Niebling lace


O.K., it’s been over a year since I posted on my blog. Been kinda AWOL, but not idle. I’ve spent this last year knitting, sewing, and traveling. Just finished my newest Niebling lace. It’s called Lotus Flower and I think it’s one of Niebling’s most beautiful.

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I used a hand-dyed yarn called Anzula. The finished measurement is 50″ across.

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I’m having a blast knitting two Lyra’s at the same time. I couldn’t decide which colorway I liked better, so cast on both using Rosemarie’s belly button cast-on and am currently up to row 45. There are 180 rows in this design and every section is more beautiful than the last.

I’m using Cascade baby alpaca in a deep violet flecked with navy and fuschia on US 2/ 2.75 Inox needles. I started on US 3’s and didn’t like how loose the fabric was, so ripped back to the start and switched to my trusty US 2 needles. Still not convinced I like how the yarn halo’s, but the fabric is incredibly soft.

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This yarn is Zephyr in a cinnabar color on US 2/ 2.75 Hiya Hiya needles. The yarn knits up with wonderful stitch definition and the fabric has a lovely sheen to it.

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I’m saving the Poison Apple Green yarn for another lace project.

Today I started my second Lyra shawl.

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I’m knitting the shawl on US 3’s using Cascade’s baby alpaca lace weight yarn. There’s a bit of halo blooming and I’m not sure I like the effect. I’ll continue knitting as I love the color. I’m even noodling around with the idea of knitting another Lyra in this yarn:

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Its’ a cobweb Tencel, Merino Wool blend from the Yarn Place. I call the color ‘Poison Apple Green’ and don’t look forward to skeining it as it’s over 3,000 yards!

Well, I finished my Fuchsienbluten, but haven’t blocked it yet. I was anxious to start a new Niebling known as Deckchen and here it is.

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This lace piece is all about pushing the envelope. My goal was to knit a piece of lace using the finest thread available. I found some DMC ‘Cordonnet’ size 100 thread and cast on 6 stitches using US 00’s! The knitting is slow, methodical, and tiring. So far I’ve dropped a stitch, and even split the thread a couple of times.

I don’t like the Cordonnet thread as much as the Cebelia. The thread has a harder twist (3 2-plys twisted together) so the fabric has a stiff, almost scratchy feel. The Cebelia is a 3-ply thread and knits up to a softer fabric with nice drape. This project is one of those learning lessons!

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I’m finally on Hiya Hiya circular needles. The finish is not as slippery as the Addi turbo needles, but the tips are pointier. I started on Inox steel needles and like them for their finish and tips. The lace slides nicely along the needle when pushed, but stay in place when not being worked; in other words: they don’t fall off the needles!

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I’m almost done with my latest Niebling lace project. There’s only 89 rows here, so the piece will block out doily size. I used DMC ‘Cebelia’ 30 cotton on size US 0 needles. All that’s left to do is the crochet bind-off. My friend Kristine agreed to give it a good home.

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Today was a good excuse to finally block my first Niebling lace pattern: frosted ferns. Number one reason: also blocking my Lyra. Number two reason: I’m giving it to my friend Marietta.

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Here’s another close-up photo:
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Yippee! Hooray! I finished my Lyra. The lace was loads of fun to knit, but I kept putting it away to tend to other things. I’m giving it to my friend Jeanette in trade for a table runner. The table runner is gorgeous, in a sage and off white color woven in an ancient twill pattern. I want to knit another Lyra using Zephyr in a teal color, but need to finish my husband’s Estonian gloves first or he’ll lose complete faith in my ability to finish projects.

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Here’s another close-up shot:
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