Contact me: Cathy@CathleensHands.com
2017-18 Travel Plans
This solo trip is my most ambitious of my whole life. Most of my travel plans beyond three months out are fairly tentative, but with this itinerary you can begin to get an idea of where I will be and when. As dates/places become firm over time, those items will be listed in orange and bolded. Those are the ones that will be more difficult to change.
As mentioned on an earlier page, my goal on this trip is to connect with other people who like to spin and knit—especially lace knitters. I am happy to informally visit with you in your home or accompany you to a knitting or spinning group. I can also make more formal presentations or short classes. You can see a list of those here.
If you would like to invite me to visit you or your fiber group (or any kind of group, for that matter) on a certain day or time, please email me and we can begin a conversation about what will work for both of us. Send as many details as you can:
¨ Preferred date(s) (Please see my tentative schedule below)
¨ Would you like a class or presentation
· Formal—for example, a class for a group of people
· Informal—for example, knitting and with you and/or some friends in your living room.
¨ Would you like me to stay overnight? Can you provide a place to sleep? (I am not picky! See recommendations from previous hosts here.)
¨ Anything else you would like to know
2018 Itinerary Details:
You may have noticed that my original plans have changed and expanded. I have decided that I am enjoying this nomadic way of life. Because my European visa came close to expiring in December 2017, and since I felt like I was not “done” with Europe, I decided to winter over in Ireland and the UK. I have to wait 90 days before I can return to the Continent, so I will use that time visiting friends I have made and connecting with more fiber people. So here is an updated tentative itinerary:
Mid-Nov. to Mid-Dec. (2017)to Late October Alijo, Douro Valley, Portugal
I plan to plant myself in a small town for 2-3 weeks to get some work done and get to know the community. I will be looking for a room or small affordable apartment, with wi-fi access. A market nearby would be very special.
December through Christmas Ireland
Late January through Mid March Scotland and England
March—June Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia
Returning to the Continent to visit the places I missed last year. These countries are full of lace knitters!
Estonia has been a long-time goal of mine to visit because I LOVE Estonian lace—nuups and all! Well, especially the nuups! I look forward to meeting some of these most talented of lace knitters and learning a few things from them—if I can come close to keeping up!
Later in 2018 India, Thailand, SE Asia (This is very tentative)
I have some thoughts to work on a book and I may retreat to some lovely beach village here to work on it. For those who have travelled to Thailand, I would love your suggestions for locations.