December 17 – Think Spring!

Scan 2We really haven’t had much of a winter yet, but I’m already thinking about spring…yarn that is! Spring has become one of my favorite seasons for knitting and crochet. With our warm climate, the garments and accessories are more wearable than heavy wool sweaters, they usually take less time to knit, and spring fibers are divine!
I have been anxiously awaiting a visit from Dave, one of my favorite sales reps.  I have known him since I was 12. He called on mom when she had her store. So we go way back. In fact shortly after opening the store, I pestered him to take on the Classic Elite line. Sometimes I can be annoying in a good way.
Check out what Classic Elite Yarns has in store for spring!
Two new yarns – Mesa and Canyon.
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Mesa is a 100% cotton that has the look of a hand dyed semi-solid yarn. Some of you may remember Waterlily, one of our favorite wools from CEY a few seasons ago. Mesa is like Waterlily, but for spring. Gorgeous!
Canyon is the latest addition to the MountainTop Collection of natural yarns. This lightweight cotton/alpaca blend is so soft and fabulous. You will love it!
Scan 3Many of your favorites from past seasons return, with new shades and great designs. I went a bit crazy buying Sprout and its little sister Seedling. We just can’t get enough of this nubby organic cotton!
They didn’t forget about the crocheters, and have a fantastic new spring pattern booklet dedicated to crochet.
Firefly, Sanibel, Classic Silk, Cricket and Solstice are included in the spring lineup too. Provence, their traditional mercerized cotton comes back with a new look – now available in 50gm skeins!
If you were a fan of Katydid or Allegoro, these two have been retired. We have stock, and are able to reorder for a limited time. If you had a project using either of these yarns in mind, you need to stock up now before they are gone. I can also give you a heads up on a few yarns that Classic Elite will be retiring in the fall – Ariosa and Portland Tweed. Both are super yarns, but they need to make room for new things.
Julep B Handknitting Kits
Oh gheez, I have so much to tell you about! In addition to spring yarns, I also ordered the cutest little project kits. Ten different accessory kits packaged in a great project bag.
Color by Kristin
And even though I was supposed to be thinking spring, I just couldn’t help adding another wool. Master designer Kristen Nicholas has rejoined forces with Classic Elite yarns, with her new Color by Kristin yarn and pattern booklets. The perfect yarn for color work, plus it felts beautifully too. I have been looking for a more interesting yarn for felting, and this is it!
Color Grid
Accompanying Kristin’s new line is this nifty little color booklet designed to help you choose colors. Watch for a class on our February schedule featuring the color grid, Color by Kristin yarn and Laura, our in-house color expert.
And there is a new accessory booklet from Betsy, owner of Classic Elite, and a spring yarn tasting, and the list goes on. We have a lot to look forward to in the coming year!
You won’t have to wait until the weather warms up. Much of this will be on its way in a few days. We’ll have to wait until after the new year for the new spring patterns, but some of the yarns will start popping in soon. Usually we get the bulk of our spring shipments when there is snow on the ground. Perhaps spring yarn will bring us a bit of a winter wonderland again this year.
I have the Classic Elite’s look book for spring 2013 in my hot little hands. Come in and for your own personal preview any time.


  • stacyawebb

    17.12.2012 at 22:52 Reply

    Hooray for Color by Kristin! I love Getting Stitched on the Farm.

  • pindy4176

    19.12.2012 at 01:46 Reply

    It doesn’t look like you could make a bad color combination in “Color by Kristin” yarn! Beautifully thought out colorways.

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