A Look Inside CEY's CYE

It's just so much fun to work at Classic Elite Yarns!

Like many of you, we love to do some serious knitting in front of the television. Every four years, we crafters hit pay dirt when the Olympics' coverage is everywhere for two whole weeks. 

To celebrate, the staff of Classic Elite Yarns joined in our first annual "CEY - CYE 2016" --  Challenge Yourself Event 2016.

Each CEY staffer used the event to overcome some hurdles or dash their way to the end of their projects. We have some amazingly talented yarnletes. Here are just a few who reached their goals and celebrated at our closing ceremonies.

We were all winners, because there were our own Olympic Rings to enjoy. And gold flowers for those who reached their goals.

If I were to pick a winner though, it would be definitely be Heather for this gorgeous Log Cabin Blanket in Big Liberty Wool.

Rep on the Road with Michael del Vecchio

This week's blog post is a preview of the second installment of our new Facebook series -- Rep on the Road.

The series follows individuals from our sales rep team on their travels and gives a behind the scenes look at life behind the wheel of a yarn rep.

Last month, our Southern California/Arizona rep shared images from sunny Echo Park Lake. This month, Michael del Vecchio shows you a slice of North Carolina. 

We Have a Winner, Instagram and a New Contest for You

Hello Darling Yarn Lovers,

Last week we announced a nifty little giveaway...

Well, the lucky winner has been selected, and we even used a hat to draw a name, cause we're very old-school that way. We'll reveal who he or she is in just a moment. No skipping ahead although we know you want to. We have another contest to announce first!

We're giving away a current pattern collection book of your choice to two lucky people who Follow us on Instagram and Like one or more of our posts. 

cey_yarns on Instagram offers a quick & visual look behind the scenes, sneak peeks, contests, inspiration and updates on what other yarn lovers are up to.
How to Enter:
  1. Download the free Instagram app on your smartphone.
  2. Search for cey_yarns and Follow us.*
  3. Like one or many of our daily posts.
  4. Do this before Monday, August 15.
  5. We'll choose a winner and announce on this blog, on Instagram and Facebook.
* If you are already following us, simply like some posts before August 15 and you will be entered too!

And now, our winner!

Judi whose yarn shop is Have You Any Wool in Buffalo, New York is the lovely winner of our Arietta Folkston Hat! Woo hoo! 

Judi, please send an email to heather@classiceliteyarns.com to arrange for your prize. 

IT'S A PRIZE POST: Yakety-Yaking On A New Yarn Day

Boy oh boy, it's fun when you can win a yarny prize. 
And to celebrate the launch of our newest yarn and 
design collection, you could do just that. 

Read on to the end for details where you can
 enter to win a kit for you AND your LYS to make our new Folkston Hat in Classic Elite Yarns Arietta. 

Meet Arietta. She's 80% Merino and 20% Yak. Start knitting with Arietta, and you'll never want to stop. There is something about the squish and bounce of merino that only gets better when combined with the halo and softness of yak. Dyed over natural yak, the yarn takes on a tonal quality due to the greys of the fleeces used.
It's beautiful.

Our pattern collection features three sweaters, one shrug/scarf and four clever accessories! Designers Susan Mills, Tonia Barry, Tian Foley and Cathy Payson really outdid themselves. You'll have trouble choosing which you'll cast on first.

Cheryl (L) models her completed Dillard pullover for her CEY colleagues. Not fair that she got a head start!
She looks as good as our pro model, Kristin (right).
New career for Cheryl?

Kim's wearing the Honora Cardigan. Love the combo of easy stockinette and eye-catching detail.

Clever accessories include (L-R) the Naylor Cowl which can be worn tied as shown or open, the Lula Capelet with awesome fringe, and Lizella crochet scarf which updates the beloved granny square.

Enter our August contest to win Arietta and the new design book to make the Folkston Hat! Not only will the winner win, but we will send an additional prize to your local yarn shop!

Comment on this post with the following info to enter:
1) Tell us your favorite Arietta design from those mentioned above. They are all named in the text beneath the photos.
2) Tell us what you are currently knitting -- type of project (sweater, shawl, toy, etc) and the weight of yarn you are using.
3) Tell us the name of the local yarn shop (non big box store) in your community where you shop most often.

One winner will be chosen at random from among the commenters on this post. The winner will be drawn on Tuesday, August 9. Prizes can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous United States. 

Someone's in the Kitchen with Heather

Did the Classic Elite Yarns blog become a cooking blog? Or a science geek blog? Well just for one day as we introduce you to Heather McVickar, CEY's Director of Sales.

Heather is just one example of the fascinating and kind people who populate our industry. A biology major in college, Heather began her career in medical research. With stints in labs conducting research on everything from the design of knee and hip replacements, to toxicology to Alzheimer's research, she was a rare woman in the sciences. 

An early love of cooking took hold, and Heather enrolled in a professional chef's program. Her mother was a great cook, and Heather began her journey in food during grade school baking for fundraisers. Creativity, science and love of food come together in the exquisitely delicious desserts that Heather whips up in her kitchen. I've eaten them. They're good. Yum.

It all comes down to creativity for Heather. Cooking is one outlet. Knitting is another. And recently, she's delved into Shibori dying. Check out the gorgeous dishtowel (on stove below) that she created in a recent class in Vermont.

And much like knitting and crochet, stash development is key to a well stocked kitchen! A part-time job with Williams-Sonoma (when her kids were young) certainly helped her acquire every shape of spatula, pan and mold. You can never have enough yarn...or pots. 

Yet still, there is always another skein, another gadget that you must have. Next on Heather's wish list? A new Kitchenaid mixer! How about one of these in the Pantone colors for Summer 2016? Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue look equally good in Classic Elite Yarn.

I am lucky to get to nibble on the treats that come from Heather's kitchen. And we're all lucky that Heather's been with Classic Elite for 11 years bringing us all the most gorgeous yarns and designs to nurture our creativity.

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.