Last craft sale item

I finally feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief. I have finally finished my craft sale items for this year. I do have a few must finish things by the end of the month but it finally feels like the weight and stress has lifted. I have an advent calendar in progress for each of my children and I plan to make a few decorations to add to it. I feel a burst of creativity that is ready to be explored and I’m ready to go. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks finishing blankets and thinking about all of the things that I want to do next. But first I need to get caught up on my blog reading… I’ve missed you all!

I took this photo in the wind and I had to stand on the bottom right corner to hold it down. You can still see a blur of movement but I really don’t care. It’s done and checked off my list.


  • GIFT RECIPIENT: sale pile 
  • PATTERN: Modern Granny Afghan   *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size
  • STARTED: June 6th
  • COMPLETED: November 14th
  • YARN: I Love This Yarn (Hobby Lobby) in the shade of Sweet Mocha Multi
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 2944 yards
  • HOOK: 3.35 MM/ US D

I noticed after adding my yardage to that this project put me over 20 miles of yarn used for the year which is a new high for me and I still have a month and a half to go. I also have one more blanket that I’d like to finish before the end of the year and that has a lot of yardage in it as well.  That’s insane!


Blue Modern Granny Afghan

Wow, another crazy busy week has gone by. I am so happy to have my house back to normal yet at the same time it is still off kilter because I am devoting all of my time into finishing craft sale items. Household chores… Who has time for that? I’m excited for the craft sale that is a week and a half away. 😳 I still have two more afghans that I’d like to finish.

I managed to wrap my handmade Christmas gifts but let’s not talk about Christmas shopping. I haven’t even thought about it yet.


  • PATTERN: Modern Granny Afghan by Jeanne Steinhilber *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE:
  • STARTED: October 10th
  • COMPLETED: November 5th
  • YARN: Red Heart Super Saver Prints in the shade of Earth Sky
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 21.96 yards
  • HOOK: 5.5 mm/I
  • NOTES:

BUTTERBALL decided that he liked this blanket so much that I had to wash it before I could box it up for the craft sale.

Cross Stitch, Hat, Kitchen Items

October FO’s 

During the month of October I finished 80 projects that used a total of 16,716 ft or 5572 yards or 3.7 miles of yarn. I also worked on … three blankets

  1. Pink Modern Granny
  2. Blue Modern Granny
  3. Ribbed Shanklet 

1.) Noro Bankhead Hat


  • GIFT RECIPIENT:  Gift Pile
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Adult Medium
  • STARTED: September 28th
  • COMPLETED: October 1st
  • YARN: Noro Kureyon color 354
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 110 yards
  • WEIGHT: 50 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: I knit for 6.75 inches instead of 7 inches for yarn management and it’s a good thing that I did.
  • NOTES: none

2 – 9.) Stashbusting Helix Hats


  • GIFT RECIPIENT: several
  • PATTERN: Stash Busting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose  *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: 2 baby, 4 child, 2 adult
  • STARTED: September 29th
  • COMPLETED: October 11th
  • YARN: first 6 hats used Knit Picks Mighty Stitch and the last 2 hats used Red Heart Super Saver
  • HANDDYED: n/a
  • YARDAGE: 810 yards
  • WEIGHT: n/a
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: knit in the round and closed with magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: Baby – 80 sts, 1.5 inch 1×1 ribbed cuff, separate in half (40 sts), knit body of hat for 4.25 inches, k 10 place marker, close as directed in pattern Child –  84 sts, 2 inch 1×1 ribbed cuff, decrease 4 stitches, separate in half (40 sts), knit body of hat for 6.5 inches, k 10 place marker, close as directed in pattern Adult – add .75 inches to the body of the hat before closing as directed in the pattern.

10 –  12.) Dragon Pox Beanie Hats


  • GIFT RECIPIENT: several
  • PATTERN: Dragon Pox Beanie by ALJayKnits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size (adult)
  • STARTED: October 4th
  • COMPLETED: October 15th
  • YARN: Lion Brand Mandala in the shade of Spirit
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 590
  • NEEDLES: 4.0 mm/US 6
  • METHOD: knit in the circle from the bottom up and closed via magic loop
  • NOTES: none

13 – 17.) Messy Bun Hats


  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Daughter
  • PATTERN: improvised
  • SIZE: adult
  • STARTED: October 16th
  • COMPLETED: October 17th
  • YARN: Lion Brand Mandela in the shade of unicorn
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 118 yards
  • WEIGHT: na
  • NEEDLES: 4.00 mm/US 6
  • METHOD: in the round
  • NOTES: na


  • PATTERN: improvised
  • SIZE: teen
  • STARTED: October 23rd
  • COMPLETED: October 29th
  • YARN: Lion Brand Mandela in the shade of Unicorn
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 373.7 yards
  • WEIGHT: 95 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.00 mm/US 6
  • METHOD: in the round
  • NOTES: na

18 – 79.) Dishcloths

80.) Mini Cross Stitch

Free Pattern(s), Misc. Crafts

61 Dishcloths 

I met my goal of knitting 52 dishcloths for the year plus a few extra. I stashed away some for gifts, some for my own kitchen, and the others are in my craft sale pile. 

The craft sale that I plan to participate in is about three weeks away and I still have a lot that I’d like to get done. I did manage to sit down this morning and finish making tags and then I priced and inventoried the items that I have finished. I have yarn sitting on my desk for several more hats and I still have two afghans in progress. 

We still have our house guests for at least another two weeks. I am amazed at how productive I have been when you take the extra cooking and cleaning into consideration. I’m guessing that it has something to do with getting up around 5:00 AM every week day. I find myself being super productive during the day and crashing by 8:30 at night. Last Friday I was in bed by 8:45 laughing at how lame I have become in my old age and then we were up by 7:00 AM on Saturday morning. I am looking forward to getting out of the house for the craft sale. Hopefully I make more than I spend. 

Brittany, Charitable Donations, Hat

Operation Gratitude 

Earlier today I shipped my donation packages to Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude. This year I sent 15 hats in memory of my Sister, Grandfather, and Father. It’s nice to have the space that I was storing them in cleaned out so that I can start over for next year. I’m hoping to create one a week up until donation time next year. 52 hats is an awesome goal!!! 

Updated to show the tags attached to each hat! 

Handmade Gifts, Kitchen Items


I’ve been knitting these dishcloths since the beginning of the year. I plan to use this bunch as Christmas gifts. I still a have a bunch of cotton yarn left so I plan to make some for my kitchen and some to sell too.

Here’s a list of the patterns incase anyone is interested


Misc. Crafts

Stash Basket 

My Grandma gave me some vintage rug yarn that was made of polyester and cotton. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to make a garment or any like that with the yarn but I thought that I might be able to use it. The other day I pulled it out and whipped up this basket in about five hours. I have that gigantic shanklet shawl in there plus 11 cakes of yarn. I think that I will call that big basket success. I need to make more of these. However, next time I think that I will use a smaller hook to make a denser fabric. The sides don’t stand up as well as they should. 


  • PATTERN: stash basket by Emily Bolduan 
  • SIZE: – 
  • STARTED: June 15th 
  • COMPLETED: June 15th
  • YARN: Coats n Clark Rug Yarn 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: about 350 yards 
  • HOOK: 4.00 mm/ US G 

Modern Granny Rectangular Afghan 

This Afghan was really fun to make. I started it in February and worked about four rounds before loosing interest in it. I picked it up a few days ago and sailed through it. I’ve never crochet an afghan like this before but I have already started a second afghan. This pattern made a really sturdy, dense, and cozy blanket and since I used acrylic yarn its machine wash and dryable. I even took time to stitch the ends down with matching embroidery floss to help the ends when being machine washed. 

I love how the increases made visable lines and how you can see how it grew.

Sorry for the dirty carpet. Its right by the door and everyone walks in the door and throws their stuff right there.


  • RECIPIENT: craft sale pile 
  • PATTERN: Modern Granny Afghan
  • SIZE: Adult 
  • STARTED: February 23rd
  • COMPLETED: June 5th
  • YARN: Red Heart Super Saver in the shade of Grape Fizz 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 1708 yards 
  • HOOK: 5.00 mm/H 

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week! 💞 Missy 

Afghans/Blankets, Handmade Gifts

Baby Blanket 

I made this cute textured blanket for my cousin’s 9th child. I really wanted a practical baby gift that would see a lot of use. I made it a little larger than the pattern called for so hopefully the little guy will get some use out of it for the next few years. It’s funny that I didn’t notice the difference in the yarn until after I took this photo.


  • RECIPIENT: Cousins baby
  • PATTERN: dainty textured baby blanket 
  • SIZE
  • STARTED: May 8th
  • COMPLETED: may 16th 
  • YARN: Bernat Baby Sport in the shades of Funny Prints and Baby Green 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 3981 yards 
  • MODIFICATIONS: I held two strands of yarn together to get a bulkier working yarn. I also used a larger hook 

I love how this blanket worked up! It’s so soft and squishy!!! 

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire. 
L. Frank Baum


Christmas Sockhead Slouch Hat

It’s here Christmas is here. I haven’t even bothered to start cleaning yet and I’m hosting Christmas. My windows and blinds need to be cleaned as well as my carpets plus all of the usual cleaning and food prep.

I  finished knitting my Christmas hat. I love how this hat turned out. I wish that I had purchased more of this yarn so I could make more hats.

Christmas Sockhead Slouch Hat


  • PATTERN: Sockhead Slouch Hat
  • STARTED: October 24th 2016
  • COMPLETED: December 20th 2016
  • YARN: Knitted Wit Pixie Plied in the Shade of Bad Santa
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 280 yards/70 grams
  • FIBER CONTENT: 92% Wool – Merino/8% Other
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 and 3.25 mm/US # 3

I hope that you all have a happy, safe and Merry Christmas ❤ Missy

Afghans/Blankets, Handmade Gifts

Granny Stripe Afghan


granny afghan

The afghan is so big that it takes up most of my living room floor but I am really happy with how it turned out.

granny stripe afghan


  • PATTERN: Granny Stripes by Lucy of Attic24
  • STARTED: November 30th 2016
  • COMPLETED: December 8th of 2016
  • YARN: Tan – Red Heart Super Saver in the shade of Buff, Brown – Caron One Pound in the shade of Espresso
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 7514 yards or 4.27 miles of yarn… over 4 miles of yarn in 9 days


Market Bag

Make Up Bag

I needed a quick break from my current knitting projects the other day. So I chose to knit something that equaled instant gratification. I knit this little make up bag based on this pattern but I modified it by adding the stitch pattern found in this bag. I used scraps of cotton yarn that I had laying around and both size US 6 & 8 knitting needles.

I don’t wear a lot of make up but I thought that this would fit perfect for a travel bag. Maybe I will knit a few more for the whole family.


Christmas, Handmade Gifts, Hat

Done!!!! My Christmas Crafting Is Done

I knit these last two Barley Hats up for Christmas gifts and then I renegotiated my mental plan to crochet that last afghan. I’m still planning on working on it for an hour or so a day but I’m planning on dedicating it for a gift for Christmas of 2016 instead.  Unless it gets done by Christmas, but I am not holding my breath. I am anxious to get started on my sweater knitting. After all it is that time of year again. 😉 At least that’s how I am choosing to look at it.

Green Barley Hats

I also crocheted a few more of these, and I still have pieces for four more except the arms.

1. Christmas Ornament 2014
1. Christmas Ornament 2014′ & 2015′

pattern notes