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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!
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 November 2018)
Roving Indiana is scheduled for March 1 – 10, 2019.
The Rose City Yarn Crawl will be March 7-10,2019. 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. Waiting for 20119 dates. Can you help?
Edinburgh Yarn Festival — March 21st through 23rd, 2019. 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.
Los Angeles California – Sponsored by The Association of Los Angeles County Yarn Shops, this is a crowd-pleaser. Dates for 2019 are April 4th through 13th.
Hudson Valley Sheep to Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor – 2019 dates pending.
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. Generally in April, but 2019 dates are pending.
The West Coast Knitters’ Guild is ramping for their 2018 Woolith Fair yarn crawl – April 26th through 29th, 2019
The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting the Long Island yarn shops. April 4th through 7th, 2019
Charm City Yarn Crawl (Baltimore) was held April 6th through 15th, 2018 and the 2019 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!
Puget Sound LYS Tour began back 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 opening up a new spring event for April 27th through 28th, 2019. 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.
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, 2019.
The British Wool Show in North Yorkshire is scheduled for August 9th and 10th, 2019.
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 2019!
Bring your spurs and come on over for the 2019 DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all! – August 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 usually at the end of July or beginning of August.
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 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 November 23rd. Read all about my visit to this farm tour and festival.
STITCHES West 2020, February 20-23, 2020, Santa Clara, CA
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, 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.
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!