Spotlight on Elemental Affects

After 20 years in IT, Jeane deCoster left New York and moved back to Southern California, where she decided to go in a different direction — invest in starting her own yarn company. Not a stranger to the world of fashion, Jeane received her bachelor's degree in fashion and worked in the industry for five years. This experience, along with her love and knowledge of yarn and fiber, made her new venture a perfect match. In 2005, Elemental Affects came to life.

Elemental Affects is a U.S. yarn company that focuses on using domestic fibers and mills to produce beautiful, vibrant yarns. Jeane has put a lot of thought into the four lines she created for Elemental Affects: Shetland, Cormo, Romney, and Civility.

The Shetland fiber comes from sheep at Jeane’s friend Cathy’s ranch in Montana. The sheep live a luxurious life, with their own Peruvian shepherds and wonderful guard dogs. The Cormo fiber primarily comes from sheep raised in the West on multi-generational family ranches. One of these ranches is the Pheasant Ranch in Wyoming, which has been around for 100 years. The Romney fiber is from Tawanda Farms; just right outside of Oregon in Montague, California.

Last, but not least is Civility, the beautiful line of merino/silk yarn that we carry at Knit Purl. Civility all started off with a nice little challenge that Tina Whitmore of Freia Yarns brought to Jeane. The challenge was for Jeane to create a new yarn that was of similar quality to an import in her line, but made in the U.S. from U.S. wool. The challenge was accepted and Jeane set forth to find domestic Merino wool and Mulberry silk. After some searching, Jeane found what she was looking for and collaborated with Meadow Wools in Wyoming for production. While blending Merino and Mulberry silk was a first for Meadow Wools, they were also up for the challenge and jumped right in and figured out how to adjust the machinery to make what is now known as Civility.

Civility is a 70% Merino wool and 30% Mulberry silk blend that is soft, strong, and lustrous. Available in bright, vibrant colors in both fingering and worsted weights, the possibilities are endless with this yarn. I have my eyes on all the different shades of blue so watch out - I might snag them all.

Here are a few pattern ideas to go along with Civility:

© Interweave

Anwen: New vintage done right. Anwen is a mix of three old stitch patterns: frost flower stitch, old shale stitch, and fern lace stitch. When these stitch patterns are combined, it makes an intricate, feminine shawl that is a for sure show-stopper.


Maeve© Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke
Maeve: I love this bolero, and it will go with everything.


Paelas Tights
© Paela
Paelas Tights: I just found out that my friend is having a baby, which means I get to make these darling leggings.


© Ana Mercedes

Mångata: This cute sweatshirt-style sweater would look great in Aubergine.

March 28, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin
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