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November 12, 2007

From Susan — 10-1/2 to 1

Filed under: Lyra by Niebling — lv2knit @ 12:58 am

Those are the needle sizes I’ve been switching between all weekend!  Wow!  It feels very strange but actually is a nice change up.  I knit for awhile on Lopi Cardigan and then switch to Lyra.

Here is the Lopi back drying.  I decided to block the pieces as I go.  I never do it this way, but I just felt like it this time.  I kind of wanted to see if the knitted fabric would soften up.

LopiBack.jpg picture by lv2knit

Here is a close up of the shoulder showing the Japanese Short Rows done on shoulder shaping: 

LopiShoulder.jpg picture by lv2knit

I rarely shape my shoulders.  I do not like shoulder seams (too bulky) and did not like the look of my previous short row technique.  I REALLY like Japanese Short Rows: easy and very invisible.  Now I can get shaped shoulders AND do a 3-needle bind off!  Woo Hoo 🙂

Here is the “Blob” in progress.  I have not forsaken Lyra!  I am now on Round 130-ish and still in love.  There are acres of stitches in each round so I plod away at a snail’s pace.

Blob.jpg picture by lv2knit

Here is a bit of pattern close up.  I really do need some longer needles…

LyraCloseUp.jpg picture by lv2knit

The more I knit on this, the more I appreciate the design and its ingenuity.  The flowers are sculpted in thread and air — positive and negative space.  It is really amazing.

I should finish the Lopi sweater in another week or so and then may work my second Kauni sleeve.  I have the need to get some things off my plate, and working on ‘almost done’ stuff is certainly a way to do that!

Rudolph Update:

Apparently, a few of you called Amazing Threads for the Rudy Pattern (they had to start a waiting list!).  CiD sent me a lovely thank you with a copy of this pattern — for Elfred, Rudolph’s Sidekick:

Elfred.jpg picture by lv2knit 
 Bag-1.jpg picture by lv2knit
…this knitter’s accessory bag: you put it around your neck so you can keep all of your knitting necessities close at hand.  Thanks, CiD!!

Well, Monday starts another week — hoping yours is great.

To Jess L. and others:
Remembering you this Veteran’s Day.

PS in response to question about Japanese Short Rows: I learned how to do them from Nonaknits – check out this link. 


  1. I feel about blocking the same way I do about swatching. You pull a little, push together a little and you get your numbers 😉 Prefer doing it all at the same time so that I can know which one needs to be pulled!

    Elfred’s another cutie. Maybe next year?

    Comment by Marina — November 12, 2007 @ 8:28 am

  2. Susan- Maybe you can make an Elf and put him in the bag.

    They’ll start whispering “there’s that crazy elf lady”!

    Comment by Lorraine — November 12, 2007 @ 10:58 am

  3. I’ve been thinking about Jess all day, too.

    Comment by surly — November 12, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

  4. What wonderful projects. The short row shaping on the shoulders of your cardigan is outstanding. Can you recommend a spot to find out about how to do it? Thanks!!

    Comment by gail — November 12, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

  5. The elves are cute, but not as cute as Rudolph. I purchased the last Rudolph pattern at Amazing Threads last week and can’t wait to get it and make a few. The subtle pattern in the sweater is great. So where do we learn how to do Japanese Short Rows?

    Comment by Ursula — November 12, 2007 @ 1:34 pm

  6. So do you know how much the little pouches are? I might have to head up there and get one of those. Maybe when my name comes up for the Rudolph pattern? Whew, between that and tracking down a Wii, it seems like shopping is hard work these days!

    Comment by Smuddpie — November 12, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

  7. Lyra’s looking great! I’m so pleased you are enjoying it. His design ‘rules’ just seem so different from everything else — I spent a lot of time while knitting it marvelling at his genius.

    The elves are ALMOST as cute as Rudy!

    Comment by Soo — November 12, 2007 @ 5:13 pm

  8. Where is that great cardigan pattern from? it looks really good with the Lopi.

    Comment by jane — November 12, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

  9. I have that sweater pattern. I’ll be very curious about how yours turns out. One weird thing – on mine, it looks like the sleeves are meant to be done entirely on smaller gauge needles. Could that be right?

    Comment by Anna — November 13, 2007 @ 1:23 am

  10. Well, those two projects together will definitely result in a good case of knitter’s vertigo.

    Comment by KarenJoSeattle — November 13, 2007 @ 1:41 am

  11. toooooooo sweet! I called (of course) and ordered a Rudy and Elfren pattern AND the yarn to go with each AND the felted ornaments pattern 🙂 You should certainly be getting frequent flyer miles!!! 🙂

    Comment by Michelle — November 13, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

  12. I was one of those that ran off and got the Rudy pattern! I’m so glad i called right away! I plan on making them as Christmas gifts for some of the little ones in my life. :^)
    Now, heck, if I’d of known about the Elf, I’d of gotten that one too! well, I’ll have to save the elves for next year, i think my holiday knitting is full…
    I had done an internet search and couldn’t find the pattern anywhere, and since I live in Texas…I called your LYS and they sent it right out, they have great customer service!
    How wonderful of Cid to send you goodies! Tell them they need a web site for us to order from!!!

    Comment by Ronda — November 17, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

  13. Dear Susan, I am about to start my first niebling project, and I have a magazine with instructions and charts written in german. The knitting symbols are quite different from the ones we usually use! So my question is: do the knitting symbols in the Lyra pattern that you used resemble those you usually find in american patterns, or did they look awkward? I feel a bit like I can’t figure out what they mean (I can’t speak german), and was thinking of buying the english lyra pattern to compare. Thanks for your help!

    Comment by Luisa — April 16, 2010 @ 9:21 am

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