February 16th, 2009

Ready, Set, Knit! #117 – Interview with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns

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This week on Ready, Set, Knit! I had the chance to interview Betsy Perry, VP of Classic Elite Yarns.  Betsy takes us through the new spring yarns, designs and pattern books.

New yarns for the season include a new collection called Verde featuring three lovely new yarns.  Here’s a quick overview:

Allegoro is a blend of 70% organic cotton/30% linen.  Each 50 gram ball has 152 yards and knits at 6 sts = 1″ on #6 needles.  It retails for $10.95.

Solstice is 70% organic cotton/30% merino wool and has 100 yards/ball.  It knits at 4 1/2 – 5 sts = 1″ on #8 needles and costs $5.95/ball.

Sprout is a 100% organic cotton has a nubby texture and is a quick knit at 3 1/2 sts = 1″ on #10.  Each skein has 109 yards and costs $10.50.  All of these yarns qualify for WEBS amazing yarn discounts!

Classic Elite also has several new pattern books out this season and as always, they are classic, wearable designs.  Among my favorites is #9096 Johns Bay (which I keep calling St. John’s Bay because St. John’s is the capital of Newfoundland where my mom is from) and #9098 New Harbor.  Kudos to Jillian Moreno for her newest Curvy Knits booklet as well!

Pixie and I also highlight some books that have caught our attention recently so be sure to listen!

We’ve also announced the next KAL!  We’ll be knitting chickens!  Yes, chickens.  Blue Sky Alpacas has come out with an adorable chicken pattern using their dyed cotton.  I have been smitten with this project since I first saw the pattern.  Besides just being a fun project there are some good skills that get utilized including picking up stitches, working on dpns,  the kitchener stitch and various embellishment methods. 

We will also be holding a small giveaway in conjunction with the KAL along with some other surprises.  Stay tuned next week for more details!

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103 Responses to “Ready, Set, Knit! #117 – Interview with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns”

  1. KathyElkins Says:

    Sally – thank you so much for listening and for letting us be a part of your Saturdays! If there’s ever anyone you’d like to have us interview or a project suggestion, just send me an email at kathy DOT elkins AT yarn DOT com!

  2. dswgr6 Says:

    The chickens are adorable!
    Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway on knitpurlgurl’s blog. It’s awesome!

  3. Lia Says:

    Those chickens are adorable! I can’t wait to see more!

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