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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 promote yarn crafting. They issue passports for a small fee and provide a yarn crawl passport stamp when a patron shops.

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!

Dates: Whenever

Skill level: All skill levels welcome. Must be able to walk for miles in yarn shops and have excellent wallet-opening reflexes.

Location: Wherever

 

 Yarn Crawls with Upcoming Dates

Here are a few yarn crawl dates for 2018. (Updated February 2018)

Roving Indiana is scheduled for February 23 – March 11, 2018.

The Rose City Yarn Crawl will be March 1-4, 2018. 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) – March 2nd through 10th, 2018.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival — March 15th through 18th, 2018. Join them on Facebook!

Knit North Yarn Crawl – The Knit North Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of nine fabulous yarn shops in and around Boston, Massachusetts. Marth 15th -18th, 2018.

Los Angeles California – Sponsored by The Association of Los Angeles County Yarn Shops, this is a crowd-pleaser.  Dates for 2018 are April 19th through 22nd.

Hudson Valley Sheep to Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor – April 21-22, 2018

The Washington DC area, Metro Yarn Crawl, is 11 shops in 10 days with fabulous discounts, exciting craft-lover events, and fun!  If the timing is right, you may even see the cherry trees in bloom! Unfortunately, there will not be a crawl in 2018, but we’ll stay on the lookout for the 2019 event!

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. April 5th through 8th, 2018.

The West Coast Knitters’ Guild is ramping for their 2018 Woolith Fair yarn crawl – April 27th through 29th, 2018

The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting the Long Island yarn shops. April 19th through 22nd, 2018

Charm City Yarn Crawl (Baltimore) will be held April 6th through 15th, 2018.

Minnesota Yarns Shop Hop is another spring event. April 5th through 8th, 2018.

Pacific Northwest Yarn Crawl – This spring event will be May 3rd through 6th, 2018. The map on their home page shows the route and includes information about the shops and sponsors. Super-useful!

We’ve got a new one! The  New York City Yarn Crawl is opening up a new spring event for April 28th through 29th, 2018. Whoo Hoooooo! 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).

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 16th through 20th, 2018.

May 18-20, 2018 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 10th through 13th, 2018.

Camp STITCHES Vermont – May 31 – June 4. 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.

lliana Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of yarn shops along the Indiana/Illinois border and welcomes all fiber artists. July 13th through 22nd, 2018.

The East TN Yarn Crawl was held June 16th through July 1, 2017. We’re watching for 2018 dates on the website and on their Facebook page!

The CGOA Chain Link Conference will be held in Portland, Oregon on July 25th through July 28th.

The British Wool Show in North Yorkshire is scheduled for August 10th and 11th, 2018.

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.  Does anyone have the 2018 dates for this one?

I’m excited about The I75 Yarn Crawl. 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 18th through 26th, 2018!

Bring your spurs and come on over for the 2018 DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all! – August 17th through 26th, 2018 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 usually at the end of July or beginning of August.

Mark your calendar for the weekend of September 28th through 30th, 2018 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 to the San Diego area for the San Diego Yarn Crawl – September 13th through 16th, 2018. Explore LYS locations and visit alpaca farms. Unique and fun!

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival – September 29 through September 30, 2018, will be at the fairgrounds in Tunbridge, Vermont.

Hill Country Yarn Crawl – Explore historic Texas from Oct 5th through 14th, 2018.  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.

Book the perfect Texas Hill Country B&B!

November is a perfect time for a fall festival at an alpaca farm! A Stroka Gene Us has their annual farm festival and vendor event each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving. For 2018, it will be held November 17th.


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, 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.

Is there a yarn crawl in your area? Tell me all about it!

 

 

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The Crochet Getaway blog began as a way for me to write about my hobby and connect with other crafters at events and conferences. It has grown to so much more as I've reignited my passion for writing and exploring. This site guides crocheting enthusiasts to training and networking events in fabulous international destinations. Crochet Getaway has a Facebook social media site with more than 1,500 happy followers. My corporate career and my vacation getaways provide travel opportunities that I enjoy sharing with my readers. In addition to being the founder and editor of Crochet Getaway, I blog about travel and side gig income (for travel) at www.cabinsorcastles.com and my writing portfolio is posted at www.gwyngoodrow.com.
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