Starlight, star bright
It's been quite a year, hasn't it? As we wrap up 2020, we wanted to thank y'all for being the light for us during tough times. Y'all have made sure we stayed open and we hope we've inspired you as much as you've inspired us.
Last minute gifts!
Yes, we have last minute gift ideas and we'll be open until 5 on Christmas Eve!
Check out our yarn bowls from Peppervine Pottery and Lenny Mud. We also have a few one-of-a-kind wood bowls left!
Peppervine Pottery is local artist Richard Karohl, husband to Yarnivore Diane. Drop in to see Richard's lovely hand-thrown bowls in different colors and sizes.
Lenny Mud is a US artist who produces sweet, nerdy, funny bowls.
Need an easy to purchase gift?
How about a kit? Punch needle, string art, needlepoint, and tapestry kits make fun gifts.
Punch needle is an easy-to-learn craft and the Design Works kits come with fabric, floss, and hoop (punch needle sold separately; we carry several brands).
String art is fun for the whole family and Strung by Shawn kits include the base (wood block), nails, fiber, and template! Grab a hammer from your home tool kit, and you're all set! Check out the holiday and all season designs. Need some how-to help? Shawna has several how-to videos on YouTube, with all kinds of confidence-building tips.
Needlepoint kits come with everything you need, canvas, fiber, needle, and instructions. We have new needlepoint kits from Design Works, Dimensions, and Alice Peterson.
Know a budding weaver? The Black Sheep Goods DIY Tapestry Kit is a great starter set made by a US based artist.
Gift cards! You can purchase gift cards online and print yours out or send the digital copy to the lucky crafter or purchase in-store; choose whichever method works best for you.
We Don't Want to Count It!
It's that time of year again, when we get ready to tell the tax man what we have in inventory. This means we'll have our end of year sale again, with an additional 20% off all clearance items (orange tagged), from now until December 31st. Sale discount is applied in-store, at the register. Come help us clear some shelves!
Be well, be safe, be kind!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
Featured Yarn and Pattern
Colder weather + holiday stress = simple blanket project! We like Toni Lipsey's Bradley Afghan (crochet, $5 in-store/Rav) or Fifty Four Ten Studio's Little Moments blanket (knit, $5 in-store/Rav). Universal Yarn's Major would pair well with both of these patterns and we've just stocked up!
Hours this week
CLOSED Friday, Merry Christmas!
11-5 Monday-Thursday, Saturday
In-store and online private lessons are available! Please call us at 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Dawn, and Nancy M. are both available to help you with your projects! Private Lessons can be scheduled outside of regular hours at the discretion of the teacher.
The Tip Jar
When you start to crochet or knit, do you pull from the outside or the inside of the ball? Like most things in life, it depends.
If the yarn is a protein fiber (e.g., wool), then we recommend pulling from the inside of the ball. Why? Because there is less tension on the yarn at the center of the ball. As you work, then the exterior of the ball loosens, reducing tension. If your ball is wound tight enough, the tension difference could affect your gauge (plus, less tension is better for the yarn).
If the yarn is plant-based (e.g., cotton), then we recommend that you start with the outside end. This will minimize tangling; plant fibers like cotton are drapey and more slippery, so a center-pull ball is more likely to get messy as you pull from the middle.
There's no one 'right' way to pull from a ball of yarn, but these tips may make it easier for you!
All regular classes are currently on hold until we can safely seat up to 6 students in the classroom. We'll let y'all know when we can offer them again. Until then, we're offering most of our class material in private lessons.
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