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!

To stay current, please be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed for the blog and podcast! 

Kathy

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

  1. --Deb Says:

    Sometimes I feel like the only person who really doesn’t like knitting with cotton….

  2. Debbi Says:

    Chickens! Absolutely adorable… I’m looking forward to it!!

  3. Debbi Says:

    (ps – I love that the first two comments were by me, Debbi, and Deb. We’re awesome! )

  4. Deb Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    Great Podcast this week. The new Classic Elite Yarns sound yummy…I hope my willpower holds out!
    Saw info about your contest with KnitPurlGurl on Facebook. Here’s my comment to increase my chances of winning!

  5. KathyElkins Says:

    The Debs/Debbis are definitely ruling the roost tonight! :)

  6. KathyElkins Says:

    You are so NOT the only person. I have to say – it’s far from my fave fiber but the Blue Sky Dyed Cotton has been really nice to work with. I’ve started projects with other cottons and literally flung them across the room. I think the first two C/E yarns will be great – they are blends. Although linen and I are not overly friendly. Sprout is very soft. I’ve yet to play with it yet, but I think there’s potential for us non-cotton folks. Besides, there’s lots of wools and alpacas and . . . . so many others that need our love and attention. It’s all good :)

  7. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks for listening! Sorry if I tempted too much. Good luck with the contest! Hope you keep reading!

  8. Vicki Says:

    Chickens are fun! Are they stuffed?

    I saw your comment on Ravelry about the contest on Knit Purl Gurl and followed it back here. I’ve been reading your blog for a while and now I’ll be reading hers too!

  9. Melissa Says:

    The chickens are so cute! Like Deb I normally don’t like knitting with cotton but I’m looking to try some new cotton blends this summer. Living in the Southeastern United States pretty much means I’ve got to find something breathable to knit with :)

    P.S. I love WEBS! I could spend hours on there just browsing and every time I visit I find something else I *HAVE* to have :)

  10. KathyElkins Says:

    Excellent! We love the blog love all around! Yes, the chickens are stuffed. I’m really enjoying knitting mine. It’s a fun but decently challenging knit.

  11. Kitten With A Whiplash Says:

    I dislike knitting with cotton, although I used to like crocheting with it. until I had to give up crochet.

  12. KathyElkins Says:

    Sorry to hear that! In terms of the C/E yarns – two are blends. In terms of the KAL – get gauge and any yarn could be substituted. I’m actually looking forward to see how folks interpret the pattern. I’m going my own way on embellishment and I’m sure others will have their own take on the chickens themselves.

  13. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks so much ! Now that we have our wishlist and saved shopping cart, you can put things aside until you are ready.

    I don’t envy your challenges in terms of knitting based on where you live, but beyond that, I’d trade places in a moment :) It’s been a long, cold miserable winter here although you’ve had some record cold as well!

  14. Monica Says:

    I can’t wait to try the Allegro!

  15. Beth Says:

    I love the new chicken patterns.

  16. knitpurlgurl Says:

    Being a country gal, I have to say that I am crushing on the chickens.. I am compelled to cast them on!

  17. neknitsandbeads.com Says:

    I’m glad to see more cotton yarns! I can’t wait to start knitting up my two color chicken…now off to make the tough decision on what two colors!!

  18. Anna Griswold Says:

    Hullo, just given some love for Knit Purl Gurl’s giveaway that you’re sponsoring. But I’m excited to discover your store! Love the close out & garage sale features! I will be back for my next yarn and/or spinning purchases that I’ll be making. THANKS!

  19. Kathy Says:

    Dear Kathy,

    Love your blog, your podcast, and your STORE! I saw your mention of the KnitPurlGirl giveaway and I’m posting here, as she instructs.

    BTW, not that you asked, but my fave yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace and my fave notion is the Rollie StitchKeepers.

    Thanks for all the great work you and your staff do!

    KathyKnitsToo

  20. Mary-Frances Says:

    I’m really excited about your giveaway contest and I’m subscribing to your blog. I have a lys and feel a certain loyalty to them but there is yarn that they just don’t carry that you do. . .yay!

  21. Sherri Says:

    So cool that you’re sponsoring the contest at knitpurlgirl’s blog! What a great basket of goodies! I have the latest podcast downloaded but haven’t had a chance to listen yet….all this talk of chickens has me very curious now. ;)

  22. Margit Says:

    Those chickens are too cute!

  23. ellie Says:

    Great KAL…I’m in….and I checked out the contest too. Heading south to webs tomorrow.

  24. Brooke M. Says:

    Awesome contest you are sponsering!

  25. Mary Says:

    Those chickens are adorable!!!

  26. knitpurlgurl Says:

    Just ordered my Knit Chickens pattern and yarns!! So excited!

  27. CraftyAshley Says:

    Those chickens are really cute. I think they would look great in my Mother in law’s kitchen! Leaving a comment for the contest! Yipee!

  28. cesia Says:

    those chickens are so cute!!

  29. tina Says:

    A double header! LOVE LOVE LOVE the knit chickens, I must do this!! AND, love the dual contest with KnitPurlGurl—- very cool and well, of course I am playing along!!! :)

    fingers crossed………

  30. ikkinlala Says:

    It’s so nice to see more organic cotton options – I don’t mind knitting with cotton, but the quantity of chemicals it takes to grow it means I usually choose other fibres (like hemp or linen) when I can.

  31. NatalieServant Says:

    Saw your tweet about the KnitPurlGirl contest, went there, now I’m back here, having indulged in some fantasies browsing the WEBS store.

  32. Janice Says:

    Love the chickens! Would love to convert one into a tea cozy. Looking forward to the pattern.

  33. Trina Says:

    Hi Kathy

    I just discovered your podcast, so i’m slowly catching up on some of your past episodes – they are very inspiring :)

    Trina

  34. tabitha Says:

    Just wanted to drop by your blog and say hello and how much I am loving Valley Yarns. It is quickly becoming my favorite yarn.

  35. PlazaJen Says:

    I am so stoked to get my hands on Jillian’s new designs! I’ve already been a-browsin’ the different yarns I might use… :) Must TRY to finish a thing or three first, the living area is slowly being engulfed by WiPs and yarn…..

  36. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks Kathy! The Misti Yarns are all just gorgeous. Thanks so much for commenting! I love hearing from everyone!

  37. KathyElkins Says:

    Mary -Frances – I completely understand the loyalty to your LYS. It’s so important to support them. We’re here if you can’t find something there or whatever you need. Our store customers always feel awkward when they’ve shopped somewhere else – I always tell them they can date whichever other yarn shops they want as long as they always come home :)

    Thanks for subscribing and posting!

  38. KathyElkins Says:

    I promise I won’t “cluck” through the entire KAL. You’ll understand when you listen :)

  39. KathyElkins Says:

    Be sure to say hi!

  40. KathyElkins Says:

    I think it would be possible. . . . .

  41. KathyElkins Says:

    If you have any trouble finding any of the past KALs if you are interested, just let me know! Thanks for listening!

  42. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks for reading and commenting! I’m glad you are enjoying the Valley Yarns. We’ve got some new colors and yarns in the works too!

  43. KathyElkins Says:

    I know just how you feel!

  44. ClaireLeah Says:

    You know – I love your store (bought from you at Stitches a few months ago – totally bummed it won’t be in Baltimore again next year!

    However, that being said – I am probably not going to be knitting a chicken. I am posting in here – after reading about the contest with Knit Purl Gurl on Twitter –

    but, I also like Classic Elite yarn – one of my faves Bravo (a mix of fame and mohair) or Inca Alpaca.

    Have a great day

  45. casey Says:

    First of all let me say thank you for the podcast… I love it… But secondly thank you for sponsoring other knitting related things like groups, blogs and kAL.

    Thank you

    Casey

  46. KathyElkins Says:

    Hey – we’re not all chicken people I did not think I would ever knit a chicken either. But here I am and I’m loving it. Got to mix things up a bit every now and again.

    Stitches Hartford wll be interesting to say the least. Sorry we’ll miss you this year! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

    Kathy

  47. KathyElkins Says:

    Thank YOU for listening! So appreciated! We love being a part of this community and try to have some fun and do things a bit differently every now and again.

    Kathy

  48. Susan Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I came by way of KnitPurlGurl’s blog to say hello and tell you what a great bag full of goodies you put together for her contest!! I love your podcast (I’m a longtime listener) so this was just the push I needed to come out of lurkdom. Yea Webs!!

    Susan

  49. KathyElkins Says:

    Yay for non-lurkdom! We need to abolish that! I have a blog post in the infancy stages about this experience. Your comment and feedback and that of everyone else is so important! I’ve got to figure out a way to get this interaction happening on a more regular basis. Any suggestions?

    I so appreciate you taking the time to post and for listening to the podcast!

    Kathy

  50. noallatin Says:

    I already read your blog but I’m back because of Knit Purl Gurl’s contest.

  51. One Sheep Says:

    I’m here because of the contest at KnitPurlGurl’s blog, but I’ve been a fan of the garage sale for a long time. Thanks for putting together such an amazing prize for the contest.

  52. Heather Says:

    I love Blue Sky Alpacas’ patterns. The chickens are seriously adorable =) Hmmm I think I hear some clucking in my near knitting future

  53. ReluctantPenguin Says:

    I really like your podcast but somehow never checked out the blog until I saw the link on Knit Purl Gurl blog. Looking for my favorite yarns on your site was really an exercise in self control!!! (The Jade Sapphire Silk Cashmere was awfully tempting.)

  54. Debbie Palmer Says:

    I visited the Knit Purl Gurl blog and entered the drawing. I love everything at webs so it was hard to narrow it down. The On-Line Supersocke yarn and the Lantern Moon needles are great..

    Debbie

  55. Amy Greeman Says:

    You are so NOT the only person…I hate it. And all cotton-alikes such as linen, hemp, bamboo, etc. Give me wool!

  56. Katerina Says:

    Kathy –
    I was listening to the podcast and heard about the chickens and had to check them out – they’re adorable!! I’m working on the little dotted SBA chickens right now, and I love both patterns! they’re just soo cute!! I may just have to knit them all :)

  57. Cheryl Says:

    Thanks for the great contest and wonderful blog. I’ve been following you on Bloglines for a while.

  58. AuntKathy Says:

    Wow I have never done a KAL with you before but I really want to make these chickens. they are adorable.
    I found out about your blog when I was visiting knitpurlgurl’s blog earlier today.

  59. Shelly Says:

    Wow. My mom just redid her house in french country. I sure hope they have colors in black, burgandy, and tan!!!!!! I can’t wait until this starts.

    Thanks for the fun

  60. Deb Says:

    I’ve come from Knit Purl Gurl to check out your blog. I do love the chickens…next maybe a coop?

  61. KathyElkins Says:

    Shelly – the black and tan (stone) aren’t a problem. I’m not seeing a burgundy. Let me look at the colors tomorrow and I’ll offer a suggestion. I can also check to see if they carry one that maybe we just haven’t stocked – although we’re pretty partial to burgundies so I can’t imagine we would have skipped it. If not, I can help figure out something that has the right gauge and colors for you.

  62. KathyElkins Says:

    I’m thinking more like adorable little chicks!

  63. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks! I hope you keep reading!

  64. KathyElkins Says:

    You guys are all spoiling me with these wonderful comments! I love it! You have to promise to chime in more often! In case any of you aren’t familiar with my commenting software, we can reply back and forth to each other which allows for a more conversational interaction.

    I’m so excited everyone is loving the chickens! This week’s podcast will have all of the materials that are needed and next week we’ll start knitting! Be sure to listen because we’re tagging on a little contest in conjunction with the chickens.

  65. Emma Says:

    Love the new spring yarns! And the contest with Knit Purl Gurl is a great idea!

  66. Debbie Says:

    Allegoro looks absolutely lovely! I’m getting some on payday. I love the idea of the Webs giveaway, too. You’re posting a photo of the chicken, right?

  67. KathyElkins Says:

    Oh I’ll definitely be posting pics as we go! Let me know what you end up doing with the Alllegoro – I’d love to see pics of that too!

  68. Autumn Says:

    Those chickens are the most adorable things ever. I love that it’s not amigurimi, but is still an adorable animal, without me having to learn to crochet!

  69. Ellie Says:

    What a delightful picture of your knitted chickens! I saw the information about the give a way on Ravelry thru KnitPurlGurl’s post
    Lovely to find your Webs Yarn Store and this blog. I’m a fair way away from any yarn store and have come to the conclusion that the net is the only way to shop for what I need. (seems incredible for a country like NZ – but I have to drive at least 5 hours to get to a yarn store as I live in the North’s warmer climes) Have spent too much time already with the browsing and wishing but I’ll surely be back for more.

  70. Claudia Says:

    hey Kathy!

    I’ve been over to KnitPurlGurl’s website and was thrilled to see her contest that you’re sponsoring! I’ve had the privilege of driving to the store (I’m in RI) and it’s definitely my favorite yarn store on the planet! Thanks for all that you do! :D

  71. Michelle Says:

    I am excited that you are getting more organic stuff. Would really love more 100% organic merino.

  72. Kathy Says:

    thanks for the great contest with KnitPurlGurl. I love WEBS. We go to Northampton a couple of times a year and the family shops in town while I shop with you.

  73. Jane Says:

    Chickens! I think I have just the right yarn for them!

  74. Kenyetta Says:

    I love the Chickens! Would make great pillows.

  75. Lola Says:

    I swatched a whole lot of the new spring cottons and I have to say, Allegoro and Solstice were by far two of my favs! (Didn’t try Sprout, so can’t say for that one.) Also LOVE the New Harbor book & am working up a cardigan from it already. Good, good stuff from CYE this spring :) Can’t wait to have a spare moment to listen to this podcast!

  76. Janaki Says:

    Are you familiar with the infamous Katamari Damacy hat? I knitted one up here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Janni/my-my-head-really-is-full-of-things that turned out wonderfully, and the yarn was a nice nubbly cotton. I love it, although I don’t often have a chance to wear it. ;) I like quirky hats, though.

    And the chickens! I think a chicken handbag would be just the thing…;)

  77. Pat Says:

    Saw the contest on Knit Purl Gurl and visited WEBS store & your blog. Super cool sites! I have both bookmarked to come back often.

  78. KathyElkins Says:

    Thanks Lola! I’m thinking that Sprout needs to be an adorable kids hat. It has way more potential than that, but I’ve really got a hat floating in my head for it.

  79. sue Says:

    Saw the very generous giveaway package on knit purl girl’s blog! I have been a lurker for a very long time and this has given me incentive to comment! LOL

    I am eagerly awaiting my first visit to WEBS next month! I can’t wait to get there and fondle all the yarns. Just hope that my DH doesn’t mind my filling the car with my purchases! LOL

    Going to add your blog to my rssfeed!

    Sue

  80. Chrissy Says:

    Those chickens are the cutest!

  81. Ursula Says:

    I loooove those chickens! And the colors too – orange with blue – love it! I’ll be picking up that pattern right away!

  82. Smariek Says:

    Aw, those chickens are cute and just in time for Easter!

  83. Amy Says:

    I already follow you, but I’m leaving a comment per KnitPurlGirl requested!

  84. Bianca Says:

    The chickens are cute!

  85. Kristen Says:

    Those chickens are so cute and funny! I love them!

  86. Ohamy Says:

    I dont have much experiences with cotton fiber. I made a few things (scarf, beret, sweater, slippers) and what I dont like is that it piles really fast and in the case of the sweater before I haven even finish knitting it. This makes it look bit tattered and not so new . But I’ve only used 100% cotton never a blend. I really like the orange and blue color combo for that chicken. a coworker is having a baby and I want a little toy to give to newborn as a crib decro and such. This would be nice, maybe in those same colors and since it baby it needs to washed often so I’ll have to go wtih cotton or acrylic.

  87. KathyElkins Says:

    Oh, I like the hat! Thanks for the link. I like quirky hats too.

    If you convert the chicken to a handbag, please post back and share the link!

  88. KathyElkins Says:

    Let me know when you’re coming! Would love to say hi!

  89. KathyElkins Says:

    Cottons can be persnickety that way with pilling as can other fibers. The unmercerized cottons, especially those that are loosely plied can start pilling while you’re still knitting. More tightly spun cottons along with those that are mercerized tend to be a bit sturdier. I think the chickens would make a great gift and definitely in a washable fiber. Good luck with it and post a link back when you finish! Would love to see it.

  90. Erin Says:

    I really like that chicken pattern!

  91. Janaki Says:

    Oh, definitely. :) You know, it makes me think of doing a bunny handbag, too. Years ago, I found this awesome Lego Duplo bunny handbag and stupidly didn’t buy it, even though it was (IIRC) $10. Of course in my mind, it’s the cutest thing ever and I was clearly a fool. :)

  92. Dennine Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I’ve been listening to the podcast through iTunes for a couple of weeks (going through the back catalogue) and really enjoying it.
    I did visit the store site and have bookmarked it, but I couldn’t find an obvious link to your blog and I wanted to, as you talk about wanting people to come comment!
    So I was happy today to follow the link from Knit Purl Gurl and be able to let you know how much I like the show (and I’ve put you in my RSS feed and my bookmarks).
    While I like hearing about the new products and things that are available to me, I also really like hearing about the regional news and events. It’s a bit of armchair travel as well as knit enabling!
    Thanks again.

  93. Ariel Says:

    Love the chickens!!

  94. KathyElkins Says:

    So great to know – both the difficulty finding the blog AND that you like the local stuff. We’ve toyed withd doing more of it and I think you just gave us the push we need. Thanks for tracking us down! Keep the feedback coming!

  95. Sally Smith Says:

    Hi Kathy,
    I’m leaving my comment as part of the contest, and I wandered over from Knit Purl Gurl. I am a faithful listener of your podcast…every Sat I update my iPod and carry you and Steve around the house as I do my chores. My morning just isn’t the same without you. Of course I have to stop now and then to write something down, or look at the web site.

    Thanks for making my Saturdays more fun :)

  96. Jennifer Says:

    Oh, chickens! Too cute!

  97. Chelsie Says:

    Those are the cutest chickens! Love em!

  98. Gayle Pugmire Says:

    Kathy: Love the WEB store and the blog. Great information and love the yarn. Thank you for the opportunity to win yarn!!!

  99. Elizabeth Says:

    Hi Kathy!
    I just saw the gorgeous give-away from WEBS on Knit Purl Girl – how exciting. I love all the sock yarn I recently ordered from WEBS, and I just downloaded the podcast to hear about knitting chickens!

  100. knitpurlgurl Says:

    ‘Never thought of using them as pillows – great idea!

  101. 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!

  102. dswgr6 Says:

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

  103. Lia Says:

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

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