Friday, September 27, 2013

Holiday Accessories!

Christmas Stocking Kits
Have you started your holiday knitting?  It might be too late to start some of our favorite bigger projects like such as Classic Elite's Billy Cardigan, the Building Blocks afghan, or the Baby Bunting), but you procrastinators still have plenty of time to knit some terrific accessory projects.  Our Holiday Central page has lots of project suggestions... a few of my favorites are:
  • Knit a charming little doll with adorable accessories with Purl the Little Knit Girl.  This book includes 25 irresistible patterns for this adorable doll named "Purl".  Included is the basic doll pattern and six sets of themed accessories along with a matching child size hat pattern. Bonus:  We have over 60 colors of Simplicity yarn and it's all on sale at 20% off!
  • The Fishtail Hollow Sock pattern is knit top down on two circular needles, using a simple lace pattern to create a big statement. Placed asymmetrically, the pattern is enjoyable to knit and the socks are fun to wear!  Knit with Mountain Color Yarn's Crazyfoot yarn, you can choose an exclusive color to make your socks especially unique!
  • Don't have time to knit two socks?  Just knit one!  Our Christmas Stocking Kits include 100% wool yarn and knitting instructions (including an alphabet so that you can add a name to the stocking), plus all the embellishments such as sequins, beads, bells, pom poms, etc., are included and may be sewn or glued to the stocking.  We have five different designs available.
  • Purl the Little Knit Girl
  • Scarves you say?  ... with style?  Then Scarf Style 2 is the book for you!  Discover 26 fresh new designs for scarves, shawls, and cowls.  Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, Scarf Style 2 will introduce you to a wide range of patterns with knitting techniques such as color, lace, cables and more!  A one-skein scarf is a great excuse to splurge on a luxury fiber!  
Fishtail Hollow Socks
Really pressed for time, but want to knit some gifts?  Checkout our Quick Knits for Her, Quick Knits for Him, Quick Knits for Kids & Babies and Quick Knits for the Home for more terrific project ideas!

Happy Knitting! . . . .  Amy

Friday, September 20, 2013

Colorwork Cowl KAL (How fast can you say that?)

It's time for another one of Michelle Hunter's Progressive Needles Knit Alongs!  The October KAL (Knit-A-Long) is Colormatic, a fabulous cowl featuring four colors, and Michelle promises that the design is tons of fun for both novice and veteran knitters.

Kenzie yarn in Bayberry
Colormatic is knit in HiKoo's Kenzie yarnNever knit with Kenzie?  Then you are in for a treat!  This unique yarn is a blend of New Zealand Merino wool, nylon, angora and alpaca with a bit of silk noils to give it color and texture.  The yarn is soft and slightly fuzzy with good stitch definition and a slightly tweedy look.  Bonus:  Our Kenzie yarn is all 20% off!

Never done a KAL?  It's easy ... Michelle will reveal the pattern on her website in four segments, every Thursday in October starting on October 3rd.  Have a question?  No problem ... the pattern includes photos and online video instructions.  It's like having a knitting tutor right by your side.  How much does it cost?  Nothing!  You don't have to register or pay any fee to participate.  Extra Bonus: you may even win some cool prizes from Skacel.

Michelle's Colors
You'll need four skeins (one of each color) for a 32" cowl and eight skeins (two of each color) for an infinity cowl up to 68" to wear fashionably doubled.

You'll also need:  
Michelle's mystery patterns are always interesting, plus the Kenzie yarn is fabulous!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Monday, September 16, 2013

Alpine Forest - New Patterns by Amy

The Alpine Forest booklet with Linea on the cover
When Classic Elite asked me to design a collection of accessories featuring their Fresco yarn, I was thrilled!

Fresco has it all: over 30 amazing colors that work well together or alone, the perfect blend of fibers for great stitch definition, and incredible softness. It’s great for lace, colorwork, or just simple stitching.

The result is Alpine Forest (Fall 2013), eight of my accessory patterns, all in Fresco.  Each would make nice holiday gift - or knit some for yourself!

Everyone here is asking which pattern is my favorite.  I like them all!  Which one do you like best? ...
  • Kirstin is a fancy shawl with pretty eyelet detailing along the bottom edges.  It's a great layering piece that can be worn open or closed for extra warmth. 
  • Adalina is a flirty little cape in a leaf lace design.  Surrounded by leaves, you'll look as pretty as a flower!
  • Ingrid is a warm headband with fun cables - keep your ears warm without getting "hat head" ... a great one-skein project!
  • Marta is a fetching beret with a lovely face-framing cabled band.  Everyone looks good in cables. 
  • Lissa is for the little ones: A hat and thumbless mittens with delicate four-color colorwork.  Does your favorite baby need a set in pink or blue?
    Singrid Hat & Mittens
  • Linea is a unique hat with matching mittens in two-color colorwork.  I chose the spruce shadow and pea pod colors to mimic the greens of the lush Alpine forests the booklet was named after.
  • Nell is a masculine hat with two-color colorwork in a herringbone pattern.  If your man has a good head on his shoulders, he should have a great hat to go with it!
  • Singrid is a hat and mitten set with ribbing and cables for great texture. 
Fresco in Spruce Shadow
Click to shop for the Classic Elite Fresco yarn and the Alpine Forest patterns!

You can purchase the entire hardcopy booklet, or just the individual electronic pattern you would like to knit.  Electronic patterns are available for download immediately as a PDF on the “Checkout Success” page once you have placed your order, or anytime in your "My Account" page.  For more help visit our Help with Downloads or call the store and we can walk you through it.
The Alps that inspired Alpine Forest

I hope you enjoy knitting my patterns! You can post your pictures, share your thoughts, and ask questions about any of my designs in my FiberWild Ravelry Group!  ...  Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

Monday, September 9, 2013

All Classic Elite Yarns and Patterns are 20% Off!

We should have a little sale ...  no, wait - lets have a HUGE Sale!

Classic Elite's Ava Yarn
Ava yarn in Riveria
All of our Classic Elite Yarns yarns and patterns are on sale at 20% off.  What's so huge about that?  We have 40 different of Classic Elite yarns, and each comes in a variety of colors.  So that's, well, a huge amount of yarn! Which yarn will you choose?  Some of the new fall yarns include:
  • Got your bling on?  Ava is a DK weight, merino wool yarn that has just a touch of twinkle! A strand of metallic sparkle is plied with wool to create a yarn that is structured, warm, and a little glitzy. 
  • The warm and cuddly Liberty Wool Light is now available in solid colors!  It's durable enough for children's garments, great for fun socks and now, with it's solid colors, it's fantastic for colorwork projects!  
Classic Elite's Blithe Yarn
Blithe yarn is 100% camel
  •  Treat yourself or a friend with a cozy sweater or snugly hat made from Wynter!  It's a wonderful mix of wool and superfine alpaca that is soft and cozy to the touch. This bulky yarn boasts good stitch definition and, best of all, any project becomes a quick knit!
  • Have you ever knit with camel?  Blithe may not be new for fall, but it's one of my favorites! Incredibly soft and spongy, this yarn is made of Baby Camel and is available in solid or marl colors.
And we've got many, many more Classic Elite yarns in house!
Don't forget the patternsWe have oodles of Classic Elite Yarn patterns - over 700 designs!   Classic Elite has matched their pattern booklets to their yarns, so choose your favorite yarn and then checkout the associated pamphlet with 4 or 5 designs featuring that yarn.  You can purchase the entire hardcopy pamphlet, or just the electronic pattern you would like to knit.  The booklets and individual electronic patterns are all on sale for 20% off.

The Kirstin Shawl
Speaking of patterns . . . . I'm excited to announce that Classic Elite Yarns has just published Alpine Forest, an entire booklet full of my patterns!  Of the eight accessory designs (all knit up in the amazingly soft Fresco yarn), one of my favorites it "Kirstin", a fancy shawl with pretty eyelet detailing along the bottom edges.  It's a great layering piece that can be worn open or closed for extra warmth!  You can order the entire Alpine Forest booklet or any of my individual patterns as PDFs.  

The "Kirstin" shawl joins my many other Classic Elite Yarn patterns like Diana, a gorgeous pullover adorned with beautiful columns of leaf lace and a subtle scalloped neck, knit in the rich and saturated colors of Solstice yarn, and Astral, a cozy v-neck pullover with fun entwined ribs at the center front, knit in the soft and fuzzy Giselle yarn.

Your pattern will be available for download immediately as a PDF on the “Checkout Success” page once you have placed your order, or anytime in your "My Account" page.  For more help visit our Help with Downloads page or call the store and we can walk you through it. 

Happy Knitting!  . . . .  Amy