It wasn’t my fault, I swear.
While sitting in my favourite yarn store last Tuesday I realised the pattern I was knitting (a birthday gift for someone) was not going to be easy to do with so many people around, so I wound my skein of Wollmeise bought last year in London and bought myself some circular needles. I cast on nearly four hundred stitches and all of a sudden I was neck-deep in a new knitting obsession.
This time it’s Damask by Kitman Figueroa.
That is not mine. Quite frankly I have no desire to share photos of mine in the pre-blocked state as it looks like a crumpled mess, yet when I stretch it out it looks kind of like the photo (but in a rich milk chocolate shade of Wollmeise).
The nupps are… not so tidy. I’m okay with that. It’s the first time I’ve managed to do a bunch of nupps without screaming, throwing projects on the ground, or setting fire to my needles. I do not like nupps. I do, however, like how they look when they’re done and after a few rows I got the hang of them. There are some half-hearted nupps on the first of their rows but I can deal with that.
When I started the project I didn’t read through so I thought it started at the top edge and went down, decreasing as it goes. Instead it turns out you knit the border first and then start decreasing to create the body of the shawl. It’s a clever construction and very satisfying to knit because each row gets shorter.
I think I might run out of yarn before it’s done but I’m trying not to think about that too hard. You know the magic rules: knit faster and it will stretch out the yarn longer.
At least I don’t have to do a billion cast-off stitches!