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Lighten up and save your eyes

January 2, 2023

In this issue:  Light It Up!  Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar  Contact info

Light It Up!
How to keep dark colors from driving you crazy 

Dark colors and detailed patterns can be a recipe for mistakes. You can't see what you're doing and so you miss stitches or drop stitches. It's a nightmare. So what to do when you need to make a scarf for your friend whose favorite color is black? Here are some suggestions:

1. Does it have to be BLACK black? Would charcoal or off-black or another not-so-dark neutral work? If so, that can totally save your eyes!

2. Work on it outdoors or near a window that gets good light. Obviously, this only works when the sun is out, but it can make a big difference.

3. Use reading glasses! Yes, even if you're "too young" for them. A little bit of extra focussing power doesn't hurt. Don't think of them as cheaters, think of them as magnifying glasses you can wear.

4. Good regular indoor lights! A daylight bulb in a regular lamp set to shine from behind your shoulder is usually best. That way it's not in your eyes.

5. Specialty lighting! Get bright light directly where you need it with specialty crafting lights. These also sometimes come with magnifiers included, and are light with LEDs, so they don't get hot or use a lot of energy.

Upcoming Classes & Events
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Upcoming classes with available openings are listed below. Click the class name to learn more and to register or call us at 210-979-8255. Space is limited and sign-ups close a week before class begins, so sign up now!

Knitting Your First Top-Down Sweater - click to join waitlist
The best fitting sweater with the least sewing - fits everyone!!
Four sessions - Thurs. Jan. 5, 12, 19, & 26 at 5:30 pm
$65 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Knitting Workshop with Wendy - 3 seats available
Bring your projects and problems and we'll find solutions!
Mon. Jan. 9 at 1 pm
$20/session(use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Beginning Crochet - class is full
Fire up the hooks in this beginner class taught by Moses!
Two sessions - Sat. Jan 14 & 28 at 1 pm
$35 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Intermediate Knitting - 2 seats available
Increase, decrease, knit in the round - and end up with a brand new beanie!
Three sessions - Sun. Jan. 15 & 29, and Feb. 12 at 2 pm
$50 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)


Knit a Brioche Hat - 4 seats available
Increase, decrease, knit in the round - and end up with a brand new beanie!
Three sessions - Sun. Jan. 15 & 29, and Feb. 12 at 2 pm
$50 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Shop NewsA close up of plush velvety yarn in a true medium blue color

Featured Yarn & Pattern
Anyone up for some quick knitting or crochet? And really smooshy yarn? Hello Love yarn is a super chunky machine washable velvet yarn that's perfect for quick to knit or crochet blankets! 

For patterns, diagonal stripes would be cool with these great solid colors. Crocheters may want to try the Quick & Easy Corner-to-Corner baby blanket from Amanda Saladin (free with ads on her blog, or no-ads printable version available for $2.99 in-store or on Ravelry). Knitters, the Cuddle Bug blanket is also a free pattern (from Yarnspirations), made with easy garter stitch.


Hours this week
11-5 Monday-Wednesday
11-7 Thursday
11-5 Friday

11-3 Saturday (New Years Eve)
Closed - Sunday (New Years Day)

Upcoming Events
Friday Night Cravings - Friday, Jan. 13 from 5-7 pm
Spinners & Weavers Meet-Up - Saturday, Jan. 21 from noon-4 pm

Private Lessons
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 also be scheduled outside of regular hours at the discretion of the teacher.


The Tip Jar

Today's tip is for spinners (yarn, not exercise bikes)

If you want to see the "perfect" amount of plying for your yarn, spin an 20"-ish length of singles, then break it off and fold it back on itself, allowing it to ply itself. While it's fresh, it will automatically twist until it's neutral. Then you can use this as a guide when you're plying the rest of the yarn.

This only works with freshly spun singles. After they've been on the bobbin or spindle for a while, they relax and no longer have the same amount of energy, which will lead to under-twisted plied yarn.

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