Year in Review: 2017

2017 Year in Review
You guys…it’s that time of year where I look back at my year of knitting in total. 2017 was a really good year knitting wise (you can read 2016’s year in review too). Politics wise…well that sucked. Life wise…pretty darn great. I’m heading into 2018 with big personal and professional plans for myself and the hopes for some really positive changes in my life. This year is about focusing more on joy and doing what makes me happy. Life is just too short to be miserable. And of course my hope is always for more knitting. So let’s talk about what I was able to accomplish in 2017.

This year by the numbers: 61 finished objects overall

  • Sweaters: 27 (that includes short sleeve and long sleeve adult sized garments)
  • Shawls/Cowls/Scarves: 4
  • Dog Sweaters: 5
  • Baby Clothes (sweaters and dresses): 7
  • Toys: 4
  • Hats: 7
  • Vests: 1
  • Ties: 1
  • Baby Blankets: 2
  • Tiny Dog Cowl: 1
  • Baby Crown: 1
  • Baby Socks: 1

This year I was selfish and knit more for myself than I have in years past but there were still a lot of things I gave away. And in all honesty I just make what I feel like making instead of making things I feel obligated to or feel pressured into – that takes the joy out of something I love doing so much. And throughout the year I’ve blogged and shared it all with all of you. I read and try to respond to each and every comment, email and Instagram message/comment. You guys excite me, inspire me and are such great resources for so many things knitting related and even just life stuff. So thank you for reading and sharing in my joy. Here’s to all of us getting to knit a lot more in 2018. And keep reading to get links to every monthly recap of what I made this year.

January FO
February Finished Objects
March's FO
April's FO's
May's FOs
June's FO's
July's FO
August FO's
September FO’s
October’s FO’s
November FOs
December’s FO


33 Replies to “Year in Review: 2017”

  1. AWESOME!!! I think 2017 was a banner year for you in terms of sheer volume, right? It looks like you did MORE in 2017 than in 2016 (I did not go back and compare the numbers, but the pictorial gives the impression there was more)! Way to go, DWJ!

    1. I made more volume wise in 2016 but I made more sweaters in 2017. So it balances out 😉

  2. Okay, if I weren’t already impressed with your output, I’d be totally blown away by your archiving! I’m always saying to myself, “Let’s put this on Ravelry!” and then, well, I move onto another project. Hoping to work on my archiving skills this year because frankly, those people who post their project notes on Ravelry have helped me out more than once!

    1. You know that’s really what it was for me. Once I realized how much of a resource Ravelry was I wanted to contribute that way. Now a lot of times I direct folks to the blog for more but I try to give some notes in most cases. And at the least, yarns, needles and the pictures!!

      1. I just wrote up some project notes for the Twisted Sister Handwarmer; now I have to figure out how to get it to show up on their project page…

  3. Well you already know what I think of you, but the collage is still mind blowing. I may not get to 61 but you damn sure encouraged me to get to at least 31. Here’s to more knitting, more sharing, more inspiration in 2018! ❤

  4. I am overwhelmed by your knitting both qualitywise AND quantitywise!!! I am very much ashamed of myself. My WIPs outnumber the FOs by far lately… Nevertheless, your post is inspirational Thank you!

    1. Don’t be ashamed! It is definitely not a race. You do what you can and when you can 😉

    1. And here’s the shocking thing, last year I knit 25 sweaters and thought that was a lot! I got 2 more in at the end of the year to beat that record.

  5. Glorious, happy, inspiring knitting, Dana!!! So happy you let us come along for the ride! 🙂

  6. That’s some impressive gallery, and such awesome photos! If your readers inspire you, then be sure that you inspire us more. In fact it was your blog and your gorgeous projects that made me decide to learn to knit!
    Also: I’m all for selfish knitting. That’s why hobbies are for us: to make us happy. So knit whatever you want, for yourself or for others, as long as it makes you happy!

    1. I didn’t realize I inspired you to knit. HOORAY! My evil plot to make everyone a knitter is slowly getting going. LOL

  7. Wowee Wow! You have much to be proud of. I am in awe! All good things to you in 2018.❤️

  8. Wow, such an impressive display, also colorful. My favorite is the rose gold Baldric sweater — love the pattern. I have to point out, though, that knitting for oneself is not selfish, not one little bit. 🙂 happy new year!

    1. You’re right, by calling it selfish that means my knitting is for others. It’s not, it’s my hobby so it can all be for me. 🙂 Happy new year!

      1. Yes, love that. All knitting is personal. Plus. You share it with others through your blog, so all of yoyr knitting is personal AND gifted.

  9. You’re such an inspiration! Your colourful knits bring me joy and I love seeing what you’re working on. I really love the doggie sweaters.

    I wouldn’t call it selfish knitting, though. I think knitting is such an important part of self-care (at least for me), that I’ve decided to stop feeling guilty or selfish about it. 🙂

  10. What pattern is the purple sweater in your August post? lovely!

    1. Hi Roxane, August was all green. Hmm…if you click on the month below the image it will take you to the post about the projects featured and that should get you the info you’re looking for. Let me know if you still can’t find it!

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