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Are You Ready for a Yarn Crawl Adventure?
Yarn crawl experiences have re-energized the LYS (Local Yarn Shop) in the US. Regional yarn-related small businesses have banded together to promote yarn crafting. They issue passports for a small fee and provide a yarn crawl passport stamp when a patron shops during the designated days of the crawl.
Yarn crawl adventures are like a mini-trade show at your own pace. These events are so much fun and are a wonderful way to see the latest products available for the industry. Along the way, you will meet amazing designers and other crafting geniuses while sharing in a few fun-filled days.
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 2019. (Updated May 2019)
Puget Sound LYS Tour began in 2006 and has continued to expand with additional dates and more shops. Mark your calendar for May 15th through 19th, 2019. With more than 20 participating shops, this is a sure winner!
The New York City Yarn Crawl is has a new spring event. The LYSs are in Manhattan and Brooklyn, easily accessible using the metro and the crawl map provided on the website. This is in addition to the usual fall event (see below at the September date range).
May 17-19, 2019 is the perfect time for heading west to the New Mexico Yarn Crawl. There is something for everyone. If you enjoy anything related to fiber arts – weaving, crocheting, knitting, or yarn preparation – you won’t miss this one! Learn more about New Mexico’s traditions with the fiber arts at the Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center when you experience the crawl.
WNC Yarn Crawl – Local yarn stores in the WNC/Asheville area host an annual Yarn Crawl in May of each year and usually the weekend before Mother’s Day. Mark your calendar for May 5th through 8th, 2019.
Camp STITCHES New Mexico, June 21-25, 2019, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM. I know, not exactly a yarn crawl but the amazing merchant program at the STITCHES event gives you access to so many yarn shops and crochet-related products. The speakers for this year’s event are industry experts, giving you more to love at the STITCHES program.
The 2019 CGOA 25th Anniversary Conference will be held July 10-13, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The British Wool Show in North Yorkshire is scheduled for August 9th and 10th, 2019.
I’m excited about The I75 Yarn Crawl, August 2 through 11, 2019. This one is huge! It’s a 6-day 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 17 through 25, 2019.
Bring your spurs and come on over for the 2019 DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all! – August 17 through 26, 2019 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (Texas).
Fabulous northern Colorado and southern Wyoming yarn stores have teamed up to offer the annual Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl! This event is on the calendar for July 28 through August 12, 2019.
Mark your calendar for the weekend of April 27th through 28th, 2019 and plan to be in the Big Apple for their New York City Yarn Crawl and explore the local yarn shops in the city. The LYSs are in Manhattan and Brooklyn, easily accessible using the metro and the crawl map provided on the website.
Yarn shops in Whatcom County gather for a mini-yarn crawl to feature regional designers and local businesses. Yes, there are yarns and goodies at the Purls & Pop-Ups event each year in September. September 21st, 2019.
Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival – October 5th through 6th, 2019, will be at the fairgrounds in Tunbridge, Vermont.
Hill Country Yarn Crawl – Explore historic Texas – October 11 through 20th, 2019. With 19 participating shops, it’s clear to see why this is billed as the Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas. If you’ve never seen this part of Texas, it’s a beautiful region of the country and worth the time to visit. While in the hill country, be sure to stop by the Handmade Saori Weaving Studio for a few classes and an overnight stay.
STITCHES SoCal 2019, November 14-17, 2019, Pasadena, CA
November is a perfect time for a fall festival at an alpaca farm! A Stroka Gene Us near Laurel, Mississippi has their annual farm festival and vendor event each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving. For 2019, it will be held on November 23rd. Read all about my visit to this farm tour and festival.
STITCHES West 2020, February 20-23, 2020, Santa Clara, CA
Roving Indiana is usually in March. Let’s fill in the dates!
The Rose City Yarn Crawl will be March 5-8, 2010. This much-anticipated event is also known as the Unravel Portland crawl. (Portland, Oregon)
The Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl is held in the spring and features LYS in central Florida (east of Tampa). Waiting for 2020 dates. Can you help?
The Edinburgh Yarn Festival will return in 2021.
Knit North Yarn Crawl – The Knit North Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of nine fabulous yarn shops in and around Boston, Massachusetts, generally in early March. I love the “official shawls” on their website.
Los Angeles California – Sponsored by The Association of Los Angeles County Yarn Shops, this is a crowd-pleaser.
Crawl any time you want along the Hudson Valley Yarn Trail.
Triangle Yarn Crawl is another fabulous self-guided event in North Carolina. The crawl takes place during normal business hours and at your own pace. Generally in April, but 2020 dates are pending.
The West Coast Knitters’ Guild is ramping for their annual Woolith Fair yarn crawl -April 2020.
The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting the Long Island yarn shops. May 12, 2019
Charm City Yarn Crawl (Baltimore) was held March 29 through April 3, 2019. The 2020 dates are pending.
Pacific Northwest Yarn Crawl – This spring event will be May 2nd through 5th, 2019. The map on their home page shows the route and includes information about the shops and sponsors. Super-useful!
STITCHES United 2020, March 26-29, 2020, Hartford, CT
STITCHES Midwest 2020, July 30-August 2, 2020, Schaumburg, IL
Tips for Yarn Crawl Participants and Participating Shops:
Travel Tip: Call ahead to the shops to ask if there are any featured speakers or demos during the dates of the crawl if this information is not already 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, use 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.
Shop Owners and Event Planner’s Tip: Use your large Facebook banner as advertising real estate for your yarn crawl dates and include a link to your event webpage. Be sure to update the dates when the current event closes out.
Is there a yarn crawl in your area? Tell me all about it!