Make Nine


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!)

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Magic Loop: The World’s Simplest Mittens (in progress)

January 16, 23 & February 6, 5:00pm-7:00pm | Instructor: Ann Miner | $30 + materials

If you have been frustrated by using double pointed needles for small circumference projects, the Magic Loop is a method that can allow you to knit small numbers of stitches with one 32” or longer circular needle.

We will use The World’s Simplest Mitten pattern from Tin Can Knits, which will give you size options from toddler to adult large, and yarn choices from fingering to chunky.

Please note: final class date has shifted by one week.

Winter Sweater KAL (join in any time)

January 4, 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | KAL format | materials only

We’ll be devoting Fridays during January and February to sweater knitting—possibilities include the January Gansey, something from the Strange Brew collection, or if you’re looking for a first sweater project, Flax or Harvest. Knitalong format—assistance available, but no formal instruction.

Project Circle

February 25, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects. (Concurrent with Winter Sweater KAL for January & February.)

Two Color Brioche: Rainbrioche

February 20, 27, & March 6, 5:00pm-7:00pm | $30 + materials

Using the Rainbrioche pattern, learn to knit two color brioche in the round, including brioche decreases for the crown shaping, and a fun section that uses slipped stitches to add interest to the design.

Prerequisites: While you do not need previous experience with brioche, this class requires you to be comfortable with basic knit stitches, and understand how stitches are typically mounted on the needle.

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© Apple Yarns

© Apple Yarns

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!

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Too many knitting needles? Heresy!

Knitting Needle Collection Gets Out of Hand

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January Gansey

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.

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