Did I say nine? I may have miscounted. But let's start there.
Last year I decided to participate in the Make Nine Challenge hosted by Rochelle of @homerowfiberco. If you don't know what the Make Nine Challenge is it's a very easy going way to challenge yourself to complete nine projects you want to sew, knit, quilt or any other type of craft you like to do. There are no prizes other than the finished projects you reward yourself with and there are no penalties if you don't complete your chosen projects. Again, other than those you give yourself. You're not in competition with anyone else and what you choose to make is totally up to you.
I really like participating in the Make Nine Challenge because I tend to get distracted by shiny things (squirrel) and all the new patterns being released throughout the year. So for me, it helps keep me focused and controls my castonitis.
But I've gone a bit further than just nine projects this year. I've actually chosen 18 projects and even that number isn't quite right because I plan to knit a couple of my chosen patterns more than once. So just what will I be making this year? Let's get to the details.
You know how much I love to knit and sew. Last year my Make Nine choices only included knitting patterns but I really want to focus on sewing more garments. Mainly for my granddaughter but I'm hoping to throw in one or two for myself. But I couldn't narrow my choices for both sewing and knitting down to just nine. Only sew and knit nine things, for an entire year?!? Me? Come on now!
Now, I know these choices are not written and stone and of course I can knit and sew as many projects as I want. But the idea of the Make Nine Challenge is to help you be more focused and intentional with your making. So instead of ending up with a bunch of mismashed pieces, you have a wardrobe that works together and that you really love wearing. So I decided to choose nine knitting patterns and nine sewing patterns. (Wait, there's that number again.)
Here are the nine knitting patterns I've chosen to complete in 2019.
- Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
- Nurmilintu by Heidi Alander
- Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli
- Banff by Tin Can Knits (times 3)
- Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
- West End Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (or possibly a No Frills Sweater by PetiteKnit)
- Pure Joy by Joji Locatelli
- Stovetop by Tin Can Knits (or may swap for another hat pattern) (times 2)
- The Weekender by Andrea Mowry
So, if you're really counting there are a total of 12 projects I want to knit this year. The first three are currently on the needles and I've already finished one of the Banff hats. Not a bad start.
Here are the nine sewing projects I want to complete.
- Ginger and Charlotte
- Esmee Pajamas
- Patti Cardigan
- Ashlynn Pajamas
- Piper and Fawn Shorts
All of these patterns are by Violette Field Threads.
But wait. I'm not stopping there. You would think 21 projects would be more than enough to keep me busy, right. But nope. I'm a glutton for punishment. I'm also joining in the Box O Sox KAL hosted by Kristin from Voolenvine.
Now, I think I may have lost my mind for this one because I AM NOT A SOCK KNITTER. I'm not. I've never actually completed an entire pair of socks in my life. So what am I thinking? I don't know. I have no idea what was going through my head when I decided to throw my hat into this ring. Oh, wait, yes I do. I was thinking about all the gorgeous boxes of socks I was seeing posted on Instagram and couldn't stop myself from drooling. So yes, I am also planning to knit 12 pairs of socks. So, if you're keeping count, that's a total of 33 projects.
So how am I doing? Well, if you want to check in on my progress throughout the year you can subscribe to be an HB Insider or join my Ravelry group. I'd also love to know what you're planning to make this year. Are you participating in the Make Nine Challenge? Leave me a comment below or in the Ravelry group. I can't wait to see what you're making.
And remember to create a little joy wherever you go.