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January 15, 2024

In this issue:  We Have Thoughts About Crafting!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

We Have Thoughts!
The Benefits of Handcrafting

Greetings! January is often a time for reflections and resolutions. Throughout 2024, we're going to reflect on our crafts and how they influence our lives.

Why do we craft, crochet, cross stitch, knit, needlepoint, spin, weave? Each of us has a different reason and many of our reasons are supported by science. First, playing with fiber (or any other medium) inspires creativity, which requires physical and mental challenges. Overcoming these challenges improves our cognitive capacity (brain power!), which contributes to childhood development and can delay mental decline in later life. 

Crafting also lowers stress hormones as you find your stitching flow. Many of you might call this "mindless" crafting, but it's beneficial to your well-being (more on why in a future issue). Since many of you craft in groups at Yarnivore or elsewhere, you'll understand that crafting is a social activity. This socialization contributes to a sense of well-being and improved life satisfaction. 

So, the next time someone asks why you craft, you can answer with a little bit of science. 

-Caryn and the Yarnivore staff

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

Knitting Workshop with Suzy 
Bring your projects and questions; Suzy will answer your questions and will break down the principles involved so that everyone can learn!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
 Tuesday, January 23 at noon - 3 seats available
Tuesday, January 30 at noon - 4 seats available

Knit the Papillon with Suzy! 
Bring your projects and questions; Suzy will answer your questions and will break down the principles involved so that everyone can learn!
$35, 2 sessions (pattern & yarn sold separately; use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
  Thursday, January 25 at noon - 3 seats available

A close up of needlepoint with texture and color stitches in pink, yellow, red, brown, and greenKnit and Crochet Workshop with Caryn!
Get help with your project or technique. This 1-session class is a great way to get help and see what others are making!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability-
   Sunday, January 21 at 2 pm - 3 seats available   
   Sunday, February 18 at 2 pm - 4 seats available


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Featured Yarn & Pattern

Wow! Chunky by Katia: This super bulky (#6) single-ply yarn is great for hats, scarves, blankets and oversized sweaters. You'll work up projects fast on US 13-15 knitting needles or US N-P crochet hooks. We like the knit Kingston Sweater (Tara-Lynn Morrison; $6.50 in-store/Rav) and the crocheted Azali wrap (April Miller; $5 Ravelry only). 

Wow! Chunky is 75% Acrylic, 15% Wool and 10% Alpaca and has a lovely, soft touch. Machine wash cold/gentle, lay flat to dry.

NEW! Expanded hours! 

Yarnivore is now open until 7pm three nights a week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Come join us for casual sit and stitch! Make sure you say hi to Marrow, our newest staff member!

11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday! (Whoot!)
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday

Upcoming Events
Spinner Saturday - Saturday, January 20, noon-4 pm

Bad Frog Yarn Trunk Show! - Saturday February 10, noon - 4pm

Private Lessons
In-store and online private lessons are available! Visit us or call 210-979-8255 to schedule a lesson! Wendy, Han, Moses, Nancy, Jackie, & Suzy 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

If you're having trouble understanding your pattern, it can help to sketch it on scratch paper or, for spreadsheet fans, on a spreadsheet. You don't have to know any symbols beyond typical abbreviations, like k (knit) or sc (single crochet). Caryn often sketches patterns out this way and finds it easier to understand what to do and even memorize them. 

Do you have a tip idea? We're happy to share it, just reply to this newsletter!


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