I have, finally, started a Lyra (the link is a flickr search result). This is currently the most well known of Herbert Niebling‘s designs (sorry, the only link I could find was a commercial one to a book for sale – i wish there was a wikipedia page about Niebling, a German man who designed lace patterns in the 1930’s – 40’s). There are 186 Lyra projects listed on Ravelry and I’m sure there are lots more in the world. I’ve admired it for the last 2 years and bought the pattern about a year ago. I just had to find the right time, and the confidence, to make it. Now that I’m up to row 31, I realize that it really isn’t hard at all! After making brioche lace, this is a walk in the park!
The yarn I’m using is 50/50 cotton/cashmere that I bought from colourmart. It is wound on a cone, which is really handy. The color is not really good in the photo above. It is a little bit lighter green and not a solid color but a very very slight heather look. It’s fantastic to work with and looks really nice. So far I’m really enjoying knitting this although the start was pretty tricky. I tried several cast ons and finally managed success with a turkish cast on over the 8 stitches instead of making an open ring of stitches. I think it looks more organic anyway. I will be glad though when it is big enough to fit onto just one needle.
In other knitting news, I finished knitting the lace tank from Vogue Knitting Summer 1991. It’s now blocking.
I only need to sew it up and then pick up and knit rolled edges around the neck and arm holes. Almost done!
I have also finished 1 sock of a pair I’m designing. Sorry, can’t show you. I’m going to submit the pattern for publication once they are done. I’ll also be looking for a test knitter – but more on that later. All I will say is that they are knee-socks in brioche stitches.