Posts Tagged ‘Classic Elite’

Linen Gets a New Look

Friday, June 6th, 2014
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…and by a “new look,” I don’t mean that it looks different. It means that I am looking at linen in a new light. I usually don’t like knitting with plant-fiber yarns; they seem too slippery, too inflexible, and in the case of linen, too hard and crunchy-feeling to make pleasing garments. However, recently I saw a sweater one of our WEBS Expert Knitter Certification Capstone candidates knit in Classic Elite’s Soft Linen (35% wool, 35% linen, 30% baby alpaca), and it really changed my mind. Rather than being a wrinkled, stiff armor-like Bright summery soft linen and wool create perfect lightweight garments.tunic, this sweater was soft and drapey, but with enough body to show off the shaping and stitch definition. The lace pattern around the sleeves and body was open and light, with enough personality to show the eyelets to great advantage.

Doodlebug, a light and practical summer sweater.
Classic Elite’s pattern support
for their yarns is legendary, and I found the perfect sweater to show off this lightweight yarn: Doodlebug, a sleeveless shell with a delicate chevron/eyelet pattern and a wide ribbed hem to put on top of skirts or summery capris.

 

What yarn changed your mind this year?

Steve’s Deal of the Day – Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky: Project Ideas

Friday, May 30th, 2014
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Steve’s Deal of the Day for this weekend is Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky - $4.79/ball (reg $10.50), a great stash yarn available in over 45 colors! This yarn can work up into some really fast and satisfying projects.

Cinder by Jared Flood

The cinder scarf by Jared Flood, part of Classic Elite Quick Knits, is a soft and cozy scarf with flowing oversized cables. Here Ravelry user schknitzle has knit the scarf in color #23-Aqua Heather a color quite similar to a very familiar jewelers’ gift boxes!

owls by Kate Davies

For a more substantial but still fairly speedy project try Kate Davies’ ever popular owls sweater, shown here knit by Ravelry user millicurie in color #16-Grey Rose Heather.

This yarn knits at a similar gauge to our Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky and Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky so be sure to check out the patterns for those yarns as well by simply clicking on the “Related Patterns” tab at the top of the yarn page.

And don’t forget! Ella Rae Classic Superwash Chunky is Steve’s Deal of the Day through 11:59pm EDT Sunday, June 1, 2014. Use Promo Code FBCLSUPCH2 at checkout to get the special price, $4.79/ball (reg $10.50). 

Ready, Set, Knit! 320: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
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Guest: Kathy talks with Betsy about the new line of Fall yarn from Classic Elite as well as all the wonderful pattern support they offer.

They discus 3 brand new yarns and their accompanying pattern booklets; Ava and booklet #9227 – Ava, Wynter and booklet #9230 – Wynter (Wynter is a dyed version of Blackthorn though the dyeing process changed the hand of the yarn they are interchangeable in patterns),  and Horizon with booklet #9228 – Horizon.

Betsy and her team were also in Northampton earlier this week with the Fall 2013 trunk show, our employees and customers had a great time! Go to the trunk show if it’s in your area, it makes a difference to try on the samples and see the sweaters on different body types.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Sidewalk Sale is happening in Northampton this weekend! Stop in to the store today and see what we have happening today, the store is open till 5:30.

Upcoming Events:

Stitches Midwest is happening August 8-11 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL.

Registration has opened for our 7th Annual Bus Trip to the NY Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck!

And don’t forget to check out our new streamlined cashwrap area the next time you stop into the store! The major remodel work is done and we’ll be finishing the new check out counter with some new graphic work and a few more fixtures.

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Ready, Set, Knit! 306: Kathy talks with Donna Druchunas

Saturday, April 6th, 2013
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Guest:
 Kathy talks with Donna about her path into the knitting world, she began as a computer tech writer and at the prompting of a friend began to transfer to writing about something she loved – knitting! She now writes books and teaches as well as tech editing for independent designers and translating German knitting books into English. She has a new book in the works on knitting in Lithuania with history, culture and telling that culture’s story through knitting; similar to her book Arctic Lace.

  

Donna has also worked to develop 2 different apps for iPad and iPhone. First there was the Knit Companion app and her newest is Travel the World of Knitting with embedded stitch video tutorial and a collection of new patterns.

Steve’s Yarn Picks

39th Anniversary Sale Highlights

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Upcoming Events: 

Join us at  Stitches South! this week in the Renaissance Waverly Hotel & Cobb Galleria Centre April 11-14th in Atlanta, GA.

Don’t forget about the Tent Sale on May 18th and 19th!

The Third Annual I-91 Shop Hop is happening June 27-30th.

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New Spring Yarns from Classic Elite

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
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Classic Elite has two great new yarns for Spring 2013!

Classic Elite Yarns Mesa is a worsted weight, 100% cotton, machine washable yarn. WEBS carries all 14 colors dyed in subtle tonal shades that lend depth and interest to your finished garments. This yarn is perfect for casual summer tops and baby items.  Classic Elite also offers a 4 pattern collection that takes advantage of the tonal color shifts of Mesa: Classic Elite 9212 – Mesa

Classic Elite Yarns Canyon is a DK weight, 85% Pima Cotton/15% Alpaca blend that is also machine washable. Canyon is a summertime addition to Classic Elite’s Mountain Top collection of naturally hued yarns. The fiber blend gives this yarn beautiful drape and movement that make it perfect for 3 season garments. Classic Elite 3211 – Canyon offers 4 patterns that take advantage of the natural colors and unique fiber blend of Canyon to produce beautiful lace and crisp stitch definition.

 

Ready, Set, Knit! 296: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite

Saturday, January 19th, 2013
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 Kathy and Betsy talk about the new Classic Elite Book: Shawls, Wraps and Scarves. Betsy and several of the designers will be here at WEBS to introduce you to the book and designs on January 24th, be sure to register now!

Betsy and Kathy also discuss the versatility of the items featured in the book, and how adventurous you can be with these simple shapes just by varying your yarn, color and stitch choice.

If you are in New York City you can see Betsy at Vogue Knitting Live today!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Kathy’s Magazine Picks

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarns Shawls, Wraps and Scarves book launch on Thursday,January 24th, register now!

Pre-Game Sunday Escape, Feb 3rd from noon-4:00PM

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Ready, Set Knit! #285: Kathy talks with Kristin Nicholas

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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Kathy and Kristin discuss her new yarn Color by Kristin, her first design collection with this new line of yarns (all of the designs in the first book are named after her cats), and the fantastically popular Sebastian Gloves.

Kristin will be teaching a 2 session class on these gloves in November.

One lucky student will win a copy of the new pattern collection as well as one skein each of the 20 different colors from the Color by Kristin line!

Steve’s Yarn Picks

Our thanks to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee for teaching 4 wonderful classes this past week and we hope that she and our 3 bus loads of customers have a wonderful time in Rhinebeck this weekend at the New York State Sheep and Wool fair!
WEBS Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Catalogs will begin arriving in mailboxes in the next couple of weeks.
Upcoming Events:
Franklin Habit will be here for classes and an event in early November. The event is now full!
Event and book signing with Carol Sulcoski on November 10th.

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Ready, Set, Knit #277: Kathy talks with Betsy Perry of Classic Elite Yarns

Saturday, August 25th, 2012
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Guest: Kathy and Betsy discuss the process of bringing a yarn to market, from sourcing and choosing fibers and color palettes, to deciding on weight/gauge and plying, as well as final presentation of the finished new yarn.

Classic Elite Yarns Liberty Wool Light.

Steve’s Yarn Picks:

 Fall classes are up on the website, register now!
Upcoming Events
Reminder:  WEBS will be closed on Sunday, Sept. 2nd and Monday, Sept. 3rd in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

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Trunk Show Show and Tell: Classic Elite 9167 Sanibel

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
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We often have trunk shows in the store so our customers get a chance to check out the patterns from different companies in person and even try them on. Since we’re not able to share this in person with all of our customers, we thought we would try out a little show and tell similar to what we do with Valley Yarns. This is a quicker peek than we give those patterns, but we hope this will be helpful too!

Recently, we had the trunk show for Classic Elite 9167 Sanibel. The patterns are available in the book, but also individually as PDF downloads. Classic Elite Sanibel is a blend of cotton and viscose that stripes in tonal colors and also has both matte and shiny textures. It is incredibly soft and has a lovely drape that is perfect for warm-weather projects.

Island Breeze

This is a drapey, openwork pullover with a ballet neckline. Because of the open stitchwork, it stretches to fit a range of sizes, though some of use would prefer a different size. One comment most of us made when we tried it on was “oh, air-conditioned.” The openwork let the breeze in, so even though it is long-sleeved, it’s still a cool top.

Dolphin

The construction of this cardigan has a capelet, sleeves, and fronts all worked in one piece. It is then attached at the neck edge. We weren’t sure how the capelet was going to work in this garment, but we were all pleasantly surprised with the look of the cardigan.

Captiva

This simple cardigan has bracelet sleeves and shows off Sanibel’s color, and drapey finished fabric. As everyone tried it on, we found ourselves saying “that looks great!” It is a lovely basic to have in your wardrobe.

Bayou

Top has a leaf decoration at the shoulder. This small detail makes this seemingly simple short-sleeve top stand out. The front and back are identical. The top was comfortable, but some of us would have preferred to have the sleeves a different length.

In the Sanibel booklet, you’ll also find the Periwinkle headband and the Flamingo pullover. The sample of Flamingo we had didn’t quite fit most of use, but looked lovely on Dena!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek at the trunk show. We plan to do more as the arrive and share other store samples we have.

Free Pattern Thursday:Dandelion Lace Shawl from Classic Elite

Thursday, October 20th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

This week’s free pattern is the Dandelion Lace Shawl from the folks at Classic Elite. It is knit in Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace. It is a beautiful blend of alpaca and silk that works up into lightweight and airy projects.

The pattern offers three different shawl sizes each taking just one back of the main color and one of the contrasting color. The sample is a size small, which is a great size for a little shawlette or to wear as a scarf. The largest size is 54″ wide and 21 ½” deep at the center point.

The dropped stitches on the lace border are fun. If you’ve ever knit a Clapotis (from Knitty.com), you know how much fun it is to drop stitches on purpose!

I love that you can make this shawl your own by choosing the color you like, or even knitting it in just one color. It would make a lovely gift too, since it is time to start thinking about that. (I’ve already started making a list in my head, we’ll see how much of it I get done.)

Click here for a link to the free pattern. If you’re not already subscribed to Classic Elite’s Web-Letter, sign up. It’s a great way to get a free pattern delivered to your inbox every week!

Happy Knitting!
Mary