I have something to admit. I am not a process knitter. Of course I enjoy the process of knitting, but mainly I knit because I want the finished thing not just for the sake of knitting itself. Annis, however, is one of the exceptions. Recently, I had a hunger for lace. For whatever reason I really wanted to do a whole bunch of yarn overs and decreases just because it is so fascinating to see them grow into the pattern as you knit. So I searched through my stash, matched yarn with a pattern, and cast on.
To satisfy my lace craving I picked Annis from Knitty 2010 and used Dye Dreams Panda Sox in Seashore, which I bought at the CT Sheep and Wool Festival last year. I loved the pattern, its simple and pretty. But this was my first time doing nups and at first they were a giant pain. After some research though I started knitting them very loose on the right side and then used a smaller needle to knit the stitches together on the wrong side. This made the nups so much easier, and while they’re not perfect I think they look pretty good for my first experience with them.
As typical with lace, it took a good blocking to open it up and make the shawl really shine. Now its lovely and drapey. I think the bamboo in the yarn helps with drape and makes it shiney. These photos don’t really do the color just. In the sun, the color ranges from deep turquoise to blue and has lovely sheen.