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I <3 Spring April 2, 2010

pfaceEven though I’m not in Paris, lately I’ve been buoyed by the same frothy feeling I get walking down its streets, that little glow around the lashes, that little tug on the heart seeing a budding branch or an ornamental laughing face appear out of nowhere.

It is Spring here in Chicago and at Chez Chic the love is all around.

It seems impossible after all this time to STILL be excited by this craft, this silly stick-rubbing routine, so ancient it makes me weep (oh, did I mention I’m a sentimental fool this time of year as well?)

Maybe it’s because the higher tech we get as a people, the almost no-tech aspect of the craft fills me with a connectedness to a past, a group memory, maybe just a longing for times that were simpler.

I love the feel of the yarn passing through my hands, making the loop to make the stitch, watching the way the simple stick pulls the fiber through its cousin loop and then joins the next.

And I watch it grow.


My black CeCe is almost at the underarm stage and it was time to put it on the mannequin and check for measure.

It was also the time to reward myself a little…

In every project, there are stages: the bottom edging, establishing a stitch pattern, finishing a section, and more.

I often take a breather after a stage is completed to play a little with what I’m making.

Here, I’ve put the stitches on a couple more “holder” circular needles to distribute the Body of the garment. Then I measured it flat (smoothing it into place with my hands to appreciate the evenness of the stitches, the look of the lace) to make sure I was matching the schematic of the pieces and could continue to the next level.

But more fun?

Pulling out the button box and digging through the trove.

Why? For this CeCe, I’ve made six buttonholes along the band.

In the original, there is one buttonhole (and one big button) at the beginning of the V-neck of the garment.

I thought it would be fun to use some smaller buttons, more buttons, to make it look and act a little different from the other 4 CeCe’s already in my cupboard.

How to do it: On Row 4 (4, 6, 6, 8, 8) from CO edge, make the first buttonhole by working the first four stitches as they appear, then the next two as [SSK, YO]. Repeat every 12 rows 5 more times.

I “dressed” my black CeCe with three different buttons — am thinking I will go with the one on the top, which has some lacy inscriptions on its face.

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