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This is me, an opinionated, politically progressive Canadian Lace Knitter who's lived and worked in western Canada, and on the east coast of the USA; a multi-skilled person who's been recently re-elected to public office, has a Class One driver's license, a human services professional in direct service, middle and senior management positions, and a MOM!

Saturday, June 30, 2007

The Niebling Quartet

Feast your eyes, folks. It's Niebling time on Two Sticks and Some String !!

These were all dampened and then finger-pressed on my bed. None have been properly blocked (am looking for volunteers!). (kidding ;-)

From top left, they are:

The Ranuncula (aka Carbunkle, as it became known on the Niebling Lace Knitters list). Size 60 white cotton thread on 2.25mm needles, approx 30 cm. tip to tip. Annoying little doily to knit, and am not terribly pleased wi
th how it turned out.

Top right is the Frosted Ferns, knit with approx. Size 60 deep salmon-coloured linen thread on 2.75mm needles. I didn't like the dorky edging and made my own. It's a little too full for the doily, but it'll hang nicely on a round table. It's approx. 80 cm. across. I enjoyed knitting this one, and love the finished item.

Bottom right is the Kometenstern, knit with Size 30 pink cotton thread on 3mm needles. Somewhat tedious to knit, simply because it's a simple doily, but a nice little distraction that didn't take too long.

Bottom left is the legendary Lyra. This was my first Niebling, but I'd knit lots of other challenging pieces before this (including Chatelaine Magazine's Lily of the Valley tablecloth, which I suspect is either an unattributed Niebling, or a knock-off). It's knit in 100% Shetland wool, equivalent to approx. Size 30 thread, on (guessing here) 4mm needles? It is approximately 1.5 metres from side to side. The wool filled out nicely after the piece was finished.

Frosted Ferns, detail.

I loved knitting this piece. It is stunning to look at. Ahhh, belly-button, belly-button, how do I love thee? A closer look at that perfect little belly-button start in the centre. (Don't mind the loose thread underneath ... I didn't tuck in the threads before I took the pics!).

Kometenstern. Lovely symmetry. Perfect little belly-button. Absolutely no humility on my part! And Lyra's perfect little start ... no lumpy centres for my circular projects!

All four pieces on our king-size bed (in the yet-to
-be painted and wallpapered bedroom!).

I knit the square version of the Lyra.

After the big family reunion we're having here (yes, here!) on the weekend of July 14/15, I'll (maybe) get serious about properly blocking these and then really showing them off!

Ok, it's movie time in our house! Enjoy the pics, and please, leave comments, questions, and compliments (the gloat continues!).

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  • At Sat Jun 30, 09:16:00 PM PDT, Anonymous AlisonH said…

    WOW! Those are beyond gorgeous--congratulations!!

  • At Sat Jun 30, 09:39:00 PM PDT, Blogger Sheila said…

    Gorgeous! All so beautiful

  • At Sat Jun 30, 10:44:00 PM PDT, Blogger Kat said…

    A feast indeed!!!


    I love your color choices, too!

  • At Sat Jun 30, 11:44:00 PM PDT, Blogger Romi said…

    ::drooooooool:: Gorgeous!!!

    Nice to see you back! :)

  • At Sun Jul 01, 03:01:00 AM PDT, Blogger Yosemite said…

    They are stunning. I love the colour choices as well.

  • At Sun Jul 01, 06:30:00 AM PDT, Blogger BadCatDesigns said…


  • At Sun Jul 01, 07:01:00 AM PDT, Blogger KSee said…

    Awesome! What beautiful art you have produced!

  • At Sun Jul 01, 09:20:00 AM PDT, Blogger Terry & Jonesy said…

    Absolutely stunning pieces of art and colors are so refreshing!

    Terry - docked in Puerto Vallarta

  • At Sun Jul 01, 11:26:00 AM PDT, Blogger Jeri said…

    Lyra in blue is my favorite piece! It is fantastic, exquisite and miraculous. Your starts are perfect, and the lace is amazing. Nice jobs, all of them! Wow!

  • At Sun Jul 01, 03:28:00 PM PDT, Blogger Sande Francis said…

    I hate being late to comment cuz those who got her before me took all the words right out of my fingers. Wow, gorgeous, stunning, breathtaking, etc. Me, too. and you certainly do have the right to gloat over work well done!!

  • At Mon Jul 02, 04:16:00 AM PDT, Blogger Seasidecrafter said…

    Absolutely lovely!

  • At Mon Jul 02, 08:58:00 AM PDT, Blogger Louisa said…

    So beautiful! Like Jeri said, I love Lyra best too though they are all exquisite. Maybe it's because I love wool lace. Congrats on completing so many pieces!

  • At Fri Jul 06, 06:01:00 PM PDT, Blogger dragonxser said…

    absolutely delicious! What a feast! And btw - it is very hot in Lethbridge :)

  • At Sat Jul 07, 05:08:00 AM PDT, Blogger tina said…

    Just Amazingly beautiful, I am in awe of your lacey accomplishments! I'm applauding wildly!

  • At Sat Jul 21, 01:50:00 PM PDT, Blogger Kathleen said…

    Feast your eyes right enough! Your doilies are absolutely beautiful. Well done.

  • At Mon Aug 13, 06:16:00 AM PDT, Blogger Soo said…

    Those are amazing and inspiring pieces of work -- as so much of your blog is.

    I found your blog as in a rash moment on the weekend I seem to have decided to knit Niebling's Lyra. I confess that before I saw the pattern on the weekend I hadn't heard of him - but I've been doing a lot of research since!
    Anyway - I bought a copy of the pattern on eBay and seem to have decided to make it for my mother for Christmas.

    I'll be reading your entire blog (more than once I expect) for tips!

  • At Thu Aug 16, 08:18:00 PM PDT, Blogger Jane said…

    Your Nieblings are magnificent! Beautiful work. Your Lyra Learning Group posts are very inspirational and extreamly helpful for me as I work on my first Lyra too.

  • At Tue Sep 04, 07:08:00 PM PDT, Blogger Christine said…

    hey sis!

    i guess this is a gene we don't share. :>
    but it's funky stuff, and i'm sure you're looking forward to getting the roof completed so you can spend some quality time with your needles.


  • At Sat Sep 15, 02:35:00 AM PDT, Anonymous Ingalill aka Skogis said…

    Wow! So wonderful they all look....... I do wnat these patterns too!Why canĀ“t they reprint them!

  • At Sat Sep 15, 09:52:00 AM PDT, Blogger N. Maria said…

    How did I miss seeing them? They are absolutely stunning!
    You certainly know how to recreate a work of art.

  • At Sun May 30, 09:31:00 AM PDT, Blogger Karen H. said…

    A friend gave me a pattern of the Chatelaine Lily of the Valley tablecloth and asked if I'd make it for her. I've done lots of lace knitting and it looked like a fun challenge. However, I get to about row 25 and it's obvious that there is way too much fullness. Never had a problem with gauge before so not sure what to do. Can you offer any suggestions?

  • At Sun May 30, 10:15:00 AM PDT, Blogger Rosemarie Buchanan said…

    Hi Karen.

    You can email me here:

    rosemarie dot buchanan at gmail dot com

    and we can talk about the Lily of the Valley!

    FYI, the fullness at round 25 is compensated by the decreases in future rounds. There is a binding problem with the pattern, much past round 25, but we can talk about that when you email me!



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