Rainy Day Cowl

Rainy Day Cowl

Designed by Diane Zangl using Kreinik Twist, a soft 3-ply carry-along metallic

Kreinik's unique line of knitting yarns offers you options: 1. the option to add any layer of sparkle to a design (choose single ply, 3-ply, 6-ply, or 8-ply metallic), and 2. the option to create your own yarn blends (combine colors to match outfits). With Kreinik carry-along metallics, designs are transformed from blah to gorgeous while you create a unique look all your own.

Diane Zangl has created this quick cowl project with these options in mind. You make a basic pattern even prettier with the super-soft Kreinik Twist, using a silver that complements any yarn (from your favorite yarn store or from your stash). We picked a wonderful cashmere blend from Trendsetter Yarns because when you are wearing something around your neck, it should be dreamy. Don't skimp on your knitting and crochet yarns—you will feel the difference.

Wear this cowl scarf inside a coat for added warmth on cool spring nights, as an extra layer on blustery winter days, or drape it over a blouse or dress for a casual look. The scarf begins with seeded rib and features a delicate 2-row openwork pattern. It is worked circular. Both sides are equally attractive, which doubles the options.

LEVEL: Intermediate

MEASUREMENTS: 10 inches high and 24 inches around

MATERIALS NEEDED:
•   Trendsetter’s Lotus Yarns, Silky Cashmere Fingering, 55% silk, 45% Mongolian cashmere (2 oz/ 400 yds per skein): 1 skein #09 Denim
•   Kreinik Twist (3-ply, 65% Cupro, 35% Polyester) 1 cone #001 Silver
•   Size 7 (4.5mm) 24” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
•   Stitch marker
GAUGE
20 sts x 26 rnds = 4” in Main pattern stitch
To save time, take time to check gauge.

DESIGNER NOTES
Cowl is worked with 2 strands Silky Cashmere and 1 strand Twist held together throughout.

STITCH GLOSSARY
CDD (Centered Double Decrease): Sl 2 sts tog knitwise to RH needle, knit next st, pass 2 sl sts over knit st. Center st wil lie on top of other 2 sts.

COWL
Cast on 132 sts. Join without twisting, placing marker between first and last st.
Begin Border pattern
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *P1, k1, p1, k3; rep from * around.
Rep these 2 rnds until a total of 7 rnds have been completed.
Begin Main pattern
Rnd 1: *P3, k3; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: *P3, yo, CDD, yo; rep from * around.
Rep last 2 rnds until cowl measures 9” from beg, ending with Rnd 1.
Work 6 rnds in Border pat.
Bind off loosely in Border pat Rnd 1.

Block lightly.

For more designs by Diane Zangl, visit Stitch Witch Designs on Facebook. For more Kreinik Knitting Yarns, visit http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Knitting-Threads-and-Yarns/

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New Sampler Stitch-A-Pens

"Can I borrow your pen?"...Sign here...Initial here...Signature required..."Do you have a pen?"...Where's my pen?... Even with the ability to do electronic signatures, we all still need pens. So let's make them fun and all about one of our favorite hobbies: needlework.

Kreinik's Stitch-A-Pen series includes gorgeous geometric designs stitched in Kreinik silk and metallic threads. You can see the full line here. Now available: sampler-themed designs. These mini samplers are stitched in silk threads and capture the spirit of historic needlework, including bright colors and a little humor found so often in original sampler designs.

The new seasonal sampler pen designs are quick cross-stitch projects that finished as a useful high-quality pen (pens use Parker® refills, available through any office supply store). Each full kit includes everything you need: Kreinik thread, Wichelt 14-count perforated paper, needle, chart and pen. Choose Spring, Summer, Autumn, or Winter.

Find the new Seasonal Sampler Pens in your local needlework store or at http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Stitch-A-Pen-TM-Kits/

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Services for Charles Kreinik


Charles Kreinik, 28, a charismatic character, one who could bemuse his friends with dark and slanted humor, took his life on April 8, 2015. Charles was the son of Myla and Doug Kreinik of Parkersburg and the brother of Danielle and brother-in-law of Jonathan Siegel of Los Angeles, CA and boyfriend of Mandy Iverson. He had friends in all four corners of the globe yet suffered and hid deep depression.  After graduating with a degree in journalism from WVU in 2009, he wanted to help people. He went back to school to earn a second Bachelors degree, this time from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Unfortunately, this career was not at all what he imagined. Within the funeral industry he moved around, trying different work situations in Baltimore, Cleveland, Kansas City and Minneapolis. The continual frustration and disappointment of not working with the living added to his depression, finally causing his demise.

We have heard from his friends around the world—school mates, exchange students, fraternity brothers, camp friends, former teachers and work associates. Everyone has memories of his boisterous laughter, mischievous eyes, wacky humor, slanted smile, and willingness to always help others through their difficulties. The last time his parents spoke to Charles was on Easter Sunday. "When Charles called," Doug notes, recalling that conversation, "we would usually talk for at least an hour. We were in the car, so to keep our conversation going, we drove out of Parkersburg, through the rolling hills, across the ridges and down into the valleys. It was a very positive conversation on a beautiful spring day, with new life sprouting and as he spoke of the future ahead."

Visitation will be Thursday 6 - 8 p.m., and the funeral service will be held on Friday April 17, 2015 at 4:00 p.m., both at Vaughn Funeral Home in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Concluding services and burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Charles loved people, he loved life to its fullest. He loved his family, his friends, and even the strangers he just met. We will be celebrating Charlie's life.

If you would like to honor Charles, donations can be made to the Kreinik Fund at the Parkersburg Community Foundation or to your choice of charity that works with alcoholism, chemical dependency or suicide prevention.

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RIP Charles Kreinik

Our dear friends, family, customers, stitchers...some of you may have heard that Charles, the beloved son of company owner Doug Kreinik and his wife Myla, and brother of Danielle, passed away suddenly. As we barely grasp the heartbreaking news, and grieve to the very depth of our beings, we simply ask for your thoughts, prayers, hugs. Our wonderful, dedicated staff is handling the company operations, and we thank all of you for your support during this time.

"My family and I are devastated and grief-stricken by the passing of our loving son, brother, cousin and friend Charles.  He suffered from depression. His humor, his personality and his sharp wit masked what existed inside. His charismatic flair earned him friends from the four corners of this earth and he will be missed  He will leave this as his greatest gift and legacy." —Doug Kreinik

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Throwback story from Doug Kreinik

On the Kreinik Facebook page every Thursday, we post throwback pictures, including one photo taken on the set of a needlework TV show taping back in the 1990s. Looking at that picture of me and my Dad sitting on Shay Pendray's PBS set brought back some very funny memories. This was the first time either of us had been on a TV show. This particular episode focused on men who stitch. I brought my stitchery, my Dad brought his and we also brought a few of my older brother Ted's pieces. You can see his large oriental carpet placed behind us.

Shay asked my Dad a question, "Jerry, it must be great have your sons in business with you?" His answer was, "Well, you know Shay, because of the government's tax structure, it has made passing business down to the next generation more difficult." My jaw dropped.

After filming, I asked Shay if we could re-film. She said that her crew would redo the whole segment. I explained to my Dad that there is a difference between an infomercial and the news. Shay, I stated, was the news. My Dad was a real news hound, but he totally understood.

We reshot the show. Shay asked a new question after looking at golf club covers that had been a signature product produced by my parents when they started the company back in the 1970s. "Jerry," she said, "I bet you created these golf club covers because of your great love of golf?" My Dad said,"No, Shay, I hate golf!" They left that in.

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Heading to the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show

Spring is here! Time to hit the road and freshen up your fiber stash. Kreinik is excited to be participating in the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Show this month, March 27, 29, and 29, at the Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Here's a chance to see how your projects will look gorgeous with a little Kreinik fiber "spice." Plus, if you have hats, gloves, scarves or other night-out ensembles on your to-do list this year, you will want to pick up the Kreinik Reflective Yarn, which can be combined with any yarn from your stash.

In addition to the popular Reflective Yarn, we will have our most popular fibers for knitting, crochet, weaving, and spinning: Kreinik Twist, Twisted 6, Ombre, and more. These super-soft metallic carry-along threads dress up a design like you wouldn't believe—in fact, just come by the Kreinik booth to see the design possibilities. Even "ugly" yarns are made beautiful with these fiber additions.

The Knit & Crochet Festival was founded more than 10 years ago by fiber guru Barbara Grossman as a simple fundraiser for her daughter's school. Now a renowned, award-winning event, the festival attracts thousands of knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, designers and other fiber enthusiasts. This year's festival features such fiber stars as Steven "StevenBe" Berg, Alasdair "Extreme Double Knitting Master" Post-Quinn, Drew "The Crochet Dude" Emborsky, and Charles "The Sock King" Gandy. Oh, and did we mention Doug "The Thread Man" Kreinik? Yes, he will be there too.

For more information on the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival 2015, visit http://pghknitandcrochet.com/






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New cross stitch kits

Whether you are stitching for Easter, Mother's Day, Christmas gifts, or just want a lovely quick-to-stitch-and-finish weekend project, the new Kreinik CROSS Stitches kits are perfect. They are worked in cross stitch on premium quality Trinkets™ perforated paper.

Each kit includes everything you need to stitch a design: Kreinik silk and metallic threads, 18-count perforated paper cross, chart, needle, plus double-sided tape and backing fabric. The designs are subtle enough for primitive palettes, but with a touch of shimmer for visual interest. Luxurious ultrasuede fabric covers the back to make finishing fast yet elegant.


Choose from these four designs:

  • Alphabet Cross, featuring beautiful "Marsala" shades of silk thread (the Pantone® Color Of The Year), this design is ideal for sampler lovers, history buffs, and those wanting a simple-but-elegant project.
  • Crown Cross features a common sampler motif worked in golden silk thread, with a modern twist of metallic thread (fitting for a gold crowns!). The various yellow shades blend harmoniously, while white silk stitches provide a textured backdrop. It's a simple but gorgeous project.
  • Dogwood Cross celebrates the onset of spring in its floral glory, plus ties in with the Legend Of The Dogwood story.
  • 2015 is the Year Of The Sheep! Shepherd Cross celebrates this beloved animal, but also brings to mind one of the most popular Psalms from the Bible. 

The new CROSS Stitches kits debuted at the recent Nashville Needlework Market, so they are in stores now or coming very soon. Visit your local needlework store, favorite online retailer, or http://www.kreinik.com/shops/Cross-Stitches/





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