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June 5, 2008

From Susan — Lyra: Elusive no Longer

Filed under: Lyra by Niebling — lv2knit @ 7:51 am

Unbelievable.  That’s all I can say.  Shocking. 

The Lyra pattern is available.  Fully, easily and CHEAPLY ($7 plus $4.50 “handling”) available.  I don’t know if I should laugh (with joy) or cry  (cuz I spent way more than $11.50!!).  Lacis now carries the Niebling Lyra pattern as a single pattern.

Knock yourself out, people!

June 4, 2008

From Sally — A Little More Joy

Filed under: Sally's Ode to Joy — surly @ 10:50 am

There’s good news (at least for me): I’m allowed out of my splints for a few hours each day, and I am allowed to knit as long as I don’t over do it. Yay!

So, I finished the lower part of each front of my Ode to Joy and then knit the first piece of the back. Here they are stacked up. (Hmmm. I think I see a croissant flake/crumb on the back. Oops.)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is a cropped cardigan. Very cropped. The size small is only 18″ long when finished. These pieces measure just 16″, which makes sense because there is a bottom border and some length added at the shoulder. It’s just a little too short for me; I’d like my finished length to be 20″ even for a cropped sweater. I debated about whether to add stitches to the top half of the fronts on the armhole side to get length that way, but decided against that method because it would lower the neck and cause me to do some more obvious cosmetic changes on the back. So I went ahead and finished the first front with the idea that I’ll add a couple of inches to the bottom of the sweater when I’m finished.

Here’s the right front as finished:

I was asked which decrease I am using. I’m following the pattern directions on this one: slip one, knit two together, pass the slipped stitch over. All decreases are done on the wrong side.

In response to a question about how the color changes are done: You knit this sweater holding together three strands of lace weight merino (and using that as one yarn). You switch out one strand of yarn at a time to a different color in order to change the colors. The pattern provides the exact sequence and tells you when to switch.

It’s a fun knit and easy to pick up and then put down, which is great for me right now.

PS from Susan: I’m just going to piggyback on Sally’s post and add a picture of my Saartje’s Booties with Buttons:

Saartje's Booties w/Buttons

I gave them to “Big Sister” and she loved them!

June 2, 2008

From Susan — For the Wee Ones

Filed under: Saartje's Booties — lv2knit @ 10:49 am

My youngest daughter has a friend who has spent a lot of time in our neighborhood because her grandparents live here.  Well, daughter’s friend is now a proud big sister to a beautiful little sister — born about a week ago.  The wee one is so tiny and so perfectly gorgeous, she melted my cold and bitter heart into a puddle.  I had to take up the knitting needles to mark the occasion!

Loads of people have made the Saartje Booties — they are darling and easy and the pattern is free.  This became the perfect excuse to try out the pattern.  I already had the pdf, but also “googled” Ravelry to check it out.  Fleegle had done some major modifications to the pattern, removing seams, lots of ends, and adding her own brand of genius to an already ingenius pattern. 

Armed with the free Fleegle pattern and lovely yarn from my stash, I whipped up these lil cuties in an evening.  I now have to buy buttons, but with gas at $4 per G, I opted to wait until I could double up on my errands.  I would make these many times over — the pattern is great, the booties are darling, and the investment is small. 

The yarn I used is a hand-me-over from Surly.  I believe she got it at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival a couple of years ago.  It was not labelled at all, but looked liked single-ply, handpainted silk in a worsted weight.  I used a US 6 needle.  These booties can be large or small depending on the yarn used — mine are kind of on the big side, but babies are known to grow…a lot!

Okay, this yarn and the cute booties inspired me.  As you know, my oldest is a (very) recent HS grad so there SHOULD BE NO GRANDCHILDREN FOR ME on the horizon — I’m serious about that….don’t even THINK about it!  Anyway, I thought I should make another classic: the EZ Baby Surprise.  I believe that every single knitter on earth is required to make a BSJ (BSJ = Baby Surprise Jacket) before they die. 

So, I am starting one in the same yarn to be finished on a slow timeline.  It’s just for fun.  I will save it for one of my own grandchildren OR I have a couple of close friends with adult daughters who may be in line for a special gift like this sometime soon.  But this yarn is so nice……I may be forced to save it for my grandbabies!

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