What Are Yarn Crawl Adventures?
Yarn crawl experiences have re-energized the LYS (Local Yarn Shop) in the US. Regional yarn-related small businesses have banded together to issue passports for a small fee and provide a passport stamp when a patron visits shops on the passport list. Yarn crawl adventures are like a mini-trade show at your own pace. Lots of fun and a wonderful way to see the latest products available for the industry!
Skill level: All skill levels welcome. Must be able to walk for miles in yarn shops and have excellent wallet-opening reflexes.
Yarn Crawls with Upcoming Dates
Here are a few yarn crawl dates for 2017 and 2018 to help you start the yarn crawling adventure. (Updated July 2017)
Roving Indiana is usually held in February. Dates for 2018 have not been published.
The Rose City Yarn Crawl will be March 1-4, 2018. This much-anticipated event is also known as the Unravel Portland crawl in Portland, Oregon.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival — March 15-18, 2018.
Knit North Yarn Crawl – The Knit North Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of 9 fabulous yarn shops in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Dates for 2018 have not been published.
Los Angeles California – Sponsored by The Association of Los Angeles County Yarn Shops, this is a crowd-pleaser. Dates for 2018 have not been published.
The Washington DC area, Metro Yarn Crawl, is ten full days of fabulous discounts, exciting craft-lover events, and fun! If the timing is right, you may even see the cherry trees in bloom! Dates for 2018 have not been published.
Triangle Yarn Crawl is another fabulous self-guided tour in North Carolina. The crawl takes place during normal business hours and at your own pace. The 2017 event was held near the end of April. Awaiting dates for 2018.
The West Coast Knitters’ Guild is ramping for their 20187 Woolith Fair yarn crawl-Dates are coming soon (probably in April again)
The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting all fo the Long Island yarn shops. The 2017 event was held in April. The 2018 dates have not been published.
Charm City Yarn Crawl (Baltimore) was held April 2016. Watching for 2018 dates.
The Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl is held in the spring and features LYS in central Florida (east of Tampa).
Minnesota Yarns Shop Hop is another spring event. During 2017, the event was held in April. The 2018 dates have not been released.
Pacific Northwest Yarn Crawl – This is a spring event but the 2018 dates are not yet available. The map on their home page shows the route and includes information about the shops and sponsors.
Stitch Two Together is an addition to this year’s list and covers Western Washington State. Mark your calendars for this Local Yarn Shop tour event. May 16-20, 2018.
WNC Yarn Crawl – Local yarn stores in the WNC/Asheville area host an annual Yarn Crawl in May of each year.
The Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl is another fun June event. As Edinburgh’s official annual yarn crawl, this one includes a pop-up market with lots of giveaways and goodies from local makers, an after-party/hang lounge, and light snacks provided by generous sponsors.
lliana Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of yarn shops along the Indiana/Illinois border and welcomes all fiber artists. July 14-23, 2017.
The East TN Yarn Crawl was held June 16-July 1, 2017. Keep a watch for the 2018 dates!
The British Wool Show in North Yorkshire is scheduled for July 8-9, 2017.
The Wandering Ewe Yarn Crawl is a weekend event covering many local yarn shops (LYS) in Southeastern Wisconsin. When fun and community come together, it’s a magical yarn crawl. July 28-30, 2017.
Chicago’s 7th annual yarn crawl is on the schedule for Saturday, July 29 through Sunday, August 6, 2017.
I’m excited about The I75 Yarn Crawl. This one is huge! It’s a 6-day (August 8-13, 2017) self-directed event where you visit many shops along I75, checking out the new fashion trends and absorb the culture of each shop. The event has three regions (1) North Region – Birmingham, Michigan south to Lima, Ohio, (2) Central Region – New Bremen, Ohio south to Mason, Ohio and (3) South Region – Cincinnati, Ohio south to Berea, Kentucky. What a crawl! Order passports online through the yarn shops, such as The Rabbit Hutch, using this passport link.
Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9 day yarn crawl including a Passport Tour of 20 vibrant yarn shops in Colorado. Save the dates: August 19– 27, 2017!
Bring your spurs and come on over for the 2017 DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all! – August 18-27, 2017 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex region of Texas.
The fabulous northern Colorado and southern Wyoming yarn stores have teamed up to offer the annual Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl! This summer’s event will be held July 29– August 13, 2017.
Mark your calendar for the weekend of September 15-17, 2017 and plan to be in the Big Apple for their New York City Yarn Crawl and explore the local yarn shops of the city. The LYSs are in Manhattan and Brooklyn, easily accessible using the metro and the crawl map provided on the website.
Here’s another California yarn crawl! This time we’re going into the San Diego area for the San Diego Yarn Crawl – September 14-17, 2017. Explore LYS locations and visit alpaca farms. Unique and fun!
Slo County Yarn Crawl presents the local yarn shops of the San Luis Obispo, California area. This fall crawl will be held September 23-24, 2017.
Hill Country Yarn Crawl – Explore this historic region of Texas during the 10th Annual Crawl: Oct 6 – 15, 2017. With 19 participating shops, it’s clear to see why this is billed as the Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas.
Travel Tip: Call ahead to the shops to ask if there are any featured speakers or demos during the dates of the crawl if not provided with your passport package.
Budget Tip: Yes, I understand, yarn crawls are not always budget-friendly! Keep your stash in check by setting a budget for the trip or each day’s adventures. Choose yarns with a project in mind so that you purchase in the correct quantities. Take your patterns with you or purchase patterns in the shops (along with the recommended yarns).
Budget Tip 2: For Yarn Crawls in the US, get the GasBuddy app to find locations and prices for gasoline during your driving trips. It’s my go-to app when I’m on the road. App users can also update the pricing real-time to help other travelers.