"Classic Elite Yarns had its origin in the late 1940s as part of an
old-line textile manufacturing mill in Lowell, MA. Classic Elite was
created as a marketing division of the mill and catered to hand weavers
and designers. At the same time, the brand expanded beyond its original
iconic mohairs to include cottons, silks, alpacas, wools and natural
fiber blends. CEY began presenting at industry trade shows and producing
two annual collections of handknitting designs – and the new company
also began to make the pages of international fashion magazines.
Today Classic Elite Yarns is owned, managed and staffed
primarily by women, and is no longer in the manufacturing business (the
mill operation having shut down in the 1990s). Instead it focuses on
distributing fine handknitting yarns from numerous international mills.
Classic Elite Yarns prides itself on distributing some of the best hand
knitting yarns to shops all across the US and Canada. In addition to
providing exemplary customer service, Classic Elite’s in-house staff
also manages all pattern design and development, pattern writing, tech
editing, graphic design and much of the designing for its collections.
Patterns using CEY yarns can be found in nearly every major hand
knitting magazine, such as Interweave Knits and Vogue Knitting, and in numerous online publications as well."