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      Live Boldly Blog — Sweaters

      Behind the Scenes: Snow Show 2019

      Behind the Scenes: Snow Show 2019

      Krimson Klover headed a few miles southeast from Boulder to Denver at the end of January to the Snow Show. It was a busy, yet fun couple of days for our team showing off the next fall collection to our retailers and other businesses in the outdoor and ski industries. The Snow Show was the first trade show of 2019 that Krimson Klover attended. Outdoor Retailer is one of the leading business-to-business outdoor sports show where industry brands, retailers, reps, suppliers and leaders gather.

      (Above) Snow Show was held at Colorado Convention Center in the heart of downtown Denver.

      At Outdoor Retailer Snow Show, Krimson Klover did everything from writing new orders to meeting new accounts and making new connections. OR is where the new happens. And with its conferences, training sessions, leadership seminars and educational opportunities, the show is a great event for Krimson Klover each year!

      (Above) Krimson Klover picked out some of next fall's favorites to dress the mannequins.

      A lot of planning went into this 3 day show, from which sweaters to put on the display mannequins for a great first impression, down to when the Krimson Klover Team took their lunch break! It was an “all hands on deck” event. Even one of our office dogs was put to work, greeting our guests and grabbing passerby’s attention.

      (Above)  Fall 19 collection features new original artworks as well as this past season's favorites on base layers, vests, and accessories.

      One of the highlights of any show is hearing the retailers’ first reactions to the new collection. We share in their excitement for bold patterns, textures and colors that are uniquely Krimson Klover. Distinctive patterns, vintage inspired original artwork, and seamless knits make this new collection stand out and our new performance fabrics ensure that the pieces stand up to your active lifestyle.

      At the end of the show, we were all a bit tired from all the action, especially our little greeter, Koa.

      Look for Krimson Klover Fall 19 to hit the stores and the website in August. In the meantime, let's think Spring - coming very soon!

      Gift Ideas for the Ladies On Your List

      Gift Ideas for the Ladies On Your List

      There are millions of products out there, but how do you know exactly what to get for your mom, sister, or friend especially when they don’t give you their wish lists? Here’s a list of things that will give you some inspiration for your gift giving, and maybe you’ll find some things to add to your own list, too.

      For Mom

      From Krimson Klover: Monday’s Open Cardigan

      Why? Because it’s so comfy! Mom works hard during the holidays to make it special, so she deserves a sweater that she can relax in!

      Other: Wine Accessories

      Why? Drinking wine is fun as it is, but make it a blast with accessories like cork coasters and monogram bottle stoppers. Maybe mom will even share a glass with you!

       

      For Your Adventurous Sister

      From Krimson Klover: Camber Pullover

      Why? It’s a cool and classic sporty sweater. The Camber is going to keep her warm while she treks through the mountains on her skis or snowshoes. It’s a cute look while she stays active.

      Other: Letterfolk Passports

      Why? These passports allow the adventurous girl to record her travels and activities in a unique way! There are many different passports to choose from, whether she loves to hike or visit different National Parks, you’ll find one that fits her passion.

      For Your BFF

      From Krimson Klover: Cascade Sweater

      Why? It’s cute! You’ll have your best gal pal looking gorgeous in this romantic sweater with ruffle sleeves for your Girls Night Out.

      Other: Cocktail Recipe Book

      Why? What are besties for if they aren’t shaking up a tasty new cocktail for you at your next Girls Night In?

       

      For Grandma

      From Krimson Klover: Valley Girl Weekender

      Why? So she can travel in style the next time she comes for the weekend to visit!

       

      Other: Custom Photobook

      Why? Grandma will love to look at this when she can’t make the trip. You can fill it with personal photos to preserve her favorite memories. She won’t have to fumble with the phone to find pictures of her family because she’ll keep the photobook at hand on the coffee table!

       

      For Your Favorite Coworker

      From Krimson Klover: Stellar Sock

      Why? These fun merino wool socks are a small way to say, “I enjoy working with you!” Take a look at our other socks to find the perfect pair!

      Other: Silly Office Supplies

      Why? It makes work a little bit better! Animal shaped paper clips, a Rubix Cube pencil holder, or fast food shaped erasers will bring a smile to their face at work!

      Sweater Care: 10 Tips to Keep Your Sweaters Hygge Worthy

      Sweater Care: 10 Tips to Keep Your Sweaters Hygge Worthy

      The Delicate Cycle Isn’t So Delicate – 10 Tips for Sweater Care

      In today’s wash and wear world, we often forget that beautiful fibers like Merino wool need a little special care to ensure they last a lifetime.

      1. Smelling pretty.

      Merino wool is coated in natural lanolin, this lanolin acts as a barrier to odor and is a natural stain repellent.  Unless your garment is visibly stained, you really don’t need to wash it.  You can wear your wool items many times before they need a little sprucing up.  This isn’t just a great time saver – but it’s also super friendly to the environment.  Less washing means less water and electricity used for cleaning.

      After wearing, just hang your items to let them air out and they are ready to be added back into your wardrobe rotation.  If you are around smoke or had a little spill, you might need to give your sweater a little extra attention.

      2. Spot Check.

      If you need a little more sprucing up, we recommend dry cleaning or using the at home dry cleaning sheets (like Dryel).  We don’t recommend putting any of your wool items in the washer or dryer!  You’ll end up with beautiful tiny versions of your favorite knitted items for sure.  Even the “delicate” cycle will render your favorite sweater unwearable.

      3. Give Them a Hand.

      First, make sure to read the care tag on your garment.  Some sweaters have special knit techniques and designs and may stretch/shrink differently after being submerged in water.  If you are unsure, using Dryel or dry cleaning is your safest bet.

      Here’s how to hand wash like a pro:  Fill a sink or large plastic container with as much cool water as you can.  Add a few squirts of a gentle detergent like Woolite.  Submerge your sweater and swish it around.  Let it soak for 30 minutes, then rinse it well under cool water.

      4. Get Horizontal.

      Never wring or twist a sweater to get the water out after hand washing.  Gently squeeze as much water as you can out of your sweater then lay it flat on a towel and roll it up like a sushi roll to soak up any excess water.  Lay it flat on a clean dry towel or sweater dryer.

      Please don’t hang your wet sweaters, the weight of the water will stretch out your sweater while it dries and all of your hard work will be for naught.

      5. Sometimes shrinking isn’t the problem.

      If you leave your knitted garments hanging all year long, the weight of the sweater or dress will stretch your garment after time.  This is especially true for those that have a looser weave.  It’s best to store your heavier and knitted items folded.  However, if you do want to hang them, the best way to hang your sweaters is by folding them over the hanger.  This will prevent stretching as well as the “bumps” you get in the shoulders of the sweater from the hanger.

      6. Moth Holes are Really a Thing.

      Moths are very sneaky little critters, they love natural fibers and the moth larvae will chew little holes in wool, silk and sometimes cotton.  You won’t typically see the moths hanging around, but you’ll know they were in your closet when you find a hole in your favorite sweater.  The best way to prevent your sweaters from becoming a midnight snack is to store them in mothproof containers (sweater bags, plastic bins) with a few cedar chips thrown in for good measure. 

      7. Bumpy situation.

      Pilling or the little bumps on your sweater is caused by friction, from things like seatbelts, purses, and arms.  Most sweaters, when subjected to friction, will pill, you can easily and gently remove them by holding the sweater flat and slicing the pills off one at a time with a razor.  There are sweater “shavers” that use abrasive stones and convenient battery operated versions as well.  This dress has pilling, most likely from crossed legs rubbing under a desk or table.

      8. Snags Happen.

      Inevitably you’ll have a purse or piece of furniture that pulls a snag in your sweater.  Lightly stretch the garment around the snag to decrease any puckering.  You can pull the extra yarn through to the inside of the garment.  Please don’t cut the yarn off, you will end up with a hole.

      9. Wrinkle in Time.

      If your sweater has been crammed in a storage container for a season or at the bottom of the pile on a shelf, don’t plug in your iron just yet.  Some fabrics, such as cashmere, are especially susceptible to heat and require special care.

      Lay your sweater flat on your ironing board and lay a thin dish towel on top of your sweater, this will protect your sweater from the extra moisture.  Note:  Don’t use a colored towel, the dye may transfer to your sweater.

      Using the steam setting on your iron, lay the iron on top of the towel without applying additional pressure and move it quickly over the sweater.  Do not stop the iron or leave it in one place for long.  Remove the towel and leave your sweater on the ironing board for a few minutes to let the fibers cool down.

      10. End Game.

      At the end of the season, clean or air out your sweaters and it’s best to fold up your sweaters and store them in breathable-bug-proof containers in the off-season.  You can easily find these at home stores or Amazon.

      National Sweater Day!

      Grab your sweaters everyone, one of our favorite holidays is coming up… National Sweater Day will be on February 4th this year in the United States and on February 2nd in Canada!

      Beginning in the early 2000’s, millions have participated in National Sweater Day at schools, workplaces, and homes! This holiday is the perfect excuse to go digging through your closet to find your all-time favorite sweater or to even treat yourself to the one you have been pining after for months.

      National Sweater Day is a time to be cozy, comfortable and warm, but it has another side to the story as well. As much as we would welcome a day dedicated to sweaters, this day is two-fold. It is a reminder to be conscientious and aware of the amount of energy you are using during the winter. We encourage everyone to throw on their comfiest, biggest sweater and to turn down your thermostats. Our goal is to have this not only last for a day, but for the rest of the winter!

      Most people don’t realize the difference you can make by even just turning down your heat by two degrees. In fact, if we all turn our thermostats down by just that, it would be the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road!

      We will even help that statistic out and turn our heat down by double, even triple that! Krimson Klover sweaters will definitely keep us warm enough. This day is meant to be a fun and easy way to learn about the importance of saving energy and inspiring people to use less heat throughout the winter months. Gather your family, friends, and sweaters and come up with some plans of action that you can take to reduce the energy your using.

      Join us in celebrating this amazing holiday and share your participation and awareness on social media using the hashtag #SweaterDay2018. This is the day we have been waiting for all year!

      Transition with Style

      Fall is a season of transition. Light summer clothes are replaced with heavier fall layers, sweaters are needed in the mornings and probably again at night, the leaves are changing from green to an array of autumn colors, and care-free summer days are sadly turning back into long hours of work.

      Besides the change in temperature one of the most prominent characteristics of fall is the break out of sweaters and light knits. For the first few weeks, it’s easy to get away with topping an outfit with a sweater but eventually we have to ditch our sundresses and sandals and start wearing pants and several layers.

      Of course, we all want to make a smooth transition without losing our easy, breezy style. So here at Krimson Klover, we came up with some tips to mastering the change of seasons.

      1. Don’t ditch color. Keep bringing in pops of fun colors to your daily outfits through prints and patterns. Search for those subtle sweaters with vibrant yellow or blue mingled into the print.
      2. Wear skirts! Don’t lose that luxury of just throwing on a dress, try to supplement that ease with skirts. Dress them up with sleek materials or down with simple tops. Skirts have the ability to be our most versatile item in the fall, there are endless possibilities with a skirt. 
      3. Start pulling in those great accessories! Add some flare to a simple sweater with a bold statement necklace or a chunky scarf, and dress up your plain pants with a nice belt. Don’t forget that shoes can pull an outfit together, find a pair of boots or flats that can take a plain jane outfit and make it a head turner.

      Keep having fun with your outfits and you’ll never lose that summer spirit!

      Our favorite fall item is the Palisade Skirt. It is a wonderful transitional piece, with a variety of color options; spruce, nutmeg, and charcoal. There are infinite outfit options with this singular skirt.

      One of our favorite looks is the Palisade skirt in spruce with the Wild Hearts V-neck sweater in spruce as well. Tossing the Duet Mohair Infinity scarf in citron on top brings more of a bold flare to this easy autumn ensemble.

      Another option with the Palisade skirt is to pair the Nutmeg skirt with the Snow Globe Dolman Sweater in Bordeaux. And then opt for some nice brown boots and the Duet Mohair Infinity scarf in Almond.