I've joined the bandwagon and have cast on for Annis, which I love tremendously...all except for the nupps. I have to be honest here - I'm just not quite sure I will ever knit a nupp again after this pattern. Do I like how they look? Yes. Do they add a lovely texture to the pattern? Yes. Could the pattern be just as great with a bead instead of a nupp? Absolutely! IF I had thought ahead, I would have chosen beads instead of the nupps, as the nupps just add (and I'm being quite blunt here) - WORK and HEARTACHE!
You can't really see them in my photos, but soon (and I'm guessing within the next few days), Annis will fly off the needles and onto my shoulders,and the nupps will be quite visible.
Nupp after nupp after beatiful nupp...
Shouldn't there be a poem about nupps? I think yes...
There once was a girl knitting Annis,
With Zen Yarn Garden's cashmere Serenity
She would knit nupp after nupp after beatiful nupp,
in between her sips of afternoon tea.
But what's this? Something she could not possibly forsee...
each nupp involved purling 7 stitches together...
and there were many of these nupps, you see.
The girl knitted and purled, and knitted and purled, and knitted and purled again
until the thought of another nupp was just too much to bear -
By golly! she said. Knitting so many nupps just doesn't seem quite fair!
But on and on and on she knit
until the final nupp appeared,
and it was then, and only then, that she sighed a sigh of relief
and was so thankful that she had persevered.
Nupps: I love you, I hate you.