Did you know that imperial measurements (feet & inches) were designed to make it easy to measure things by body parts? An inch is supposed to equal the tip of the thumb, a foot is supposed to equal, well, the length of a foot, and a yard is supposed to be the length of a stride. Of course, this doesn't actually work out perfectly, becasue all of us are different sizes, but you can find a place that corresponds to each of the standard US measurements on your own body. This can be really helpful if you need to estimate measurements and you don't have a tape measure with you.
Inch - more than likely, at least one of your fingertips or your thumb is an inch long - for me, it's my index finger.
Foot - lay a measuring tape from the inside elbow crease down past your hand (use tape to hold it there), and see how far it goes - for me, a foot goes from elbow crease to the lifeline on my palm.
Yard - pinch the end of the measuring tape between thumb and forefinger, hold your arm out to the side, and see where 36" hits you - for me, it's from thumb/finger to the curve of my collarbone, or to my nose with my head turned 45° to the left.
You can find body equivalents for metric measurements, too, but you may have to try different spots.
My middle fingernail is 1 cm wide, my thumb is 2 cm wide. If I measure my hand straight across the knuckles, including my closed thumb, that's 10 cm. Measure a meter like you would measure a yard, but a meter is longer than a yard, so for me, it goes all the way to the end of my other shoulder.
Upcoming Classes & Events
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Upcoming events and 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! Note: masks are required for all our classes and private lessons.
Beginning Crochet - 4 seats available
Moses will get you hooked on crochet!
Two sessions - Sat. May 13 & 20 at 1 pm
$35 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10%)
Knitting Workshop with Wendy - 4 seats available each session
Learning and solving knit problems together with Wendy
Two upcoming sessions - Thurs. May 18 at 5:30 pm - Mon. May 22 at 1 pm
$20 per session (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10%)
Intermediate Crochet - 4 seats available
Take the next step in your crochet journey!
One 2½ hour session - Sat. May 27 at 1 pm
$25 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10%)
Featured Yarn Company
Circle round the Circulo Trunk Show, now through Sunday, May 14!
Cotton is a wonderful fiber for south Texas crafters because it feels great against the skin - especially in hot weather. We've just expanded our line of Brazilian cotton yarns from Circulo, and they've sent us some beautiful model garments that are here for a limited time. Come check them out now through Sunday!
Here are the new Circulo yarns; all are 100% Brazilian Cotton unless noted otherwise:
- Anne - Fingering (#1), Mercerized, approved for Knitted Knockers - free Lace Shawl pattern available in-store only!
- Anne Sparkle - Fingering (#1), 95.7% Mercerized Brazilian Virgin Cotton/4.3% Metallic
- Apolo Eco 4/8 - Worsted (#4), made from recycled cotton mill ends
- Charme Multicolor - Sport (#2), Mercerized - click to view/download the Charme Multicolor Kimono
- Charme - Sport (#2), Mercerized - click to view/download the Lacy Mustard Shawl knit in Charme
- Inlove - Bulky (#5) - free Sand Throw pattern available in-store only!
- Jeans - Worsted (#4) or Bulky (#5) - click to view/download the knitted Jeans Jacket knit (also shown above)
- Jeans Lite - DK (#3)
- Natural Cotton Macrame - 4/24 weight or Super Bulky (#6), 500g ball!
- Natural Cotton Multi Premium - Worsted (#4) or DK (#3)
- Whoopee - Sport (#2), Mercerized - click to view/download the Paraty Shawl knit from Whoopee
Hours this week
11-5 Friday & Saturday
Friday Night Cravings - Friday, May 12 from 5-7 pm
Mother's Day - Yarnivore will be closed
Spinners & Weavers Meet-Up - Saturday, May 20 from noon-4 pm
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.
Did you know you can crochet without a starting knot? You can! Here's how:
Make your slip knot like usual, but don't pull it tight! Just leave it loose, and count it as your first chain. When you're coming back to it on the first row, go ahead and stitch into it, and then tighten it only enough to look nice. Now, it will stay soft and you won't have a hard little ball there!
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