Third Mate

Hometown: Bothell, WA
Joined: 02/23/2015
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About ArtfullyAnns

Go to for the on going story I have decided to use my right brain talents and enjoy creativity, color and art as I embark on yet a new life adventure. I love to travel, search for new views, materials and ideas. I work on my creations on the road, in the air, on the water or in my work room until they come out as I imagine them. I wander around shops, open air markets, native culture museums, cities, towns, mountains and beaches. Nature is always a favorite art model. My only hope is that someone will enjoy wearing or using my art as much as I enjoy creating it. When I was young, I remember sitting around our kitchen table as my mother would draw in pencil, ink, or my favorite, pastels. She was a fashion illustrator for a local newspaper, and I remember watching her beautiful work and wishing I could create the fine lace and tailored suits she drew. Alas, her drawing skills were practiced by me, but not perfected. Thankfully, however, her enjoyment and sense of color were absorbed. I learned to sew, knit and crochet at my grandmother’s knee. As a young adult in the depression, she was adept at tearing apart a skirt or dress to see how it was made. She was always making up her own designs and patterns. I guess that is where I learned to work freestyle. As a teen, I was an exchange student in the Faroe Islands through American Field Service for the summer. From my host mother, I learned how to knit socks with five needles and do cross stitch. Her knitting of Fair Isle style sweaters was an inspiration to me. I also learned to shear Faroese sheep. What an experience this was for a girl of sixteen! Now I’m ready to share my interest and excitement in the beauty of the world with others. Every day I wake up with new thoughts and plans and can't wait for the next adventure. Who knows? It might be taking pictures of flowers in my back yard, or taking a trip to Alaska to take pictures and to hunt for buttons and rocks, or sailing around South America looking for wool. I only hope that you will visit my Etsy site and see some treasure you like that I have discovered and can enjoy the item as much as I do. They are all my children. Take a look at to see my creations



Cruiseline: Holland America Line

Ship: Amsterdam

Ship: Maasdam

Ship: Coral Princess

ArtfullyAnns's Past Cruises

Star Princess

January 2015 - 15 Night Hawaii (San Francisco Roundtrip) Cruise on Star Princess

Love the days "at sea" knitting!!

more knitters on the Star and more knitter on the Star Artfully Ann and her prize student! Just a few of the knitters on the Star

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What a great way to meet new people and gain new skills.  The knitting group that you find on most Princess cruises is a great way to pass the long "at sea" days and have something to show for it when you are finished.  My trip to Hawaii is the second cruise where I have enjoyed spending my mornings with a lovely group of ladies knitting, crocheting, needle working and jewelery making.  These ladies are from all over the world and bring such a diverse set of skills and talents to the group. During these sessions I've even taught two people how to knit. 

If you are planning on taking a cruise in the near future and have a hand craft hobby make sure to take some materials with you.  Then check out the Patter to see when the group is meeting.  You will not be disappointed.  Check out the Facebook group page  "South America Knitter And Natters 4/05/2014" .  This is the group I sailed with around South America on the Crown Princess.  Many of us still keep in touch through this Facebook group page.  Making friends for life and seeing this beautiful world is invaluable.  I'd highly recommend it.

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Star Princess Star Princess - Average trip, The knitting was the highlight for me. Food and accommodations were average.

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