Thanking Your LYS & The American Red Cross


Last month, devastating fires across the country took lives and livelihoods and affected families from Gatlinburg, TN to Rochester, NY to Oakland, CA. 

Like many of you, we watched these tragedies unfold while feeling helpless to assist. Then we remembered that together we can make a difference.

So in December we pledged to make a donation to the American Red Cross for every bag of our best selling yarn -- Liberty Wool -- sold to yarn shops that month. With no surprise, our customers stepped up, and we shipped them hundreds and hundreds of bags of beautiful Liberty Wool! And we are proud to make our gift to the American Red Cross on behalf of local yarn shops and yarn lovers.
Did you know that 95% of ARC workers are volunteers? And that 90% of the disasters they respond to are home fires? And 91% of every dollar is spent on humanitarian relief? They respond to more than 65,000 disasters each year, so we know that this gift will help countless families.

Find these patterns on Ravelry.
(L) Amalfi Poncho project by chellebelleknits. (T) Inspira Cowl project by AncasterJulie.
(R) Garter Stitch Shawl project by AESgirl


Now we ask you to show your LYS that their investment in Liberty Wool and in this American Red Cross donation was a great choice. Put on your rain boots and snow boots and (weather permitting) get on over to your fave shop and pick up a skein or two of Liberty Wool. Won't you show your LYSO this post, and tell them thank you again from us?

Above and below, we've picked some projects we love from Ravelry to inspire you.  

Also on Ravelry. (L) Barley hat project knit by Frostyjr77.
(T) Liberty Wool Sock project from classiceliteyarns.com.
(B) Easy Baby Sweater project knit by Jillbknitting


Thank you for allowing us to provide you with beautiful yarns and thanks for participating in this ARC gift.



First Project of 2017


I love that the new year gives us all a fresh start. We can choose to wipe the slate clean of the previous year and begin again. Hopes, dreams, knit and crochet projects!

My first project for 2017 is a pair of socks, and I'm off to a great start! I've finished one and cast on immediately for the second one. There will be no "one sock syndrome" this year.


I've been encouraged immensely to get into the second sock, because I am knitting this pair in our newest yarn, Yuri. As you know, I love yarn. I love crinkly yarn and crisp yarn. I love yarn that others find scratchy. I love cotton and linen and rayon, wool, alpaca and llama. I love it all. But I've a special fondness for yarns that SQUISH. 

Yuri is a year-round sock yarn that's great for more than just socks.  It's spun and dyed in Peru from fiber raised in Uruguay. The merino sheep are certified to be from woolgrowers who do not practice mulesing.


 At 21 microns, the yarn is so soft, so round, so plump, so SQUISHY, that I actually was happy to cast on the second sock and keep knitting.

But as you can see, you'll be excited to work with Yuri on a whole host of projects. Here are a few from our new collection.


Patterns are available in the Yuri book at your local yarn store (along with the skeins in ten tonally dyed colorways). Individual patterns and the book are available digitally through Ravelry too.

 Check out our Premier Stockists and all of shops on our shop finder. 

Wishing You A Peaceful New Year


From all of us at Classic Elite Yarns, 
we wish you joy and happiness 
(and lots of time with needles and hooks) in 2017.

Feel Good Knitting News


At this time of year, I hope you enjoy a bit of time sitting all snuggled up with a warm cuppa something, checking out yarn related posts from around the Internet.

Here are some that I've been reading...





The ever popular Mason Dixon knitting blog has this great story focusing on the Gilmore Girls design team. Ever wonder about all those hand-knits in the show? Wonder no longer.

Photo Credit: Elum
Check out this post from Brides Magazine to see how knitting takes it's place at the season's weddings.


Glamour magazine says you can swap out ugly Christmas sweaters for Statement Knits. But doesn't that take away all the fun?

Casey Kelbaugh for The New York Times


And this New York Times piece by Jennifer Miller introduces us to a Brooklynite who is making a career of yarn bombing and creating knitted art pieces. 

Hope you'll enjoy checking these out. What stories have you found around the web about our favorite topic?

Greenery

Pantone has announced it's Color of the Year for 2017. The winner is Greenery.


The revelation of Pantone's choice, unleashes a new jolt of creativity in us each year. 
I've already rushed through the warehouse shelves, identifying the Greenery in our own yarns. It's fun to line up our own color swatches with some of pantone's suggested palettes. 

















Over the years, you've all shown a particular fondness for green as told in more than 8000 Ravelry projects in green Classic Elite Yarns. 

Here are a few that especially caught my eye.  



















Ode to a Goat

Mohair Goat at the 1920 Oregon State Fair


This post celebrates fashion, mohair and La Gran, our flagship mohair yarn. Classic Elite Yarns has been producing La Gran continuously since the mid-1980s. 

Mohair is fine and lustrous and has many of the good qualities of wool. It’s fairly soft and can absorb moisture yet still feel warm and dry. Knitted on a large needle, it’s lightweight and airy. La Gran is spun with a strong binder—a combination of wool and nylon—to secure it. The fluffy surface is the result of a good brushing.


Seventh Avenue had a love affair with La Gran in the 90s and the aughts. This amazing bubble sweater for Vogue Knitting was designed by Marc Jacobs (above) while Irina Shabayeva inspired with this intarsia beauty (below). Both make brilliant use of La Gran's loft and softness.



Whether it's Vintage Nicky Epstein (L) or Vintage Classic Elite Design Team (R), La Gran is always in style.


These gorgeous runway pieces show the timeless nature of mohair. It's simply always in style.

This week's free pattern is just one of a recent slate of free patterns we're offering in La Gran.




This is the season to become reacquainted with the goat, don't you think?


Ornamentation


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.