Decorations and ornaments are everywhere you look this time of year. Have you ever thought about knitting or crocheting decorations for yourself or as gifts? Ornaments are a great way to mark a special occasion or start a new tradition. Kraemer Yarns, available in different weights and blends, are great choices to use for these projects that are sure to bring out the smiles as they are brought out each holiday season.
Kraemer Yarns is pleased to offer a variety of free patterns year-round and here we are spotlighting the seasonal ones. The Bethlehem Star Stocking, knit in Naturally Nazareth, features simple cables to create the star and border decoration. The top is knitted flat and then joined in the round to finish off the foot. Our Christmas Ornament Socks, in Saucon Sock, look great decorating a tree, topping a gift, or strung together as garland! Pip the mouse, is crocheted in Perfection DK and is an adorable little guy to add to your tree.
Nicki Epstein’s #08 Felted Wreath, is a festive show-stopper to grace your door or mantle. The Felted Gingerbread Ornament pattern would be adorable as a custom garland or gift tag. If you haven’t tried felting yet, these are great projects on which to experiment with Mauch Chunky. We have even more holiday project inspiration on our Pinterest board, click here to check it out.
We know this is a busy time of year, and we do appreciate when you take a moment to share your projects with us! Getting a notification about your post to our Facebook page, seeing your posts in our Ravelry group, and tagging us on Instagram makes our days merry and bright!
In our inaugural blog post, we put the spotlight on Perfection. Perfection is a great all-purpose yarn available in 57 colors and 4 weights. If you are looking to add a little something extra to your projects this season, without breaking the bank, consider the 12 sparkle colors of worsted weight Perfection Lights!
The touch of sparkle in Perfection Lights Worsted makes it a fun choice to use for holiday ornaments, a glamorous accessory, or as an accent in combination with the 67 colorways of Perfection Worsted! Shown above (left to right) are Ravelry user DagmarEir’s Pink Stripe Mittens in Fluff Lights and Kiss Me, the Emerald City hat pattern by Leeana Gardiner (wouldn’t it be a great choice for Ivy Lights or Holly Lights?), and the crochet Fall Shawl and Christmas Sweater ornaments would also be fun in Perfection Lights. Those last two are free patterns available from Kraemer Yarns. We invite you to share your projects in Kraemer Yarns with us on your favorite social channel, just follow the sidebar links!
Cabin Fever Pattern Books
Need a pattern? If you have browsed the Kraemer Yarns free patterns and still not finding just the right pattern, take a look at the selection of books from Cabin Fever. From baby and toddlers, to hats and socks, and even plus sizes, there is a Cabin Fever pattern book to help you out! Many of the designs call for Kraemer Yarns. We are pleased to be a distributor of these books, so be sure to ask your local yarn shop when you are shopping for your next Kraemer Yarn project!
Alpaca Yarn: Valuable & Respected Fiber
Did you know that Alpacas have been bred for fiber for thousands of years? The imperial Incas clothed themselves in garments woven from alpaca and many of their religious ceremonies involved the animal. The number of alpacas they owned was a measurement of wealth! Today’s fiber artists, knitters and crocheters need only to look to Kraemer Yarns’ Alpaca Handknitting yarns for an affordable luxury to use in their projects.
Alpaca Yarn Characteristics
Kraemer Yarns’ Alpaca Handknitting yarn, available in DK and chunky weights, still has the soft luxury of alpaca with the added stability of merino wool. The Alpaca fiber comes from the North American Alpaca Co-op and the yarn has a smooth, buttery feel. Garments knit from this yarn will be soft, cozy, and warm. Have you added this yarn to your Ravelry stash yet? Join us in the Kraemer Yarns Ravelry group to share your projects and plans for your Alpaca Handknitting yarn!
Alpaca Pattern and Project Inspiration
If you are looking to craft for yourself or for a gift in the upcoming holiday season, Kraemer Yarns has a variety of free patterns ready for you! Shown above, clockwise from top right: Alpaca 3 button Shawl, Cafe Stole, Chunky Fingerless Mitts, Horizontal Cable Hat, Aran-Inspired Vest, and Cafe Cowl. From accessories to garments, the catalog includes options for all skill levels. For even more pattern and project inspiration, check out our Pinterest boards, or feel free to share your #kraemeryarns projects on Instagram and Facebook!
Meet Mauch Chunky
Wool, as roving or spun yarn, has so many wonderful qualities and uses. In this blog post, we would like to spotlight Mauch Chunky, available as yarn and roving. We hope to inspire you to try a new project with this versatile fiber!
Fun for Felting!
Mauch Chunky was created with felters in mind. This is a yarn that felts easily and beautifully, so be sure to use it intentionally! As a roving it is an excellent choice for needle and wet felting. The Gentle Arts shop shared this customer project with us. Lourdes used Mauch Chunky yarn to knit the Colors of the Wind pattern. Then it was machine washed to felt the bag and the embellishment design was added with needle felting. On Instagram, we spotted Traci’s needle felted octopus. We love seeing all these projects and encourage you to share them with us!
Chunky Knits are Warm Knits
Mauch Chunky yarn is certainly not limited to felted items! Garments made from Mauch Chunky are warm and perfect for winter weather. The Warming Hearts set calls for 8 colors, and with 57 different colorways at your fingertips, you will have as much fun playing with color as the recipient will have wearing it! Start now on stockpiling those holiday gifts or indulge in a larger, warmer project such as the Arrowhead Poncho, right on trend for this fall! Take a look at the Free Patterns for Mauch Chunky page for even more ideas!
Roving for Hand Spinning & Spinzilla
Spinzilla is a week-long spinning event in October. There is friendly competition to see which team can spin the most yardage while raising money for the Needle Arts Mentoring Program to create the spinners of tomorrow. Kraemer Yarns is proud to support this event, now in its third year. Whether spinning on a team or going rogue, you do not want to be in short supply of spinning fiber! Mauch Chunky Roving is available in one pound bags of your favorite color! From September 15 through October 15, use the coupon code SPINZILLA to save 20% on any roving from Kraemer Yarns when you shop through our Shopatron site. Note: the coupon code must be in all caps! Enjoy this Spinzilla Stock Up Sale!
Don’t forget, Mauch Chunky yarn & roving is always available to you to purchase online with free shipping!
Welcome to the blog of Kraemer Yarns!
Kraemer Textiles has been custom spinning yarn for many types of industries for over 100 years, including apparel, carpet, home furnishings, industrial and craft. Our hand knitting line, Kraemer Yarns, began in 2005. Today we would like to share with you ways in which we can connect with you, the handcrafter who is using our yarn line. We would also like to put the spotlight on Perfection Yarn, a yarn that is….well, perfect!
Perfection is a Go-To Yarn!
Perfection is a blend of U.S. merino wool and acrylic. Before we bring any yarn to market, we rigorously test market it to knitters and we work with them until every aspect is just right! Perfection is available in DK, Worsted, Chunky, and Super Bulky weights in more than 65 colorways. You will find this yarn is wonderfully springy, works up smoothly and is durable. It is a perfect choice for your next project, whomever the recipient! Perfection is an easy-care yarn, it can be machine washed and dried. We hope you will ask for it at your local yarn shop. If you have trouble finding a local retailer, you can purchase online with free shipping!
Project and Pattern Inspiration for Perfection
At KraemerYarns.com you will find free patterns available to download for all of our yarns. We offer patterns that are just right for a beginner to build on their skill set and for the advanced knitter ready to tackle a complex cable.
The Riverpath Scarf is our featured Pattern of the Month. Two skeins of Perfection Worsted are all you need to knit this great unisex accessory designed by Eleanor Swogger. The Airy Openwork Tunic is a crochet tunic top, great for layering now over a swimsuit or come fall with leggings. Marybeth Temple designed the pattern, found in the June 2015 I Like Crochet! magazine. Summer is a great time for small projects like the Winter Lake Neckwarmer, by Kristen Stoltzfus in the Crochet! Fall 2015 special issue. Combine your favorite three colorways of Perfection for your own unique cowl.
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