Fixin' to Put Away the Winter Clothes?
Now's the time to find and fix any damage
About this time each year, we start packing away our sweaters and cold weather gear. One way to prevent an unpleasant surprise next fall, aka a hole in your garment, is to inspect them now, while you're cleaning and folding them. Visually inspecting them is a first step. Do you see any obvious holes? You can also hold the garment up to the light and see if small holes or weak areas (future holes) are visible. See the Tip Jar, below, for more prevention.
If you've found holes or weak spots, try not to stretch or pull on the garment as this will make them worse. Small holes, naturally, are the easiest to fix. While you might think to repair these with saved yarn, this may not be the best solution. We often repair small holes with sewing thread. Yep, thread. Find a coordinating color (exact matches are tough to find but you should be able to find a thread that seems to blend with the yarn). Working on the right side, loosely baste around the hole. This will keep the hole from getting bigger. Then, you carefully darn the hole closed by sewing vertically and horizontally across the hole. Check the front of the work to see if any yarn ends seem to be showing. If so, bring your needle to the front near the end and then work the needle through the end as you push it to the wrong side again. Make sure you're not pulling too tightly, or the fabric will pucker.
You can even repair small to medium sized holes this way. While not invisible, these medium sized repairs can be inconspicuous enough to save the garment. See the photo above for a repair of dime-sized holes.
If you aren't sure how to complete this type of repair, Wendy or Caryn can teach you in a private lesson. We also occasionally repair work on commission (we need to see the garment before we can give you an estimate).
Wishing you a warm and happy week!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
Featured Yarn & Pattern
Yes, Yes, Suzette! (points for all you Broadway fans if you know what inspired this title!)
We recently received a slew of new yarns, including our first batch of Dream in Color's new yarn, Suzette!
A neatly spun 2-ply with a silky luster and a sumptuous drape make Suzette an oh-so desired fiber. This light sportweight blend of extrafine merino and mulberry silk are both luxurious and long wearing. The silk lends depth, highlights and sheen to the color, as well as making it wearable year around. Perfect for gorgeous sweaters, color work shawls, beautiful hats, and heirloom baby wear!
We think it's a great choice for the Feldmark shawl by Martina Behm (approx $6 in-store, on Ravelry, or on the designer's website)!
You asked for 6-strand embroidery floss and we heard you! Yarnivore now has Maxi Mouline floss from Circulo. Comparable to DMC floss and we even have a handy conversion chart if your pattern specifies a particular DMC color.
Reclaimed Yarn Bowls!
Mother's Day (May 8th) is right around the corner! If you need something special, checkout our latest batch of reclaimed wood yarn bowls! Made by Dean, these bowls come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some have lids, some are deep bowls...and each is one of a kind. These are only available in-store, so come check them out!
Hours this week
In-store and online private lessons are available! Please call 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Dawn, Moses, and Nancy are all 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
Preventing m*th holes: Around here "m*th" is a very bad word! These little buggies lay eggs in fiber (usually wool, but sometimes plant fiber, too) and when the little larvae hatch, they wreak havoc!
To keep them from making you say other bad words when you get your shawls and sweaters out again next fall, give each precious handmade item a nice bath, let it dry completely, then put it in the freezer! We suggest bagging them up in a ziploc bag first, then into the freezer for at least 3 days. This will kill the microscopic eggs before they can turn into ravenous larvae.
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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