When I tell you I've been forced to buy more yarn.
Yep - it's a sad situation but it couldn't be helped.
While I was working on CeCe yesterday I had to face the truth. No matter the light in which she was viewed, the marled yarn made the lace pattern disappear into a tangled mess:
I love the yarn - just not for this pattern! CeCe's charm lies in it's lace pattern - it's readily discernable lace pattern. :::grin::: All was not lost, however - a side benefit of pulling this off the needles was discovering it was going to be way too big. Whew! I'm really glad I stopped when I did. :)
Since I have absolutely nothing in my stash that would work for CeCe (I swear it on a stack of knitting books!), I simply had to go shopping. If you didn't know, Elann has it's Endless Summer Sonata Cotton back in. Even though the gauge is probably a wee bit on the light side for CeCe, I ordered 8 balls of "Charcoal" just in case I could make it work. Then, because for some reason I've been dreaming of green and I was concerned the Sonata would be too thin for CeCe, I also ordered 8 skeins of Endless Summer Connemara in "Cedar." I've been wanting to try the Connemara, I'm just sorry it took me so long since the color selection is limited now. However, "Cedar" is really what I wanted so I'm a happy yarn-buyer. :) At $1.98/skein, I'm really tempted to stash a couple more colors of Sonata since, in my opinion, it's almost the perfect crochet weight yarn. But I resisted the siren call...'cause there are other sale yarns coming down the pipeline at Elann that have caught my eye. :::wink::: Can't spend all my money on one yarn, now can I? hehehe (Yeah, yeah - let's not mention the Cotton Ease, ok? hehe)
So - with absolutely nothing else to work on yesterday, I made great progress with "Red":
I'm past the point of starting the armholes according to the pattern but I'm adding a couple of inches to the length, since I learned from my past experience with purple/green ribby sweater that when ribbing stretches out it also pulls up. (A real no-brainer, huh?:::Grin:::) So I'm making sure that when stretched out, this sweater's length will still measures 14" - better safe than sorry!
I'm dying to crochet something, but I'm just not sure what. I looked through Cool Crochet last night but nothing struck me. Guess today I'll be looking through Fabulous & Flirty and So Simple Crochet and Family Circle Easy Crochet and Crochet With Style and Interweave's Crochet Mag....and.....and...
There's gotta be something cool to crochet out there!
I'll let you know next time. :::wink:::