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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.

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

 

 

 

Due to Covid-19 risks and concerns, many of these events have been canceled or delayed. Let’s work together to keep our community of yarn enthusiasts together during this difficult time. You can help! Please send me a note if you know of changes to these dates or cancellations. The dates that have passed are placeholders to remind me to check for the new year.  We’ll get through this together.

2022 Dates and Events

The Rose City Yarn Crawl will be from February 24-27, 2022. This much-anticipated event is also known as the Unravel Portland crawl.  (Portland, Oregon)

Edinburgh Yarn Festival – Pending updates

The 10th L.A. County Yarn Crawl March 24-27, 2022 10 AM – 6 PM. Get out there and support the 15 women-owned yarn shops spread across a 143-mile crawl: https://layarncrawl.org/pages/crawler-resource.In addition, they are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary with a special TREASURE HUNT and free patterns:https://layarncrawl.org/pages/treasure-hunt-patterns This is exciting! It’s four days, one event with special prizes, trunk shows, gift baskets, and more!

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. May 3-7, 2022.

Stitches at Home, with monthly sessions online. How cool is that? All the great content from the comfort of our homes.

The Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl will be March 26-April 2, 2022. 

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. Join Facebook for some fun virtual crawls even if you can’t travel to crawl in person.

Puget Sound LYS Tour began in 2006 and has continued to expand with additional dates and more shops. Mark your calendar for May 11 – 15, 2022. With more than 20 participating shops, this is a sure winner!

The East TN Yarn Crawl is generally held the first two weeks in June. The 2022 status is pending.

The 2022 CGOA Chain Link Conference will be held July 20-23, 2022. LIVE in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sign up now and join these amazing events!

The I75 Yarn Crawl,- date pending

Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9-day yarn crawl including a Passport Tour of 20 vibrant yarn shops in Colorado.  2022 dates pending.

Bring your spurs and come on over for the  North Texas Yarn Crawl – April 22 – May 1, 2022, 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 31 – August 13, 2022.

The Yarn Discovery Tour is a new addition to our Crochet Getaway directory! Dates pending for 2022.

The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting the Long Island yarn shops. Dates pending for 2022.

Charm City Yarn Crawl (Baltimore). The dates for 2022 have not been posted to their Facebook page yet.

Pacific Northwest Yarn Crawl – This group is being super-creative and announced a SLOW CRAWL for dates of May 27 – September 5, 2022. Ease through the crawl at your own pace and really spend quality time with each shop.

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival – October 1 – 3, 2022 at the fairgrounds in Tunbridge, Vermont.

Hill Country Yarn Crawl – Explore historic Texas – 2022 dates pending. If you’ve never seen this part of Texas, it’s a beautiful region of the country and worth the time to visit.

November is a perfect time for a fall festival at an alpaca farm! A Stroka Gene Us near Laurel, Mississippi has its annual farm festival and vendor event each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Read all about my visit to this farm tour.

Stitches SoCal 2022 – November 10-13, 2022 – Pasadena, California. Registration will open at a later date.

Estes Park Wool Market – Plan ahead now for June 11-12, 2022 at this beautiful location.

 

 

Tips for Crawlers 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 United States, 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.

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