2018 make nine

2018 is on the horizon, can you believe it?! 

As is normal practice for me at this time of year, I am gathering pictures and ideas for my vision board. I've been making vision boards for years, and it's always fun to see what from the board comes true each year, or how some visions from the beginning of the year shift and change by the end of the year. This coming year, I plan to make two boards - one for crafting and one for everything else.

I've been seeing a lot of the hashtag #2018makenine on Instagram. It has inspired me to think up nine patterns that I would like to make in 2018. I'm trying to be realistic, but I am also trying to challenge myself a bit. It's been amazing to see how much I've learned in knitting this past year, so I have expectations to keep going along that trend! 

My '2018 Make Nine' incorporates a mix of knitting and sewing and it looks a little something like this: 

Images from left to right: (Top: Knit Patterns) Free Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry; Damegenser by Sandnes Garn; The Weekender by Andrea Mowry; Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder; Pattentop by Sandnes Garn. (Bottom: Sewing Patterns) Metamorphic Dress by Sew Liberated; Bento Bag by Indigobird Design; Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts; Charlie Caftan by Closet Case Patterns

Images from left to right: (Top: Knit Patterns) Free Your Fade Shawl by Andrea Mowry; Damegenser by Sandnes Garn; The Weekender by Andrea Mowry; Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder; Pattentop by Sandnes Garn. (Bottom: Sewing Patterns) Metamorphic Dress by Sew Liberated; Bento Bag by Indigobird Design; Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts; Charlie Caftan by Closet Case Patterns

Make Nine: Knitting

Pattentop by Sandnes Garn

One of the patterns in my 2018 Make Nine is actually a carry-over from 2017 - the long rib vest, or Pattentop, by Sandnes Garn. I bought the Norwegian Mini Alpakka yarn and booklet in the Faroe Islands while on our summer vacation, but didn't start it until well into the fall. Althought it has been a work in progress for several weeks, I am fairly confident that I will have it done in 2018! 

Damegenser by Sandnes Garn

In Norway over the summer, I purchased the Tweed & Co. pattern booklet by Sandnes Garn. I pretty much want to make everything in the booklet, but I only purchased the tweed yarn for the lady sweater, or Damegenser. While I got the long rib vest pattern in English, they only had the Tweed booklet in Norwegian, so I pray that I can translate it without issue! 

Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry

One of the classes of my Knit Stars 2.0 video conference this fall was for the Free Your Fade Shawl. This will be my first time fading colors in a garment, and I finally purchased the last skein of my three-color fade. I'll be using yarn from Tempting Ewe, Madelline Tosh and Junk Yarn. I'm both nervous and excited to attempt a shawl, since my first attempt at a shawl earlier this year ended in frogging and using the yarn for a top! 

The Weekender by Andrea Mowry

There's no denying that I love every pattern that Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits writes, and that's why there are two patterns of hers in my 2018 Make Nine. As soon as I saw The Weekender, I knew I wanted one! I actually purchased the exact yarn that the pattern calls for, Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, at the 20% off sale that Black Mountain Yarn Shop had on Boxing Day. It's a worsted weight, so it should knit up quickly, but there are a lot of new techniques that I'll have to learn to complete The Weekender, so it may take me a little longer than most.

Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Really, I'd like to learn how to knit any socks, but I love the name of this pair, and so why not start with them?! I notified my family that socks are at the top of my 'learn to knit' list, so if I can manage, I will either be making everyone a pair of socks for Christmas next year, or just one sock each, otherwise known as a stocking. All will depend on my (usually poor) time management skills! 

Make Nine: Sewing

Metamorphic Dress by Sew Liberated

Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated is a maker extraordinaire. She sews, she knits, she paints. Her Metamorphic Dress keeps popping up in my Instagram feed, and it seems like an approachable pattern for a novice sewist like me. 

Bento Bag by Indigobird Designs

These just look like fun to make! Indigobird Designs has an easy tutorial for these origami-like bags up on their site, so I have the feeling I'll move this to the top of my sewing queue. 

Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts

Fancy Tiger Crafts is a crafters dream store (that I have yet to visit) in Denver, Colorado. Not only do they sell sustainable supplies for the modern crafter, they also hold events and teach classes in sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, spinning, dyeing, quilting and embroidery. They also write their own patterns, one of which is the Sailor Top. It's labeled as beginner, perfect for this sailor to get her feet wet in sewing tops!

Charlie Caftan by Closet Case Patterns

Closet Case Patterns is a sewing pattern design and education company for the modern maker. They have online sewing classes in addition to in-person workshops, and some of their patterns look way over my head (like making your own jeans!). But, lucky for me, the Charlie Caftan is beginner-friendly and looks polished. If I can pull off one, I may just make three!

Now, this compilation is just a start. You should see all the patterns that didn't make the list - I still really, really want to make those too. And, I am sure beyond all doubt that there will be so many pattern releases this year that I will want to begin immediately. But having this vision, these nine, will hopefully be the perfect amount of inspiration to get me started, and provide enough motivation to keep me creating throughout the year!

Have you got your 2018 Make Nine sorted out? What's on your list, I'd love to know!