Nuppified (rhymes with stupified): to be overcome by the desire to knit nupps; the act of knitting nupps; an incurable form of insanity
We have both been nuppified. We are either in the process of or shortly finished with nupp-filled projects.
In my convalescence, I have been focusing on smaller projects and have finished two of them. I will share the second one first! I stumbled upon a really lovely pattern on Ravelry (another freebie no less!) and thought it would be perfect for the gorgeous yarn given to me by sister, Sally, as a nice little present: Spirit Trail Fiberworks’ Atropos — 100% Bombyx Silk Laceweight, 550 yds/50 gm, Color “Dance the Orange.” A stunning semi-solid orange that looks like the brightest color that copper can be. This was one of Sally’s treasures from Maryland Sheep and Wool — she snagged a skein for each of us.
The yardage was enough for something smallish. The pattern I chose was Fylleryd by Mia Rinde. It has the advantage of being adjustable to any size, plus I liked that it had nupps.
I can’t get great photos and I should not have blocked it (too much time off the couch!). I worked four repeats of the petit pattern and two of the blueberry — the third set of nupps is in the final chart. All of 3 grms of yarn remained — whew! I was sweating those last few rows!
I’ve always had a special interest in Estonia because one of my close childhood friends was of Estonian descent. Every Saturday, she and her sister attended Estonian school to learn the language and culture. Anne taught me several words in Estonian, which I still remember all these years later: ema (mother), isa (father), and nupp (pain in the ass button). I was casting around (knitting pun, please groan in unison) for something to knit out of the Atropos I had bought for myself. Susan suggested the Crown Prince Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. I had somehow missed this book when it first came out, but I bought it immediately and started knitting. Here is a photo of the shawl from the book.
Now, nupps have the reputation of being a bit of a pain in the button. They’re not difficult, but they can be fiddly; it is easy to miss a nupp loop when you are purling them together and it is also easy to accidentally catch the next stitch while reducing the nupp loops. But they are a hallmark of Estonian knitting and the effect can be lovely as the Crown Prince shawl shows.
Here is a photograph of the yarn I am using: Atropos in the shade Dragon’s Blood. (I just couldn’t resist the color even though I have so much red lace weight yarn in my stash.) The coppery orange skein tossed in is the same color Susan used for her Fylleryd.
From Susan: Sally’s picture captures the orange beautifully
And here is a photo of my Crown Prince in progress. It’s pretty tiny so far. I think I have more of a Baron or Duke than a Prince right now.
So you can see we are well into our nupps and demonstrating lots of sisterly cross pollination of knitting projects!
Stash Reduction Sale!!!
Susan’s Thursdays at 4 Knitting Group is hosting a stash busting sale this Saturday from 9a-4p. All items are a third to half off and there are some fantastic yarns from which to choose! If you are interested in the details, leave a comment requesting information and Susan will email you with the information.
PS: Yes, nuppification is very contagious!
PS2: Patricia mentioned two fabulous shawl patterns: the ever popular Swallowtail by Evelyn Clark and the Percy Shawl by Sanna Kalkman. We have both made the Swallowtail and the Percy is stunning — must be added to queue!