Hookers Aboard a Crochet Cruise, Hawaiian 2017
Here on board Grand Princess in the Pacific Ocean. 72 Crocheters and their families or friends have joined us from San Francisco to Hawaii and back. A 15 day voyage with crochet intermixed with a tropical holiday.
This particular group of crocheters has been really connective. Not just in our party but also what I would refer to as Ambassadors of Crochet. While in the crochet industry that ambassadors are usually granted to those in positions like mine, here on board, these group of people not only crochet but represent the crochet industry and hobby with such positivity and encouragement of others who haven’t tried crochet before.
It was funny in the beginning of this cruise. A few crocheters met in the Atrium, Deck 5 in the first evening but then as each day progressed, more and more crocheters took their rightful place during stitch social. At times, I felt like we were in the zoo, behind the rails as we formed large circles of crochet connectivity between us. We were photographed, pointed at, questions asked and many of our crocheters shared their love and more about The Crochet Crowd in the evenings.
My friends, those who haven’t been on one of our cruises, the connectivity is unmatched when just crocheting at home. We’ve become a true real-time community on-board. While some argue that people can just crochet at home. There’s something about a tall glass of happy beverages, what feels like endless bags of yarn at our disposal to play with and new conversations that allow us to learn, reflect and grow that you cannot get at home.
In many ways, the life on board the cruise ship is like a quick dream-like state of cyber to reality. There’s a lot to be said about laughter and connectivity. You feel empowered to belong to something. Arriving in locations of the ship and being greeted with smiles and happy hellos. In a ship of 3,000 people, you can certainly feel alone when you travel on your own. As a crochet community, we try to be inclusive, not just of our group, but all who appreciate the stitch work and feel connected to us a group itself.
Every crochet cruise is different. For me, this is the cruise of ‘comfort and joy’. Comfort in the slowness of the duration of the 15 day cruise to truly get beyond the box and try something new. Joy, within the smiles and stories we have shared with each other. You realize pretty quickly, you are not alone in this journey that we easily call, ‘life’.
This morning, we went around the room to share a moment or two about who has made a difference. There are truly those who stand out from the crowd. Those who put their projects down and lean over to give tips, ideas, pattern help and/or maybe a shoulder to cry on. There are many moments where I looked from afar and was proud of the crocheters for extending themselves to help others. In many ways, we have come together from various places on the globe and connected in one spot. Strangers for many on Day 1, real-time community a few days in and long lasting bonds to potentially last a life time.
They do say, at least this group. What happens on a cruise ship stays on a cruise ship. Certainly, this particular cruise, people have gotten personal to reach out, share and even sharing their personal embarrassing moments. You know when this happens, true friendships have formed. So as we make our way back to San Fransisco, we are a few days out. Still more workshops to do, stitch socials to come together and, my favourite part, the evening stitch socials of a laughter and hooking. In many ways, I wished I had this type of life at home. To pick this ship up and take it home with me. But the dream-state must wrap up and all of us go our own way once again.
For many, we will see them again in the future crochet cruises. Next one is just 6 months away. It seems like a long time… but in a span of ones’ life, it’s just a blink of an eye.
On behalf of The Crochet Crowd here on board Grand Princess, we wish you the very best. We are having a great time and we will see you all back online really soon!