Sandy writes, "In the Fall-Winter of 2005, I was about halfway done, then put Lyra aside in favor of other projects. When the Amazing Lace began at the end of May 2006, I decided to pick it up again and finish it by Labor Day, the end of the event. One of my event entries included a photo of the lace wrapped around my arms like a straitjacket – all of us know we might be headed for one when knitting a Niebling."
"I used DMC Cebelia #20 and size 0 (2.0mm) needles. It took almost a full three balls, but I had bought a fourth just in case. It’s about 35” from side to side, and about 43” from corner to corner."
"I’ve never made a doily this large and intricate before. However, I got more and more confident as I neared the last few rows. Then I made a crucial error. I had forgotten to move the markers on Row 177. I knit two more rows. Then I blanched and realized I would never forgive myself if I didn’t tink back those two long rows and correct it. It took me a couple of days to get back to the error. But in the end, I’m glad I did.
Since I had posted my progress on my blog, I became the target of prodding questions:
“How big will it be?” I have no idea.
“When will you finish it?” By Labor Day, the end of the Amazing Lace (I hope).
“I can’t wait to see it!” Me, too!
“How many stitches??” You don’t want to know.
My husband thinks I should frame it. I’m not sure yet, but I might. I’m also thinking about knitting future Nieblings. Where would I hang them all?"
Thank you so much for sharing your pictures and story with us, Sandy. Another gorgeous Lyra for our own Lyra Hall of Fame!