Thursday, April 10, 2008

BadCat goes to Washington

I just returned from a three day meeting in Washington, which means two long train rides, loads of hours in a conference hall and evenings alone in a hotel room. All that to say I got some knitting done! I finished a design I have been working on for several months. This is Hecate, who you might have noticed here and there since I started her. I just blocked her, and you can see all four of her pattern sections. I haven't woven in the ends yet, because I wait until a piece is blocked before I do that.
LucyFur has been especially helpful today. I don't think you can tell, but there are loads of beads on this stole. The finished size is 18x68 inches, but the length is adjustable. This pattern should be ready for sharing by late April.
Once I finished Hecate, I invited Lyra to hang out with me in my hotel room. She made herself right at home. Lyra is a famous (infamous?) design by Niebling, and an amazing piece of knitting engineering.
For those of you familiar with the Lyra pattern, I am now on row 107. I have a bit more to go! The yarn is a 2/28 cashmere/merino from Colourmart. I am enjoying it.
I have also been playing with some other doily designs. Above is the start of a modified Niebling design. The original is an eight panel circle, and I am making a four panel half-circle with some minor modification to the pattern. So far, so good, in Lacey Lamb, which is also a pleasure to work with. Knit on!


  1. Your Hecate is gorgeously delicate! Lyra looks a little wadded up, there, but the color is delicious, so I am sure the finished product will also be tasty :)

  2. Jealous, jealous, jealous. Would you be willing to sell you copy of the Lyra pattern when you are done...I would love to get my hands on it for less than $50. Anyway, way to go on the knitting. Lovely.
    Marianne at

  3. Hecate is mouth watering. How lovely is this going to look in Colourmart cash/silk? YUMMMMMMM!!!!!!

  4. Love the new design! Were you by chance attending CIL2008?

  5. Thanks, all you nice commenters. If you leave me an email address I will get back to you, but if you don't, all I can do is add a comment! So Nancy, no. That is not my field, but it looked interesting when I Googled it. I was at the IMPAACT meeting, which is my field! If you Google that, you will know what I do with the bulk of my time. Thanks for the great encouragement!

  6. Hecate is really beautiful! I have some really pretty silk that would look terrific in that pattern..... And your Lyra looks very happy to have gone on your travels with you. Wonderful knitting as usual! I can't wait to see the modified lace.