Instagram best 9 for 2018

Instagram best nine 2018

Instagram obviously likes blues and greys this year and Wendy’s feather and fan scarves from her homespun wool were clearly a favourite. Then comes Margaret’s chicken for the chicken challenge. On the second row is Janette’s homespun hat with the gathered top, then Marina’s striped beanie and Maria’s socks. On the bottom row Margaret’s Aran knitting which has done well since it was a recent addition to our photos. In the middle at the bottom is Marjorie’s reversible man’s jumper which was so warm and clever. Last, but by no means least , are Christine’s knitted koala and knitted sheep . Interesting that it is all knitting this year.  All that and more this year. We have done well!!


Instagram best of 2017

#2017bestnineWe have been on Instagram since the end of September and in that time have gathered over 200 followers which is not a bad effort of a new account! The best nine of Instagram happens every year. It is a snapshot of which pictures have had the most likes at that point in time. These days pictures will keep gathering likes over a long period of time as people come and go on the internet and have their tech detoxing time. These pictures are how it is today on Instagram. By next week or the week after it could well be different. What is clear, though, is Instagram does like us and reacts well to all our images. It especially loves Fair Isle knitting and cable. Fair Isle wins every time! The other thing which is obvious is that Instagram loves colour. It reacts strongly to colour. It has loved our autumn colours and it loved Maria’s beanie in  yellow ochre because it took to the unusual colour of the yarn Maria had spun. People wanted yarn like that. We have done well.

Blog stats

We have been online for a month and today is the last official monitoring for a while. We can see we have done well, the results are encouraging and we are on the right track. It is an interesting journey. So how have we done in this first month?

posts and pagesThere  continues to be a lot of hits to the home page and we have over twenty followers now and regular traffic. That is a solid achievement in a month for a new blog. The health benefits of yarn arts, blog stats and the garter stitch beret continue to be of interest. It is good to see , though, there has been quite a lot of interest in Australian made spinning wheels. Nothingbutknit and yarn and pencil are loyal supporters of this blog and we thank them.





referrersOur referrers have remained the same but Instagram and twitter are now bringing visitors to the blog. The Twitter account is starting to grow and we have 14 followers which is not bad considering we have had the account for a fortnight and Twitter doesn’t get yarn yet. We are making contact with wool people and textile artists. Instagram has just blossomed . In a fortnight we have gained 77 followers which is really cheerful news. Our top pictures are Jan’s teapots, Meryl’s merino jacket, Marjorie’s colourful socks and neck scarf, Alexis beautiful yarn on her spool and Marie’s corner to corner crochet. All those images have done really well. On Twitter the images have been different. Marie’s  and Christine’s corner to corner crochet post has over 80 impressions (views), Jan’s hats post has done really well and then people have been excited about our blog stats. There has been a lot of interest in those posts about stats.



We still have Australia , US and UK as our top countries and we get a lot of visits from those. The numbers from Romania and India are gradually building and we have had visitors from all over the world. It’s lovely. Our first month has been very positive. We can now keep working on it all and come back and check in 3 months time to see if the news continues to be as good.

Blog stats

We are monitoring the first month of our blog and online activity because it pays to know. It is also very encouraging and heartening. Each week we have grown and it is interesting to find out what the online world is reacting to.


posts week 3Our home page always gets plenty of visits. Nothingbutknit and yarn and pencil have been two strong supporters of ours since the beginning and we thank them for that.

Our top three posts are now:

Last week’s Blog stats 

Health benefits of yarn arts and crafts

Margaret’s Garter stitch beret

People also seem to like things about yarn and style.


ReferrersWe set up accounts on Twitter and Instagram last week. Both of those are now bringing us traffic, especially Instagram. We became popular quickly on Instagram and in a week have gathered over 40 followers. Maria’s corner to corner crochet square, Alexis’ stylish wrap and Andrea’s fine socks on round needles  have had a great number of likes on Instagram which is fantastic. Twitter is much slower and will be because Twitter has yet to learn that there can never be enough yarn. That said we are getting some good impressions for our tweets. Maria’s and Christine’s corner to corner crochet tweet from the blog post got 38 impressions (viewed 38 times) and Sonya’s spring cleaning post and the pictures of our ocean view got 35 impressions each. That is really good for a new account. We have found some interesting wool and felting people on Twitter , though, so we’ll build from there. The WordPress reader continues to be our best referrer.

countriesThis week it is really exciting to see how many more countries have visited our blog. Australia , USA and UK bring most of our visitors but we now have a bigger reach around the world and it will be interesting to see if we can sustain and even grow that.

Week three has seen some real growth and it’s nice to know that. It is always interesting to see what is popular and why. People like ideas and patterns. They like to know about our yarn adventures. They love our view of the ocean so we’ll just keep spinning by the sea.