2019 Make Nine: Crafty planning for the year ahead

A friend recently said to me that after all of the hustle and bustle of the end of the year that January was meant to be a month-long recovery! I’m choosing instead to make this time a month-long opportunity for planning the coming year instead of my absurd start over the holidays of trying to cram everything into a few days or weeks.

My Make Nine 2019 Plans. Clockwise from top left: Glasshouse Shawl, Volt Jumper, Throwback Cardigan, Pipit Dress, Pom Pidou Shawl, Brave at Heart Mittens, Times Square Poncho, Birds of a Feather Shawl, and the Ixchel Sweater.

My Make Nine 2019 Plans. Clockwise from top left: Glasshouse Shawl, Volt Jumper, Throwback Cardigan, Pipit Dress, Pom Pidou Shawl, Brave at Heart Mittens, Times Square Poncho, Birds of a Feather Shawl, and the Ixchel Sweater.

While of course there’s “life-planning” and figuring out what books I want to read and what new skills I want to learn, the most fun part is figuring out what I want to MAKE this year! Happily, I stumbled upon a new IG account this year for the Make Nine Challenge, hosted by the lovely Rochelle of Lucky Lucille. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock the last couple of years because the challenge has been going on at least that long already. No matter, I’m always up for a challenge and I love how easy-breezy and low-key the idea of this one is.

I set to work at the end of 2018 trying to figure out my “priorities” for the coming year. As i hemmed and hawed and tweaked things I realised I was trying to find the perfect balance between larger and smaller projects. I want to be ambitious, but I don’t want to completely overwhelm myself either. I’m happy with where I netted out (and even happier that I have yarn for all of these projects in my stash) and really eager to stay on top of this throughout the year.

Ready for my January 1st casting on of the Pom Pidou shawl - a lovely gold stellina from Norah George Yarns and some Viola mohair silk from DEEP stash

Ready for my January 1st casting on of the Pom Pidou shawl - a lovely gold stellina from Norah George Yarns and some Viola mohair silk from DEEP stash

Last year Ravelry introduced a Challenge tab in their Projects pages too and I’d completely forgotten about it until someone mentioned it again on one of the boards. I’d completely forgotten I’d entered a goal for the year, which was to complete 10 projects. I’m happy to report that I completed 16 (nobody more gobsmacked than me over that result) and there were even a handful of WIPs in the mix that were finished too, which pleased me to no end.

This year I’ve decided to note 12 projects as a goal on Ravelry, knowing that I have 9 brand new ones for the Make Nine Challenge, I figure I’ll probably concentrate on trying to whittle down my WIPs pile too. I think I would be really discouraged to finish the year with 9 brand new WIPs and nothing to show for it I’ve already made a start on my projects though, casting on the Pom Pidou shawl whilst snuggled into my PJs on New Year’s Day. It’s coming out fairly stripe-y so far but I’ve decided I like it. The mohair is more fiddly than I anticipated though so it’s a bit of a slow go, but perhaps it will make for some good travel knitting.

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I also cast on for the Brave at Heart mittens and I couldn’t be more delighted with how they’re turning out! We’re going to the WB Studios Tour for a family day out this weekend though so it’s a race to get them finished. These are for ME and I can’t wait. It’s brutally cold here in London at the moment so I’m looking forward to have these to tuck my hands into and keep them toasty warm!

Have you made plans for your 2019 makes? I’d love to hear about them!