Those %@#$! Nupps!

A few days ago I told you all about the beauty of Estonian Lace. While I still believe in the beauty and old-world design of this fascinating style, I have one issue – NUPPS! Nupps are those fantastic little bobbles that highlight the openwork lace areas of lily of the valley, leaves, flowers, and much more. They are created by doing a 3, 5, or 7 stitch K1, YO, K1, YO, K1 (5 stitch nupp) in a single stitch. On the flip or purl side of the piece, you purl these little bad boys together. That’s easier said than done. For the most part, I have wasted a few yards of $18 a skein yarn and spent a few days stewing over the problem. I can complete the nupps on the front side, but purling them together is another issue altogether. When you get to the flip side to purl the nupps, there is a problem. If you don’t knit super loose it is hard to gather the five stitches together on the needle. Secondly, if you don’t gather all five but think you did, then get to the end and find a loop hanging out, all is lost and you must frog and start over! Hence, the frustration and yarn waste.

 So in my search for how to best complete these nupps, I found a few sites where the problem is more of an issue than I previously imagined. The Knitting Doctor has a lovely series on these little problem makers. The love/hate relationship is carried over in Fleegle’s Blog where she has a more positive attitude about the little beasts. I do notice that the yarn she is using is not a lace or sock weight though, probably making it a bit easier to knit on the reverse side. However, in earlier posts she has knit a beautiful shawl in lace or sock weight yarn so I can’t condemn her! Her technique is good, but I have tried it with the finer weights and it just doesn’t work as easily as she makes it look.

 However, there is some good news! I think I may have a solution and will be working on it throughout the day tomorrow to test it out. If all goes well, I will post a video and let you all in on my plan. Then maybe I can develop Fleegle’s positive spin on the nupps and irritate those that have not yet figured it out. I can only hope!

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Published in: on January 18, 2010 at 12:06 am  Leave a Comment  

And the winner is…

It’s time to announce the winning piece for the October/November Creativity contest!

After much work and anticipation, our winner is….(DRUM ROLL)

MELEK DESIGNS and her “FALL FOR ME NECKLACE!”

FallforMeNecklace.gif picture by cutsiepoochieCongratulations to Melek and all of the other participants in this month’s contest. The participants that turned in pieces were: 

http://samsstuff.artfire.com/ Medusa & Alien Boy

http://spottedtummy.artfire.com/ Carmel Necklace

http://rmbdesigns.artfire.com/  Charming Fall Bracelet

All of the pieces were exceptional works of art, showcasing our guild’s talent and creativity! The upcoming theme for the December/January contest is Winter Wonderland. Happy crafting to all of you!

Published in: on December 7, 2009 at 9:53 am  Leave a Comment  

Time to Vote!

My guild on Artfire has been working hard on creating original pieces of artwork for your voting pleasure. The guidelines for this contest were to creat original pieces of artwork based on the theme “Fall”. These folks have been working hard to win the prestige of being award winning artists and proudly displaying a blinkie on their artfire studios! So take a look, choose your favorite, and vote. You can only vote one time, and you have to click on the radio button for the correct picture. The results and winner will be announced on December 7th, so check back! If the poll here doesn’t work, go here to vote.

 

 

Published in: on November 30, 2009 at 9:50 am  Leave a Comment