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 colorkuler.com Instagram review looks a little different 🤷🏼‍♀️

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

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YOU CAN SEE ALL OF MY PROJECT INFORMATION ON RAVELRY

Comfort Unfaded Cardi

Hey all! I finally finished the sweater that I started in January! It was supposed to be my birthday gift to myself! Too bad I finished it 6 and a half months later when it’s sweltering hot and muggy out. Winter will be here before we know it though!

I really like how this sweater turned out but I’m pretty sure that I’m done knitting cardigans after this. I prefer to wear and knit pull over sweaters.

I modified the sleeve pattern to include ribbing instead of garter rows. I also added a couple of inches in length because I plan to wear this as a jacket over layers.

The shawl collar took forever to knit but it adds such a cozy effect. The collar was the whole reason why I wanted to knit this sweater.

I thought that I’d add a photo collage of my progress over the last 6 1/2 months. In all honesty I knit to the top middle photo in the first few days. Then I picked it up a couple of weeks ago and finished the rest.

  • RAVELRY NOTES:
  • GIFT RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry
  • SIZE: XL
  • STARTED: 1/4/2018
  • COMPLETED: 7/24/2018
  • YARN: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the shade of Baltic Heather
  • YARDAGE: 1550.2
  • WEIGHT: 567 grams
  • NEEDLES: 3.75 mm/US 5 and 4.00 mm/US 6

Harvest Sweater

I finished knitting my first sweater of the year the other day. This one is a gift for my Mom. This is the first time that I have knit a sweater for her. I asked her questions about what kinds of sweaters she likes when we were shopping together last fall. So I think that she will like this one!

  • RAVELRY NOTES
  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Mom
  • PATTERN: Harvest by Tin Can Knits
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: 3/1/2018
  • COMPLETED: 4/10/2018
  • YARN: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in the shade of Dill Heather (worsted weight)
  • YARDAGE: 1320 yards
  • WEIGHT: 600 grams.
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm & 5.0 mm (US 7 & 8)
  • NOTES: either the pattern sizing is off or my gauge is off. It turned out huge. Next time knit a smaller size.

I also knit another Bluebird of Happiness with the scraps of yarn. The bird is stuffed with poly fill and dried lavender blossoms. Lavender is said to keep bugs and moths out of wool. I plan to keep the bird made from the scraps of Mom’s Sweater and I’ll give her one made from scraps of my sweater.

  • RAVELRY NOTES
  • GIFT RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
  • SIZE: –
  • STARTED: 4/11/2018
  • COMPLETED: 4/11/2018
  • YARN: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Tweed in the shade of Dill Heather (worsted weight)
  • YARDAGE: –
  • WEIGHT: –
  • NEEDLES: 3.25 mm (US 3)
  • METHOD: –
  • NOTES: I also added lavender

My sweater is coming along really well too. I have about two more inches to knit before I can start the ribbing on the bottom. This sweater is knit in reverse stockinette meaning that the stitches are reversed from normal like in the sweater shown above.

The Sock Arms Sweater will be my next cast on for my Daughter. She’s been hinting at a new pull over sweater for a while now.

p.s. Spring has been lost. If anyone has found her please return her to the right time and place. We are expecting a “significant weather event” over the weekend. I have a feeling that we are skipping spring this year and will go from snow to heat in no time.

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