- you MUST keep your stitches l-o-o-s-e!!! Now, this should be a piece of cake for someone who knits as loosely as I do; but, not the case. In fact, when you are a loose knitter, it's mainly because your stitches are farther apart on the needle, not that they have a larger loop. So---LARGE LOOP mandatory.
- most instructions have you purling those nupp stitches on the return (wrong side) row. For some mysterious reason (I think having something to do with my stitches being farther apart on the needle than most), my l-o-o-s-e stitches tightened up. GAG tight. The alternate instructions in JujuLoops worked for me (eventually); after making the nupp loops, immediately turn your work, knit those 7 loops together, put this knit stitch back on your right hand needle and keep going. (Makes purling the wrong side a breeze---no nupp loops to worry about.)
- So, how to knit all those loops? Insert your right needle (and you MUST use a pointy needle!!!) almost parallel to the left needle through the back of the loops. Then scoop the right needle to the front of the left needle and very carefully draw the yarn through the loops, with the tip of the needle still slightly pointed down. This scoop-y thing took me nearly the entire project to figure out; it's very counterintuitive. You are CERTAIN that the yarn will fall off the needle or get dropped in the middle of the nupp, but it doesn't. In fact, the bigger the scoop, the more easily the yarn glides through the nupp loops. Promise. It works. (I had a lot of practice.)
Unfortunately, I was scooping nupps most of the week and have no book to share. I did download Under Wildwood (the Wildwood sequel) but found I couldn't even listen and nupp at the same time. And just last night I picked up The Book of Air and Shadow by Michael Gruber. (Literally, picked it up, opened to page 1, and went to sleep.) More on them later.
I'm really glad I nupped.
joining Ginny for Yarnalong!