Ravelry Readers' Reviews

Two year old Vivian is nothing but adorable! 

Her sweet smile and friendly manner inspired her mom's friend, Leila C (Leila-Tricote) in MA, to design and knit this pretty as a petal toddler dress.

Leila enjoyed knitting with our 100% organic cotton Seedling, and we were excited to see her review on Ravelry.

My first time knitting with with this yarn: I love it!
It’s soft, it doesn’t unravel, and the colors of the hand paint are lovely. 

It’s nice to be able to do increases and decreases without worrying about the needles splitting the yarn.

I like the texture, too. There is no sheen to it so it’s a yarn for casual summer wear, but it’s fun to knit and has good stitch definition despite the texture.

My gauge with #7 needles is more around 20 st to 4” and it’s not loose at all.

Another plus is that it doesn’t slide too much so it’s nice when worked on circular needles.


We really love this flower detail and the flirty skirt. Leila made great use of the hand paint and solid versions of Seedling.

Check out all these free patterns using Seedling as well as the inspiring projects that folks on Ravelry have made.

Adelaide: Australian-Heirloom-Merino

We love creating new yarns! It's the whole reason why we are in the yarn business. Well, that and the chance to design garments and accessories that we think you'll have fun making.  Adelaide is our newest yarn. 

It's named after a lovely city in Australia, home of merino sheep! And more importantly, this yarn is your new favorite basic. It's affordably priced, super soft, tightly twisted and comes in an array of classic colors.

When you knit and crochet with Adelaide, you'll produce a gorgeous garment that will last and last and last. It's pretty much the perfect yarn. I bet you'll back go to it again and again and again.

Adelaide has its very own pattern collection as well. 
Each print edition has a code to download a digital version. With 11 designs from simple to challenging, there is an heirloom awaiting every knitter. Find the yarn and patterns at your LYS. Individual downloads are also available on Ravelry.

Ask your LYSO to show you Adelaide. And let me know which design you cast on. I would love to post some finished Adelaide objects in a future issue.

A Look Inside the Design Process with Tonia Barry

I recently enjoyed a virtual cup of coffee with Tonia Barry, a member of Classic Elite's creative in-house design team. What a fun conversation we had! I figure if I am interested in how she goes from concept to garment, our readers maybe interested too! Check out the photos below interspersed with bits of our conversation. 

CEY BLOG - (CEYB): Tell me a bit about your background. When did you learn to knit?  

TONIA BARRY - (TB) I grew up surrounded by women who knit and crocheted. At every family gathering as far back as I can remember my Mom, aunts, and cousins would have their own impromptu knit night. I was interested when I was younger and learned from them but not much ever came of it but a couple of interesting Barbie outfits. After college I really wanted to re-learn but did not live near my family so I went to my LYS and learned there. I also made a friend in my first first class who is still a best friend today. The gifts that come with knitting are numerous!

CEYB:  Were you always interested in design?

TB:  Once I seriously learned to knit, I became hooked on design. I was constantly adapting patterns, so why not create my own?! One thing led to another and I started submitting work to yarn companies and publications. My very first published work was for Classic Elite Yarns -- a little Bolero out of Calliope. 

CEYB:  As a member of the in-house design team, how much inspiration comes from Creative Director Susan Mills and how much from you?

TB:  Susan lays out the number of books and designs we'll create for the upcoming season. Together, we discuss all of the new yarns and select yarn from the continuing collection to use as well. We discuss trends and pin ideas to a group Pinterest board. Then its time to sketch, swatch and develop ideas.  We all reconvene and choose our favorites.

CEYB: "Tonia Barry" is synonymous with cables and texture. What do you know about cables that you to share with others -- why do you use them so frequently?

TB: I love texture and am particularly fascinated by cables. The geek in me really loves creating a good cable chart.

Jump for Joy with the Empyrean Cowl

Photo Credits: Knitscene/Harper Point Photography

Have you seen the new Knitscene Fall 2016? It drops today, and we are very excited about this cool Empyrean Cowl by Louisa Demmiit.

It uses just three balls of our soft, washable, squishy 
Big Liberty Wool on a US 9 needle.

This would work up so quickly! 
I could probably whip up two over this long weekend. Hmm?

It's National Pink Day!

If I could buy a yarn each day
there would be no doubt,
which color brings me happiness,
which one I'd like to tout.

It's made with just a bit of red 
and a bit of white.
It brings to mind love and joy 
and sets my heart a flight.

Indeed I never have to think
which color is the best.
Obviously it is PINK,
except for all the rest.

Classic Elite Yarns' fans all over the globe love pink too. 

Check out all of these beautiful finished projects!

Daisy Knits from Michigan made this gorgeous 

Porphura Sweater with Liberty Wool

PinaKnitting worked up this swingy 

Sandshore in CEY Katydid. 

Try it in Sanibel.

Pthorne999 lives in California and used
Firefly to knit two designs from
Handmade Los Angeles 2 into a Modern Twin Set.

ZKBird lives in France and knit this lovely sweater for her sister in CEY Soft Linen.
I hope she kept the Flamingo for herself.Check out her blog!

Our Nation's Capitol Meets YARN!

Twice yearly, the "yarniana" congregate to celebrate our industry and reveal the newest, most irresistible yarns and designs. For the first time, TNNA - The National Needlearts Association's trade show -- was held in our nation's capitol. 

The Smithsonian must have known we were coming, as they set out a small but mighty installation about color at the National Museum of Natural History. I like to think it was just for us.

It's a bit of a frenzy but so much fun, as we go from enormous trunks packed just so, to racks of designers' newest pieces come to life. Finally the yarn wall rises and one skein of each yarn in EVERY color is set out on display!

We had the best time with our new Instax system snapping pictures of all the knitterati that came by the booth including BetsyCynthiaNina, Erin, Laura, Patty and Tricia. They're all modeling designs from our latest collections. These patterns and yarns will be hitting shops near you in the coming months.

It's a whirlwind four days, but each year it is so invigorating to bring our new products to market. Our shop owner partners really loved all the yarns. We hope you will enjoy them and FREQUENT your LYS and just knit and crochet and knit and crochet and knit!

The Colory Story from A - Z: with Creative Director Susan Mills

The work of a yarn company Creative Director seems so glamorous! Our minds fill with the idea of model auditions, photo shoots, beautiful locations and of course gorgeous yarns. Then there's the part where you get to hang out with the yarny celebs while following and creating new trends. It's a dream job for many of us on the outside.

Susan Mills has the  great good fortune to live the life. She's worked with some of the industry's favorite designers. She has designed a full catalog of beautiful, wearable projects. And she drives the selection and design of Classic Elite Yarns' irresistible offerings

I sat down with Susan to chat about how she chooses colors for each collection. Although she's constantly watching trends in fashion, working 18 months or more in advance brings some much needed guesswork to the process. 

Check out this brief photo essay that follows the process from concept to projects:

Step 1 - Create a color story. Pantone chips help a lot.

Step 2: Consult with dyers and the mills to create the best matches.

Step 3: The YARN brings your vision to life!

The beautiful design collection, Early Fall 2016 showcases all the colors just as conceived.  Which color do you find irresistible?