Do you ever get to the end of the week, and it really does feel like “Thank God It’s Friday!”? So happy to be home and starting the weekend! It hasn’t been an awful week, just one of those where time has draaaged, and I’d rather be somewhere else and doing other things than office work!
So… to commence the weekend, I thought I’d tell you about this pretty little number I finished this week:
Annis is a pattern I have been drooling over ever since it was released on Knitty in 2010. According to Ravelry, I’m something like the 6,504th person to knit this shawl!
It’s not blocked as aggressively as some, but I am just delighted I managed to knit one! I think I could do something about having a looser cast one and bind off (despite using the recommended bind off and a long-tail cast on, the edges are still a bit tighter than I’d like), but otherwise I am very happy with it.
But oh dear, those naughty nupps did sent me around the loop! It is extremely difficult to purl seven stitches together. Especially when they were made by a YO, K1 (x 3) all into one stitch on the previous row. There is a reason why nupp rhymes with loop!
After the first nupp row, I wondered whether I should just pull the needles out, wind up the yarn and look for something else to knit that wasn’t quite so aggravating. That’s when I concluded that nupps must have been invented by the devil, or some malevolent individual who enjoyed destroying people’s love of knitting!!
Instead, I took a deep breath, and visited the Internet where I came across a tutorial by Nancy Bush (who popularised nupps). She was kind enough to put me out of my misery by explaining that you need to knit these very, very, loosely, as in baggy loose. The second and third row of nupps went much better.
And now, it’s done!
It’s actually a very fast knit. I think it took me about eight hours of knitting total. I knitted Annis in the divine Zealana Air, which I think must be one of the most beautiful yarns ever created. This is the ‘mauve’ colourway. So light, so soft, so warm, so drapey, so pretty… The combination of brushtail possum down, cashmere and silk makes this the perfect shawl material. I needed a bit less than two balls to knit this.
It feels like a cloud of lightness and warmth around your neck, it’s so very lovely. This won’t be the last thing I knit in Zealana Air!
The shawl is for my mother, as a thank you, for without her support I would still be laptop-less. I hope she likes it.
Next up: Golitha Falls Shawl.
Not having heard from any of you about wanting to knit this with me, I have zoomed ahead and am trying to finish it this weekend if I can (optimistic goal I think). It’s a gift for a certain someone.
Wishing you a good start to the weekend!