The Great Green Thing

I finally finished my Nuvem, or the Great Green Thing as it has been affectionately called by boyfriend’s family. This baby took me about four months and it was truly a pleasure to knit every stitch. At first I was a little intimidated by the miles of stockinette but let’s face it, I love the soothing motions of knit stitches. This really was a therapy project if there ever was one.


I knit this up with four skeins of Malabrigo Lace in Verde Adriana (my name and favorite color!). The yarn is so smooth and squishy and a pure joy to work with. The finished object is equally squishy and wonderful. In the two short weeks that this has been finished JB has taken to stealing it for use as a pillow for naps on the couch.


I absolutely love the increase sections. The increase method is an interesting twist on a make one increase which creates a smoother fabric and more even stitches. I will probably try to incorporate this method into more of my projects because I am always frustrated by the uneven stitches on either side of a make one. The only modification I made was to substitute the ruffle for ribbing around the edges. I am so happy with that choice, ruffles are still a tad too feminine for me.


Overall, this might truly be my favorite finished object to date. I am even contemplating casting on another one, the pattern is that addicting. If I am being honest though I am in love with almost all of Martina Behm’s patterns, especially her newest one Angles. I think I need to knit them all.


I will leave you with a totally goofy photo. I try to be all artsy and this is what happens. I should really leave the creative direction for photography to others more skilled than I. My only defense is that this shawl is seriously too large to reasonably capture in one go.



Nuvem Progress!

I am making progress on my Nuvem. I found the pattern on Ravelry and fell in love right away. I had the Malabrigo Lace in my stash and knew it was destined to become this blanket sized shawl/scarf/wrap. My initial goal was to knit it up in time for my trip to Germany but I grossly underestimated the devotion such a large project would take. Here are some progress photos.


Nuvem was once the perfect size for knit-walking.

I am very happy with the yarn choice here. Malabrigo is delightfully squishy and soft while remaining light and airy. My favorite part of the whole project is the construction. Knit from a straight line from the center outward, the project is incredibly difficult to describe but the result is so mesmerizing and the stockinette is beautiful. I am planning a ribbed edge like this one instead of the ruffle in the pattern. The ruffle is a bit too much for me.


Knitting Nuvem in Germany

The worst part about the project is that it quickly became too large for subway knitting which means I have not been working on it quite as much as I would like. I keep leaving it at home in favor of more manageable projects. It also is so large that it feels like I am wearing a blanket. This would be a cozy perk of the knitting if it weren’t in the upper 90’s outside. I am almost done with my second ball. Then just 2 more to go. I can’t wait to cozy up in this when school starts up again! Right now I am anxious to see how big this actually is. It is big enough to be all squished up on two circular needles but I can’t wait for the big reveal at bind-off!