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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 cancelled or delayed to 2022. 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.

2021 Dates and Events

STITCHES is now offering 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 December 4th – 11, 2021. 

Knit North Yarn Crawl – Cancelled for 2021.

Los Angeles California – Sponsored by The Association of Los Angeles County Yarn Shops, this is a crowd-pleaser.  The 2020 event has been postponed, but we’re watching for updates.

Crawl any time you want along the Hudson Valley Yarn Trail. The 2020 event with prizes is scheduled for September 2 – October 31, 2021.

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. The event was held in early April 2020.

Puget Sound LYS Tour began in 2006 and has continued to expand with additional dates and more shops. Mark your calendar for August 13 – 22, 2021. With more than 20 participating shops, this is a sure winner!

Head 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.  Dates pending.

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

The 2021 CGOA Virtual Conference will be held July 13-17, 2021. Sign up now and join into these amazing events!

The British Wool Show is now known as Woolfest. The Woolfest 2021 event will be virtual on June 25 – 26, 2021. It’s available to anyone now which is an amazing way to attend international events. I’m excited!

I’m excited about The I75 Yarn Crawl, July 30 – August 7, 2021. 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!

Yarn Along The Rockies is a 9-day yarn crawl including a Passport Tour of 20 vibrant yarn shops in Colorado.  August 14 – 22, 2021.

Bring your spurs and come on over for the  DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all!September 10-19, 2021 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 15, 2021.

The Yarn Discovery Tour is a new addition to our Crochet Getaway directory! Mark your calendars for the 2021 Yarn Discovery Tour which will be both in person and virtual!  September 7 – 26, 2021.

The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting the Long Island yarn shops. Dates pending for 2021.

Charm City Yarn Crawl (Baltimore). The 2020 event was postponed and dates for 2021 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 28 – September 6, 2021. Ease through the crawl at your own pace and really spend quality time with each shop.

Estes Park Wool Market – The event was cancelled for 2021. Plan ahead now for 2022 at this beautiful location.

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival – October 2 – 3, 2021 at the fairgrounds in Tunbridge, Vermont.

Hill Country Yarn Crawl – Explore historic Texas – 2021 dates have not been announced. (aka: 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.

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 – this year it will be November 20,2021.  Read all about my visit to this farm tour.

 

2022 Dates and Events

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

Edinburgh Yarn Festival will return in 2022

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 and check the site for exact dates in 2022.

Estes Park Wool Market – The event was cancelled for 2021. Plan ahead now for 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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