What Is A Yarn Crawl Adventure?
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Yarn crawl experiences have re-energized the LYS (Local Yarn Shop) in the US. Regional yarn-related small businesses have banded together to issue passports to a yarn crawl for a small fee and provide visitors with a yarn crawl passport stamp which is an entry for wonderful prizes.
It’s like a mini-trade show at your 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 2017 and 2018 to help you start the yarn crawling adventure.
Roving Indiana is usually held in February. Dates for 2018 will be 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 in Portland, Oregon.
Edinburgh Yarn Festival — March 15-18, 2018.
Knit North Yarn Crawl – The Knit North Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of 9 fabulous yarn shops in and around Boston, Massachusetts. March 15th-18th, 2018.
Los Angeles California – Sponsored by The Association of Los Angeles County Yarn Shops, this is a crowd-pleaser. April 19th-21st, 2018. Breaking News! STITCHES EXPOS is partnering with the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl to bring STITCHES SO-CAL i to LA in November 2018.
The Washington DC area, Metro Yarn Crawl, is ten full days of fabulous discounts, exciting craft-lover events, and fun! If the timing is right, you may even see the cherry trees in bloom! March 31 – April 9th, 2018.
Chicago’s Indie Fiber Fair, known as YarnCon, will be held April 7th and 8th at the Chicago Jouneyman Plumber’s Union Hall.
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 5 through April 8th,2018.
The West Coast Knitters’ Guild is ramping for their 2018 Woolith Fair yarn crawl – Dates are scheduled for April 27th through 29th, 2018.
The Long Island Yarn Crawl is a yearly event for visiting the Long Island yarn shops. April 19 – April 22, 2018.
Charm City Yarn Crawl (Baltimore) will be held April 6 through April 15th, 2018.
The Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl is held in the spring and features LYS in central Florida (east of Tampa). March 2nd through March 10th, 2018. Mark your calendars!
Minnesota Yarns Shop Hop is another spring event. April 5th through 8th, 2018.
Pacific Northwest Yarn Crawl – This is a spring event – May 3rd through 6th, 2018. The map on their home page shows the route and includes information about the shops and sponsors.
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 16-20, 2018.
WNC Yarn Crawl – Local yarn stores in the WNC/Asheville area host an annual Yarn Crawl in May of each year, usually the weekend before Mother’s Day. This year, it will be May 10th through 11th, 2018.
The Indie Burgh Yarn Crawl is another fun June event. As Edinburgh’s official annual yarn crawl, this one includes a pop-up market with lots of giveaways and goodies from local makers, an after-party/hang lounge, and light snacks provided by generous sponsors.
lliana Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of yarn shops along the Indiana/Illinois border and welcomes all fiber artists. July 13 through 22nd, 2018.
The East TN Yarn Crawl was held June 16-July 1, 2017. Keep a watch for the 2018 dates!
The British Wool Show in North Yorkshire is scheduled for August 10th through 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.
Chicago’s 7th annual yarn crawl does not have 2018 dates listed on their site.Anyone in the know about this one?
I’m excited about The I75 Yarn Crawl. This one is huge! It’s a 6-day (August 7-12, 2018) 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 18– 26, 2018!
Bring your spurs and come on over for the DFW Yarn Crawl, Y’all! – August 17-26, 2017 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex of north Texas.
Fabulous northern Colorado and southern Wyoming yarn stores have teamed up to offer the annual Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl! Usually at the end of July or early August, but I don’t have the exact dates for 2018.
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!
Slo County Yarn Crawl presents the local yarn shops of the San Luis Obispo, California area in a fun fall crawl. Dates pending.
Hill Country Yarn Crawl – Explore this historic region of Texas during the 10th Annual Crawl: Oct 5 through 14th, 2018. With 19 participating shops, it’s clear to see why this is billed as the Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas.
Tips for Yarn Crawl Adventures
Travel Tip: Call ahead to the shops to ask if there are any featured speakers or demos during the dates of the crawl if not 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.