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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Classic Elite Goodies

Several boxes from Classic Elite have arrived. We have the five new books shown above: Seaside (9141), Perennials (9139), High Seas (9142), Cricket (9132), and Meadow (9136).

Want to see some of my favorites? I knew you would.
Treasure (above) and Parkhurst (below), both from High Seas in Silky Alpaca Lace. Such a pretty yarn for some really classic lace shawls. Appledore in Firefly, also from High Seas. You already know my love of this yarn. Add a ruffle, and I'm sold. Wisteria, Veronica, and English Ivy, all in Soft Linen from Perennials. Great layers.
Manana and Green Point in Sprout from Seaside. Who doesn't need a cotton cardigan for summer? I could stand to have about five. I wasn't so sure about the huge cotton lace wrap at first, but now I'm kind of obsessed with the idea.
We're still waiting on a few summer yarns from Classic Elite, but we did get a nice stock of Portland Tweed and Alpaca Sox.
Does it get any better than orange tweed?

One of our knitters (Hi, Vicki!) used one of the dark greens to make a sweater for her husband. She used the Elizabeth Zimmermann recipe for the Seamless Hybrid, and it turned out beautifully. Her husband's expression did not accurately reflect how much he loves the sweater, so I altered it slightly. (I hope you don't mind, Vicki, and thanks for the photo.

Alpaca Sox is great for socks, obviously, but it also makes lovely scarves and shawls. This sweet little one is a free pattern from Classic Elite. Be warned, however, that it takes more than the one skein stated in the pattern. You'll need at least one and a half to make the sample we have in the shop.

Two skeins will also get you the Lace Ribbon Scarf, one of the most popular patterns from the free online magazine, Knitty.

It seems like Classic Elite just keeps getting better and better over the years. Let's hope they continue to bring us more great yarns and designs in the future!

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