Admittedly, this last year hasn’t been my most productive, knitting-wise. I’ve had ongoing problems with my hands and wrists, and a few other personal issues have gotten in the way. But I still managed to make things I’m proud of, and here are the top three:
Moondance Cowl and Mitts
Designed for my local yarn store, Mockingbird Moon, and modeled by the lovely granddaughter of my friend Yvonne, I’m proud of the design I developed and how well it shows off the featured yarn, Dyed in the Wool by SpinCycle Yarns. The pattern did well at our statewide yarn crawl (I can’t imagine having the time and inclination to travel my state for all the yarn stores, but many people did). By the way, it also used Alegria by Manos del Uruguay, a particularly lovely yarn.
This turned into my go-to sweater for the better part of the year. It’s comfortable and fits well, and goes well with both jeans and slacks. I used Rowan Wool Cotton, which sadly has been discontinued, but it would work well with so many DK yarns. You hold two strands together and use size 11 needles, so it knits up so quickly. The pattern is from Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2012. Lucky for us sweaters don’t typically go out of style too easily (and tend to cycle around if they are dated), so a five-year-old pattern? Natch. Still cute.
Admittedly less practical, I made these to go with a Vicuña coat given to me by a friend (she was going to give it to Goodwill!). The coat had bracelet-length sleeves, so this style was perfect. The ruffle as shown in the pattern is twice as long as this one, but that would have a been a little too much for me. The gloves were knit out of Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca, and while I made one mistake you can’t see in this picture, I love them. The ruffle was made with Shibui Silk Cloud, a dreamy lace-weight mohair. If you’re planning to make an heirloom shawl, consider this yarn. Expensive, but there’s good reason for that.
In 2018, I hope to be a little more productive, but who knows what the future holds? Despite having fewer projects than usual, I still had a hard time choosing. The Black-and-White Cotton Cardigan and of course, the Top Hat for one of my favorite cats, Jake, were in the running. But these won out.
I wrote this post in response to a knitting bloggin buddy’s post, My Top 3 Knits of 2017, by Shirley C Yeung. Do you have any favorite projects from 2017? Feel free to share them — and any links — in the comment section below.
Happy Knitting in 2018!!