Happy New Year! If this past year has taught me anything it’s that any plans that are made need to be super flexible and that I shouldn’t get too attached to things going a particular way. So my crafting plans for this year are being devised in a similar spirit, as I sit here with a much-loved mug filled with coffee and a pile of blanket squares.
I love the annual Make Nine Challenge, even if I never manage to make everything on my list. The inspiration is what matters most. Some years I come closer to completing my challenge than others, but even when I take serious detours, I’m generally able to look back on a year of making with a huge sense of accomplishment.
This year’s list feels pretty good (and mostly achievable). So here is my #makenine for 2021 (all knitting and crocheting projects are Ravelry links):
- Battenberg Blanket by Sandra Paul. After learning some crocheting basics (and finally getting a handle on maintaining even tension), I think this will be a great way to get lots of practice making teeny-tiny squares.
- Goldenleaf by Nim Teasdale. This is going to look incredible in a gradient yarn — I just need to find the perfect skein!
- Children’s Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer. Leah has been strongly hinting that she needs a new sweater and she fell in love with this pattern when I showed it to her.
- Akame by Angela Tong. I’m patiently waiting for the yarn for this — it’s currently biding its time in San Francisco but I’m hopeful it will arrive soon.
- Christmas Wreath Club by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I’m terrible at keeping up with year-long stitchalongs, but that doesn’t stop me from jumping in with both feet!
- Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart. I have lots of mini skeins and sock leftovers to use for this.
- Basic Christmas Stockings by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. Our current stockings are showing their age and I think it’s time for new ones; I plan to knit them in each person’s favourite colour.
- Jelly Rainbow Quilt by Ruby Star Society. I have the fabric for this so I think this will be my first quilting project of the year.
- Flax Light by Tin Can Knits. Shannon, Lorajean and I have been talking about a knitalong this winter using the Rock Candy colours from last month’s Spell Shawl knitalong. I’m planning on teal.
In between (or instead of!) all of these projects, I’m planning on lots of socks, doll clothes, and a few quilting projects. It’s shaping up to be a very crafty 2021!