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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FO: Morgan for Maddie

Allow me to introduce you to Morgan.
Morgan and the Tutu top
I made Morgan for Maddie, the adorable little girl with two curly puffs you’ve seen a few times on the blog. Maddie is just the cutest. Don’t get me wrong, I love my two godsons but making things for girls when you’re already a girly girl is just plain fun!!!

Morgan is part of the Susan B. Anderson doll patterns for Mary, Millie and Morgan. My LYS was having a class on how to make these dolls and I picked up the pattern when the class was full and thought I’d give it a go myself. I was surprised at how easy it was. Seriously, if you can knit in the round you’ve got this. The “hardest” part was this hair, or as I like to say, her weave. LOL I decided to use acrylic yarn for this because I wanted her to be washer and dryer friendly (and she is! All these pics are post being washed and dried). I used Knit Picks Brava Sport and it had a lovely softness but still sturdy feel to it. I bought lots of colors for under $25 so I could have some options but man this brown is spot on. It’s the perfect shade of brown and when I saw it coming together I was so tickled throughout the process. I was so excited I finished it in 2 days!
And when I made Morgan’s clothes I decided I needed to make it match a top I was going to make for Maddie too because matching your doll is even cuter. Monday night I went over to give Maddie her doll…and here’s Maddie meeting Morgan.
And kissing Morgan…I think she really likes her.
And taking her for a ride in her stroller with a maraca in case Morgan wanted to play a song perhaps. These things make sense to toddlers.
And once I get a picture of Maddie in her top to match Morgan I’ll do a post about the top too. In the meantime, here’s the top next to Morgan in her dress.
Morgan and the Tutu top
The pattern for the doll comes with options to make a skirt, cardigan and shawl for the doll too. I figure when I knit up Maddie’s fall/winter pieces I’ll whip up a few things for Morgan too…because why not? I also realized that by knitting the doll feet I had to do a heel flap and I could totally try sock knitting. My almost 15 year old godson asked me to make him orange wool socks – now I know what to whip up for his birthday next month. Morgan’s already helping me learn new skills to put to work for the next project. I couldn’t be more pleased with how this turned out and I see some more knit dolls and toys in my future.

Stitching Status: FO’s and Adorable Dolls

I feel like I haven’t talked about what I’m actually knitting in a while. It’s time for some stitching status updates.
It's time to block my latest sweater! #sweaterknitting #yardsofhappiness #nevernotknitting
My cotton bulky weight cardigan, Teazel, is blocked and almost dry. That sucker is heavy! And I needed to pin down the decorative edge to help it lay flat. I probably should’ve knit the size down, knowing it’s cotton and will grow even more but I think this might be a really great cardigan for summer. My office is already freezing and this has such a lovely swing shape and wraps around me. I am totally making this again in the winter in a wool yarn. Hopefully it will be dry and I can take pictures to get a full FO post up for Friday about it.
I am so into knitting this Morgan doll for Maddie. I started this on Monday night around 8pm and finished the head and increases at the top of the body. The above pic was progress after my evening commute home on Tuesday. My friend Lavon told me I need to do a better job of documenting my progress so I’m trying to take more pictures as I go along. This is how far I got this morning in the car.
So by the time I get home I should be started on one of the arms. I’m surprised that something on size 3 needles is going to quickly, but really at most I have 60 active stitches at once. So it’s not a ton of knitting. I want to get the body completed so I can move on to the details (ears, face and hair) and then make her little clothes! I altered her slightly from the original and didn’t do striped tights. Instead I gave her underclothes and bare legs with little red sneakers on since Maddie has the cutest pair of little red Chuck Taylors. I know she’s only one but I hope this little doll lasts her a while and becomes a special doll to her. Who knew I’d enjoy making dolls so much? I’ve already started looking up other animals to give as baby shower gifts too. So that’s what I’m working on, how about you?