Here are the Nupps:
And a close up. Click on the photo to get a better view.
The arrows point to the little troublemakers. For those of you who don't know what "nupps" are, they are evil little bobble-like creatures, in this case intended to look like lily of the valley buds. You make them by doing a K1-yo-K1-ko-K1, all in the same stitch, thereby increasing 5 stitches in one. On the next row, you purl those 5 stitches together to make the nupp. Or you can cheat, and do K1-yo-K1, followed by purl 3 together on the flip side. Kate (no blog) had a good suggestion in the comments from my last post. She recommended pushing the stitches down to the cable part of the circular needle, then purling them together. That works pretty well. So does getting them all bunched up on the very tip of the needles, but they tend to do the lemming thing and jump off the edge, so I abandoned that approach.
Once the nupps and I had a little “come to Jesus” meeting, we are getting along fine. Though I would recommend very sharp pointed needles. And a good vocabulary of swear words.
I pinned this out slightly so you could see what the lace looks like. I really have fallen in love with the Zephyr yarn. It's a wool-silk blend, and comes in lots of lovely colors. I have one more repeat of the nupps section, then the final edging, then the same thing on the other end of the scarf, then it's done.
The "unbuilding" phase is mostly done, and the rebuilding has started in earnest. We are going to have two huge decks on the lake side of the house when this is all done. Now I only hope it's done in time to enjoy at least a little of the summer out there. Here's one photo. It's hard to get a good idea of what the decks will look like, as we're still under the "big top". The kitchen windows still need to come out so they can rebuild around them, but I think they are saving that for when it's hopefully a bit warmer so we don't freeze to death. Actually I think they are saving that for when the decks are framed in so it's easier to get to the windows.
Have a good weekend, and a nice Mother's Day for all you mothers!