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Knitting and Crochet Resolutions for 2017

Are you tired of the same old resolutions like “Exercise More” and “Eat Less”? The Kraemer Yarns team created a few ideas with a crafty spin we hope will inspire you!

Enjoy Your Yarn Now

Kraemer Yarns in a Vintage Crochet SetTake a look through your yarn stash. Do you have a special skein of yarn, say Sterling Silk & Silver, that you have been saving because “It’s too special”? Wouldn’t you rather enjoy knitting or crocheting with that special yarn and then be able to wear it and show it off? If the yarn is in your stash, no one else will know how wonderful it is to you! Earlier in 2016, we shared LaTomBoye’s vintage crochet set in Sterling Silk and Silver.

 

Quit Procrastinating

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Take stock of any works-in-progress and half-done projects that you haven’t worked on in a while. Knitting and crochet are meant to be fun, and if the project has stalled, take a moment to figure out why. Then you can fix it, finish it, or frog it!

Craft for a Cause

KraemerChemoEventThere are so many charities that would love to have you contribute your skills to making a hat or scarf! A few causes that we like to knit and crochet for include the CHEMO Bag project and Little Hearts, Big Hats. Here’s a tip – make sure you know the yarn requirements that are needed! Hats for cancer patients or newborns are usually asked to be cotton or acrylic blends. The yarns from the Tatamy line are great choices!

Keep on Learning

Resolution Dye Yarn like KnittingSarah with KoolAidTake your skills to the next level.  Try a cable pattern, colorwork, socks, or lace if you haven’t before. If you are comfortable with knitting, pick up a crochet hook and try out a crochet facecloth or stuffed toy. Perhaps you have an idea for a design that you think would be fun. Try your hand at dyeing one of our Natural skeins! Take a look at KnittingSarah’s blog to see her experiments with our Natural skeins and KoolAid!

 

Make New Friends

Connect with Kraemer YarnsConnect with us on your favorite social media channel – we’re on Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter and Instagram. We love to see photographs of your work and to share them with our customers and friends. Sharing your talents may inspire someone else to give it a try. We’re here to answer your questions, cheer you on, and offer help. If you’re stuck on a stitch or technique, let us know! Perhaps we can create a tutorial to help you out. Let’s have a wonderfully creative year!

Crochet the Cute and the Classic

In honor of March being National Crochet Month, Kraemer Yarns would like to spotlight the beautiful projects be worked with a hook and our yarns! Crochet stitches can create a very different fabric texture than you can with knit stitches  and the projects range from cute and cuddly toys to cozy blankets and gorgeous garments.

Kraemer Yarns Crochet PatternsThe crochet section of the Kraemer Yarns free pattern collection has something for everyone and is beginner friendly. We have baby booties in Perfection DK and a Crochet Baby Blanket in Perfection, a classic baby gift to create in an easy-care yarn!  Maybe this spring you could use a practical Go To Market bag in Tatamy Tweed DK, or a trendy Flower Infinity Scarf in Sterling Silk and Silver? We are in the final stages of editing two new crochet patterns, so please stay tuned!

Kraemer Yarns in a Vintage Crochet SetSharing your projects on Ravelry is a great way to inspire others. We absolutely love this Textured Shell Stitch Wrap that LaTomBoye crocheted in Sterling Silk and Silver. Then we spotted her dress! Also crocheted in Sterling Silk and Silver, the Silver Skimmer is a 1968-1969 McCall’s pattern. LaTomBoye’s project notes are quite extensive, and we think this is an amazing project! You’ll also want to take a look at our Pinterest Crochet board. We’ve curated the board to include tips, tricks, project ideas and more! Do you have a crochet tip or project to share? You can find us on Ravelry, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

 

New Patterns, Projects, and Plans

February is an always an exciting time of year. Winter is still holding on, but there are hints of a return to Spring! We’d like to take the opportunity in this blog post to share new patterns that have been published in Kraemer Yarns, patterns from our friends, and plans for spring!

Free Accessory patternsNew to the forever free patterns page at KraemerYarns.com are the two items shown above. Winter winds still whip around so stay cozy with the Staggered Rib Chunky Cowl! It’s a quick knit with Perfection Chunky. The new hat pattern may be called the Autumn Hat, referencing the colorway used, but with the cute chevron pattern and your favorite colors of Naturally Nazareth, you’ll wear it as much as you can!

Socks and Hats in Kraemer Yarns

These patterns were recently published to Ravelry, and that’s where you can purchase them or add them to your library and queue. The Garden Trellis socks and Petal Quilt Socks are both by Clara Masessa in Kraemer Yarns Sterling Silk & Silver. Paula Herbert has been knitting hats for the Little Hats, Big Hearts campaign by the American Heart Association. She has made her pattern for newborn hats in Perfection Worsted and Perfection Chunky available as a free Ravelry download!

Kraemer Yarns Crochet Express blog tour

Did you know that March is National Crochet Month? We’re looking forward to sharing crochet patterns and projects in Kraemer Yarns with you. Kraemer Yarns is also articipating as a stop on the Crochetville’s Crochet Express Blog Tour! Our next blog post is already in the works to spotlight several lovely crochet items. If you have used Kraemer Yarns in your crochet projects, be sure to drop us a note on Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry, we’d love to include you in a spotlight post!

 

New for You

Are you back to your regular routine after the hustle and bustle of the holidays? As winter settles in, with cold temperatures and snow, now is a great time to make something special for you! While you are at it, why not try a new technique and build your skills with a new-to-you Kraemer Yarn?

Sterling Silk & Silver in Sea Lily Shawl Snow Dance in gradient-dyed Sterling Silk & Silver

Sterling Silk & Silver is a decadent and luxurious blend of merino, silk, nylon, and poly fiber with an aluminum coating. It is a sock weight with approximately 420 yards per skein. This yarn makes a fabulous sock, but don’t rule out other patterns. Worked into a shawl, in any of the regal colorways, it is perfect to accompany elegant evening attire. The generous yardage allows for cowls and scarves as well. Shown above, the  Sea Lily Shawlette in Ivory and Snow Dance in Natural that was gradient-dyed.

Kathy Zimmerman Shawl in Fountain Hill Brushed Mohair Fountain Hill Cropped Top

Fountain Hill has an airy loft and lovely halo to make elegant garments in many different gauges. Whether you create delicate lace, a sweet little cardigan, or a double knit scarf, Fountain Hill lends graceful softness to any garment. Shown above, left, the Bedford Springs Shawl with Ruffle (there are other variations on the Kraemer Yarns website), and the Fountain Hills Cropped Top.

Kraemer Yarns Free Pattern Mountain Springs Infinity CowlFor the ultimate indulgence and unique yarn experience, try combining yarns! A great place to start is to hold Fountain Hill together with Sterling Silk & Silver as in the Mountain Springs Infinity Cowl! This is a forever-free pattern from Kraemer Yarns and has been immensely popular. Infinity scarves are trendy accessories that are practical and portable projects as well!

We encourage you to share with us your indulgent projects and plans – we love to cheer you on!