The Make Nine Challenge is a different way to conceptualize your maker’s plans for the new year. Rochelle New of Lucky Lucille began the challenge in December 2015 as a way to focus her creative energy. The idea is simply to plan nine projects you’d like to complete over the course of the year. They can be big or small. You might have a specific pattern in mind, or you might just have a general idea. I’ve started a Make Nine plan, and have some specific patterns to make (or finish, in the case of Rowe), but I also have some categories that I have several patterns auditioning for, as well as a couple of spaces left blank…because you just never know what might be irresistible in a few months. Rochelle’s blog has some great prompts for thinking about what you might like to make and why.
(While you’re there, check out the story of Lucille, the site’s namesake. So many cute doggo photos!)
While this photo isn’t of the order of Apple Fiber Studios McIntosh on its way to Yarn Folk, I see several of the colors that should be arriving on Thursday. Also expecting a re-stock of Nerd Bird Makery enamel pins, including two new designs!
Too many knitting needles? Heresy!
My January Gansey is taller; can you tell?
This week, my knitting took me to the place where the underarm gussets begin. Once they are complete, the front and back of the sweater are separated, and knit back and forth to the shoulder, before the sleeves are picked up and worked top down, in the round.
Vanilla Is The New Black
I took a short break from the cabling in the January Gansey, and finished sock one in Knitterly Things Vesper Sock. This colorway is “Happy Accident,” but every one of Julia’s colors brings a smile.
The sock pattern is Vanilla is the New Black, which has an unusual heel construction. The gusset of this sock is deeper than most, useful for people with high insteps. I knit this top down, but there are also versions of the pattern available for toe-up enthusiasts, as well as sport/dk weight yarn. Knitter’s choice whether you prefer the stockinette or reverse stockinette as the “right” side of the fabric—you can choose either when it comes time to weave in the ends.