! As always, you will be provided with a list of local yarn shops in the city.

Thu, Oct 25
This morning we check out of our hotel and transfer to Buenos Aires pier to board a ferry to COLONIA DEL SACRAMENTO in the neighboring country of Uruguay.

URUGUAY is one of South America’s best kept secret, with 600 km of coastline with beautiful sandy beaches as well as stunning landscapes in the country’s interior. Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and British influences make Uruguay a small country with a lot to offer.

Colonia is one of the few remains of the colonial age in the south of South America. It is renowned for its historic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Our TOUR OF COLONIA will include the picturesque streets and monuments of the oldest city in Uruguay. There will be time to stroll around and enjoy the special atmosphere of this small town, an interesting contrast to modern Buenos Aires.

This afternoon we will drive from Colonia to Uruguay's capital city, MONTEVIDEO. Our home for the next 5 nights is the Hyatt Centric Hotel, located in the charming upscale beach barrio of Pocitos. The hotel affords stunning views of the waterfront and an endless promenade to explore. GROUP DINNER tonight will be at the hotel.

Fri, Oct 26
MALABRIGO is a family-owned yarn company that has developed a line of hand-dyed yarns of incredible softness and wonderful color variations. Their products are made from the softest fibers available and are inspired by nature, as well as landscapes, places, art and day-to-day life. Be sure to visit http://www.malabrigoyarn.com/ to learn more about how the company started by two brothers-in-law dyeing wool in a kitchen pot back in 2005 to a business that produces
18 yarn varieties in a range of more than 300 colors!

Our visit this morning to Malabrigo begins with a tour that will explain the entire process that each skein of yarn goes through, once it arrives at the mill. (Please note that you will need to climb 96 steps to reach the mill, with no elevator available.)

With prepared dyes in some of Malabrigo’s most popular colorways, you will have the opportunity to be creative and
DYE YOUR OWN SKEIN OF YARN.
Then it’s time to hit the shelves and bags for some yarn shopping!

This afternoon we will visit the heart of Montevideo to
EXPLORE CIUDAD VIEJA
, the oldest part of the city.
You will have the afternoon to shop, visit the old port market and enjoy strolling along the waterfront promenade on Montevideo Bay.

Sat, Oct 27
After touring the Malabrigo mill and learning about the production of their yarns, today we visit their flock of Merino and Corriedale sheep. We will spend a good part of the day at LA SERENA, a ranch located in an area of Uruguay called Piedras de Afilar and owned by our host, Juan Pablo.

Although this small flock does not cover Malabrigo’s whole production, it's a great show case of how their sheep are bred and treated to ensure their humane, high-quality care of their flock in order to produce the best quality fibers.

Experts will be on hand to tell us all about these breeds and then it’s time for lunch! You’ll be treated to a typical Uruguayan asado, with different kinds of grilled meats and vegetables and accompanied by Uruguayan red and white wine. After enjoying some homemade desserts and a walk around the ranch, we will make the drive back to our hotel.

Sun, Oct 28
This morning we drive to PUNTA DEL ESTE, known as the St. Tropez of Uruguay for its miles of beautiful, pristine beaches. Our tour will begin with a scenic drive through Punta del Este’s most fashionable and impressive neighborhoods, with a stop at Punta Ballena for sweeping views up and down the coast.

We will make a visit to Casapueblo, the home and atelier of internationally renowned artist Carlos Paez Vilaró. This dazzling white complex, resembling Spanish-Moroccan architecture, is situated on a rocky bluff overlooking the ocean. Vilaró built it in 1958 with his own hands using
only traditional tools. Narrow steps lead to a
maze of rooms scattered on different levels
and filled with the artist’s works.

Next is La Barra, with its unique hanging bridges, and then a drive along the wide variety of fine sandy beaches, including Playa Brava, with the famous sculpture of La Mano (the hand) by Chilean artist Mario Irarrázabal.

Our last stop will be the downtown area, with time for lunch and shopping.

Mon, Oct 29
MANOS DEL URUGUAY is celebrating their 50th anniversary!
The Manos Cooperatives were founded in 1968, begun by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work. Over the last 50 years the Manos Cooperatives have expanded to encompass 17 individual cooperatives, employing 350 artisans.


Although it is not feasible to visit the individual villages, with the help of Lisa Myers, owner of Fairmount Fibers Ltd., the US distributor of Manos yarns and Cecilia Lalanne, director of the handknitting division of Manos del Uruguay, there will be a presentation about MANOS del URUGUAY and the opportunity to buy their yarns. With each purchased skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn you will be helping a woman to support her family. Each skein is signed, so you will know who made your yarn, and from which village it came.
Be sure to visit http://fairmountfibers.com/about-manos to learn more about this enterprising organization.

There will be time today to explore the area around the hotel, prior to tonight’s FAREWELL DINNER at our hotel.

Tue, Oct 30 (Please note that most flights will not arrive in the U.S. until tomorrow, Oct. 31st)
You will need to arrange for your flight home to depart from CARRASCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MVD). Although there are some flights to the U.S. that depart early and late morning, the majority are scheduled in the evening. There will be a group transfer that will have everyone at the airport in time for flights that depart 7:00pm or later. For earlier flights, your tour escort will help you arrange shared rides, if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day.

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Included in your tour:
*Hotels
*Breakfast each morning
*4 Dinners & 1 lunch, as noted in the itinerary
*Tango performance
*Tour and yarn dying session at Malabrigo Mill
*Presentation by Manos del Uruguay
*Visit to La Serena and Punta del Este
*Land travel by private motorcoach and ferry ride to Uruguay
*Group tours & activities
*An English-speaking local guide to accompany all group excursions
*Hosted by a Vogue Knitting editor
*Escorted by a professional tour leader
*Yarn shopping and more!

Tour Price:
$ 3575 per person, double occupancy
$ 689 single supplement
(Airfare is not included in the cost of your tour)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Be sure to read all 2018 TOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS prior to signing and sending in your registration.

If you would like to arrive Buenos Aires prior to October 21, contact Traveling Together regarding accommodations at the CasaSur Bellini Hotel: $102 per person, double occupancy and $187 for a single, including taxes & breakfast.

Any luggage fees, taxes or other costs related to arriving at the airport in Buenos Aires and departing from Montevideo Airport, are the responsibility of the individual.

Please note:
This tour is best experienced by walking. In order to fully enjoy yourself, you will need to be able to walk distances of up to 5 city blocks at any one time, and at a moderate pace. You will need to climb flights of stairs, including the 96 steps to reach Malabrigo Mill, with no elevator available. Be sure to read over our Terms and Conditions and then if you have any questions about your ability to join the tour, please give our office a call and we will be happy to discuss this with you, in more detail.

TO REGISTER:

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Please be sure to print and read the current Terms & Conditions

Print and mail in the completed current Registration Form along with your deposit

If you would like assistance with your air travel, please call Northwood Travel at 800-780-0571
or email them at info@NorthwoodTravel.com
Please note: This email address and phone number is for making air arrangements, only.

We require that all travelers departing the U.S. be in possession of a CURRENT PASSPORT
that does not expire until at least 6 months from the date of your scheduled return to the U.S.

Traveling Together, inc.
2166 Drew Street, Suite B ~ Clearwater FL 33765
PH. 727-239-0483 Fax 727-239-0485
Email: info@travelingtogether.net          Website: www.TravelingTogether.net

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TORONTO & MONTREAL

CANADA

April 25 – May 06, 2018


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Meet-and-greet and book signings at Romni Wools with
Kate Atherley, Fiona Ellis, Sachiko Burgin and other designers.

Rowan trunk show at our private luncheon in Toronto

Meet dyer Kathryn Drysdale of Riverside Studio at
La Maison Tricotee
in Montreal

Your tour Itinerary:

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
The tour begins today at the SHERATON CENTRE HOTEL in TORONTO. Whether you decide to fly to Toronto Pearson International Airport or Toronto City Centre Island Airport, you will be provided with options for transferring to the hotel.

The Sheraton Centre Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Toronto and close to the city's top attractions. The hotel has an on-site spa, several restaurants, a full fitness center and a state-of-the-art indoor-outdoor pool. The best of downtown Toronto is at your fingertips, as it is conveniently connected to the entertainment district by way of the PATH, a 16 mile underground network of shops and services.

Meet the Vogue Knitting editor and your fellow knitters at this evenings WELCOME DINNER.

If you would like to arrive in Toronto one day early, Traveling Together has rooms available at the cost of
$139 per person for a double room and $272 for a single, which includes breakfast and tax.

Thu, Apr 26

Our first visit this morning is ROMNI WOOLS, a yarn shop founded over four decades ago as the Toronto version of Romni Vancouver (now closed.) Owner, Marilyn Leonard and her son Jonathon Leonard have kept Romni very much a family business, with a long tradition of fiber arts knowledge and sales. There will be plenty of yarn, knitting books, and supplies available in this large, two-story shop. They are also planning MEET-AND-GREETS WITH A LOCAL DESIGNER OR TWO!
Next stop is the DISTILLERY DISTRICT. Located east of downtown, it contains numerous cafés, restaurants, and shops housed within heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Toronto's restored Distillery District features the continent's best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture. this historic pedestrian-only neighborhood is flanked by industrial-style Victorian buildings and paved with cobblestone once tread on by horse-drawn carriages, with art galleries, performance spaces, cafes, restaurants and yes, a brewery. There will be time for lunch and shopping.

Fri, Apr 27
After a leisurely morning with time to explore downtown Toronto, the afternoon will be spent at the TORONTO TEXTILE MUSEUM. This is the only Canadian museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and documentation of textiles with a permanent collection of more than 12,000 textiles from around the world. Covering 2000 years of textile history, the collection includes fabrics, ceremonial cloths, garments, carpets, quilts and related artifacts.

We will have a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR of the museum’s current exhibitions and a visit to the fourth floor storage area to see the COLLECTION OF KNITTED OBJECTS, with time to go through the other galleries on your own and visit the museum’s gift shop.

The two featured exhibits that will be on at the time of our visit:

Jane Kidd: Curious
Jane Kidd (b. 1952) is one of Canada’s preeminent artists working in the medium of textile. She is an award-winning, internationally recognized artist who works with the ancient medium of tapestry. This exhibition comprises works from two recent series of work by Kidd; she asked herself what would happen if scientists who are intent on genetic modification took two very different living things and attached them together to create a new entity. The resulting works that depict such imagined life-forms are colorful and beautiful, allowing the viewer huge pleasure until he or she begins to absorb the chilling commentary within the work. Her commitment to handwork and its aptness for this recent commentary is remarkable.

The Textile Artistry of Itchiku Kubota
Kimono, once the traditional dress for the Japanese, are here transformed into stunning works of art that illuminate the wide-ranging imagination of Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003), an extraordinary artist who won international recognition through exhibitions in North America and Europe for his unconventional designs, distinctive use of color, and intense commitment to his art and craft. While still a young man, Kubota first saw an example of tsujigahana, a 16th-century Japanese textile decorative technique that incorporated resist-dyeing, brush painting, applied metallic leaf, and embroidery. The impact of this tiny fragment of decorated cloth was such that he decided to dedicate his life to recreating the lost art of tsujigahana. This exhibition showcases the 36 stunning works that Kubota created before his death for "Symphony of Light," a series of kimono that would depict “the grandeur of the universe,” as well as nine additional kimono that showcases the depth and breadth of Kubota’s innovative use of tsujigahana.

Sat, Apr 28

The entire day will be spent at the
21ST TORONTO KNITTERS FROLIC
—Toronto’s premier fibre event, organized by the Toronto Knitters Guild. Held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, the Frolic Marketplace is open from 9am to 4:30pm. The vendors will be offering an amazing assortment of yarn, fibre,
pottery, beads and accessories,
from across Canada.

Sun, Apr 29

At a private luncheon today, VOGUE KNITTING will have a FASHION SHOW featuring garments from current Vogue Knitting issues. These garments will be available throughout the trip for all to see and try on. Find out what goes on behind-the scenes at Vogue Knitting from one of the editors, who will also give a preview of the next VK magazine, as well as a trend forecast. Bring your knitting, finished projects, along with any questions, for a group knitting session, Q&A, and show-n-tell.

Jennifer Edgar, Chief Executive Officer of EUCALAN will be on hand to tell us all about Eucalan’s simple soak and spin, a delicate wash that has been the preferred choice for laundering exquisite handmade creations for over 25 years. Jennifer is sure to bring some goodies for everyone!

There will still be time to explore more of Toronto,
as most of downtown shops are open today, including the Toronto
Eaton Centre (open until 7pm), just a short walk from our hotel.

Mon, Apr 30

Meet the Sweet New Kid on the Block –

SUGAR BUSH YARNS!

This morning we depart Toronto and travel through the Maple Syrup country of beautiful Ontario to a showcase full of sweet luxury yarns designed by the Sugar Bush Team. Take part in a yarn tasting, meet some of the Sugar Bush designers and see their creative works, enjoy some locally produced sweet maple treats and get a sneak peek into “What’s New from Sugar Bush Yarns” in 2018.

Our next stop is the Spinrite YARN FACTORY OUTLET in Listowel. This store houses the complete collections of Patons, Bernat, Lily, and Phentex yarns with full color ranges and patterns to inspire. They also house Canada's largest selection of discontinued and discounted mill end yarns.

Our hotel for the next two nights is Inn on the Bay. Located on an inlet of Georgian Bay it features a walking path along the water and harbor to nearby downtown Owen Sound.

Tue, May 01

A DAY AT KOIGU
you are in for a sensational and colorful experience!

One of the highlights of the trip will
be a visit to the studio of
Maie,Taiu and Kersti Landra,
owners of Koigu Wool Designs.

This morning we drive to nearby Chatsworth, a rural community surrounded by farmlands and forests, where you will meet the Koigu team, the artists that create Koigu’s unique color combinations. In addition to visiting their studio and seeing the original garments from their book Knits from a Painter's Palette and Wrapped in Color, there will be a dying session workshop and lunch with the Koigu team.

Dinner tonight will be at our hotel with a fashion show featuring the Koigu team and their creations.

Wed, May 02
Late this morning we depart Owen Sound and drive to the Toronto Pearson International Airport for our afternoon FLIGHT TO MONTRÉAL. Set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province and is considered the cultural capital of Canada.

LE CENTRE SHERATON MONTRÉAL
will be our hotel for the next four nights.

Thu, May 03

This morning we will have a PANORAMIC TOUR of the city that will give you an overview of Montréal’s top attractions and historical sites, including a visit to the Gothic Revival NOTRE-DAME BASILICA. Once you are familiar with everything the city has to offer, you can make the most of your free time over the next few days.
After time for lunch, we will make our way to ESPACE TRICOT. Melissa Clulow
and Lisa Di Fruscia opened Espace Tricot in 2010. In addition to offering a large and carefully curated selection of yarns and fibers, notions, accessories, books
and patterns they have graciously offered to host a meet-and-greet with
VERONIK AVERY.
"A seamstress long before she began to knit, Veronik’s experience with sewing clothes and costumes have always influenced her work as a knitwear designer. She loves being able to design a textile to accompany her patternmaking.

Veronik is the author of ‘Knitting Classic Style’ and ‘Knitting 24/7”; her designs have appeared in many publications, including books from Interweave Press, Lark Books and STC and magazines such as Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knitscene and Woman’s Day.

Veronik lives on the island of Montreal with her husband and daughter and spends her time designing for Brooklyn Tweed and other projects. When she isn’t making things out of fibre or fabric, you’ll most likely find her in the kitchen where she eschews sweet things in favour of things savoury.

Fri, May 04

Since 1946, BERGÈRE DE FRANCE has been manufacturing quality hand knitting yarns in the heart of France. Each year they offer over 300 new
knitting patterns for women, men, babies and children;
as well as an extensive selection of accessories for
needle works and other creative crafts.
“Today we will take a guided tour through the showroom and warehouse of
BERGÈRE DE FRANCE’S North American facilities
where you will be treated to a private trunk show event
with exclusive pricing for Vogue Knitting participants. Refreshments reminiscent of Montréal`s rich French heritage will be served during the event and each
attendee will receive a
BERGERE DE FRANCE tote bag filled with surprises
that are sure to please the avid Vogue Knitter!”

Our next visit will be with Céline Barbeau, owner of LA MAISON TRICOTÉE
(the Knitted House). The shop resembles a country house and even has a tearoom where her customers can relax while they knit and chat. In addition to a wide array of yarns and accessories.

Céline has arranged a meet-and-greet with local hand-dyer, KATHRYN DRYSDALE of Riverside Studio. Kathryn is a visual artist with a passion for colour and fiber. Be sure to visit Kathryn at Riverside studio and on Instagram.

Sat, May 05

You will have all day to
EXPLORE MONTRÉAL!

Visit the historic district of Old Montréal with its cobblestone streets and elegant architecture, taking time to relax and soak up the ambiance of the Old Port (Vieux-Port) stretching for over two kilometers along the St-Lawrence River.

Just minutes from our hotel is an entrance to Montréal's Underground City, one of the largest underground complexes in the world, with over 20 miles of tunnels connecting shopping centers, museums and restaurants. If you are in the mood for a little retail therapy it’s just a short walk to Saint Catherine Street, one of Montréal's most noteworthy shopping destinations. There you will find everything from international retailers to smaller shops, including a collection of boutiques at Ogilvy's.

Whatever you decide to do, just be back in time for our FAREWELL DINNER this evening at our hotel!

Sun, May 06
You can arrange for your flight home to depart from MONTRÉAL PIERRE ELLIOTT TRUDEAU INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (YUL) at any time today. You will be provided with available options for transferring to the airport and your tour escort will help you arrange shared rides if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day.

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SCOTLAND & ENGLAND

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March 13-24, 2018

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
For those of you living in North America, you will need to arrange your flight to depart today,
in order to arrive in EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND on Mar 14.

If you would like to arrive Edinburgh prior to Mar 14, contact Traveling Together regarding accommodations at the
Hilton Edinburgh Carlton: $76 per person, double occupancy and $137 for a single, including taxes & breakfast.

Wed, Mar 14
Once you arrive at EDINBURGH AIRPORT (EDI), you will make your way to the HILTON EDINBURGH CARLTON. Options for transferring from the airport to the hotel will be provided.

Location! Location! Location! The Hilton Edinburgh Carlton is perfectly located in the center of the city, on the famous Royal Mile. The building dates back to the 1900s and is part of the impressive North Bridge which links Edinburgh’s Old and New town together, giving you easy access to the iconic attractions, luxurious boutiques and an array of restaurants and pubs. Once one of Edinburgh’s top department stores, the building was fully refurbished in 2016 to bring the décor
back to its stylish best.

Meet the Vogue Knitting editor and your fellow knitters at this evenings WELCOME DINNER.

Thu, Mar 15
EDINBURGH
is the capital city of Scotland and seat of the Scottish Parliament. The Medieval Old Town and the Georgian New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.


This morning we will have a PANORAMIC TOUR that will give you an overview of the city and then you will have the remainder of the day to explore Edinburgh’s winding streets, elegant terraces and an abundance of shops. The Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse are all open this afternoon and you will be provided with a list of some local yarn shops. If you would like more free time to explore this exciting city, be sure to note the early night arrival option.

To help schedule your free time and learn about the places you are most interested in, we recommend
that you purchase a travel guide. The most popular are Frommer’s, Foder’s, Rick Steves’, or DK Eyewitness.
Be sure to check your travel guide or websites for opening days and times
for any particular activity or museum that you are interested in.

Fri & Sat, Mar 16 & 17

EDINBURGH YARN FESTIVAL is the UK's Premier Urban Hand-Knitting Show, held at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. This will be the 5th event for the festival and it just gets bigger and better each year! Many of the exhibitors are small producers with a real focus on 'sheep-to-yarn' as well as color and spin, showing the very best in hand-dyed yarn. It's not all yarn and knitting though, as they also offer spinning fiber, equipment, crochet, bags, buttons, kits, books, patterns and much more.

Admission for these 2 days to the marketplace are included in the price of your tour.


To get a better idea of what to expect at the festival you can visit http://www.edinyarnfest.com/home-2017/ for festival images and access to their blog. It will allow you to see the exhibitors and vendors that were in attendance this past year, including Jamieson's of Shetland, Kate Davies Designs, Ysolda and Old Maiden Aunt Yarns. To sign up to receive their email newsletter and find ways to follow them on social media, visit http://www.edinyarnfest.com/mailing-lists/

Sun, Mar 18
You will have the morning free to do any last minute sightseeing or souvenir shopping, before we depart Edinburgh and drive south to West Yorkshire, UK. A GROUP DINNER will be at the BRIGHOUSE HOTEL in Clifton Village and then you will want to get a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s visit to Rowan!

Mon, Mar 19

Margaret Hill, Rowan’s Site Administrator, wrote the following:

ROWAN, whose name was inspired by the beautiful shrubs lining the banks of the river Holme in Yorkshire, was born in 1978 and started its life above a grocery store near Huddersfield. Our founders Stephen Sheard and Simon Cockin wanted to produce knitting yarns, which were both quality and perfect for the design trends of the time, showcasing an array of natural fibres in a paintbox colour palette.

Today, we use the inspiration of key designers such as Kaffe Fassett, Martin Storey, Brandon Mably, Sarah Hatton and Lisa Richardson to showcase these through our seasonal pattern collections and acclaimed Knitting & Crochet Magazines, which are released twice a year.

Our ultimate aim remains to offer a selection of high quality, natural yarns, which are a pleasure to knit with and a pleasure to wear. We hope that Rowan designs represent heritage, timeless pieces with an emphasis on the best fibres.

This morning we drive to the North Light Gallery in the nearby town of HUDDERSFIELD, HOME TO ROWAN. David MacLeod, Rowan & Patons Brand Manager, will start the day off with a new yarn taster. There will be presentations from some of the Rowan designers throughout the day and lunch will be catered by “Sons of the North Café”. At the end of the day there is a good chance that there will be a sale of whatever yarns are in Rowan’s storeroom!

We depart Huddersfield late this afternoon and travel to YORK for 2 nights at the GRAND HOTEL AND SPA, York's only 5-Star Hotel. Housed in the iconic former headquarters of the North Eastern Railway Company, its location alongside the historic city walls affords stunning views of York Minster and is just minutes from the city’s medieval streets and boutique shops. GROUP DINNER this evening at the hotel.

Tues, Mar 20
Our day starts with a PRIVATE WALKING TOUR OF YORK. The city holds 1900 years' worth of history in its ancient walls and our guide will give you an overview of the most important historical sites. At the end of the guided tour, we will visit the famous YORK MINSTER. The 13th-century Gothic cathedral features a collection of medieval stained glass windows that is among the finest and rarest in the world. There are 128 stained glass windows, containing about 2 million individual pieces of medieval glass….great inspiration for knitting designs!

The afternoon and evening is FREE TO EXPLORE YORK. In addition to visiting Knit & Stitch and Duttons for Buttons, you’ll want to stroll through the Shambles, one of the oldest streets in York with its overhanging timber-framed buildings, some dating back as far as the fourteenth century. Visits to Clifford’s Tower and the Jorvik Viking Center are just some of the many other options of places to visit, but be sure to find time to visit the famous Bettys. This tea room was founded in 1936 and is still one of the most popular eateries in all of York.

Wed, Mar 21
This morning we depart York for LONDON, the capital of England, the United Kingdom and home to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Family. At its center stand the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames River, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

Our hotel for 3 nights is the 4-star RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN, VANDERBILT. This recently restored Grade II listed building was originally home to the Vanderbilt family and is located in fashionable South Kensington. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the capital's world-class museums and shops, including the nearby Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington Palace, and Harrod’s department store.

DINNER this evening will be at our hotel with special guest, DEBBIE BLISS!

DEBBIE BLISS has been designing knitwear for more than two decades. She is the bestselling author of more than 40 books on knitting design and has her own line of luxurious yarns, sold worldwide. She has lectured extensively, particularly in North America and the UK, including the VK Live shows, The Royal Toronto Museum and the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. In 2014 Debbie expanded into ceramics and textiles with knitting related products and has a shop Debbie Bliss Home in East London run by her daughter Nell. Nell is also involved in the Debbie Bliss brand with her own line of yarns and designs directed at the younger knitter under the C and B label.

In 2015 Debbie was awarded an MBE for her services to hand knitting and the craft industry in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Debbie lives with her husband Barry and two lively dogs in East London.

IN HER PRESENTATION Debbie will be talking about her history in the business, her inspiration and the background to her collection and ranges. She will be joined by Nell.

Thu, Mar 22
This morning we board our motor coach for a PANORAMIC TOUR OF LONDON. The tour will familiarize you with the many sights and areas of London that you can explore during your free time. Our step-on guide will give you information on the best ways to get around the city, what special exhibits and shows are running, and answer any of your questions regarding this wonderful city. If you missed something on the guided tour, your tour escort and hotel concierge will be happy to find the answer and head you in the right direction.

Fri, Mar 23
That tour of London will come in handy today. You’ll have the ENTIRE DAY TO EXPLORE LONDON and visit those places in the city that interest you most. Whether you decide to shop at Harrods or the famous Burlington Arcade, visit the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, explore the extensive textile collections at the famous Victoria & Albert Museum, your day in London is sure to be a memorable one.

However you decide to spend your day, you will want to be back to the hotel in time for the FAREWELL DINNER.
This will be your last chance to say goodbye to your fellow knitters, many of whom have become friends that you’ll want to stay in contact with and make plans with for the next Vogue Knitting tour!

Sat, Mar 24
You can arrange for your flight home to DEPART FROM ANY LONDON AIRPORT, at any time today. You will be provided with available options for getting to the London Airports for your flight home and your tour escort will help you arrange shared rides if there are others with flights departing around the same time of day. If you should want to extend your stay at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, rooms will be based on availability at the time you request them.

Included in your 12-day tour:
*Hotels
*Breakfast each morning
*5 Dinners & 1 lunch,
as noted in the itinerary
*2 days admission & special event at Edinburgh Yarn Festival
*Day at Rowan
*Presentation by Debbie Bliss
*Land travel by private motorcoach 
*Luggage handling at hotels when arriving or departing as a group, where available 
*Group tours & activities
*Hosted by a Vogue Knitting editor
*Escorted by a professional tour leader
*Yarn shopping and more!

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