A Favorite Yarn’s Farewell

In 2014 I made a scarf out of Classic Elite Yarn’s Chateau yarn. I had a gift certificate to Fibre Space for my birthday and the Color Block Bias Wrap was on display in the store and the yarn felt like a dream. At $12 a skein it was expensive and I needed 6 skeins for this project, but I splurged because I had my gift card and I couldn’t not have that yummy yarn. The yarn was a dream to knit with and truly made me understand how people can fall in love with specific fibers but I never bought it again because to make a sweater would be too expensive. But I always looked online and thought about ordering it again or saving up…and then I heard that Classic Elite Yarns was closing (a super interesting article about how the industry survives) and I knew…
This yarn needed to come back to me before it was gone forever. Yarn.com added it to their closeout section (and a lot of other Classic Elite Yarns) for 50% off. Out of that series of yarn there was Chateau (the colors), Chalet (the neutrals) and Palace (the tweeds). All a mix of alpaca, all soft, light, warm and dreamy. They all paired well together so I knew whatever I chose would be fine.
First I ordered a bunch of the sunny yellow of Chateau to make my sister the Spindrift cardigan because she keeps telling me how she’s freezing in her office. The day it arrived I immediately swatched for her sweater and cast on. I separated for sleeves within the first day but had to put it down in order to finish up a test knit. I love this yarn for it’s softness and warmth but it’s also super light since it’s a mix of alpaca and bamboo. And as I cast on for her sweater I kept longing for a sweater of my own. This yarn is just too good. It feels too amazing in my hands.
So I went back and ordered a sweater’s quantity of Palace in the color Mermaid. I believe this lovely tweedy light teal will become the Selvedge Edge Cardigan, a simple shawl collar cardigan that I can throw on with any and everything. Whatever it becomes, I know I’m going to cherish it forever since this yarn will be gone for good. Does anyone else have a yarn they just absolutely loved that went away?

7 Replies to “A Favorite Yarn’s Farewell”

  1. I enjoyed reading the story about CEY closing, thanks for pointing us to that article. I love yarn and love knitting. Chateau is one of my favorites too! I’ve stocked up myself. I love that yellow color!

  2. The article you linked to was an interesting read! Thank you. I’m glad you found some more of one of your “greatest hits” to knit with. I’m looking forward to seeing what you make with your woolly steal!

  3. What?! I was going to use a CEY for a shawl instead of (very, very pricey) Woolfolk! Maybe I should go ahead and stock up.

  4. Great prices on a great yarn! Can’t wait to see what your CEY FO’s look like!

  5. Their silky lace alpaca was a huge favorite of mine. I was sad to hear they were closing and wish I had known more about the company. I always felt a twinge of guilt when I bought their yarn because I assumed they were part of a huge conglomerate. I now know that was not the case at all.

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