Make nine.

If you have stopped by this blog before, you may know that I sometimes set up making goals for myself. I don’t always follow through (I’m looking at you, light socks) but when I do accomplish a goal, it feels awfully nice.

Back in February, I jumped on the #makenine bandwagon. I put a lot of thought into my plans, wanting some staples, a few sweaters, and to dip my toe into colorwork.

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I picked out all of the yarn, though my plans changed a bit mid-way through. The final yarn selections were these:

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Now here we are nine months later :

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I’ve talked about all these projects a bunch so I’ll just list them now:

  1. Madewell by Joji Locatelli in The Wool Barn
  2. Dotted Rays by Stephen West in Primrose Yarn Co.
  3. Box O’ Sox in various
  4. Eureka Cowl by Jessica Gore in Brooklyn Tweed
  5. Sunset Highway by Boyland Knitworks in Peepaloo Fields
  6. Void by Melanie Berg in MadelineTosh
  7. Selbu Mittens by Skeindeer Knits in Quince & Co.
  8. Windswept by Molly Klatt in Quince & Co.
  9. Coastal Walk by Joji Locatelli in Tusken Knits

I love them all. I’ve already worn a few of them a bunch–pretty good considering I knit the bulk of these projects in the warmer months. I worried a bit that I was biting off more than I could chew, especially with sweaters and colorwork mixed in.

I’ve been thinking about this make nine project and whether I will revisit it next year. While I really enjoyed it this year, and I’m glad I followed through with all of these knits, I don’t think I’m going to participate again in 2019.

I’ve typed out about seven different explanations but it really just boils down to this: I don’t want to set up big year long goals for myself next year. I want to knit what I feel like, when I feel like it. My making goals next year are likely to be quite vague and loosey-goosey. Things like “up my skirt game” and “knit tons of sweaters” will likely factor in heavily.

At any rate, while I’m not planning to do it again – it was a fun goal this year! There is something really satisfying about turning a grid of designs and ideas into a grid of my own finished objects!

Happy making {nine}!

Time flies.

The last few weeks seem to have gone by in a flash. It feels like forever since I’ve been on the blog! We’ve had a great time, I’ve done a lot of knitting and a fair bit of secret making. How about a montage? Just imagine funky 80s music playing as you scroll through the pictures.

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We adopted a kitty! This is Joseph, he’s the sweetest boy.

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Nobody worry – Cosi is still the biggest baby of the family!

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As promised, I put some work into my Audra Wrap  – though I’ve stalled on it again.

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October rainbow socks: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered – Knitterly Things October 2017 Rainbow Club – pair 18 in my box of socks for the year

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Kevin wanted a new hat, so I cast one on for him. I love hat knitting, this chunky weight yarn knit up so fast!

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And a couple of days later, I cast the hat off. This is Lancet, by Jared Flood, a great pattern. I used Brooklyn Tweed Quarry in Lapis. I am happy to report, Kevin loves it.

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Halloween came and went. I had an ear infection, so trick or treating wasn’t my favorite. The zombie goat and the akatsake had a blast though.

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Now that November is here, it’s straight on to the next rainbow.

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I haven’t shown my Dotted Rays too much, mostly because it always just like a blob of grey garter. But it’s finished now, and it’s the prettiest grey garter I’ve seen!

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While Dotted Rays was soaking the other night, I may have snuck in a wee sweater cast on…

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This guy went with me to vote. I even convinced him to wear the sticker (only for this picture).

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Dotted Rays by Stephen West knit out of Primrose Yarn  Co. Sophia in the Dark Cavern colorway. 

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Seriously, this was a fun knit. I loved the construction of the shawl, and this yarn is the softest and makes for the squishiest garter. This is also the last of my Make Nine projects! 

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My little sweater is starting to grow. I’m knitting Empire by Gudren Johnston, in Quince & Co. Chickadee in the Iceberg colorway. I’m a little concerned about my yarn usage, but we shall see.

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I think that’s it. I can’t believe there are three finished objects in this post! I suppose it has been a hot minute. Now I’m all cozy with my dotted rays around my neck–can we talk about the cashmere in this yarn? I am in heaven.

Happy {cozy} making!