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November 13, 2023

In this issue:  In Praise of Knitty   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

In Praise of Knitty
The best free patterns on the internet 

When it comes to free patterns on the internet, it is often true that "you get what you pay for." It's so common to try out a free pattern and discover that it's got a lot of mistakes that create a lot of frustration!

The one bright light for over 20 years now has been the web-zine Knitty (! They published their first issue in Winter 2002, with 2 sock patterns, 4 sweaters, a vest, a capelet, a shawl, wristwarmers, felted slippers, a plant hanger, and a NOSE WARMER (which is one of the cutest things ever!). Since then, Knitty has been the source for many of the most popular knitting patterns of all time, including the Monkey Socks by Cookie A, Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf, Clapotis by Kate Gilbert, Fish Hat (dead or alive ) by Thelma Egberts, Knucks by Pamela Grossman, Opus the Octopus by Cate Carter-Evans, and more!

A few years ago, they started adding crochet patterns as well. We love Floribundance by Alexandra Davidoff, Granny's Diamond Necklace by Amy O'Neill Houck, and HXGN by Amy Singer!

What really makes Knitty different, though, is their commitment to good editing and to fixing mistakes! Errors are going to happen, but when there's an error on a Knitty pattern, they FIX IT as soon as they know about it. They also make sure all patterns are edited to the same standard, so they're readable!

They also have articles and tutorials on different techniques that are well-illustrated and easy-to understand.

If you haven't yet, check out for readable, non-frustrating patterns and tutorials! They're worth WAY more than you pay for them!

Happy Stitching!

Upcoming Classes
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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! 

Two cross stitch patterns (one with dogs and cats and one floral pillow) on a beige aida-cloth background with lettering that reads Cross Stitch WorkshopCross-Stitch Workshop with Jackie - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Get help on your cross stitch projects and see what others are stitching!
Jackie will answer your questions and help solve your problems
Thursday, November 16 at 1 pm - 3 seats available
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

a comic showing Lucy from Charlie brown, but with pink hair, sitting at a lemonade stand type booth, with text that reads Knitting Help 5 cents. The Doctor is INKnitting Workshop with Wendy - Masks Required
Come knit with Wendy! This is for knitters of any skill level with any kind of project!
Learn with others in a friendly, supportive environment!
Every other Monday at 1 pm until the end of the year
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability-
  Thursday, November 16 at 5:30 pm - 3 seats available
Monday, November 27 at 1 pm - 1 seat available

  Monday, December 11 at 1 pm - 3 seats available

a close up of brown hands working on a blue crochet projectHooker Helpdesk with Moses - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Come pick Moses' brain in this workshop-style class
Get some helpful tips to make your hook happy and your project beautiful!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
  Saturday, November 18 at 1 pm - 3 seats available

A close up of an intarsia christmas stocking showing santa's faceIntarsia Christmas Stocking - Masks Required
Even if you've never made a sock, you can make this colorful Christmas Stocking!
Pick your holiday design and learn fun new skills!
Thursday, November 30, December 7 & 14 at 5:30 pm - 4 seats available
$50 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

two colorful stranded/fair isle christmas stockings on a green background. The left stocking is in shades of green and has a leaf pattern. The right stocking is in rainbow colors and has a heart pattern

Fair Isle Christmas Stocking - Masks Required
Make a family heirloom and learn new skills!
No previous sock knitting experience needed
Thursday, November 30, December 7 & 14 at 5:30 pm - 2 seats available
$50 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)



A close up of needlepoint with texture and color stitches in pink, yellow, red, brown, and green

Stitching Workshop with Nancy - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Bring your needlepoint or cross stitch projects for support,
problem-solving, and camaraderie!
Every other Sunday, with one session at 1 pm and another at 3 pm
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability-
   Sunday, December 10 at 1 pm - seats available   
   Sunday, December 10 at 3 pm - 4 seats available

Shop NewsA young white woman with blonde hair models a loose boxy citrine-colored cardigan. There are lace panels with garter stitch borders on both sides of the front opening, a narrow shawl collar, and picot edging all around. Sleeves are long and narrow with an eyelet row and picot edge. The model is looking down and to her left. She's wearing a black dress with a full skirt under the cardigan. The background is a washed out mountain meadow with a occasional clumps of trees.

Featured Yarn & Pattern
It's finally sweater weather! Are you ready to make something luxurious and warm? Then you'll love Caraz by Louisa Harding! This yarn, made with 50% superfine alpaca and 50% Peruvian highland wool, is silky soft, with a great drape and superb stitch definition. The wool keeps it from being completely floppy, so you can still use it for hats, but the alpaca gives a heavy drape that works well for fluid wraps, scarves, and sweaters.

Shown at right is the Beatriz cardigan ($6 in-store, on Ravelry, or on by Louisa Harding. This cozy layer has an unusual construction - it starts with the front panels and shawl collar, then the back is picked up and worked top down, followed by the sleeves done the same way. It can also be worn upside down, with the lace pattern along the hem (click here to see more views).

Hours this week
11-5 Monday-Wednesday
11-7 Thursday
11-5 Friday & Saturday
12-5 Sunday

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 22 - open from 11 am-3 pm
Thanksgiving, November 23 - closed
Small Business Weekend, November 24-26
Spinner Saturday - this Saturday, November 18 from noon-4 pm
Friday Night Cravings - Friday, December 8 from 5-7 pm

Private Lessons
In-store and online private lessons are available! Please call 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Moses, Nancy, and Jackie 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.

clip art of a clear mason jar with three balls of yarn inside, one red, one green, one purple. The label on the jar reads Tip JarThe Tip Jar

Here's another tip for untwisting thread or yarn that you're sewing with:
With the thread relaxed so you can see the twist, roll the needle between your fingers to take the twist out. You'll see that rolling it one direction makes the thread twist up more, and rolling the other direction untwists it. After the thread is untwisted, you'll see that the tail is now twisted with the yarn, so loosen it up before continuing to stitch.


Want to see last week's tip? It's right here in the Newsletter Archive.

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