Review – Kraemer Yarns

Perfection Super Bulky by Kraemer Yarns

I was sent a kit of Kraemer Yarns Perfection Super Bulky to review.

Perfection Super Bulky is a super bulky (Yarn Weight #6) blend of domestic merino and acrylic. Is is a soft, easy care wool blend that won’t break the bank.

Kraemer Yarns Perfection Super Bulky
5.25 oz. / 150 Grams
Approximately 90 yards
U.S. Needle 13
2.5 stitches = 1″
10 stitches =4″
Machine Wash Gently Tumble Dry Gentle

Perfection Super Bulky is the perfect super bulky yarn, soft but balanced with six plies and enjoyable to knit or crochet. It is very comfortable against the skin. It is perfect for quick projects such as hats, scarves, jackets, and home decor. This weight of Perfection is available in a wide range of colors with many more colors available in the near future. Made in the U.S.A.

I’ve Got Your Yarn Right Here is worked holding two strands of yarn.  It was a super quick project and lots of fun.  This yarn is plied, and I had no issues with splitting while crocheting this project.  The yarn is super sturdy, but also soft.  It was a very fun project and I enjoyed it very much!

Kraemer Yarns continues its legacy of spinning fine quality yarns for over a century. We began by spinning & creating the most sought after silk stockings made in America over over 100 years ago as Kraemer Hosiery Mills.

Over time, Kraemer Textiles diversified into carpet, upholstery & industrial yarns, as well as exploring areas like paper production machinery, rope yarns and military contracts. Due to our mill’s ability to spin novelty yarns, we entered the apparel industry, working with “celebrity designers” and well-known labels to create traditional & current fashion looks. Kraemer Yarns proudly walked in the opening ceremonies at the winter games of 2014 in the hats & sweaters of our United States Olympic athletes!

After many inquiries from hand knitting yarn companies, they decided to branch out & offer their yarns to individual fiber artists through local & regional yarn stores.

Yarn provided by Kraemer Yarns in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.

Zen Yarn Garden Magical Dye Pot

May 2018


I received three skeins of Zen Yarn Garden Magical Dye Pot Superfine Fingering for review. Magical Dye Pot Series are dyed to be complimentary sets, each set A-F has 6 different colorways. However, as you can see here you can also mix and match, I chose a skein from different sets – E-6, D-4 and B-3!

This yarn base is a medium twist superwash merino yarn with nylon, and would be great for socks, shawls, hats, mitts and sweaters – anything next to skin. Even though it has a more relaxed twist, I did not find it splitty at all while knitting. The yarn has a nice drape and feel and the stitches plumped up right next to each other after blocking. I used US 2 (3.0mm) to knit up a sample swatch and this made a lovely fabric for a shawl or sweater.

Zen Yarn Garden Superfine Fingering
90% sw superfine merino/10% nylon
Approx. 400 yds (fingering weight)
US 1-3 needle recommended
Hand wash/air dry

The skeins within the sets are dyed to compliment each other and work very well for fades. With 6 different sets ranging the spectrum, there’s something for everyone!

I knit up a swatch trying out thick and thin stripes.  The colors are rich and vibrant and have that wonderful artisan indie dyed look to them!

Here I have marked where the large stripes go from D-4 to B-3. Combining like colorways with stripes would also be a great way to avoid pooling and flashing in a larger garment, like a sweater.

 

Zen Yarn Garden’s dye studio is based is Ontario, Canada and run by full time husband and wife team Roxanne and Neville Yeun. They take pride in providing the most luxurious fibers available for their yarns and dyeing them in a range of beautiful semi-solid and one-of-a-kind colourways.

Yarn provided by Zen Yarn Garden in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.

Review – Manos Serena

I received some Manos Serena 3-Ply for review.  My first thought upon touching this yarn was LACE!  This yarn is so soft, light and airy.  Its practically weightless.

Since the yarn is 60% Baby Alpaca and 40% Pima Cotton, I wasn’t sure how it would work for lace since these two fibers don’t have the elasticity or other properties of wool that block so well.

I was so pleasantly surprised when it blocked beautifully!  I knit up a lace swatch, soaked and pin blocked it and the lace is beautiful.  Some of the halo of the alpaca came out, but does not obscure the lace pattern.

It was a absolute pleasure to knit with, with a soft and dainty feel, but strong and durable to withstand blocking.

Manos Serena
60% baby alpaca, 40% pima cotton
approx. 170 yds / 155 mts
per 1.75 oz / 50 g skein
Gauge: 22 – 26 sts = 4″ / 10cm
Needle Size: US 4 – 6 / 3.5 – 4 mm
Hand dyed

Serena comes in a variety of kettle dyed colors, some tonal and some more variegated.  This blend of pima cotton and baby alpaca has fantastic drape, and makes it perfect for scarves, wraps, cardigans, and summer tops.

Yarn provided by Manos del Uruguay in conjunction with Stitch Craft Marketing.

Episode 152: Likes and Dislikes

Video

Welcome, what’s been going on, what’s on the needles, fiber processing, stash enhancement, Ravelry patterns, reading, tv and life!

 

Revelations

  • What the Fade Mystery Shawl
  • Evenstar
  • Socktober Socks

String Theory

  • Using a drum carder
  • Washing and combing
    • Targhee and Alpaca

Scrolls

Testaments

Intentions

  • Delusional Knitter Designs Update

Heresy

Delusional Jabber

Episode 151: Organizing the Stash

Video

Welcome, what’s on the needles, organizing the stash, stash enhancements, what’s been going on in life, reading and tv!

My camera gets very blurry at some points in this episode, not sure what was going on, sorry!

Revelations

  • Evenstar
  • What the Fade Mystery Shawl

String Theory

  • Organizing the Stash!

Scrolls

Testaments

Intentions

  • Delusional Knitter Designs Update

Heresy

Delusional Jabber

Episode 150: On a Strict Schedule

Video

Welcome, what’s been going on, what’s on the needles and spindles, stash enhancement, reading, tv and life!

Revelations

  • Evenstar

String Theory

Scrolls

  • Nothing this episode

Testaments

Intentions

  • Delusional Knitter Designs Update

Heresy

Delusional Jabber

Episode 149: No more free time!

Video

Welcome, what’s been going on, what’s on the needles and spindles, NH Sheep and Wool Festival, stash enhancement, some updates, reading, tv and life!

Revelations

String Theory

Scrolls

  • Nothing this episode

Testaments

Intentions

  • Delusional Knitter Designs Update

Heresy

Delusional Jabber