Meet the Yarnivores
Caryn & Martin – aka Queen of Lace and King of Spin
Caryn and Martin bought the store from Tammy in early 2014. A longtime customer, Caryn’s been knitting and crocheting since her Grandma gave her some yarn in the 1960s. Mostly self-taught, she took her first classes at Yarnivore back in Melanie’s day and learned to knit toe-up socksfrom Wendy. Caryn can do a little bit of everything but is known for her lace
. She now weaves (thanks to Debbi!) and has her first spindle, the gateway drug to spinning. Being behind the counter, Caryn now designs
Martin is a spinner of a different kind, riding the hills around San Antonio on his bicycle. You’ll see him in the shop from time to time, helping out. Together, their focus is on maintaining the vibe in the store, making everyone feel welcome to explore their fiber obsession. You can friend Caryn on Ravelry, her ravatar is Fyreball.
Wendy – aka Yarn Shop Know-It-All
What Wendy don’t know about knitting (and the shop!) ain’t worth knowing! Well, almost. Her fiber life began at age 8, when she learned to crochet in 4H. Many afghans and doilies later, she found herself wanting to make a crocheted sweater, but the pattern called for KNITTED ribbing. “I can do anything for 2 inches!” declared fearless Wendy. After the sweater came knitted slippers, then more and more knitting. Eventually, crochet and knitting alone weren’t enough for our intrepid yarn explorer. Soon she began spinning, and dyeing yarn and fiber, and even designing her own patterns
Patrick – aka Snarky Minion
Patrick was taught to crochet by a family friend at the tender age of 8. Soon after that he learned to knit, and thus began his addiction to yarn. He’s recently learned to spin and weave, and a loom looms in his future. Patrick has also started playing with Tunisian crochet, and is already designing all sorts of things
Dawn – aka Sweet Orneriness
T’was a day at the Yarnivore and what should appear
another employee (with a yarn stash to here)
Father gave her a hook at the young age of 9,
some yarn and some playing, she did just fine.
Learning to knit, now that came in 0-6
Look what she does with those pointy small sticks.
Then there’s the spinning (fibers galore)
years’ worth of practice some over 4.
Other methods with fibers are fully employed
felting and dyeing are quite enjoyed.
In 2000 she married a tall soldier man
He retired, they moved, San Antonio was the plan.
Vibrams and a Harley (A biker? You bet.)
Also raising dogs for fun and for debt.
Moses – aka Dancing Sock Monkey
Moses started crocheting one year during Lent when he saw his sister doing it. He decided that he would learn to do something that the women in his family have used to celebrate new life and special occasions.
Moses is now a quadruple crafter - he crochets, knits, spins, and weaves. Upon moving to San Antonio, Moses wanted to expand his fiber crafting skills. Soon the spinning bug got him, and he dove headlong into it. He now owns a Navajo loom, as well. Moses also designs beautiful crocheted and knitted pieces
Han – aka Han Sock First
Han's mother taught them how to knit and crochet as a child but it didn't catch their interest enough at the time to continue for more than a year. They picked up knitting again in 2011 and started test knitting socks for a friend. Since then they have made gloves, scarves, more socks, and enough hats for an entire hotel staff. Han has dabbled in crochet, drop spindle spinning, and weaving over the years as well as picking up basic needlepoint and cross stitch skills.
Debbi – aka Warped Weaver
At age 8, Debbi’s goal was to learn to knit like Morticia Addams. She hasn’t gotten any more “normal” since then. About 30 years ago, she acquired her first loom, a used Schacht Standard, and taught herself to weave. Her first project (her newborn son’s baby blanket) was truly awful and she realized just how much there is to weaving. Five years and many projects later, her daughter’s baby blanket was a success. She weaves many different styles, including Navajo-style, inkle, pin-loom and rigid heddle, and loves them all. She still has that old Schacht Standard loom, by the way. In addition to weaving, she spins, knits, crochets (not well), makes bobbin lace (reasonably well), tats, sews, quilts, embroiders, hates needlepoint, and plays most instruments that involve sticks and strings.
Debbi has been published in Handwoven
magazine, including a cover feature
(whoot!). She also has weaving drafts available for sale.