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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 Crawl Dates 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.
2020 Dates and Events
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, 2020. 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.
Puget Sound LYS Tour began in 2006 and has continued to expand with additional dates and more shops. Mark your calendar for May 13th through 17th, 2020. With more than 20 participating shops, this is a sure winner!
May 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. Dates pending.
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 2020.
The 2020 CGOA Conference will be held July 22-25, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The British Wool Show in North Yorkshire is an annual August event. The 2020 dates are pending.
I’m excited about The I75 Yarn Crawl, August 2020. 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.
Bring your spurs and come on over for the DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all! – August 2020 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 August 1 – 15th, 2020.
The Yarn Discovery Tour is a new addition to our Crochet Getaway directory! Mark your calendar for September 2020 and head to northeast Ohio to discover 19 participating shops. WOW!
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. September 2020.
The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting the Long Island yarn shops. Dates pending for 2020.
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 early May 2020. 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
Estes Park Wool Market – Learn with workshops on June 11 and 12, then shop the Market on June 13 and 14, 2020
STITCHES Midwest 2020, July 30-August 2, 2020, Schaumburg, IL
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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