Skip Navigation Website Accessibility

Oh, That's So Easy?!?!

Yarnivore Banner Image - a wide rectangle framed in purple with white background. A gently smiling cat with a purple head, pink ears, blue paws, and a rainbow-colored body  a fluffy tail hugs a red ball of yarn. Each color on the cat's body has a different texture drawn on to look like cables, bobbles, scallops, ribbing, and other knit or crochet textures. Main text is curly and reads Yarnivore. Secondary text is plain and reads Your Happy Place

Facebook button in green with text facebook dot com slash yarnivore s a Instagram button in green with text instagram dot com slash yarnivore s a Pinterest button in green text pinterest dot com slash yarnivore s a
April 15, 2024

In this issue:  Is This Pattern Easy?'!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Is This Pattern Easy?
There's a better way to ask if the pattern is right for you!

We get asked about a pattern’s difficulty every day, but that’s a difficult question to answer accurately. After all, someone’s easy is another person’s difficult and vice versa. The level of difficulty depends on what skills are required, what skills you have and what skills you feel like using.  

We’d like to suggest an alternative perspective that will help you choose whether a project is right for your skills and interest. Instead of asking about difficulty, ask about what skills or tricks you need to know or learn. All projects will require basic skills, such as casting on, knitting, purling and binding off (knit) or chain, single crochet or half double or double crochet (crochet). Many projects will require a bit more. For example, if you’re making a hat, you’ll usually need to know how to work in the round and increase (top down) or decrease (bottom up). Reading patterns is also a trick; all that jargon is like knowing another language! Using a chart? That’s another trick. And describing any of these as "easy" depends on how much you already know.

So, you can understand why describing any of the above with “easy” or “difficult” is not very helpful. Instead, if you understand what tricks you need to know or learn, you can decide whether the project will be right for you right now.  If you want a mindless project, pick a pattern where you know all the skills. In the mood to learn? We generally recommend you choose a project with 2-3 new skills. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take on more. The goal is to balance learning challenges with enjoying the process. Too many challenges and you may find the project more frustrating than fun.

 -Caryn and the Yarnivore staff
Bundle of yarn with 7 colors and sample of knitted fiesta papel picado garlandP. S. We still have a few Fiesta Garland kits. Get em while we got em!

Upcoming Classes
Click the title or thumbnail to learn more and to register
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 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-
  Tuesday, April 23 at 12 pm - 4 seats available
  Tuesday, April 30 at 12 pm - 4 seats available 
  Tuesday, May 7 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, April 29 at 1pm - 1 seat available
  Monday, May 13 at 1pm - 1 seat available
  Monday, May 27 at 1pm - 1 seat available
Needlepoint flowersStitching 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, May 26 at 1 pm - 3 seats available   
   Sunday, May 26 at 3 pm - 4 seats available
hand knit sockSuzy's Socks: Knit Basic Socks from the Cuff Down
Warm your toes with this class! Learn about the parts of a sock and the skills needed to make a perfectly fitted sock from cuff to toe. You'll learn techniques that apply to knitting of all types - including sweaters, gloves, even hats and shawls! Plus, handknit socks are more comfortable than any sock in any store!
$50 (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability-
  Thursday, April 25, May 10, May 17 at 12 pm - 4 seats available

Shop News
Featured Yarn & Pattern
Scheepjes Catona is back in stock! Catona comes in 10g, 50g, and 100g balls (neutrals only). We love this Mercerized Pima Cotton yarn for it's wide range of colors! It's great for amigurumi (stuffed animals), like the bee-youtiful Beetrice (crochet, pattern in Pretty Little Things Book #3) or blankets, like the Wacky Weave Rainbow in the Round (crochet, $10 Rav only). By the way, this blanket is made using interlocking filet crochet; come see us on Local Yarn Shop Day for a demonstration!
Catona is available in 10g, 50g, and 100g balls, giving you the option of buying small quantities when you need to. Officially, it's listed as a Fingering (#1) weight, but it has more yardage per 100g than some DK (#3) mercerized cotton.
11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday
Upcoming Events
Spinner Saturday, April 20th, 12p - 4p. Come sit and spin (or stitch and watch) for this casual meet up of fiber lovers and their spinning wheels!
 Logo for Local Yarn Store day shows a ball of yarn with a banner over itLocal Yarn Store (LYS) day, Saturday April 27th, with local artist Bad Frog Yarn! We'll also have other fun things, like yarn tasting, skill demonstrations, & prizes.


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

Working on a garment or other project that has intermittent increases or decreases? Caryn is finishing a sweaterknitted sweater with stitch markers identifying decrease that asked for decreases every 8 rows for 10 times and then every 6 rows for 4 times. You can see how annoying it might be to constantly count the number of rows you've done since the last decrease and how many total decrease rows you've worked. Using locking stitch markers is a big help because they're easy to attach and stay put! To help you even more, use high contrast stitch markers. The photo shows 4 markers: the blue (top) disappears, the green is somewhat visible, but it's the orange that is most visible.

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

To keep up with our activities and real time announcements, please follow us on social media:
Facebook -
Instagram -
Twitter -

If you have a question for one of our teachers, you can email us at
You can also email Wendy with knitting or crochet questions at or contact her through her Facebook page -

We absolutely do not EVER want to spam you. If you don't want to get this newsletter, then we will take you off the list. No problem. No questions asked. There's an unsubscribe link below, or you can just call us.
If you want to read our full privacy policy (it's pretty fun to read, actually), click here - or scroll to the bottom of any page on our website.