Make Nine in 2019

It’s New Year’s Eve 2018, the last day of the 2018 Make Nine Makealong. Tomorrow will see the start of the 2019 version of this year long adventure. I thought today was a good opportunity to pop in and post a reminder about what the make along involves, why you might want to take part and, to answer a question I get quite a lot, how to put your grid together!

What is the Make Nine Makealong?

You may have seen posts on your social media of people’s grids of nine patterns they plan to knit, crochet or sew during the course of the year. This is known as the Make Nine. I don’t know who started it or how long it has been running, but lots of creative people like to begin the year with their plan of patterns to make. I noticed the Make Nines appearing on my Instagram feed a year ago and thought I would like to play along. But as well as that I thought it might be fun to run a year long make along that might help others focus their minds to get all nine items completed. Many people took part in the 2018 version (ECmakenine2018) and there are well over 200 finished items recorded at the time of writing this with just a few hours to go until the end of the year. The chance of winning prizes throughout the year for finishing objects may have helped! But I hope that for many this make along provided some impetus to complete projects that may otherwise never have been made or, had they been started may have sat languishing in project bags.

I showed my completed FOs in my last podcast (episode 20) but as a final hurrah, here they are in picture form. As well as multiple pairs of socks (which represented one square in my make nine grid), I finished my Miromesnil and Boxy jumpers, and my Simple Beret. This wasn’t all that I made during the year but is the sum total of my make nine. Details of all can be found in my Ravelry project pages.

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So what about 2019?

One of the problems many people found with the make nine concept was that, quite understandably, the things they wanted to make at the beginning of the year were not what they wanted to make several months later. I was one of those and some of my make nines never got off the ground. We did do a little shimmy mid-year and swapped out some patterns for other patterns but it did feel a bit like cheating!

So for 2019 I will be running the make along again but with one significant change. Instead of naming individual patterns, the nine will be made up of types of thing that we want to make or some new techniques that we want to master through completing a project, or maybe even trying a new craft.  My make nine is in the picture below.

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Top row: Assana Wrap, Suburban Shawl, Quill Middle Row: Mountain Mist, The Green, Kuusi mittens Bottom Row: Coco Top & Dress All images from Ravelry apart from bottom row – Coco Top and Dress from Tilly and the Buttons.

These aren’t necessarily the patterns I am going to make, but I might do, or I might not. However my plan is to make two shawls,  two jumpers, a hat and a pair of mittens, a sewn top, an embroidery project and my own shawl design. The beauty of the change to this year’s make nine is that you can change your mind about the exact pattern you want to make as many times as you want to during the year. 

Other than this change, the make along will be run in exactly the same way as the 2018 version – prizes every three months, a chatter and FO thread and an extra prize draw for anyone who completes all nine right at the end of the year. I think there will also be a prize for social media sharing of posts – so use the hashtag #ecmakenine2019 and at the end of the year I will pull an extra prize winner from the hashtags. That’s six opportunities to win a prize just by finishing a project. 

Talking of prizes, there were some amazing donations by some very talented makers in 2018. Thank you to everyone who sent in a prize. I am now on the lookout for some more prizes for this year so if you are a maker and would like to donate something to give away then please do get in touch.

How do I make my grid?

One of the questions I was asked fairly regularly at the beginning of 2018 was how to put images together into a grid of nine. I use an iPhone and the way that I do it (and this may not be the most efficient or easiest way, but it works for me) is to copy the images (usually from Ravelry) I want to include to my camera roll and then I use an app called PhotoGrid to create a grid of nine images. This is then saved again to my camera roll and can be posted onto Instagram (or other social media) or into the Ravelry chatter thread. There are plenty of other apps available but PhotoGrid is free and I have used it for a few years now quite happily.

So are you ready?

If you fancy playing along during 2019 here’s what you need to do in nine easy steps…

  1. Decide what type of projects you’d like to make in 2019 and pull a grid together to represent the nine projects. Remember it doesn’t need to be the exact projects, just an image to represent the type of thing you’d like to make, one image for each of the nine. But it does need to be new projects – wips carried over into 2019 won’t count. And you don’t have to start in January, but it does make sense to as you’ll have longer to complete all nine of your challenge.
  2. Post your grid into the chatter thread in my Ravelry podcast group.
  3. Start making. This is the best bit!
  4. Chat away about what you’re making with everyone else in the chatter thread.
  5. Post any finished objects in the finished object thread.
  6. Prizes will be drawn following the end of each quarter (ie in April, July, October and January).
  7. If you finish all nine post a completed grid of all nine projects in the finished object thread to be in with an extra chance to win a prize.
  8. Share your makes on social media with the hashtag #ecmakenine2019 to be in with an extra extra chance to win a prize!
  9. Have fun!

I hope this has been helpful, but if you have any questions about this then just get in touch and I’ll happily answer them. I look forward to seeing everyone’s makes coming together and thank you in advance for taking part. Wishing you all a happy 2019 filled with lots of making.

Emma x

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