For Your Viewing Pleasure

Just a few pictures to show you why I'm excited as can be to move to West Point.  Maybe I've just been in Kansas too long, but the leaves, the sky, the water.  It all just gets my heart pumping!  I can't wait!


Sweaters Galore

I have sweaters on the needles.  In fact, I have a lot of them.   And a whole bunch in the queue.  This was normal, but suddenly I have even more in the immediate queue, and a promise to finish my husband's before the first snow fall.  We live in Kansas, so I assume your immediate reaction is...."ehh, you have plenty of time".  Well this particular sweater has been on my needles for possibly close to 2 years, and I'm not fighting the environment of Kansas here.  I'm talking about the first snowfall of New York.

Yep, I actually get to enjoy a real Autumn this year.  That's right, we are moving back to New York.  Not home, not Rochester.  In fact I have a promise to myself that I will never move back there by choice.  When you think Army & New York duty station you automatically assume Fort Drum (if you have military experience).  Nope - dodged that bullet.  Not heading to Fort Drum, we in fact are moving to West Point!!   Typically we in the Army think of that as a school, not a duty station, but with the prestige they have and all the VIPs that visit, of course they have helicopters.  So naturally they need people to run and take care of them.  So yay for us!  It is seriously such a great opportunity for my husband, not to mention the proximity to so many different family members in the area.

Did I mention all the yarn shops in the area?  Oh, and you know....Rhinebeck?  An hour away?  So the race is on.  Finish at least one sweater, before I start a Rhinebeck sweater. This gives me options - My daughter's Owlet sweater, my Sophia, or my husband's Emilien.  The smallest would be the Owlet, of course that might be taking the easy way out.  And there are contenders in the lead for my personal Rhinebeck sweater and I have the yarn for all three.  Which one?

The Artemisia Sweater.

Or Owls.

Agnes Pullover.


New Endeavor

It all started when the girl next door came to babysit.  She asked if my daughter had Barbies they could play with.  Well, honestly I had never even thought to buy her a Barbie.  And I think she's at the right age to start.  Not everyone is a "Barbie person" but she was one of the only dolls I played with growing up and definitely the one who's memories are still picture perfect in my head.  I loved playing with them.

So of course the next time I went out, I bought her a Barbie.  Just a cheap "swimsuit" one to see how well Miss A played with her, or even if she showed any interest.  Well that Barbie rarely leaves her side.  She went in the bath, pool and bed with her.  But I felt like her "clothes" really should cover a bit more and decided I needed to make some Barbie clothes.  Found some patterns on Pinterest and it all started from there.

I am obsessed with making Barbie clothes now.  They are so cute.  So simple.  So fast.  And, they take up all my scraps!!  And really, don't they make her look a lot more classy?  I've decided to continue making them.  Again and again.  And sell them.  I'm finally at the point, after years of people telling me to, that I'm making an Etsy shop. I plan to sell Barbie clothes, but also other small accessories.  Maybe handspun yarn, maybe some dyed yarn.  And definitely some shawls.  I have a problem knitting shawls I never want to wear.

Then the hard part came.  Coming up with a name.  Something not too specific as far as craft.  So ideas are Annabug Alley, Annabug Lane or Sew Lovely.  Please share any suggestions, or opinions!!  I would appreciate any feedback!

An FO Friday Post.


Armchair Travel KAL

It's that time again!  Of course it's time for another KAL!!  I'll be joining Maria of Subway Knits Podcast, along with some other swell folks in this KAL which has anything and everything to do with her upcoming trip to Greece!!  Don't I wish it was me.  But if you can't travel it's best to live vicariously I say!  The gist of it
Knit a pattern or use a yarn to knit something inspired by Greece while I share the places I go and explore over the next two months
Pop on over to the Subway Knits blog or Ravelry page to learn all the details.  And if you don't know about it already, it means you don't listen to her podcast.  Word of advice?  Do it!  I've been inspired by yarn from my stash diving adventure - this beauty:

I've just started and by just started, I mean I'm still on the cast on.  So take that as literal as it comes.  I cast on once or twice yesterday for Coquille out of the French Girl Knits Accessories book, but the main stitch for this hat I'm making is brioche and I sat and stared at my knitting for 2 hours (while being distracted by Veronica Mars of course) because I couldn't figure the first stitch out.  I think it was because the cast on wasn't working well for me. I'm hoping to plow through this project.  It's just this and a pair of vanilla socks that I'm currently giving my attention to.  Join us for WIP Wednesdays!



The crafting bug sure has bitten me.  It's definitely come back in complete full swing since I've returned home.  I honestly can't say if it has put me in a better mood, or if I'm crafting more because my mood has drastically increased.  I'm not sure, but it is what it is and I've been happy!  It started with the Ball.  Well everyone was preparing for the 4th of July weekend, I was stressed out.  In a good way.

On July 2nd, we had my husbands Redeployment Ball.  My first (and at the time I also thought my last) super formal military ball.  I found out a few months ago and of course my first thought was I need a dress!  Well since I was stuck at my parents for longer than I would have preferred a project was a good distraction.  My Mom and I immediately found dress pattern and material.  We made my ball gown together. I learned a lot from her.  It's nice to have support.  I hemmed it when I returned here.  Then made my handbag solely myself, which makes me super proud!   I used the Ziplet Zipper Pouch from the Craftsy website.

(of course the pictures are awful quality from my iPhone.  the camera came in the mail that night)

This really should just be the start of a lot of posts.  Both finished objects and WIPs.  Looking forward to sharing more zoo.  Hopefully lots of better pictures as well!