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?

Winter, Spring, Summer and Early Fall

Classic Elite Yarns' newest design collection will make every knitter -- especially those among us who like to plan our knits -- very, very happy.  In a little spin on Christmas in July, we bring you Early Fall in June!

Designs clockwise from left: Virginia, Penny, Poppie
Knit in (clockwise from left) Big Liberty Wool, Soft Linen, Song

Susan Mills, Classic Elite Yarns' Creative Director, began work with the design team in January 2015 looking at trends in color, texture, style and detail. Early Fall is a celebration of simple cables. There is just enough texture to be completely on trend, while maintaining that easy-wear, simple-knit style that we all love. 

And the yarns in Early Fall are lovely choices for year-round knitting. Big Liberty Wool is breathable and washable in the Virginia cabled cardigan. Soft Linen is both crisp and full of drape, showing off the cable details in the Penny A-line pullover.  Song is a new classic, blending cotton and wool equally in this next-to-the-skin-soft worsted as seen in the stunning Poppie pullover.

Each of these 10 beautiful designs will be a joy to "quick-knit" now and wear when Fall comes back. Find all 10 designs as PDFs, E-Books, and Print Edition as well as the yarns, at your local yarn shop and individual PDFs and the E-Book on Ravelry.