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Following the Way of the Color

June 8, 2020

In this issue:  Crafting and Color, Part 2    Shop News   The Tip Jar   Online Private Lessons  Contact info

Crafting and Color, part 2 

Why do we say "colorway" anyway?

You've probably heard the word "colorway." It's an uncommon word outside of the yarn world. So why do we say that instead of just "color?" Because yarns are often not just ONE color (if they are, we do just say "color").

In the fiber world, colors are typically described as solid, tonal, or variegated. Solids are usually a single color in a single value, so every part of the fiber has the same appearance. Tonal-colored yarn is the same hue, but with different values, both light and dark. Tonals can be high- or low-contrast but we usually think of low-contrast when using them, meaning they're pretty close in terms of intensity. Variegated, or multi-colored yarn, has more than one color and can be either high- or low-contrast, too.

Don't know whether to use a solid or variegated/multi? If your project has a bunch of fancy stitches, like lace or cables, stick to solid or low-contrast variegated colors. If you're going to put all that work into your project, you probably want to see your work, not the color.

Want to use several colors or colorways in a single project? Stripes, slip-stitches, post-stitches (crochet), brioche (knitting) are some styles that benefit from more than one color.

Some of this might be confusing, but we can help you. We've been supporting crafters in-store and via email (you can email pics of the colors) as they pair colors and projects. Don't let color choices add to your stress though, pick what makes you happiest as you work!

Be well, be safe, be kind! 

-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew

Shop News

Trunk Show This Saturday! 
Twenty 8 North is a local-dyed yarn created with love and integrity that we know you will love as much as we do. Dyer Raechel has a variety of Texas-themed yarns in a variety of weights, from lace to bulky. 
Twenty 8 North yarn is dyed in small batches of 2-4 skeins with professional acid dyes. They take great care in rinsing out the yarn thoroughly, although some bleeding may occur when first washing your knits. Twenty 8 North also recommends hand washing in cool water with wool wash even with super wash wool (and Yarnivore seconds this).
Raechel will be at Yarnivore this Saturday (6/27) from 12-4 pm. 

To protect everyone during all shopping hours (and during the trunk show), we are maintaining low capacity shopping (<50% of occupancy) and have hand sanitizer available. Please make sure you wear a mask, we want to keep each other safe!

Come On Down!
Yes, we're open! (Masks required)
Hours: 10-6 Monday-Friday, 10-5 Saturday, and Noon-5 Sunday!
We are also continuing online and curbside sales for those who need to maintain greater social distancing as well.

Classes Again? Soon!
We're going to first begin getting the classes that were interrupted by quarantine back up to speed, and fulfilling our obligations to those students We hope to begin having small classes again in July!

The Tip Jar
Super easy storage for your double-pointed knitting needles! Just wrap them up with a ponytail elastic! This way they all stay together and you never have to wonder where the fifth one got to.

You can also use the ponytail elastic to hold the needles together even with a project on them! Just put them all together and put an elastic hair tie on each end!

All classes are currently on hold, due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. We are offering some in-store private lessons. Call or email the shop for instructor availability; masks required during all lessons. We'll let y'all know as soon as we can open up for classes!

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