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Cotton, How Do We Love Thee?

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March 4, 2024

In this issue:  Cotton, How Do We Love Thee!   Upcoming Classes and Events  Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Cotton, How Do We Love Thee?
Let Us Count the Ways, with thanks to Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Image of a picked cotton bollThis week, we're sharing some characteristics of cotton yarn. Because of nearly-year round warm south Texas temps, we work with a lot of plant fibers, particularly cotton; cotton yarn comes in a variety of quality, price, and colors. Below are some of the reasons we love cotton!

Did you know that cotton fibers can hold water 24-27 times their own weight? Cotton is durable and its hollow fibers are highly absorbent, which means that cotton is a good choice for towels and washcloths, whether crocheted, knitted, or woven. When we're making homewares, we tend to be price sensitive and you may hear the term "utility" to describe some cottons. Utility cottons are lower priced yarns, making them economical for larger projects. Yarnivore carries Queensland Coastal Cotton and Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme Waves; both are utility cotton yarns that are good choices for towels and even blankets. 

Cotton is soft and cool to the touch, making it a comfortable fiber to have close to your skin, which is excellent for garments. Cotton has great drape and can have a lovely sheen; there are a lot of gorgeous cotton yarns that are both comfortable and colorful. Any cotton yarn can be used to make garments, but stitchers often splurge on higher quality yarn, like Berroco Bozzolo (see Featured Yarn, below).

No fiber is perfect, though. While it is moderately strong and durable, cotton has very low elasticity. This low elasticity means that, unlike wool, cotton doesn't return to its original form once it's stretched. (If you've ever made a sweater from cotton yarn, you know what we mean!) When you're using cotton yarn in a garment, be sure to allow for it to stretch over time (thanks, gravity!). Many patterns written for cotton yarn will already account for this. You can tell what fiber the designer intended by looking at the suggested materials. If the pattern suggests wool or manmade fibers and you want to use cotton, you may want to adapt the pattern. For example, if your pattern has long sleeves, then you will want to shorten them. Over time, they will stretch! (Note that, as cotton garments stretch, they will also narrow. Make sure the width of your stretched garment will still fit the wearer.)

If you're worried about elasticity, you can still love working with cotton, because it's often blended with other fibers, like wool, nylon or acrylic, to compensate for its poor elasticity. Manufacturers do this to give stitchers the best of both worlds: a wool/cotton blend will feel cool and soft (like cotton) and have elasticity (like wool). Cascade Cantata, Berroco Spree and Madeline Tosh Wool + Cotton are good examples of cotton/wool blends.

Cotton, we love wrapping up in your comfort!

-Caryn and the Yarnivore staff

p.s. Don't forget to come see Lazy Cat Yarn on Saturday, March 9 from 11a-4p!

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 person wearing the Pappillon shawl, a triangular shaped shawl made from two colorwaysKnit the Papillon with Suzy! 
Join Suzy as you learn the tricks to making your own stunning version of the Papillon! In this 2-session class, she'll guide you through starting your Papillon and the steps to mastering short rows, stitch marker placement, and striping. After the two sessions, most students will finish on their own; students who need additional guidance can join Suzy's one-session workshops.
$35, 2 sessions (pattern & yarn sold separately; use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability-
  Tuesday, March 12 & 26 at 12-2p - 4 seats available

a group of people putting their hands in the center, as if a team.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-
  Thursday, March 14 at 12 pm - 4 seats available
  Thursday, March 21 at 12 pm - 4 seats available 
  Thursday, March 28 at 12 pm - 4 seats available
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 - no seats available
  Monday, April 1 at 1 pm - 3 seats available
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!
$20 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
  Saturday, April 6 at 1 pm - 4 seats availabl

image of a woman wearing a crocheted hat with a crocheted flowerIntermediate Crochet with Moses  - Masks Appreciated, but not required
Take the next step in your crochet journey! Learn to increase and decrease (intentionally!) and crochet in the round while working Linda’s Quick and Simple Hat Pattern.
$35 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)


Upcoming dates & availability-
Sunday, April 13 & 20 at 1 pm - 4 seats available

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Featured Yarn & Pattern

Berroco Bozzolo yarn just arrived! This feathery soft yarn comes in a variety of solids and multi-colors. We like Bozzolo for tops, sweaters, and fancy blankets. Berroco has a variety of patterns, including Limpet top (crochet, $8, available in-store/Rav/Berroco), Operculum cardigan (knit, $8, available in-store/Rav/Berroco), Conus cardigan (knit, $8, available in-store/Rav/Berroco), and Olividae blanket (knit, $6, available in-store/Rav/Berroco).

Bozzolo is a 100% cotton worsted (#4) weight yarn; it has 240 yds in a 100g ball (no winding needed!).

Hand wash cold/gentle, lay flat to dry.

an image of a woman wearing the crocheted Limpit top An image of a woman showing the back of the knitted Operculum cardigan an image of a woman showing the front of the Conus cardigan An image of a woman draped in the knitted Olividae blanket


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!
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday

Yarnivore will be CLOSED for Easter Sunday, March 31.

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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Stitchers will feel a difference between wool and cotton; cotton can be more difficult for new stitchers to work with. If you want to try using cotton, knit or crochet something small, like a washcloth or narrow scarf. If you're using cotton on cross stitch or needlepoint, be sure to fluff your fiber (e.g. floss) and be mindful that your tension allows for enough coverage.

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