It's nearing the end of the year and instead of looking forward in anticipation of NaKniSweMoDo I decided to look back at the fruits of 2008. There was, as usual, a lot of knittin' goin' on and while much of it is enjoyable, wearable and beautiful, I do have a few favorites. This year produced loads of smaller projects as it was the year of cowls and mitts. I made my fair share of cowls, mitts, scarves, hats, and even a couple of tea cozies, all of which you can see in my Ravelry notebook. For the sake of this post I've decided to share four of my favorite projects as a recap of the year.
The first of the year found me a little obsessed with lace shawls. By the end of July I had knit several pieces of lace, each one special for its own reasons. The one I enjoyed over any of the others, because it was challenging, exquisitely beautiful and unique in pattern and yarn, was Aspen Grove. The design is Miriam's and she worked in conjunction with Anne who dyed the yarn. The way it feels around my neck, the way the garter edge drapes over my shoulders and the rich, warm fall colors make this one of my favorite shawls.
While Sock Mojo didn't hang around with me for very long this year, he did stay long enough to help me knit four beautiful pair. It is difficult to choose only one favorite, but the whole idea of a Mystery, and the beautiful sock that resulted, made knitting this pair extra fun. (I'm looking forward to knitting Kirsten's Acer next year.)
Of all the scarves I knit this year the number favorite has to be Lace Ribbons. Not only was it fun to knit, I used a handspun angora blend (from Anne) which made it extra luxurious, warm and beautiful.
The reason I've picked Salina as my favorite sweater over Daniel or Jadis, both which I love nearly as much, is its wearability. It's a three season sweater that looks good dressed up or down, works in almost any situation and is as comfortable as a t-shirt.
Next year I hope to be as prolific and enjoy the process at least as much as I did in 2008. Did you knit something you especially love this year? I'd love to hear.