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July 8, 2019

In this issue:  Stitching for Southpaws   Shop News   Holiday Countdown  The Tip Jar   Upcoming Classes

Stitching for Southpaws
Lefties Knit and Crochet, too!

It's hard being left-handed in a right-handed world! 10 percent of the population is left-handed, so we thought we'd share some learning resources for lefties.

Left-handed Knitting
Hooray! Knitting is a TWO-HANDED activity, with both hands having an equal part of the work. It isn't necessary to learn differently from right-handers. What IS helpful is to remember that you can hold the yarn in either hand. Many lefties find the Continental style easier to learn (it's sometimes even called "left-handed knitting"), but a lot of lefties knit English style as well.

If you're a left-handed person who knits "mirrored" (stitches move from the right needle to the left needle), we can still support you! Our Wendy knits backwards, forwards, and upside down, and has no problem working with any knitting style.

Leftie Crochet
Unlike knitting, crochet is definitely HANDED. There's one tool (the hook) that goes in your dominant hand. The non-dominant hand holds the yarn. But most crochet teachers and learn-to-crochet videos feature right-handed crochet.

Here are two sites with videos specifically tailored for left-handed crocheters:

The Moogly Blog has a whole video instruction course for teaching left-handed beginning crochet.

Knit & Crochet Ever After has over 500 crochet tutorials, and almost all of them have both left- and right-handed instructions.

And while left-handed crocheters can totally work from right-handed instructions, here are some patterns that are designed for left-handers:

Left-Handed Crochet Patterns (Ravelry Link)

We love our Lefty Yarnivore Friends and we're here to help you with your projects! Our teachers are used to working with everyone, regardless of which hand they like better.

Shop News

Featured Pattern
We're featuring Holiday ornaments all through Christmas in July!

How cute are these delicate crocheted Christmas Snowballs from Leisure Arts? The pattern is $7.99 on Ravelry or in-store, and works up beautifully in our Nazli Gelin Garden 10 crochet cotton.

Local Dyer Alert

Local dyer Euphoria Knits will be at Yarnivore THIS SATURDAY from noon-4 pm. Come support a local yarn artist!

Regular and Upcoming Events

Every Tuesday at 1 pm - Yarnivorphans Meet-up at Panera 
1st and 3rd Fridays - Friday Night Cravings here at Yarnivore
Saturday, July 27 - EuphoriaKnits Trunk Show
EVERY DAY - Open Stitching in our seating area anytime we're open!

Weeks until Christmas: 22
Weeks until Hanukkah: 21


The Tip Jar

Having trouble threading your bulky or super-bulky yarn into the darning needle to sew in your ends? Make a loop of sewing thread, put your fat yarn in that loop, and use the sewing-thread loop to pull the fat yarn through.


Needle Felt Holiday Ornament

Tuesday, July 23 from 6-8 pm, $18
Craft: Felting
Teacher: Wendy

Needle felting uses super sharp barbed needles to turn loose wool into thick fabric, which you can shape as you go. In this fun class, you'll learn to make a felted holiday ornament, and decorate it with some simple embroidery stitches!

One 2-hour session

Knit and Crochet Workshop with Beate

EVERY Thursday from 1-3 pm, $18 per session
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Beate

Need help with a project or technique? This 1-session class is a great way to get help and see what others are working on! Beate will help with reading patterns, reinforcing techniques, and building your confidence. Beate can assist with either knitting or crochet projects.

One 2-hour session

Multishaft Weaving

Saturday, July 27 from 10 am-4 pm, $48
Craft: Weaving
Teacher: Debbi

Ready to learn more about weaving? This class is designed for students with some weaving knowledge (e.g., rigid heddle weaving). Students will learn indirect warping, threading a multi-shaft loom, and basic drafts.

One 2-hour session

Continental Knitting

Sunday, July 28 & August 4 from noon-2 pm, $33
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Wendy

Learn to be a switch knitter! The Continental method of knitting requires less motion and is often considered a more efficient way to work. Ribbing becomes a breeze when you don’t have to make an extra motion to move the yarn from front to back!

Two 2-hour sessions

Beginning Lucet Braiding

Monday, July 29 from 6-8 pm, $18
Craft: Lucet Braiding
Teacher: Wendy

Learn to make cords on the lucet (a viking-age tool)! You'll even learn some decorative techniques that you can turn into a bracelet or necklace Makes a great gift, or maybe you just want to make several for yourself.

One 2-hour sessions

Knit: Beaded Jewelry

Tuesday, July 30 from 6-8 pm, $18
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Wendy

Bling your knitting up! We’ll work a simple accessory – your choice of bracelet, necklace, or headband – and make it sparkle with two different ways of applying beads. We’ll also learn to read a bead chart and different tools to use to make beading easier.
Makes a GREAT gift!

One 2-hour session

Beginning Knitting

Thursday, August 1 & 8 from 6-8 pm, $33
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Wendy

Learn the basics and get yourself knitting! In this class you will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. You’ll also learn how to combine knitting and purling to create different stitch patterns and textures, common knitting terms, and the basics of reading a pattern

Two 2-hour sessions

Field of Seams

Monday, August 5 & 12 from 6-8 pm, $33
Craft: Knitting
Teacher: Wendy

We all love to knit, but hate to sew the pieces together! Not any more. Learn the secrets to perfect finishing – nearly invisible seams, picking up the perfect number of neckline stitches (without counting!) and much, much more. There is homework for this class – please click the link in the title and look at the class requirements!

Two 2-hour sessions


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