Best Nine of 2016, Part III

Okay, I’ve shared my top 6 projects of the year (part I and part II), now we’re down to the final three…And my favorites of this year of knitting? It’s hard to narrow things down but these for my top three most favorite things I knit this year.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
3. My Colorblocked Boyfriend Cardigan
If I could wear this sweater every day I would. I love it that much and it’s in heavy rotation and worn weekly. Knitting up the dk weight yarn on bigger needles gave it such a great drape. The shape isn’t too close fitting and I can use it as a top layer to any outfit. Oh and the colors. This pink/red/orange Madelinetosh DK is nothing short of stunning and the muted tones I wouldn’t normally gravitate towards for the rest of the cardigan make it a perfect neutral with this bold pop. I love it but it wasn’t my favorite…
Christmas Eve
2. A Christmas Sweater for Mom
Originally I was going to say that the blue vest I made for my Mom was coming in a close second place and then I finished this sweater right before Christmas. I know, you couldn’t guess this one because I haven’t done a Finished Object post on it but this was too good to not come in my top 3. I originally was going to make my Mom a two color cardigan for Christmas and then I randomly picked up a skein of bright blue sock yarn thinking I’d make her socks and then I found this pattern that combined dk weight yarn and sock yarn and I knew I had to make this sweater for my mother. When the pattern and the yarn speak to you, you have to listen. I loved this pattern because I got to try new techniques and it turned out beautifully. But the best part? How genuinely happy she was when she put it on. Her smile (and repeated wears already) was all the validation I needed. How can you not love making things for people you love? And don’t worry, full post and pics coming soon.

And my top pick of the year? I’m sure you can guess by now…
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Best Nine of 2016, Part II

Okay, I shared my bottom three. Here’s what made it to the middle.
Jess in her Agnes sweater
6. Agnes for Jess
Jess is my best friend and former college roomate. We jokingly call each other sisterwives because we’re just that close. She’s also one of the few people I willingly knit sweaters for (even though she knows how to crochet) and she typically likes to make requests…and sometimes demands. LOL I decided for her birthday this year to make her a cotton sweater and my love of the Agnes pullover began. A quick knit with cute pockets – how can I not love this? And the possibilities for color combs are endless. Don’t worry, you may see more of these in 2017.
Rosie and Edie
5. Baby & Dog Sweater Set
I knew this sweater set was cut when I made it but I didn’t know how cute it would be until I saw it on the baby and dog. Cuteness overload and a happy Mom. I don’t know if I could ask for more in a project.
Super fan
4. Giants Hat
So this is special because when my husband asks me to make him something he is very specific. And when we were in the store and he told me to take a picture of the hat so I could remember and recreate it I couldn’t stop laughing. I was super proud of myself because I duplicated it to perfection and my husband was delighted. He’s going to the Giants v. Redskins game on New Year’s Day and this hat will be on his head the entire time. Winning!

Okay, my top three projects of the year I’ll share on Friday. What do you think is my absolute favorite project from this year? 

Best Nine of 2016, Part I

As the year comes to a close I thought I’d do my Best Nine of 2016 like I did last year (you can see post 1, post 2 and post 3 from last year). These were my top nine most liked posts on Instagram.
Best nine 2016
But what were my nine favorite projects that I knit this year? I knit a lot but some projects just flew off my needles and made me happier to make than others. Here are the bottom three…
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