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June 17, 2024

In this issue:  Color Me Mosaic!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

Color Me Mosaic!
An easy way to learn colorwork

Mosaics are colorful works of art made from small bits of color. When we talk about mosaic knitting, we mean we’re using two or more colors of yarn to create a geometric design. While it may sound complicated, it’s as simple as striping and slipping stitches with high-contrast yarn. Striping means you change colors at the end of a row. Slipping stitches means what it says: instead of knitting or purling the stitch, you move it from the left needle to the right. When you combine slipped stitches with striping, you create complicated looking but easy to make patterns, like the Oh So Chic cowl by Alina Appasova (knit, $8 Rav/in-store).

Mosaic patterns are more dramatic when you use two or more colors that are very light and very dark (i.e., high contrast). Black and white are the ultimate high-contrast combo but you can use nearly any color combination as long as one is much darker than the other.  How do you tell if the colors are high contrast? Check out our tip jar this week (at the bottom of this newsletter).

If you’d like to learn to mosaic knit, check out Denise’s Introduction to Mosaic Knitting, using the Slip Stitch Coasters pattern by Emily Kintigh (knit, free Rav/in-store/Knit Picks website). Feel like making the Oh So Chic cowl? We'll be hosting a cast-on party for this project. (Cast-on parties are informal social gatherings and not intended as instruction.) You can find the class and the cast-on party using the above links; they're both on our July calendar. For mosaic knit-nerds, we also have Barbara Walker’s Mosaic Knitting Book, with tons of stitch patterns.

For crocheters, we’ll talk about mosaic crochet in next week's newsletter!

-Caryn and the Yarnivore Crew
P. S. North Texas dyer Wander Luck Fibers will be in-store June 22, 11a-4p and Zorn Junction will be in-store July 13, 11a-4p.
Also, get a jump on Christmas in July by signing up for Wendy's new class, Knitting: Argyle Christmas Stocking!

Upcoming Classes
Click the title to learn more and to register.
Space is limited & sign-ups close a week before class begins, so sign up now! Class fees due at time of registration. You can find all available classes on our Calendar.


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. Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Saturday, June 22 & 29, 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 IN
Knitting 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.
Monday, June 24, 2pm - 2 seats available
Thursday, June 27, 5:30pm - 3 seats available (See class description for more 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.
Tuesday, June 25, 12pm - 4 seats available (See class description for more dates.)
A cute purple and white crocheted penguin with orange beak and feet!Amigurumi Crochet
Moses opens the gates for you to the exciting world of Amigurumi - You'll make your own stuffed penguin friend to keep or give away! Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Saturday, July 6 & 13 at 1 pm - 4 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.
Sunday, July 7, 1pm - 1 seat available   
Sunday, July 7, 3pm - 3 seats available (See class description for more dates.)
two hands knitting with steel needles and gold colored yarnBeginning Knitting with Denise! 
Learn the basics, including about yarn & knitting needle sizes, how to cast on, knit, purl, & bind off. When you've mastered these stitches, you'll be ready to start your first project. Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Wednesday July 10 & 17, 11:30a - 4 seats available
Start your own love affair with this classic and versatile pattern while you learn to make a cozy Christmas Stocking! Class is three 2-hour sessions.
Thursday, July 11, 18, & 25, 5:30pm - 4 seats available
Papillon Shawl by MarinJaKnitsKnit the Papillon with Suzy! 
Join Suzy as you learn the tricks to making your own stunning version of the Papillon! 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. Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Thursday, July 11 & 25, 12pm - 4 seats available
You'll learn mosaic colorwork while working on coasters that you can give as a gift! Mosaic knitting is an easy way for knitters to adventure into the world of creating colorful geometric shapes. Class is one 2-hour session.
Friday, July 12, 1pm - 4 seats available
Beginner knitters who have mastered the basics (cast-on, knit, purl, bind off) will enjoy learning several new skills as they make the French Market Bag, including working in the round, magic loop and kitchener stitch.  Class is two 2-hour sessions.
Thursday July 18 & August 1, 12p - 4 seats available

Shop News - Featured Yarn
Collage of Cumulus yarn colorsLove a yarn with a halo (fuzzy texture) but don't want mohair? We love Fyberspates Cumulus for its soft texture! It's made from Baby Suri Alpaca and Silk, two very touchable luxury fibers. Even better, it's luxury at a great price, $10.50 per 25g ball!

We are also carrying The Cumulus Collection, a book of five beautiful patterns using Cumulus. At $14, we think it's a great value for a pattern book.

11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday
NOTE: Yarnivore will CLOSED Thursday, July 4th.
Upcoming Events

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!


Zorn Junction Trunk Show July 13, 2024Zorn Junction Trunk Show, Saturday July 13, 11a-4p. This south Texas dyer specializes in boutique batches of unique colors!



Private Lessons
Learn 1x1 or in small groups with your choice of project or technique! One-on-one (one student, one teacher) Personal lessons are $25/hour & group private lessons are $15/person per hour. Visit us in-store 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

Some stitches look better with high contrast yarn, like mosaic. How do you tell the difference? It’s easy if you use the camera on your smartphone: Go to the camera, then change the filter to black and white and look through the camera to see the yarn. If the colors look like the same shade, then they’re not a good choice for mosaic work. If they look very dark and very light, then they’re a good choice.