It's December! Let's be festive!

So many holidays and vacations and school breaks. 
So much good food, friends and family. 

Let's look to knit and crochet some cheerful holiday decor.

Up above is one of my favorite, fast projects. Susan Mills' Celebration Banner can be knit in any color combination to suite your particular festival.

Barbara Spencer Hawk's gift tag/ornaments are sized by using different weights of yarn. Try Liberty Wool Light, Worsted and Big to make three sizes and dangle them anywhere.

Robyn Chachula's crochet chanukiah/menorah is a fun way to get the kids involved in the holiday. The removable candles can be "lit" by the young ones without fear of fanning the flames.  Make one in organic cotton seedling to keep it all natural.

Seedling would also work fantastically well in this face cloth by Emily Jagos.  A lovely housewarming gift for any Chanukah party.

But these mini socks have won my heart. Knit in small bits of Alpaca Sox, they are super soft and colorful. Our free pattern works up so quickly, you can make a shoebox full of them in plenty of time for the holidays.

A relaxing long weekend

Rusty by Susan Mills in Liberty Wool Light

There's not much better than a long, slow weekend -- the cooking is done, the dishes all stowed away. The others in my house are occupied with shopping, reading and generally leaving me alone. So what do I want to do -- not much but knit & crochet, look at pictures of knitting and crocheting and talk to knitters and crocheters.

I got it into my mind to start a new project and decided whatever it was, it had to be a rectangle. I don't want to think about shaping, my own shape being a bit larger after Thanksgiving! So I took to the Classic Elite Yarns' archives to select some of my favorite rectangles. 

Jill Wright's clever Ravenna poncho is crocheted in yummy Mohawk Wool.

Cathy Payson's Avera is a scarf. Or is it a shrug? It's both, and I love it both ways! 
The super soft Arietta in yak & wool has great stitch definition while being positively plush.

Self-striping, washable Liberty Wool is always fun to work with. Susan Mills makes great use of it in the Molly Scarf

Susan is prolific, so it's no surprise I also love her Haystack Shawl in Mohawk Wool.

If I keep touring the archives, I will never get anything on the needles! So I choose Pumpkin Pie -- maybe because I had carrot cake last night am regretting my decision. Whatever it takes, right? 

I love the leaf motif that Tonia Barry incorporated in to this classic scarf called Pumpkin Pie. Knit in luscious Inca Alpaca.

What will you be working on this weekend?


New post tomorrow featuring my favorite Classic Elite Yarns' rectangles to knit!

Classic Elite's Runway Style

Third Piece, a coveted accessory company specializing in hand-knit ready-to-wear statement pieces, offers seasonal accessory collections that are created to be stylish, innovative and luxurious. 

Third Piece is now offering their super-bulky merino yarn 
Funky Chunky, distributed exclusively by Classic Elite Yarns, to knitters so we can make our own boutique pieces.

Co-founders Carina & Kristen met at the gym. 
After planning their weddings, they were both left with that 
"what's next" feeling. Kristen helped Carina to begin selling her knit pieces and next thing you know The Third Piece was born. What started as a simple idea to make hand knit headbands has grown into a knitwear accessory company company that hopes to reinvent the craft of knitting. 


look for Funky Chunky at these retailers - What will you make?

Yarn Store NameCityState
Jessica KnitsScottsdaleAZ
Northcoast KnitteryEurekaCA
The Little KnitteryLos AngelesCA
Monarch KnittingPacific GroveCA
Creative EweSanta ClaritaCA
CompattoSanta MonicaCA
Colorful YarnsCentennialCO
The Frayed KnotSavannahGA
Gentler Times StitchingNapervilleIL
Three Bags FullNorthbrookIL
Knit StopIndianapolisIN
Magpie YarnLexingtonKY
Yarn's EndHanoverMA
The Sheep ShackHoldenMA
JP Knit & StitchJamaica PlainMA
Another YarnWinchesterMA
Knitting RoomBirminghamMI
The Wool and The FlossGrosse PointeMI
Garenhuis Yarn StudioHollandMI
Sticks & StringsLansingMI
Lila & Claudine's Yarn & GiftsMahtomediMN
Needlework UnlimitedMinneapolisMN
Knittting From the HeartWoodburyMN
The Knitting DivaAshevilleNC
UnwoundBlowing RockNC
Friends & FiberworksCandlerNC
Personal ThreadsOmahaNE
Yarn SongPlaistowNH
Knitty CityNew YorkNY
The Mermaid's PurlWickfordRI
Holley's Yarn ShoppeDallasTX
Yarn And StitchesDallasTX

free designs in Funky Chunky

Pretty Pictures & A Free CEY Pattern of Your Choice

It's time to turn our attention towards working together with an eye on building a sense of community, giving a hand up to those in need and setting an example for our children. Let's be tolerant of our differences and be good to one another.

In that spirit, use CEY's code TOGETHER,
for a FREE one-time CEY pattern download from Ravelry.

Let's come together to stitch together.
Valid now through Midnight EST November 10th.
Enter code TOGETHER (all caps) on Ravelry at checkout for your one-time free pattern download.
Limit one per Ravelry user. void where prohibited.


Augustine Cowl

Dora Maar Scarf

Squishess Scarf

Bias Wrap

Coors Cowl

Our New Collection is All Quick Knits

Oh how I love publication day! I grab my coffee, sit in my comfy chair and pour over every page and each new design.

Our newest collection -- Century & Winter -- is full of weather ready, quick knits. You could whip one of these up lickety-split and get to wearing it next week. What's not to love?

Start with the quickest knits of all -- cozy cowls and scarves. These would make great gifts for giving to others and ourselves.

(L) Pemberton cowl pattern is free on Ravelry! (R) Avola is long and luscious.

(L) Bella Bella (R) Courtenay)

I also love some fast fashion -- in my case that usually means something I can knit very fast. These sweaters fit that bill for sure.

I think I could wear the Kersley sleeveless pull everyday. The yarn is Century. It's fluffy, soft alpaca in a railroad track construction. So it's chunky, but flat. It's a quick knit that doesn't add bulk -- so perfect. And the gorgeous Kaledon in signature yarn La Gran mohair is as light as air. I love being warm but not weighed down. Genius yarn choices!

If you like something with a bit less stockinette, then the cabled Merritt in undyed Blackthorn or the feather & fan cardi Moberly knit in washable wool, Big Liberty Wool.

But my favorite in this collection is the Brisco cropped pullover in Century. There's something fun and sort of Carnaby Street about it. I can see it over a dress with tall boots too. 

So grab a copy of Century & Winter at your lys or on Ravelry, and bring it to your shop, bring home some yarny goodness and cast on.

Rep on the Road - Betsy Westman, By Land & Air

Betsy wearing the Moroka sweater in Adelaide

Northern California/North Nevada is a large, rugged territory, so it's a good thing that our sales rep there is accustomed to travel. Weekdays, Betsy Westman brings Classic Elite Yarns to shops from  Monterey to Eureka, Sacramento to Petaluma and Reno to Minden. 

Then on weekends, she's a flight attendant with Virgin America! Is it obvious that she loves to travel?!

California Redwoods (L), Old Town Eureka (Top),  Califorrnia is our nation's veggie bowl (Bottom).

Betsy has a long history in the yarn industry. A sales rep for ten years, her mom owned a yarn shop years prior. Betsy worked with her mom purchasing yarns for the shop. A lifelong knitter, she has also designed for major magazines and yarn companies and even worked as a model for yarn companies. 

A Betsy Westman design in Classic Elite Yarns' La Gran mohair from Family Circle Easy Knitting 2003/2004.

These days, the call of the road has diminished just a bit with the birth of a new grandchild. Look at this sweet, pumpkin of a baby!

But Betsy's love of yarn & knitting, yarn shops & and the people who love them is too strong to keep her from bringing the best yarns to shops in the Golden and Silver States!