Planning my Makes

I know… lots of people make plans at the beginning of the year and immediately forget all about them. I’m usually that way. I’m determined that 2019 will be different.

How am I going to ensure that my goals aren’t just a passing fancy?

  • For my making plans, I’m going to use the MakeNine format to focus my sewing and knitting plans.
  • I’m going to use MyBodyModel croquis to sketch some of my makes clothing plans before I start on them.
  • I’ll share my MakeNine and MyBodyModel plans on Ravelry and Instagram to help with community support/accountability.
  • I’m going to bullet journal. I need to integrate my MakeNine goals and MyBodyModel sketches into my journal.

Well… I drafted the beginning of this post in early January. It’s February 7th and not only have I not finished the post, I’m losing focus.

Bullet Journal: I didn’t get into the habit before our vacation and haven’t picked it back up. Need to change that today!

MakeNine: I created 2 separate MakeNine grids: one for sewing and one for knitting.

MyBodyModel: I’ve lost enough weight that I need to make another croquis.

Knitting MakeNine

Knitting MakeNine
  • 4 sweaters: use stash yarn for at least 3.
  • Two Cowls
  • Fingerless mitts
  • Hat
  • Patterned Socks

The mitts pictured are the Stitched Together Mitts designed by the brilliant and lovely Elizabeth Doherty. I’d like to make them to practice stranded colorwork. It’s been almost 3 years since I’ve tackled it. I even have the yarn picked up.

I’ve started two new sweatersAutumn Square by Hinterm Stein. I’m using Grinning Gargoyle MCS Fingering that I purchased in 2017 at the Zombie Knitpocalypse retreat marketplace.

I needed a mindless knitting project for our annual jazz cruise. I’d planned to start AutumnSquare. But… as soon as I read the pattern, I realized that the pattern started with oodles of short rows. So… time for another Plan B, this time a fingering weight Boxy, a wonderful oversized sweater designed by Joji Locatelli. I’m so in love with this yarn, MadelineTosh 80/10/10 Fingering. The base is discontinued. Boo hoo!

I cast on a new pair of socks on January 1st. Nothing special but the yarn sure is fun. Fishlips Kiss heel (my go-to heel). Main yarn from 716Knits. The colorway is “The Girl Makes Godot Look Punctual”.

Sewing MakeNine
  • Mandy Boat Tee (I’ve made two I love and two that didn’t quite work out right)
  • Simple ‘floaty’ skirt
  • Jeans skirt
  • Button front shirt
  • Casual dress – this is similar to one of my favorites from years ago.
  • V-neck Tee shirt
  • Culottes.
  • 2 Casual woven shirts

Sewing MakeNine

Ack! I found a hole in one of my sweaters! Three rows were damaged. It looks like something nibbled on it. After some online sleuthing, I found a tutorial by Patty Lyons that looked like it would work. I ended up redoing the ‘ladder’ for each row and did several of the rows multiple times. I still need to weave in ends and wash/block it but I think it’s looking pretty good. Plus, the fix falls where the sweater drapes at the shoulder.

Next Steps:

  1. Inspect all my handknits and make sure nothing else got damaged.
  2. Clean my closet including dusting all the shelves and vacuuming the bins.
  3. Wash/block everything before putting it away.

It’s going to be at least a month-long project.

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