Happy new year, everyone! I hope you are having a good start to 2019.
There has been a lot going on in the knitting and fiber community this week. A huge and necessary conversation about racism in this community has been happening on Instagram. I am not knowledgeable enough to discuss this right now (which I realize is a privilege I as a white person possess, and I realize this, but I also need to acknowledge where I am in my journey). I encourage you to read and listen and think about this on your own.
Besides that conversation, there have been a lot of crafting plans for the new year being posted. Many people are planning a “Make 9” in which they choose nine projects to make this year, sometimes a combination of knitting, crocheting, and sewing. I briefly considered doing my own Make 9, but then I remembered that I do not do well with year-long projects, and it doesn’t leave room to make new patterns that will be published this year that I know I will fall in love with.
While I was pondering what kind of crafty goals I wanted to set, I saw Andie (@wonderwolle) post about her 3-2-1 Create project in which you choose two small projects and one large project to make in the next three months. I love that this is more doable and provides more space for changing your mind or adapting your plans to what you feel like knitting right now. I tend to knit what feels good in the moment - I don’t knit for summer during the winter, even though that would make sense (Emily from Slow Fashion Rebel summed that up perfectly in a recent video).
After reading Andie’s post, I immediately browsed my Ravelry queue and favorites and wrote down a ton of projects I want to make this year. From that list, I narrowed down my choices to a couple that I wanted to already have done and be able to use or gift. For the most part, I want to be using yarn I already own for my 3-2-1 projects. I will still buy yarn this year and use it, but for planning purposes I want to utilize the yarn in my stash. So, here are my three projects:
You may realize that two of those photos are of myself. Keep reading and you’ll find out why. :P
The first small project I chose is the Quill Hat by Andrea Mowry. I knit one of these for myself and I wear it all the time:
In December, both my mother and one of my sisters expressed their desire for new hats. I have knit both of them one hat and they wear them all the time, but they mentioned wanting another option. So, technically, I want to make two Quill hats. I purchased yarn from On the Round during a December sale (I hadn’t yet decided to plan based on stash). I’ll be knitting one hat with Rachel’s Purple Rain colorway on her DK base (photo is from her website):
I’ll use the Always a Bridesmaid colorway on her worsted weight base for the second hat:
I had knit these mittens a couple of years ago but lost one of them at school (I’ve lost two different mittens and a shawl on campus. Apparently college is bad for my handknits). I wasn’t completely happy with the fit of them anyway because I have relatively long fingers and the hands on these were too short. I’ll be adjusting the chart somehow and knitting two new mittens. I should have enough of the Peace Fleece yarn I used the first time to make these, but I may rip out the remaining mitten because I have no reason to keep it. Plus a matching hat might be fun…
My final project is the type of sweater I’ve wanted for a few years now: a heavy weight tunic. When I come home from work during the winter, I just want to throw on a pair of leggings and a comfy sweater. Last year I had attempted Great Falls tunic, but my yarn was not bulky enough and became a different sweater (which still needs buttons…oops). I finally settled on the Idlewood by Cecily Glowik MacDonald (photo from the Ravelry page):
This pattern calls for aran weight yarn. Last year, a friend’s mom was renovating part of their house and gave me some yarn, including a yarn that I couldn’t find on Ravelry but is a wool aran weight in a blue-gray color:
That is my 3-2-1 create plan for January through March! So far I have knit one of the Quill hats. I am working on a test knit for Little Home Designs, so once that is done I’m hoping to cast on the tunic. I’m excited about this type of project planning!
What are your crafty plans for 2019?