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Tuesday, April 25, 2005

Yarns clockwise from top: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece; Butterfly 8 (teal wheel in rear); Sirdar Breeze; ggh Bali; King Tut Cotton; Elspeth Lavold Cotton Patine; Patons Washed Haze DK; Tahki Cotton Classic

To celebrate my Spring Fever, I went virtual Stash Diving and put together some alternate yarns that would look FABULOUS! in the CeCe Cardi…

Almedahls – Cotton Lux Brown Sheep – Cotton Fleece
Butterfly – Super 10 Cascade – Pima Tencel
Classic Elite -Provence Debbie Bliss – Cathay
Diamond – Cool Linen Elsb Lavold – Cotton Patine
Estelle – Young Touch Filatura di Crosa – Brilla
ggh – Bali Goddess – Carmen
Jaeger – Trinity James Brett – Kool Kotton DK
KnitPicks – Shine Nova – Sari
Patons – Brilliant Patons – Washed Haze DK
Reynolds – Saucy Rowan – Calmer
Rowan – CashCotton Sirdar – Breeze
Twilley’s – Freedom Cotton Vittadini Marissa

25 responses to “Tuesday, April 25, 2005”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m planning on using Brown Sheep cotton fleece for mine. I also have some TLC cotton plus though…

  2. Bonne Marie says:

    I’m making one right now out of Cotton Fleece – yum!

    The TLC? I think a little too heavy for this pattern – it is really almost an Aran weight – I disagree with its labeling. I made a sweater from it last year and it can go to 18/24.

  3. claudia says:

    That CeCe is a very cute design. Nice work!

  4. Cascade Sierra is almost identical to Cotton Fleece and at least in my observations a little less money as well.

  5. amanda says:

    CeCe is a fantastic design! Very chic with just a bit of flirty girl thrown in.

  6. Karen says:

    I have Breeze and Cotton Fleece in my stash. Yay!
    What a cute sweater!

  7. margene says:

    I am totally in love with CeCe and just might head to the LYS to get some thing suitable as there is no DK in my stash. It’s a must knit for summer!

  8. Leah says:

    Fabulous pattern, my dear!

    I have several of those yarns in my stash, though they are supposed to be for other projects. Then again, it’s always good to have an excuse to buy more!

    I feel a reshuffle coming on…

  9. Bonne Marie says:

    Yay on the Breeze Karen – where did you get it?

    Anybody else know of any cotton/microfiber DK yarn? I am on a blend search…

  10. lyn says:

    I got the pattern lastnight and love it! I have 4 balls of Calmer, which would be perfect :)

  11. Anne says:

    Love it!!!

    But….are you a very loose knitter????

    I’ve swatched with several yarns now and can’t close to gauge on the size 7 needles, had to go up to a size 9 with the Rowan Calmer and the fabric was so “flimsy” feeling. I know it’s lace, but should the gauge swatch in stockinette be “lacy” as well??

    Heading to the LYS to see what I can find!

  12. Bonne Marie says:

    The Calmer: I am an average tension knitter. The fabric in mine wasn’t flimsy – but Calmer does makes a soft knit. Rowan patterns always have you start with a size US 8 needle, so maybe using a different type of needle can tame that gauge – Inox Teflons are great. Or Bamboo? The Calmer was totally out of control for me with Addis the time I tried to knit the Audrey sweater with it.

  13. Karen B. says:

    I found some luxuriously soft light worsted Pima cotton / baby alpaca blend yarn that I just love: Catalina – 60% Baby Alpaca / 40% Peruvian Pima Cotton!

    Great color selection and soft hand.

  14. Theresa says:

    I think the fact that I have just enough Butterfly Super 10 for this project should be a sign. I have a feeling I’d get a lot more use out of CeCe than I would for the project I actually bought it for. Hmmm.. I wonder what I could wear with a deep fuschia version of CeCe :-)

  15. carrie m says:

    thank you for the substitution suggestions! that will save some of us from pulling all of our hair out. i love this pattern.

  16. Imbrium says:

    A designer who makes beautiful creations AND suggests alternate yarns? I think I may be faint with joy. Bonne Marie, you rock my world. :)

  17. Cathy says:

    ohhh, I have some Provence….didn’t want to buy yarn but if I have enough, this would be a great project for the Provence.

  18. Peeve says:

    that’s a lovely pattern, and a nice photo of your stash diving results! But I have always been a sucker for pictures of other people’s stash!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you, I have some King Tut in my stash that I can use. Can’t wait to get started. It is such a lovely pattern, Bonne Marie.

  20. christine says:

    Just finished another one of yours – Scoop du Jour – and I love it. Got the CeCe pattern this morning and just ordered the pale pink Kool Kotton I intend to use. Can’t wait to get started.
    thanks again

  21. Lolly says:

    Another great design! Thanks for all of the substitutions… I think I need to do some stash diving!

    Hope you are well, Bonne Marie!

  22. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the subs. I downloaded the pattern and now I can get yarn. I’m one happy girl!!!

  23. Debbie says:

    How is it that you continually get into my head and design exactly what I’m looking for? I’ve been wanting a lacy little sweater, nothing too frou-frou, pretty, flattering and most of all, entirely wearable with jeans or a skirt.

    And then BAM – you go and offer it to me for a measly 5 bucks! Bonne Marie, you’re a wonder. Just don’t tell anyone else what’s in my head while you’re in there figuring out what I need next. :)

  24. Natalie says:

    Love the new design, Bonne! I’ve been in a bit of a knitting funk, and I think this is just what the doctor ordered.

  25. KarenK says:

    I swatched KnitPicks “Shine” for this pattern, and I think it will work well. It’s a sport weight (22 sts = 4 in) with a nice matte-sheen (oxymoron?), and it still looks very nice and stayed soft even after machine washing and drying of the swatch. I’m making CeCe for my 13-yr-old granddaughter, so will make the smallest size at the Shine gauge and that will be just right for her. Good design and well-written pattern!

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