Sunday, December 24, 2017

2018 Make Nine

Hello and welcome to you, friends! I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  If you don't celebrate those holidays, I wish you a happy winter and hope that you have some lovely hygge-filled nests in which to snuggle and relax.  I have a pot of fish stew bubbling away on the stove and a large bottle of Bailey's cooling in the freezer for my after dinner treat.

While things have been quiet here on the blogging front, if you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I have been slowly and quietly working away on projects behind the scenes.  In fact, I have a few finished objects to share with you in the coming weeks, including a sewing project!  I recently started working with an Occupational Therapist who is teaching me about pacing; how to slowly build and maintain my energy so I can finally feel like my kind of normal again.

I have also been thinking about projects I want to make in 2018.  I'm sure you've all heard of Rochelle's Make Nine challenge.  She launched it a few years ago and it took the creative community by storm - and rightly so.  It's such a lovely, gentle way to plan projects and stay on task, while still allowing the NEW and SHINY patterns and fabrics to pop into your queue.  As I no longer take crafting energy for granted (not my favourite fall out from auto-immune diseases), I find that the gentle planning of projects can feel as satisfying as the actual making, as well as ensuring I'm filling existing wardrobe holes.

Taylor sweater, Tilly & the Buttons Cleo, Spool & Spindle

Starting from the top row, far left:  This is a sweater that has been in my queue for what feels like ages.  Ever since I knit my Camille sweater, I have wanted to knit another one of Purl Heroine's patterns.  This particular one is Taylor and has a beautiful broken cable detail on the yoke.  I love it!  I'm planning on knitting this from more Wool of the Andes yarn in the Semolina colourway, which is very similar to the pattern photo.

Next up is the Cleo Pinafore by Tilly and the Buttons.  It is such a great pattern and I really appreciate Tilly's drafting skills.  I recently finished a pink denim version and have a periwinkle twill version in the queue.  I love pinafores and I know that this will get a huge amount of wear, especially layered with Renfrew Tops, leggings, and handknit socks.

Last in this row is a dress using this gorgeous fabric from Spool & Spindle.   You all know that I'm trying to keep my crafting spending exclusively Canadian and I'm delighted to have stumbled upon Spool & Spindle.  This fabric is a sensational cotton lawn in a gorgeous shade of mustard.  I love, love the pattern and the pops of teal.  Initially, I wasn't sure what pattern I would use for this glorious fabric until I remembered that Salme Patterns has a lovely (and buttonless!) shirt dress pattern that would show off this fabric nicely.  As it's cotton lawn, I will be making the dress with short sleeves to give it more versatility.

Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress, Barbour Fraser Jumper, Sewaholic Renfrew Top

Moving on to the middle row, far left is my second planned dress: the Fen Dress by Fancy Tiger Crafts.  I did make the Fen Top earlier this year but, sadly, it has since been deconstructed and is awaiting refashion.  I just didn't like the longer sleeves or the neckline.  However, I have seen some really cute dress versions on the internet and want to to see how it will work for me made up in navy wool suiting.  Navy is a staple in my wardrobe and this will be a great layering dress for my fall and winter wardrobe.

My second sweater project is really the piece de resistance for me.  Sam Heughan (aka Jamie Fraser, my TV husband) is the brand ambassador for Barbour and has designed a stunning capsule collection for both men and women.  This cabled beauty is my favourite piece and I plan on knitting myself a version using Cascade 220 in Atlantic.  I'll knit it bottom up, as I think that's the best construction method.  I'm in the process of working out the pattern on paper and plan to cast on in January.

It wouldn't be a proper plan for me without an old favourite of mine:  The Renfrew Top pattern.  This is a TNT for me and an absolutely essential piece of my cold weather wardrobe.  I have some lovely yellow striped jersey from L'Oiseau Fabrics, as well as length of rose pink bamboo jersey from Blackbird Fabrics that are crying out to be made into tops.  I'm thinking the scoop neck version with long sleeves.  I wear these with everything!

Rayon/linen fabric, South Bay Sweater, Simplicity 6096

The last row, far left is a swatch of this gorgeous kelly green rayon/linen blend fabric that will  become a pair of cropped trousers using McCall's 2735; another TNT pattern for me that is, sadly, out of print.  I found my version at a thrift store for $1.99.   I do have several pairs of these trousers in different colours but I really missed having a green pair over the spring and summer this year.

The middle photo is a beautiful peasant dress pattern from Simplicity.  I LOVE  good peasant dress for summer but still haven't made any!  I have some lovely floral rayon in my stash that will be perfect for this pattern; easy to wear with my beloved cropped linen trousers in the spring and on its own in the hot summer.

My final planned sweater is the South Bay Sweater by Samantha Lamb.  I first saw this on Yards of Happiness as a test knit and fell in love with it.  In essence, it's a simple top-down, raglan sleeve sweater (my favourite) with feminine details like the gathering under the garter panel and the 3/4 length sleeves.  I've cheated a bit as I cast this on last week but I just couldn't wait until New Year.  I'm knitting it in Knit Picks' Wool of the Andes in a beautiful coral/pink colour called Papaya 

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Wow! This turned out to be a much longer post than I expected!  If you're still here, thank you for reading until the end.  It means a lot to me that you take the time to stop and visit my corner of this community.  Thank you :)

What are you planning on making in 2018?  Are you participating in the 2018 Make Nine challenge?  I'd love to know!

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