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July 1, 2024

In this issue:  Ready, Set, Go!   Upcoming Classes and Events   Shop News   The Tip Jar   Contact info

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Christmas in July Starts Now!

Stitching on a deadline is super stressful, right?  Avoid the stress by getting started now on making gifts that take longer, like blankets or sweaters. Many stitchers will remember this is why we celebrate (in our crafty way) Christmas in July. Did you know that an average adult sweater will require 1,100 yards or more of a worsted (#4) yarn, depending on the wearer's size? Blankets are even bigger: An adult sized throw takes about 2,500-3,000 yards of worsted weight yarn.

Berroco VintageIf it's July, then it's time to buy blanket yarns for your Christmas in July projects! "Blanket yarn" is an informal term for any soft, squishy yarn used for blankets - often the thicker,  the better. For south Texas, this usually means worsted (#4) or bulky (#5) yarns and generally, machine washable (we recommend cold water, gentle). As always, be careful to follow the manufacturer's care recommendation on their label. They can be wool, wool-blends, acrylic, cotton or cotton-blends. Below are a few ideas for worsted weight yarns; check out our website for suggestions in bulky weight and for pattern ideas. Queensland Coastal Cotton and Ocean Mist

Berroco Vintage (52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon), Cascade 220 Superwash Merino (100% superwash Merino Wool), Plymouth Encore (75% Acrylic/25% Wool), Queensland Coastal Cotton and Coastal Cotton Ocean Mist (both 100% Cotton), Sirdar Jewelspun (variegated, 100% Acrylic), Universal Uptown (100% Acrylic).

-Caryn and the Yarnivore Crew
P. S. Yarnivore will be closed Thursday, July 4th. We'll have normal hours the rest of the week. The week after,  Zorn Junction will be in-store (Saturday, July 13, 11a-4p).
Want more Christmas in July? We have several classes that will help you with your gift list! Go to our Calendar, then click on the class to register.

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.

A cute purple and white crocheted penguin with orange beak and feet!Amigurumi Crochet
Moses opens the gates 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 - no seats available (See class description for more dates.)
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, July 8, 2 pm - 1 seat available
Sunday, July 14, 2 pm - 2 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 - 3 seats available
 Wednesday July 24 & 31, 11:30a - 3 seats available
Papillon Shawl by MarinJaKnitsKnit the Papillon with Suzy! 
Make your own stunning version of the Papillon! Suzy will 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
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
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
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.
Saturday, July 27, 1 pm - 4 seats available
Learn to make a perfectly-fitted top-down sweater, even if you've never knit a sweater before! You’ll learn everything from choosing the right yarn and making a good gauge swatch to fitting your unique figure. Class is five 2-hour sessions.
Thursday, August 1, 14, 29, September 12, 26 at 5:30pm - 4 seats available

Shop News - Featured Kits
Finished Santa and Snowman perforated paper ornaments

Jim Shore perforated paper kits are a great way to add a little something to your gift giving! Designs include a variety of santas and snowmen. These designs are the perfect size for ornaments or attaching to a gift.

Kits include beads, perforated paper, needles, floss, chart and instructions. 


11-5 Monday-Tuesday
11-7 Wednesday-Friday
11-5 Saturday & 12-5 Sunday
NOTE: Yarnivore will CLOSED Thursday, July 4th. We'll be open normal hours the rest of the week!
Upcoming Events
Zorn Junction Trunk Show July 13, 2024

Zorn 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

Choose your blanket yarn wisely! Make sure the skeins are from the same dye lot if at all possible (see question 5 on Craft Yarn Council website or this post on the Easy Crochet blog). Different dye lots will sometimes look very similar, but they can also look like different colors! If you’re mixing colors or working in motifs (e.g., granny squares), then dye lot may not matter as much. If you must use different dye lots, we can give you ideas on how to minimize any differences.

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