Sunday, August 19, 2007

Lyra, Row 72 (Nieblings Are Addictive)



Yeah, I know. It's a bunch of leaves, but they are pretty leaves! This is up to row 72 of Lyra and I'm really enjoying this pattern. I've received quite a few really helpful e-mails from people who have already made Lyra as well as from people who will be making her too! I stuck this on a longer needle so I could get a picture but as I go on it may not be so easy to get a shot. Interestingly I heard from the lady who sold me the pattern and she felt kind of bad about what I paid for it. Let me just say for the record I am GRATEFUL to have this pattern and I feel fortunate to be able to knit this lace. I have no problem with what I pay for my pastimes. I'm afraid I have neglected other lace projects in favor of this one. I just can't stop knitting it for some reason. I love how each row is different from the next, I love how I can see the pattern emerge and I really like that I get a break with a plain knit row in between pattern rows because I can check my knitting during that row and correct my mistakes before they get out of hand! I am still knitting the edging for Boundary Waters and have 2 sides left to go. I will be gone to Tahoe for 5 days with my friend, Louise so Lyra and Boundary Waters will go with me. WRS will not be going with me. I feel a little guilty I'm not working on it right now but I just don't feel like knitting that one in this heat. Maybe a little later. Good Evening!

18 comments:

fleegle said...

Oh, Jane--It's WONDERFUL!

Tech question: are you really doing the double yarnovers, or are you doing a single with a KP in it on the return row?

I am loving it too, but I am only on row 25 or so. I had to leave it in the US--too much concentration required. Love the color, too.

LittleBerry said...

it's looking stunning, the colour seems to show the detail up really well....

Have a nice time in Tahoe...

Jane said...

Dear fleegle,

I'm actually doing the double yarnovers for this one. I thought I'd knit it the way it was written and then when I do it again I can make alterations if I find areas I'm not that happy with. I'm letting the mesh be large because I expect my yarn to fluff just a little bit so the holes may not appear as large as they do now. At least I don't think they will but then who knows? I'm glad you are having fun too with yours. As for this color, I'm finally using some of the colourMart yarn I have stashed. It's about time and it is pretty :-)

Jane said...

Dear littleberry,

I'm enjoying this particular project a lot and I really wanted to knit something using a yarn from my stash. I have way too much yarn and I have to use some of it before Stitches next year and the Knit & Crochet show coming up. Glad you like the lace so far!

Laritza said...

Beautiful piece! It is one of my Niebling favorites. What yarn are you using? Did I miss it? I was thinking of casting on a second Lyra. I gave mine away.....This time it might be white. Did you change needle size at the row where the pattern tells you to? Word of warning it will never block flat :D

Anonymous said...

Wonderful color choice! It looks like the Nieblings are your! lace patterns - just the right kind of stitches to keep you going (and going and going). I've got a bit to go before I feel I can tackle a more complex lace like this but I think you really have got me interested!

Do you design patterns - I thnk you may have a calling here - lace doilies?!

have a wonderful trip, Terry

Dawn said...

Absolutely STUNNING!!

I cannot wait until my pattern arrives (soon, I hope) so that I can start on my Lyra as well.

Have fun in Tahoe!

Dawn

Opal said...

Your leaves are gorgeous! Niebling was such a genius. I do wish they'd publish all his patterns in one collection.

Have a fabulous time in Tahoe!

z's momma said...

That is such beautiful work! Someday...

missalicefaye said...

I love it! :) Have a fabulous time in Tahoe!

Jane said...

Dear Laritiza,

I'm using a cashmere/silk from ColourMartUK at 2/28 NM in a color they call "Pokadot". My version of the pattern tells me to change to a larger needle for the last set of leaves at row 113. I'm using 2.5 mm needles. Should I go to 2.75 mm or 3mm? I know it will never block flat, but this one is a small shawl that I think will be around 45-48 inches? So it's not a big deal yet. I intend to knit this again later with tatting/crochet cotton but for now a shawl is a good practice piece. I saw your beautiful Lyra on the "Lyra Learning Group" and I am impressed that you gave it away. Of course, I tend to do that too LOL. Oh well, I think it would be great for you to make another. White is always a great choice and I know it will be as lovely as the first one you made!

Jane said...

Dear Terry,

No. I have not designed any lace. Knitting it is one thing, actually understanding the stitches well enough to design it, I'm not there yet. I have to knit a whole lot more lace before I go thre LOL. But I really am enjoying the Nieblings. Actually, knitting lace beyond my comfort zone is what I did when I insanely decided my first lace project that would be knit on both the front and the back would be Sharon Millers Wedding Ring Shawl. I've learned on that lace so it is not at all perfect.I got some of the "spiders" wrong so they don't have the hole in the middle like the should but I don't get crazy around it. I learn best from my mistakes and I'm too old and too mean to scare easy :-) Though it looks challenging, this pattern does not have any difficult stitches. Taken a line at a time with plenty of markers, I think you would be able to do it too!

Jane said...

Dear Dawn,

This thing is really fun and it does not have any stitches you won't recognize. It tells you when to move your markers over and I like to check my stitches on the plain knit rows that are done between each pattern row so I can correct mistakes before they get out of hand. I think you will really enjoy this pattern and I can't wait to see how you do on it!

Jane said...

Dear Opal,

I hope they publish them all too. It's tough to collect them so late in the game and I think with the interest in lace that is developing that there is a market for them if re-published. We can only hope!

Jane said...

Dear z's momma,

Thank you! I'm enjoyin knitting it a lot!

Jane said...

Dear missalicefaye,

I'm loving this pattern myself. It's nice to see the leaves showing themselves and so nice to be knitting with a bit bigger yarn for a little change. I plan to relax and, what else, knit on vacation:-) Thanks for the good wishes!

KnitSanity said...

I also wish they would publish his patterns. Your Lyra is looking beautiful. I can't wait to see it blocked.

Jane said...

Dear knitsanit,

I also wish they would re-publish his patterns so everyone could knit them. I've heard from a few people knitting Lyra now so maybe the publishers will take a hint!