The first class I took by Lunasblue:
Night 1 - everyone was super nice! They even ignored the fact that my friend and I smelled like wine & smiled a little too much
Night 2 - very warm night so I wore a sleeveless shirt. No problem with that except I have a very large tattoo on my left arm and display it proudly when I can... no one talked with me all night...
Night 3 - Had to pick a project & was laughed at when I chose to make a scarf! LAUGHED AT!!!
Then I look around and 4 of the 8 people in our class had chosen to make a scarf and they weren't laughed at, they were encouraged. Why were they encouraged and not me?
Was it cuz I laughed at them when they said I should make a poncho (12 skeins) out of this "wonderful" yarn that was $6.88 a skein? Could it be they didn't like my Chicago accent? Who knows! So, we finished up our classes and I never went back.
Moral of the story?
1)Show off any tattoos you have
2)It's your money, never let them make you feel small.
If all else fails, mention that on Yahoo, if you look up yarn stores in your area, they list the stores & reviews from people that have been in their store!!!