I have been on Instagram just over one full year and have found it a valuable network for like-minded makers and nature freaks, who ironically are out in the woods to soak in solitude, take a breather from human society, and use technology to post on social media about the woods for other humans to see. Guilty as charged.
Last year before New Year’s, I kept seeing makers post this Make Nine Challenge thing, and I just let it pass me by since I’m not much of a follower of trends. Until I decide to be and then I stick like glue. So this year, I decided what the heck, I’ll choose nine projects I’d like to make in 2019 and share them for all the world to see.
Make Nine 2019 List
From left to right, top to bottom:
1. VinterPan by Marte Nilssen.
2. Sirius Socks by Maria Muscarella, Ninja Chickens.
3. The Sky at Night, Lisa Hannes, Maliha Designs.
4. Peaceable Mitts, Erica Heusser Designs.
5. You all know Kate Davies, all the hats.
6. Shard, Romi Hill.
7. Audrey Cardigan, Isabell Kraemer
8. Forest Grove, Mara Catherine Bryner.
9. Appalachian, Laura Aylor.
A little voice asked myself, “Where did this Make Nine thing start?” Apparently I found the answer. This lovely person’s blog at end of 2015: Lucky Lucille. If in fact true, this is precisely how social media trends start. A random person has a random flash of an idea, “Hey, I’ll try this.” And it strikes the fancy of many people, and then poof! You have a trend.
I can’t resist sharing Rochelle’s maker’s Manifesto, in the hopes that if I link to her page to the image, I am not overstepping copyright, but I will be happy to take it down if I am. If you want a lovely print, you can buy it directly from her. I think it beautifully sums it up, as I have been contemplating why I feel so driven to make and how it feels like a lifeline.
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As an exercise, I am inspired to write my own not copyrighted manifesto.
Knitting with sticks and gifts of sheep and plants is my happy place. I knit because I am always learning. Because time passes without my knowing. I knit because I am pulling an ancient lineage of knitters with me in each loop, women and men whose expert hands made fabric before looms and mills existed. I knit because it centers and calms me, it teaches me about failure, trying, satisfaction, completion. It gives me something to keep people warm, it gives me something to teach others. So they too can be calm in the middle of chaos and carry on the chain of centuries of human hands.
If you want your mind blown, check out nalbinding, a precursor to knitting, still practiced today, remnants of which are found as far back as 6,500 BCE (BC). More on history of knitting in a future post after I research more and gather thoughts.