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February 19, 2024

In this issue:  Easy As 1-2-3!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Easy As 1-2-3!
Know Your Weight!
Today, we're talking about yarn specifications (specs). Patterns usually specify a yarn or yarn weight. However, crafters often substitute for a named yarn, so it helps to understand yarn specs. If crafters substitute a yarn that isn't the same weight or has the same characteristics, they may get a different result than they intended. To help y'all plan your projects, this week we'll review yarn weights and resources.
The US-based Craft Yarn Council publishes the Standard Yarn Weight System. Yarn weights have both a number and a name and are determined by gauge (stitches or rows/inch); standard weights start with 0 (Lace) and increase to 7 (Jumbo).
Images of Yarn Weights, from 0 (lace) to 7 (jumbo); Source: Craft Yarn Council Source: Craft Yarn Council
We should note that, while there are standards for yarn weights, some patterns may specify a yarn that isn't included in the Craft Yarn Council's list. "Aran" is a common example of this; crafters would probably see this yarn weight in a pattern from the UK (United Kingdom). In the US, we would call an Aran yarn a heavy Worsted (#4) or light Bulky (#5). The UK uses other terms that US crafters wouldn't see often, such as 8-ply for #3 (DK) or 4-ply for #4 (Worsted).
When you're in Yarnivore, you'll notice that we have signs directing crafters to the right area (e.g., as you enter, the left wall is #4 or Worsted) and we specify the yarn weight on the shelf tag. If you have any questions about whether the yarn you like is an appropriate substitution, ask us!
We'll cover other technical specs in future newsletters, so stay tuned.
-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! 

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!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-

  Monday, March 18 at 1 pm - 2 seats available

Cross Stitch Workshop with Jackie
Get help on your cross stitch projects and see what others are stitching! This 2-hour class is the perfect blend of instruction and a cross stitch meet up; Jackie will answer your questions and help get you back on track, start a new project or talk over stitching options.
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability- 
   Monday, February 26 at 1 pm - 4 seats availabl

Hooker 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!
Two sessions this November
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability-
  Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm - 2 seats available

A close up of needlepoint with texture and color stitches in pink, yellow, red, brown, and greenStitching Workshop with Nancy - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Bring your needlepoint or cross stitch projects for support, problem-solving, and camaraderie!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
Sunday, March 3 at 1 pm - 4 seats available   
  Sunday, March 3 at 3 pm - 4 seats available

Beginning Crochet
Get started crocheting with Moses! You'll learn the four basic crochet stitches (chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet) and the skills to do them well.

$35 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10%)
Upcoming dates & availability-
   Saturday, March 9 & 16 at 1 pm - all seats taken


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Featured Doodad

Add a personalized touch to your hand made creation with these fabulous Fox & Pine Fold-Over Love tags! They can be stitched on your project displaying either the heart or the "Made with Love" on the outside. Attach the tags with yarn, floss, or thread.

Tags come in a a pack of 5; choose a color or a variety pack.

Expanded hours! 

Yarnivore is open until 7pm three nights a week: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. Come join us for casual sit and stitch!

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

Upcoming Events

Lazy Cat Yarn logo, with a cat laying in the middle of the name.Lazy Cat Yarn Trunk Show, Saturday March 9, 11a - 4p.

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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, & Caryn are available to help you with your projects! Private Lessons can also be scheduled outside of regular hours at the discretion of the teacher.

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Here's another idea for those (all of us at one time or another!) who don't understand their pattern: Read the pattern out loud, to anyone or anything. It doesn't matter if you're reading it to another crafter or a stuffed animal. When you read it aloud, you often find a different (clearer) understanding of the instructions. You may feel silly at first, but this tip works! If you're still having trouble after reading the pattern out loud, come see us; we love the challenge of simplifying patterns. ????

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

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