Crafts of 2018

Greetings! I usually wait until the last minute to post my year end reviews but this year I’m going to do it early because I don’t see myself finishing a project in the next few days. I ordered a new yarn storage system from Amazon last night. I plan on cleaning out every nook and cranny in my craft room over the next few days. After the craft room is purged and reorganized I plan to do the entire house. Minimize, Simplify, and Doggy Proof!

I think these end of the year posts are my favorite to write because it puts all of my accomplishments for the year into perspective. I always feel like I don’t get anything done but my spreadsheets always tell a different story. This year I completed 178 craft projects! This total includes each piece of the advent calendars as an individual project. It also counts each dishcloth and dish scrubby as individual projects. Which conflicts with my Ravelry challenge because they are posted in groups.

My Ravelry Project Challenge

My 2018 Project Spreadsheet

So, according to my spreadsheet data I met my goal of completing two projects a week.

I also broke my record for the amount of yarn that I used. I used 40,899 yards of yarn and I purchased 22,633 yards of yarn. Most of that yarn was bare yarn for future use after I use all of my scraps.

Next year I plan to cut back on craft supply purchases even more as we are saving to do some home remodeling before my oldest graduates in 2022. We are hoping to redo our all of our floors upstairs, our kitchen, two bathrooms as well as replacing a door and a window. Our house was built as a speck home so they used the cheapest fixtures possible. Does anyone else have kitchen cabinets that are coated in plastic? They suck!

So in further review… let’s talk about Instagram!

Here are my top 9 posts of 2018. I’m kinda surprised that my dishcloths were so popular. I don’t understand that

And my year in color review is very earth toned.

A visualisation of the colours you’d find on missyscraftymess’s Instagram feed

Each circle represents one of ten significant colours we’ve extracted from each image they posted in a year.

The size of the circles indicates two things – how significant the colour was in the image, and how well liked it was by their followers. – A YEAR OF COLOR

My Instagram review looks a little different 🤷🏼‍♀️

and last but not least some photos of the projects that made it onto my blog














Barn Bag

I needed a bag that I could grab on the go so I made one. I’ve found myself knitting outside a lot lately and I’m always looking for a clean place to put my ball of yarn. This way I can still hold the flashlight for my hubby or hand him tools without getting my yarn dirty or putting it down. I see that as a win win! Plus I knit a bag faster than he fixed his bike. 🤣

Wow has it been hot these last few days! I’m ready for a cool down and to get back to my regular schedule. No plans for the day other than knitting and laundry but the heat index is supposed to be over 100° F!

PATTERN: Barn Bag by inthepink
STARTED: 7/6/2018
COMPLETED: 7/6/2018
NEEDLES: 4.0mm/US 6
YARN: Peaches n Cream cotton
NOTES/MODIFICATIONS: I added two inches to the body of the bag

Ilene Bag

One more Christmas gift checked off my list….

Good Morning! Wow this week the weather has really changed. I love the crisp cool mornings but I’m not a fan of the grey, cloudy, and rainy weather. I finished up this market bag the other day but I haven’t had a chance to get it out in the natural light to photograph it yet. Hopefully soon… until then I let Butterball have his first modeling gig.

Ilene Market Bag & Butterball
my brown eyed boy


  • PATTERN: Ilene Bag  by Hannah Mason
  • STARTED: September 26th
  • COMPLETED: October 3rd
  • YARN: the main part of the bag was knit in Lily Sugar’n Cream Ombres in the shade of Hippi and the bottom and handles was knit in Peaches & Cream in the shade of Bright Blue
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 256 yards/145 grams
  • FIBER CONTENT: 100% cotton
  • NEEDLES: 4.00 mm/US Size 6

ilene bag

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