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May 20, 2024

In this issue:  Our Superpower!!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Our Superpower is Making Fabric!
Tech Talk: Pair Your Yarn & Tools Wisely

One of the most remarkable things about crocheting and knitting is that we are making fabric and a garment or other item at the same time! Think about it: when sewing, we take prepared fabric and stitch it together but crocheters and knitters make the fabric as they go. This unique property means stitchers need to know what type of fabric they want to make before starting. Do you want it dense for something like a basket, amigurumi, or sock or do you want it open and drapey for a shawl or light sweater, or do you want something in between? Your ability to produce the intended fabric depends upon the thickness of the yarn and the size of hook or needle.

For example, if you’re using fingering weight yarn (#1) for knitting socks, you’ll want to use a relatively small needle (e.g., US 00 – 2, 1.75-2.75mm) so that you get a dense, durable fabric. woman wearing the Rock It Tee by Tanis LavalleeHowever, if you’re using the same fingering weight yarn to make a top, you might use a US 5 (3.75mm) as in the Rock It Tee by Tanis Lavallee (knit, $9 Rav/in-store) or US E (3.5mm) for the Basic T-Shirt by Katerina Designs woman wearing Basic Tee crocheted from Scheepjes Whirl(crochet, about $5.10 Rav/in-store or free at ByKaterina). The larger needles or hooks will produce larger stitches, resulting in a less dense fabric.

While we’re talking about yarn-tool pairing, it’s a good time to mention yarn substitutions. If you want to use a pattern that is designed for a different thickness of yarn, you’ll need to adjust your needle or hook size, too. Sometimes, these substitutions are pretty straightforward, such as using a thicker yarn with a larger needle or hook to make a blanket. The resulting project will be bigger than the pattern indicates, which may be fine. However, if you use a thicker yarn for garments, you may end up with a sock or top that doesn’t fit. If you're substituting a different weight yarn, swatching will help you make sure you've paired the appropriate sized tool. We’re happy to advise you on yarn substitutions if you need.

-Caryn and the Yarnivore Crew
P. S. Yarnivore will be CLOSED Father's Day, June 16.

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!

Note: Effective June 1, Yarnivore is raising class and private lesson fees. This is the first increase in over 6 years; we appreciate your understanding!

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! Each class is one 2-hour session.
Dates & availability:  Saturday, June 1, 1pm - 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! Each class is one 2-hour session.
Dates & availability - 
Sunday, June 2, 2pm - 4 seats available
Thursday, June 6, 5:30pm - 4 seats available
                            See class description for additional dates.
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! Each class is one 2-hour session.
Dates & availability -  
  Tuesday, June 4, 12pm - 4 seats available 
  Tuesday, June 11, 12pm - 4 seats available
                        See class description for additional dates.

sample of beginning crochet stitchesBeginning 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.
Each class is two 2-hour sessions.
Dates & availability: Saturday, June 8 & 15, 1pm - no seats available


Needlepoint flowersStitching Workshop with Nancy
Bring your needlepoint or cross stitch projects for support, problem-solving, and camaraderie! Each class is one 2-hour session.
Dates & availability-
Sunday, June 9, 1pm - 1 seat available   
   Sunday, June 9, 3pm - 4 seats available
                          See class description for additional dates.
image of a woman wearing a crocheted hat with a crocheted flowerIntermediate Crochet with Moses 
Take the next step in your crochet journey! You'll learn to design a basic hat and then how to increase and decrease (intentionally!) while you crochet it. Each class is two 2-hour sessions.
Dates & availability: Saturday, June 22 & 29, 1pm - 4 seats available

Shop News - Featured Needlepoint Canvas
Collage of new hand painted needlepoint canvasesNew! Round, ornament sized (each about 4") handpainted needlepoint canvas from Amelia Bond, Kate Woodward, and Kirkland Design Studios. Nancy likes these for adding a seasonal fob to your purse or tote.

Check out Heather the Sheep, Rose the Rooster, Iris the Cow and Daisy the Pig. The heat has us fantasizing about cold drinks, so we've also got the Happier Hour Coasters: Bellini, Limoncello, Mojito and Sangria. Rounding out (pun intended?) the group are Geranium and Lemon. We'll be adding more to this category, stay tuned!

11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday
NOTE: Yarnivore will CLOSED Sunday, June 16 for Father's Day.
Upcoming Events
Knitted Chicken

Emotional Support Chicken Cast-On party Thursday, June 6 (5p-6:30p). Bring your yarn and pattern and join Suzy for this informal stitch session, no sign ups needed! (Patterns can be purchased in-store.)


Globe and knitting needles - World Wide Knit In Public Day logoWorld Wide Knit in Public Day, Saturday June 8. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch or needlepoint, we hope you'll join us! Caryn will be demonstrating how to make your own coral reef. Feel free to bring yarn scraps and hook or needle appropriate for your yarns' thicknesses.


Spinner Saturday, June 15, 12pm - 4pm. Bring your spinning wheel and sit & spin with others who enjoy making their own yarn! The spinning session is a lively, fun time; you're also welcome to sit and stitch with them.

Wander Luck Fibers logo with a drawing of two birds flyingWander Luck Fibers Trunk Show, Saturday June 22, 11am - 4pm. Come see this north Texas dyer's lovelies!


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

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