A knitter travels the world

Published 3:21 pm Monday, February 28, 2011

Once a knitter, always a knitter! I learned my first stitch seven years ago while trying to help my child with a toy knit kit.

In seeking stories for my column, I stumbled upon a wonderful yarn store with the usual yummy, soft yarns and colors arranged in an eye-popping palette.

Knitters are interesting people, and so I wasn’t surprised when my conversation with owner Joanne Alderman turned to travel, and her childhood experience of cruising aboard a freighter, which set the tone for her exploration of the Mediterranean as an adult.

Joanne Aldermann

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Part of cruising is the idea of mega-ships with Broadway productions, fine dining, all meals included and movies under the stars. Though I love big ships, tall ships and small ships, I also studied the freighter; an old fashioned way that offers an alternative to Transatlantic travel via air or cruise. It’s not a travel method that is necessarily less expensive than a cruise.

On the contrary, for a plentiful sum you can hop aboard in comfortable, but not luxurious amenities, and be part of the crew getting cargo imported or exported. It’s a rewarding adventure.

I had never met anyone who had done it until Joanne, and realized that every traveler has a fascinating worldview – some from the perspective of the sea.

To email YOUR travel story to columnist Lucianne Evans, contact the Tryon Daily Bulletin or Evans at jazzmusictravel@gmail.com .

Where’ve You Been

Who: Joanne Alderman, owner of the Knitter’s Nest, Columbus.

Where are you from?: Raised on Long Island, Joanne’s father was a Maritime lawyer for ship owners and helped set the strict standards of the shipping industry. His family, including Joanne, went on many trips as guests of the owners.

Where’ve you been? “When I was a child we went to Europe several times, Japan, Yugoslavia and Egypt. We travelled to Cuba just before Castro took over, and we went through the Panama Canal 50 years ago!  After college, I went to Italy to study Italian, and loved it so much that a six week course turned into living there six years. During that time I was fascinated by my visits to Greece and Turkey.”

Loved: “When I was a child, I loved being on a freighter. You have to make up your own entertainment, and part of that was the ability to learn about navigation.

As a treat for me, I’d be given a watch, and would be allowed to steer. I steered so straight once the Captain almost let me take the ship through the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey, but my mother said no.”

As an adult, I loved everything about Greece. I love the music, the food, the people, and the atmosphere. Ditto for Italy. What they call “La Dolce Vita,” the sweet life, is an attitude I’ll never forget.

Where would you like to go next? “There are specialty trips and cruises for knitters, hosted by star authors and yarn designers, and I would love to go on one of those.”

Lily Chin has been a master knit author and television star for 25 years, for example, and she has plans for a river cruise to China, which will part of her “Yarniverse” series.

Another chic knit designer, Helen Hamann, has been guiding textile, Alpaca, and fiber arts tours to Peru for several years.

About Lucianne Evans

An accomplished jazz singer who sings under the name Lucianne Evans, developed the business idea for Jazz Music Travel, took a two year Travel and Tourism course study with the legendary Ben Streets at Blue Ridge Community College, and recently embarked on her own journey to bring more and more people to the experience of travel.

She performed her first professional gig at the age of 17 in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Jazz and R & B became an interest early in her career. She studied music at Carnegie-Mellon University and mentored with members of the group, Oregon at the Naropa Institute in Colorado. By age 24 she had rave reviews for a performance at the International Festival du Jazz de Montreal, appeared on French TV and radio, and in night clubs in New York and Montreal as a solo performer and lead vocalist. Several of her recordings have received acclaim, her pop song “Dear Lonely One” - a BMI Workshop award winner and her CD, Flamingo—Blue Chip status as “Top Vocal CD’s of 2002” in the Jazz Education Journal, by Dr. Herb Wong, on a short list with Diana Krall and Bobby McFerrin. It was also the #2 download in Belgium for six months. Moving to Asheville to follow a spouse, she has proved herself as a powerhouse vocalist among both “blue collar” and “white shoe” society. Performances include WNC Jazz Society, the Jazz Society of Far Western NC, Hilton Head Jazz Society, and a successful tour of California including Carmel, where The Jazz and Blues Company featured her on KRML, the original station of Clint Eastwood's “Play Misty For Me.”

Jazz Music Travel specializes in selling status and security for cruises that visit land-based jazz festivals each year in places like Anguilla, Barbados, Martinique, Riviera Maya, Bermuda and more. Imagine arriving aboard a yacht and experiencing world class performances from artists such as Herbie Hancock, Esmerelda Spaulding, Lynne Ariale, Dianne Reeves; all in the spirit of legacies like Hank Jones and Nina Simone. Sit back and re-connect with songs that are part of your life as these towns burst into life to the strains of trumpets, sax and drums.

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