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

  • One Sheep

    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.

  • http://tinknfrog.blogspot.com/ Heather

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

  • ReluctantPenguin

    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.)

  • Debbie Palmer

    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

  • Amy Greeman

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

  • http://www.findkaterina.blogspot.com Katerina

    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 :)

  • http://grammacher.blogspot.com/ Cheryl

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

  • AuntKathy

    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.

  • Shelly

    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

  • Deb

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

  • kathy

    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.

  • kathy

    I'm thinking more like adorable little chicks!

  • kathy

    Thanks! I hope you keep reading!

  • kathy

    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.

  • Emma

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

  • http://www.pandoraknits.com Debbie

    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?

  • kathy

    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!

  • http://www.autumnblossomknits.wordpress.com/ Autumn

    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!

  • http://www.keriflower.blogspot.com Ellie

    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.

  • Claudia

    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

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5108184 Michelle

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

  • Kathy

    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.

  • http://janevdoviak.blogspot.com Jane

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

  • http://knittykittykat.blogspot.com Kenyetta

    I love the Chickens! Would make great pillows.

  • http://showgirlknits.typepad.com Lola

    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!

  • http://www.big-chef.com/tsir Janaki

    Are you familiar with the infamous Katamari Damacy hat? I knitted one up here: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Janni/my-my-hea… 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…;)

  • Pat

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

  • kathy

    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.

  • sue

    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

  • Chrissy

    Those chickens are the cutest!

  • http://shethinksshecan.blogspot.com Ursula

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

  • http://smariek.blogspot.com Smariek

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

  • Amy

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

  • http://lansingerland.blogspot.com Bianca

    The chickens are cute!

  • Kristen

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

  • http://ravelry.com Ohamy

    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.

  • kathy

    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!

  • kathy

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

  • kathy

    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.

  • Erin

    I really like that chicken pattern!

  • http://www.big-chef.com/tsir Janaki

    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. :)

  • Dennine

    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.

  • http://arielzoe.blogspot.com Ariel

    Love the chickens!!

  • kathy

    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!

  • Sally Smith

    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 :)

  • Jennifer

    Oh, chickens! Too cute!

  • Chelsie

    Those are the cutest chickens! Love em!

  • http://gmpstitches.blogspot.com Gayle Pugmire

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

  • Elizabeth

    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!

  • knitpurlgurl

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