Did you see that CeCe’s designer, the fabulous Bonne Marie Burns, just happens to be knitting herself another CeCe right now?
By the way, the other day, she posted on her blog a very helpful explanation of how to adapt CeCe to add buttonholes to the front band should you want a button-up version. The pattern is written with a one-button closure.
Bonne Marie pointed this out to me over the weekend and I thought about doing so, but decided against it. For this type of little cardi, I’d be very unlikely to ever button it up, so I’m sticking with the the original design. That reminds me — I’ll need to shop for a pretty button!
But it is early days — I’ve barely made any progress since I last showed you my CeCe.
This is what comes of spending the evening dozing off with your knitting in your hands until you finally give up and go to bed.
At some point I need to decide if I am going to make a short-sleeve or long-sleeve CeCe and I keep waffling about this. I think what I’ll do is a short-sleeve version that has slightly longer sleeves than pictured on the pattern — like have the sleeve end just a bit above the elbow.
Of course I’ll probably change my mind 47 times between now and the time I start the sleeves. I have plenty of yarn to do the longer sleeve version should I decide that’s the way to go.
Which brings me to a question from the comments. Trish asked:
I have a question about buying yarn — how much of a yarn do you buy when you just buy on a whim? I have a hard time knowing whether to purchase 2 skeins of something (a scarf?) or as much as they have left? Just wondered…so many of us have 1 off or 2 off skeins that ultimately end up not being enough for the project that we find…
That’s a very good question, and one that does not have a simple answer. For me . . . it depends. (You knew I was going to say that, didn’t you?)
In the case of the yarn I am using for my CeCe (Rowan Calmer), I had a bag of 10 skeins in my stash. As I recall, I got it on sale somewhere, and bought a bag of 10 because I knew that would be enough for a sweater of some sort — Calmer has 175 yards per skein, so that’s 1750 yards of DK weight yarn.
But it depends. If it is a fabulous sale on a yarn I love, I will buy a ton of it. I haven’t done this sort of yarn shopping for quite a while since for the past few years I’ve been concentrating on socks and lace shawls. I know how much I’m going to need for a pair of socks, and know ballpark how much I need for different sizes and shapes of shawls.
What do you all do?