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May 13, 2024

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We Appreciate Them!
"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." -George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House Mistakes are proof that you're trying

When was the last time you made anything without making a mistake? We bet that you can ask any crafter about their projects and you’ll find that they know where the mistakes are, even the smallest ones. We also bet that others will have trouble seeing most of those same mistakes.

It’s safe to assume that mistakes are inherent to handmade items, so why are crafters so self-conscious about them? Sure, we’d all prefer not to make mistakes, but the only way to ensure that is to not make anything (tip of the hat to George Bernard Shaw) and where's the fun in that? We prefer to think of mistakes as evidence of our learning and resilience. While some mistakes are pretty obvious (and deserve to be fixed), many are not. Before you rip out your work, take a minute and decide whether it's a big enough mistake to matter.  

-Caryn and the Yarnivore Crew

P. S. Save the date! Texas Prairie Fiber Co will be at Yarnivore on Saturday May 25.

Upcoming Classes
Click the title or thumbnail to learn more and to 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! 

picture of a handmade sockLearn Hardanger with Jackie!
Hardanger embroidery typically uses white thread on white even-weave cloth to create beautifully sculptured stitching. In this class, Jackie will teach you the basics of hardanger and you'll make a small heart that can be finished into an ornament or other decorative piece.
$35 for one 3-hour session, plus most supplies (students should bring small, pointy sharp scissors
Upcoming dates & availability: Wednesday, May 15, 11:30a - 2:30p - 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 for one 2-hour session (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-  
  Tuesday, May 21 at 12 pm - 4 seats available 
  Thursday, May 28 at 12 pm - 4 seats available
felted bag with leather handlesKnit the Felted Swirl Bag with Denise! 
Ready to add to your basic knitting skills? Denise will teach you a few new tricks, including reading a pattern, picking up and knitting along the side of knitted fabric, and introduce you to felting.
$20, one 2-hour session, includes bag pattern (supplies sold separately; use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)
Upcoming dates & availability: Saturday May 18, 12p - 2pm - 3 seats available
Needlepoint flowersStitching Workshop with Nancy
Bring your needlepoint or cross stitch projects for support, problem-solving, and camaraderie!
$20 for one 2-hour session (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
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 for one 2-hour session (use your own supplies or buy them at Yarnivore for 10% off)

Upcoming dates & availability-
  Monday, May 27 at 2pm - 1 seat available
  Monday, June 10 at 2pm - 2 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!

Upcoming dates & availability:  Saturday, June 1 at 1 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.

Upcoming dates & availability: Saturday, June 8 & 15 at 1 pm - 3 seats available

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! Take the next step in your crochet journey! You'll learn to design a basic hat and then how toincrease and decrease (intentionally!) while you crochet it.
Upcoming dates & availability: Saturday, June 22 & 29 at 1 pm - 4 seats available

Shop News - Featured Yarn
Circulo Amigurumi yarn

Circulo Amigurumi yarn is our latest addition! Many of y'all know this yarn as part of Circulo's Amigurumi kits, and we've now added individual colors to our shelves. <happy clapping commences>

We love this 100% cotton yarn from Brazil's best cotton manufacturer because of it's versatility and texture, plus it comes in a lot of colors. As the name implies, this yarn is great for making amigurumis (a Japanese term for small stuffed animals or other figures), but it also works well in garments and home projects. We like the Trimetry Bucket Hat (knit, $5 Rav only) or the Basic Bucket hat (crochet, $4.59 in-store/Rav) and the Lydia 2.0 (knit, $10 in-store/Rav) or Ensley Rose Lace Top (crochet, $7 in-store/Rav).

DK (#3); 278 yards in a 125g ball. Machine wash, lay flat to dry.

11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday
NOTE: Yarnivore will be CLOSED Sunday, June 16 for Father's Day.
Upcoming Events
Spinner Saturday, May 18 (12p - 4p)

Texas Prairie Fiber Co trunk show Saturday, May 25 (11a-4p).


World Wide Knit in Public Day, Saturday June 8. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch or needlepoint, we hope you'll join us!


Private Lessons
Learn 1x1 or in small groups with your choice of project or technique! Visit us or call 210-979-8255 to schedule.

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

Speaking of mistakes...there's a common question among knitters who have tried to fix a mistake without ripping it back (i.e., dropping the stitches to fix their error, then re-knitting those stitches). They often ask why the stitches don't look right after they finish the repair. Usually, they've addressed the mistake but the tension is wonky, so the stitches still look wrong. Most of the time this tension issue will block out. Wool is more forgiving of this than plant fibers, like cotton. (Crocheters typically rip back their work, so they don't experience the tension issue.)

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