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Sampling Isn't Just for DJs!

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February 26, 2024

In this issue:  Sampling Isn't Just for DJs!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Sampling Isn't Just For DJs!
Samplers Make Us Better Stitchers

Greetings! Many of you know what samplers are in your preferred craft. For those who don't, the word "sampler" indicates a way of trying new stitch patterns ("stitches") and often describes a single project with a variety of stitches. The joy of these projects is that you can choose your yarn/thread, needle/hook or canvas size. Samplers are meant to be a fun way to explore.

If you're curious about different stitches or feel like challenging yourself, where do you start? There are a variety of patterns, kits, or stitch dictionaries that can get you started. For knitters & crocheters who use Ravelry, search for "Sampler" and then filter for the size yarn you want to use. There are also many sampler patterns on manufacturers' websites, like Plymouth's F989 Sampler Afghan (knit) in two sizes (using Encore worsted [#4] or similar yarn) or Cascade's chunky (#5) Sampler Scarf (crochet) (the previous links all lead to free patterns!). Cross stitchers can try the Folk Art Sampler, Gardenside Sampler & Tree, or Animal Magic Birth Sampler kits.

Stitch dictionaries provide additional inspiration for all kinds of crafters. These books demonstrate a variety of stitches; you pick the ones you like. We recommend the Embroidery Stitch Guide, Stitches to Go, Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide, or any of the four different A Treasury of Knitting Patterns books. Many stitch dictionaries come in digital form too, like Sarah Hazell's Crochet Stitch Dictionary, Wendy Bernard's Ultimate All-Around Stitch Dictionary, or Susan Sturgeon Roberts' Needlepoint Dictionary of Stitches, (all Kindle; Yarnivore is an Amazon affiliate and receives a small fee on these links). Finally, you can find lots of inspiration on the interwebs, including's step-by-step tutorials for both crochet and knit (search for either "crochet tutorial" or "knit tutorial") or Poppy Monk's needlepoint tips.

If you need help choosing stitches or projects, come see us!

-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! 

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
   Sunday, April 14 at 1 pm - 4 seats available
   Sunday, April 14 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

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 - 1 seats available
  Monday, April 1 at 1 pm - 3 seats available
  Monday, April 15 at 1 pm - 4 seats available

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Featured Yarn

Looking for yarn for your sampler? We recommend a light colored solid so that you can see your stitches better. If you prefer something with a little more interest, try a heathered yarn, like Berroco's Vintage worsted (#4). We also carry many of the same colors in Vintage Chunky (#5), Vintage DK (#3), and Vintage Sock (#1).

The fiber blend is nearly the same in all thicknesses: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon. Machine wash cold/gentle, lay flat to dry.

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

Logo for Local Yarn Store day shows a ball of yarn with a banner over itLocal Yarn Store (LYS) day, Saturday April 27th.



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.

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Mind your mood - it affects your tension or gauge! Many of us have stitched while we're relaxed, then picked up the same project when we're stressed. We can usually see a difference in our work, with the stressed-while-stitching portion being tighter than the relaxed-while-stitching portion. Many of us have a variety of in-progress projects at the same time. If you know you're going to be consistently in the same mood, keep a project for that situation. For example, Caryn had projects that she only worked on while she watched her kids play sports. These were nearly always tightly worked, so she kept her gauge consistent by saving them for stressful situations. :)

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

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