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. 


  1. (1) Oh, definitely the Honora cardigan! I love the simplicity combined with such interesting detail. Well done.
    (2) I'm making Carol Sunday's Santa Fe cardigan — a long slog in fingering, but so very rewarding.
    (3) Stitching Memories in Portage, Michigan

  2. 1. Honora cardigan from above, or Hopewell from collection cover. Pretty details.
    2. Working on a sportweight shawl that's a test knit and a worsted baby blanket for a friend whose knitting fingers are too achy.
    3. Knit On! in Newport, KY

  3. 1. The Honora Cardigan is just lovely!
    2. Currently crocheting a charity blanket.
    3. Yarn Gallery in Seattle

  4. I love the Lula Capelet. It will be wonderful for our Virginia Highlands Fall. Currently, I am knitting the second hat in a series of 6. This one is Enterlac; great fun to knit. My lys is A Likely Yarn in Abingdon, Virginia.

  5. I love the Capelet. Currently, I'm knitting the second in a series of 6 holiday hats. My local yarn shop is A Likely Yarn in Abingdon, Virginia.

  6. 1
    Honorary cardigan.
    2. Wool mittens from piecework magazine.
    3. Sleepy yarn shoppe, white bear lake, mm.

  7. 1
    Honorary cardigan.
    2. Wool mittens from piecework magazine.
    3. Sleepy yarn shoppe, white bear lake, mm.

  8. 1)honorary cardigan is lovely!
    2) fair isle sweater in jumper weight, baby sweater in sport and 3 color cashmere cowl in fingering
    3) spinning yarns, Dover nh. Love them!

  9. 1. I still haven't knit myself a cowl, so Naylor. I suspect the Yak content will make me want it wrapped as close to me as possible! This was tough, because I almost picked the sweater because I think Cheryl would make a great model.
    2. I am on a shawl kick, so I have fingering on the needles. And socks. Next is a heavier sweater....
    3. My LYS is Hub Mills.
    Rav ID heather01851

  10. Love Hopewell. The little bit of lace at the bottom really adds the a touch of elegance to a simple design. Very classy.
    I am knitting a two colored, striped shawl with lace and dk weight.
    My local yarn shop is Longmont yarn Shop and My Sister Knits in Fort Collins.

  11. I Love the Honora Cardigan
    I'm knitting 4 shawls, using fingering weight yarn
    My LYS is Sheep's Clothing

  12. 1) I love the Honora Cardigan - get details!
    2) I'm currently knitting two things: a baby dress on sport weight (ugh) and a pullover in bulky weight.
    3) I typically shop the most at Fibre Space in Olde Town Alexandria, VA!

  13. 1.) my favorite is the Lila capelet, already have the yarn and pattern just waiting to finish a couple other items already on my needles before starting ��
    2.) working on the swan's island coastal cowl , in a beautiful lace weight yarn in sea scape green
    3.) my LYS is Hub Mills in Billerica, MA

  14. That should have been Lula Capelet (thanks autocorrect :-})

  15. 1) favorite Arietta design from those mentioned above. photos.
    A - Honora Cardigan

    2) currently knitting and weight of yarn.
    A – Alan Dart’s One Man Band on lace weight yarn alternated with a shawl on sport weight to give to St Placid Priory.

    3) local yarn shop.
    A – Yorkshire Yarns in Lakewood, WA – Sonya & her yarn store are outstanding!

  16. 1. favorite pattern is Honora Cardigan
    2. I'm currently knitting a skirt in sport weight linen.
    3. lys is coveted yarn in Gloucester MA

    rav id is kmb34me ♥

  17. Honora Cardigan is my favorite pattern.
    Currently knitting a shawl in fingering weight yarn.
    Local Yarn Shop: White River Yarns, White River Jct., VT

  18. 1. I like the Dillard pullover, it's beautiful.
    2. I'm knitting a cowl and a baby blanket, both using worsted weight yarn.
    3. I love Knit Schtick in Costa Mesa, CA.

  19. They're all lovely but the Honora Cardigan really caught my eye.

    I'm currently finishing up the Espirit Chemo Turban for my daughter, which is knit in a sport weight yarn.

    I haven't had a really local LYS so have traveled around a lot to several different ones, but Island Yarn just relocated in Maynard MA and will definitely become my LYS. I'm so excited to welcome them to the area!

  20. The Honora cardigan is my favorite.

    I'm currently working on a toy Fox in DK weight.

    The Yarn Barn of San Antonio is my favorite LYS.

  21. The Honora Cardigan! it would be WONDERFUL in this yarn

  22. I love these new colours. The Honora Cardigan would be my first pick for patterns. And my LYS is Cast On Cast Off.

    1. Oh and right now I am working on a shawl in DK weight.

  23. 1. Love the Honora Cardigan
    2. Finishing up Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket for my next door neighbor who expecting a baby in September.
    3. Knit - Newtown, PA is my go to yarn store. Had the pleasure of taking a mitten class using Classic Elite Yarn for the project.

  24. The cardigan is great. I'm on Christmas hat #3. My LYS is A Likely Yarn in Abingdon, VA.

  25. -Love the Honora Cardigan, also the hat.
    -Just finished a brioche shawl and am knitting charity hats from a stash of DK I found.
    -Unfortunately most local yarn stores have been closing. Nearest would be A Stitch in Time in Bethel, CT

  26. All of them are nice but I really like the Lula Capelet.
    Just finished another pair of socks in fingering weight. Trying to fill the sock drawer :)
    Have Ewe Any Wool Buffalo, NY

    1. Hi Judy,

      Well it's your lucky day! You've been chosen at random to win our prize. Congratulations. Please contact with your color preference and shipping address. You can see the colors of Arietta here:

  27. 1. Honora cardigan.
    2. Sweater made in Classic Elite Song.
    3. Uniquities, Vienna, VA is the LYS but they are closing soon sadly. Second, Natures Yarn in Fairfax, VA.