As promised, this week is a Week of Treats for all you Knitting Daily folks.
Today's knitting treat: A lace knitting technique video for you--PLUS we introduce two new lace patterns for Knitting Daily readers!
Last week, I talked about Nancy Bush's fab new book Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions, and tormented, er, tempted you with a photo of one of the patterns. That pattern, the Leaf and Nupp Shawl, contains (not surprisingly) traditional stitches called "nupps"--little raised bumps that lend texture and beauty. Since I had started knitting the Leaf and Nupp Shawl out of a sense of personal sacrifice and duty to my beloved Knitting Daily readers, I realized that I had better knit far enough in the pattern so that I could at least talk about nupps with some level of intelligence, if not clarity (perhaps asking me to add "wit" to this list is asking for too much).
So I bravely knitted to the nupp section...and I nupped. Then, I ripped. I ripped because my nupps were uneven, and tight, and some of them had dropped loops in them...not good. So I tried again. Nupp, rip...Nupp, rip. Nupp. Rip. It became a charming little rhythmic exercise, except that it was making me cranky and I was starting to speak harshly to the poor baby alpaca yarn I am using. (It's not the yarn's fault!)
That's when I found out we had this video of Nancy demonstrating the nupp stitch for a new episode of the upcoming second season of Knitting Daily TV.
WOW. I watched it a couple of times, and then went back to my nupp row. Nupp...nupp...nupp...hey! I got it! My nupps now are even and pretty; I no longer drop loops all over the place.
So: For the greater good of beautiful lace knitting everywhere, here is Nancy Bush demonstrating the Estonian nupp stitch.
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Wednesday's treat: Nancy Bush herself! Join us as Nancy talks about her early experience designing Estonian lace, and what she has learned since then.
Friday's treat: Is it bunnies? Is it chocolate? Is it sparkly? Join us Friday to find out. (I am such a tease.)
Editor's Pick: Knitted Lace of Estonia
Estonia is a tiny country in Northern Europe; set on the shores of the Baltic Sea, it is neighbor to Latvia, Finland, Sweden, and Russia. We knitters know about this beautiful country through its rich local knitting traditions, brought to us with passion and dedication by Nancy Bush, author of Interweave favorites such as Folk Knitting in Estonia, Folk Socks, Knitting on the Road, and Knitting Vintage Socks. Nancy's newest book from Interweave is the gorgeous and fascinating Knitted Lace of Estonia: Techniques, Patterns, and Traditions.
Look for Nancy Bush's books at your local yarn shop or purchase them in our online store. But try your local yarn shop first--local yarn shops are the heart of our communities, and they deserve your loyalty and your business.
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Sandi Wiseheart is the founding editor of Knitting Daily. She is now the author of the popular Knitting Daily blog: What's on Sandi's Needles.
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