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YARN HEALING L.A. – THE 10TH L.A. COUNTY YARN CRAWL UNITES FIBER COMMUNITY MARCH 24-27, 2022

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, USA, 2022-Mar-10 — /EPR Network/ — CELEBRATING TEN YEARS, the L.A. County Yarn Crawl (www.layarncrawl.org) is trying to keep its six regional communities of Los Angeles County knit together in comfort in what continues to be a challenging time. With the four-day live event return slated for March 24-27, 2022 10 AM – 6 PM, the 143 mile radius adventure is welcoming interest from locals, tourists, and multi-generational fiber arts enthusiasts after a two-year absence. From Downtown Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Long Beach, Bellflower, Redondo Beach, Inglewood, Santa Monica, Brentwood, to Encino, Valley Village, Pasadena, La Verne and Claremont, the fifteen women-owned small businesses participating are uniting to remind everyone that “yarn brings people together” with the power to stitch creativity, community, education and the collective minds and hearts of all those needing to feel part of something bigger than just the yarn itself.

From quarantine to healing, shop owners like Annette Corsino of Inglewood’s The Knitting Tree L.A. (www.theknittingtreela.com) concur. “I believe in the healing power of the fiber arts and have witnessed it over and over again. I have learned that there is a thriving fiber arts community that spans all economic, racial and community boundaries and it is a vital part of cultural arts, especially in a city as diverse as Los Angeles. Many of the fiber arts have been handed down generation to generation and reflect different inspirations, color, and structure. It is a medium of hands working in prayers, support, friendship, idealism, joy and hope into each stitch. Traditionally, the fiber arts are created in groups that foster family and community, where people of all kinds come together with a common interest. One of the most important aspects of education is exposure to ways of life different from your own. That’s how we learn and expand our view of the world, creating understanding, compassion, and empathy,” declares Corsino.


All fifteen of the participating yarn shops in the 10th celebration of L.A. County Yarn Crawl acknowledges healing through yarn has been ongoing, even before COVID. The county’s shop-wide knitting and crocheting classes which served many in education, also served those needing refuge, as much as learning. For Jennifer Wenger-Turchen, owner of Jennifer Knits in Brentwood (www.jenniferknits.com), it is all about what her store symbolizes – friendship, community, creativity and human touch, particularly in a tech-filled society. From those working through PTSD to cancer-survivors, she’s had all kinds of knitters in her shop. “We literally have people tell us every day that knitting saved their life with both new and old clients. We have felt so much love and support during this icky time! We’ve created a community and friends; and we’ve shown people they can relax and have fun with fiber,” Wenger-Turchen explains.


Education is a common theme and important element of the fiber arts industry and yarn is important to traditional education as well. L.A. County’s yarn shops are serving students, teachers, faculty, stressed out executives working both remotely and those suffering with anxiety returning to the work place. Local students are uniting, even from rival colleges to have friendly knit-offs. College faculty see yarn both in and out of the classroom as a powerful experience.


University of La Verne professor Linda Bartelts who dared to take on the trek of the 143 mile L.A. County Yarn Crawl in 2019 knows this well. Being is an essential educator in contact with several hundred students per week she understands yarn’s stress-relieving and healing benefits while staying connected to her currently is staying connected to her yarn community. “Some of my students knit and some of them knit during class (in person and on Zoom). I go to “drop-ins” at BUKU Yarns every Thursday night and some of my students will show up. In fact, two of them showed up last night! My son went to the Webb Schools in Claremont for high school and they actually taught the students how to knit as a stress reliever. It was fun to see students walk around with their knitting – some would even walk and knit!” says Bartelt who plans on returning as a Yarn Crawler to the L.A. County Yarn Crawl’s 10th celebration.


Bartelt’s go-to-shop in La Verne, BUKU Yarns (www.buku-yarns.com) is part of the San Gabriel Valley leg of the L.A. County Yarn Crawl. Shop owner Amanda Rios who will be participating in her fifth crawl sees the healing and bonding power of yarn first hand.  “I really love to see the younger generations interested and wanting to learn. I feel like teaching someone to make something beautiful and useful with their hands is one of the best lifelong gifts you can give. I really love this community, that’s what keeps me going year after year, the people. I love hearing from customers about how comfortable and welcomed they felt from their first time walking into the shop. If that’s the case, then I’ve done my job,” states Rios.


Also echoing this sentiment is L’Atelier (www.latelier.com) owner Karen Damskey celebrating forty-six years in the fiber arts business in the Riviera Village of Redondo Beach plus a second location L’Atelier on Ventura in Encino with both shops participating in the 2022 L.A. Yarn Crawl. The French word L’Atelier, translates to mean “The Workshop” and she has always seen her ‘workshop’ job as an active hub for all things yarn and design, and the power of yarn healing. “One of my clients lost her husband. She was working on a sweater for him and wanted to return all the unused yarns. She had completed ¾ of the sweater. I took her aside and suggested that she finish the sweater for herself. She had knit all of her love of “Tom” into it and it was sad to see her abandon it. She broke out with a big smile and we worked together to make some simple changes that would allow her to complete the garment for herself. The joy and love on her face told the story. Working with yarn and creating new designs connects me to my soul. For me knitting is a journal, whatever I’m working on will in the future trigger what was happening at that moment in my life. Creating gives me mindfulness, and balance,” elaborates Damskey.


Balance is key to yarn healing for both the shop owner as well as the community that it serves. Bellflower’s Candace Broeker of Stitches in Time Yarn  (www.stitchesintimeyarn.com ) sees yarn’s full-circle healing loop for her community and herself in the same breath. “I have had more than one person tell me they would not have made it through a terrible life event if it were not for my shop and the other regulars who have become friends. Knitting is how I de-stress and comfort myself as well as how I make a living, so I didn’t need to keep my passion alive (amid pandemic), it’s ALWAYS alive. Most commonly folks were and are really appreciative that I am still here for the help and community. For years my students have told me how important it is to them to have my shop to visit, to receive help and for the companionship and friends they make,” shares Broeker.


During the past five years Pasadena’s Wollhaus (www.wollhaus.com) has witnessed that The L.A. yarn community is very diverse. “We hope to see a fearless community of new and returning knitters and crocheters eager to learn with the exploration of new techniques such as color work, courage to try new things, new generation of younger knitters, and fashion movement. We’re located near the Pasadena City College and Caltech campuses. We have faculty (including scientists), staff, and students as customers. Recently one of our regulars defended her doctoral dissertation and invited us to watch over Zoom. We were so touched when she completed her presentation and included a special slide thanking Wollhaus for providing her with emotional yarn support during her PhD pursuit!” share owners Kathi Snodgrass and Ulli Shrober.


Kat Coyle, shop owner of Los Feliz’ The Little Knittery (www.thelittleknittery.com), finds yarn healing in yarn conversations both globally and locally in L.A. Her “craftivism” career milestones include collaborating with Krista Suh and Jayna Zwieman, designing the Pussyhat for the 2017 Women’s March and being part of The Welcome Blanket. Zwieman asked her to design a blanket pattern for her project that gives blankets to immigrant families. Being part of global outreach larger conversations continued through the pandemic providing additional yarn story moments with her customers day-to-day which perpetuates healing. “I enjoy working and creating with yarn. I consider my yarn store my happy place. The people that shop at The Little Knittery are warm and supportive. Working with yarn has been a way to express myself creatively and at the same time has been a vehicle to connect with community,” states Coyle.


The yarn shops became more than just a haven for owners to indulge in their fiber arts passion, it was all about self-care and self-love as a shop, shop owner, industry and fiber community. For Gina Carlson owner of Claremont’s Yarnaholic Store™ & Boutique (www.yarnaholicstore.com)looking at this big picture relationship means understanding its importance. “I love to educate people on the history of this art medium. There are so many disciplines tied to this industry. The creative ways that our yarn vendors/partners worked to be flexible to help yarn store owners helped me to say, ‘I can survive.’ It’s important to want to create, so it is important for yarn stores to make it through this time. We offer a special experience through our expertise, time, and our love to help someone else to find that passion and ability to create. That helps all of us to stay motivated. People will enjoy the simple act of being out and going to multiple yarn stores over the course of the four days during this year’s crawl, when they have been deprived for almost two years and will probably be more appreciative of this experience being available,” shares Carlson

Phebie Day Lozano owner of Phebie’s NeedleArt (www.phebie.com) in Claremont looks at the Yarn Crawl ahead to be a pathway from being quarantined seeing the unprecedented, to emerging back into community. “As someone who has been involved in the fiber arts community for over 30 years, the past two years have been unlike anything I have ever experienced. Fortunately, knitting and crocheting helped many of my customers get through the quarantine. I am sure that the upcoming Yarn Crawl will be a welcome return to normalcy for those returning customers. I do think that people who began knitting and crocheting during the quarantine will be interested in participating and seeing the variety of products, projects and ideas out there,” states Lozano.


For L.A. Yarn Crawl President Maridee Dangcil, who happens to own area’s only mobile shop, The Yarnover Truck (www.yarnovertruck.com ), yarn became a way in which she created her own methods for dealing with the balance of health, life, and later entrepreneurship stress, intertwining yarn as her therapy. “For me, knitting and crocheting are meditative! The simple act of counting stitches would calm me down and after just a few minutes,
I could go back and face the next project on my To Do list. I have learned that there is a very large and thriving yarn community in Los Angeles County. I think working with yarn gives people the chance to be creative and try new and different things. Since we opened to in-person shopping again in July of 2021, we’ve been seeing more and more of our regulars venture out and just about everyone has expressed their happiness in being able to touch and feel yarn in person again. Everyone really missed that!” states Dangcil.


Santa Monica owners Claudia Seizer and Teri Artinyan of Wildfiber Studio (www.wildfiberstudio.com) are happy to be open again to in-person customers to witness the healing aspect of what yarn can do in the community. “The greatest part of being a yarn shop owner is getting to spread the love of yarn, knitting and crochet to all people. We take particular joy in seeing the excitement of someone who has just discovered knitting or crochet. We know the possibilities and can’t wait for them to discover the things they can accomplish. Working with yarn allows us all to express our creative selves. It is the common thread we have with the world of fiber enthusiasts.”


At the Mezzanine Level of California’s largest 22,000 sq. foot book seller, The Last Bookstore in Downtown L.A. you’ll find Gather DTLA (www.togatherdtla.com) yarn shop owner Tifanee Taylor who ironically could not gather in the traditional sense during the COVID pandemic. Gather DTLA had participated packing 100 lunches for the Downtown Women’s Center just a month prior to the 2020 L.A. County Yarn Crawl being postponed. Yarn’s healing is a united energy of global proportions and owning a yarn shop that attracts tourists from all over the world, she never strays from the community where she ultimately found her own belonging as she continues serving her community. “I moved here in December of 2014, and started coming to Gather’s Sunday Social because I was looking for ‘my people,’ and didn’t know anyone in L.A. aside from my husband. A couple months later, Evi, who had opened the shop in 2012, decided she needed to close it. I asked if I could buy it from her instead, and we made it work. I’m so glad to have been able to keep it open, Gather is a really special place inside of an absolutely magical bookstore. L.A.is an enormous city, and I think it is fantastic that there are so many yarn shops. Each shop has it’s own personality, and everyone can find a couple shops which suit them.”


“L.A.’s yarn community is just that – a community. We have customers who are in therapy and have had their therapist suggest it as a means to cope with things they are going through. There are schools now that have incorporated knitting into their curricula. Studies have been done on children who had a tough time focusing on school and studying, but when they were knitting while listening to a lecture, they were able to better focus on what was said. We find peace in working with yarn. Yes, even if that yarn becomes a big knot we would still suffer through it just to work with it. We love the expression and the peace it brings,” state Dawn Stancarone & Sherri Andrews of Valley Village’s The Altered Stitch (www.thealteredstitch.com)

Sandra Carter, Michelle Nash and Carla Hubbart found themselves making a very unexpected commitment to becoming business partners and yarn shop owners during COVID. Alamitos Bay Yarn Company’s (www.yarncompany.com)name and long-running reputation for twenty-two years has been a staple in the Long Beach community for many fiber arts enthusiasts. When the former owners decided to take a long-overdue and well-deserved road to retirement, Carter, Nash and Hubbart understood the shop’s long important legacy for the Long Beach area. “We did not want to see Alamitos Bay Yarn Company close. It’s special – it’s a community. The greatest part of owning this shop is listening to customers share with us what the shop means to them. Having our shop here has shown us how much the yarn community appreciates good quality yarn,” shares Hubbart.


Keeping communities looped into a multi-generational past time is no easy task for the Fiber Arts Industry, however, when small businesses unite for the same common cause, the result is a community found for both avid and newbie crafters alike. The twenty women shop owners whose 273 combined years of yarn business ownership experience shared their thoughts on the healing aspects of fiber arts, understanding its bigger purpose. It is with these collective thoughts they have hope for continued healing in the City of Angels and for all of their respective yarn communities coming together in the name of the fiber art industry. “We want all crawlers to feel safe and know we’re looking out for them as they crawl from shop to shop. There is a very large and thriving yarn community in Los Angeles County. Working with yarn gives people the chance to be creative and try new and different things and we’re here to welcome both new and veteran crawlers into our fiber arts community,” states Maridee Dangcil, President of the L.A. County Yarn Crawl.
Traditionally every year since the Yarn Crawl’s inception, the shops give away free patterns to crawlers as a regular feature of the Yarn Crawl using their featured yarn, which is the only yarn that each shop can have on sale during the event. This year the featured yarns will be available for sale at a 15 percent discount. Plus this first-time Treasure Hunt pattern giveaway is available in both knit and crochet and is on top of what the crawl regularly features as celebratory incentive to enjoy the ten years of crawling through L.A. County. The patterns are free available for download https://layarncrawl.org/pages/treasure-hunt-patterns.


The 10th L.A. Yarn Crawl will be bringing a mix of old and new to the event. Returning will be the classic crawl popular passport prize promotion, where each of the fifteen shops will feature a $300 gift basket prize. To enter crawl participants will drop their completed passports with stamps from the Yarn Crawl sprawl of shops visited: https://layarncrawl.org/pages/about-the-la-yarn-crawl
The L.A. County Yarn Crawl’s group of unique shops are committed toward educating and teaching yarn crafts. The purpose of the event is to create awareness by bringing together the Los Angeles community in the fiber arts all while creating friendships, inspiring creativity, projects, and memories to last a lifetime. For event details, COVID safety protocol and more information on the L.A. County Yarn Crawl 2022 please go to https://layarncrawl.org/ or email layarncrawl@gmail.com For all media interview and photo requests contact event publicist Stacey Kumagai of Media Monster Communications, Inc. at 818.506.8675 mediamonster@yahoo.com

CRAWL THE 143 MILE SPRAWL AND MAKE A SHAWL – L.A. COUNTY YARN CRAWL CELEBRATES 10 YEARS PROVIDING INSIDER TIPS FOR A ONE-OF-A-KIND ADVENTURE MARCH 24-27, 2022

Missing from Los Angeles event calendars for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the L.A. County Yarn Crawl is happy to be crawling back CELEBRATING TEN YEARS with its live event return slated for March 24-27, 2022 10 AM – 6 PM. Unlike any other categorized event, the four-day fiber arts community staple since 2013 hopes to coax veteran and new crawlers out of isolation to safely take on a crawling adventure with fellow creatives across 143 miles of Greater Los Angeles to visit 15 independent participating women-owned yarn shops across six unique communities. With the last actualized live crawl in 2019, the organizers realize revisiting the crawl experience to answer “What is a crawl?” and “How well do you know L.A.?” in the same breath of safety protocol will be helpful to newcomers who might have only discovered yarn for the first time as an at-home safe quarantine hobby during the pandemic.  In that time, several yarn communities have grown online with many fiber arts enthusiasts, old and new, never experiencing the Los Angeles County live in-person event, which is now celebrating its decade milestone.

“The decision to hold the 2022 LA Yarn Crawl was not made lightly. We care about the health and safety of all of you, our vendors, and our staff. We’d like to assure everyone that each and every shop is adhering to strict Covid protocols mandated by the State of California and Los Angeles County. You can see each stores safety protocols on our website: https://layarncrawl.org/pages/covid-protocol,” states Maridee Dangcil, President of the L.A. County Yarn Crawl.


WHAT IS THE L.A. COUNTY YARN CRAWL EXPERIENCE?

Definition: The L.A. County Yarn Crawl is a unique road map shopping experience of Los Angeles County independently owned and operated small business yarn shop retailers serving the fiber arts community.  Joining forces through one collective event across four days, the purpose of the united retailers is to invite yarn enthusiasts to experience yarn across six regional communities covering Long Beach, Bellflower, Downtown Los Angeles, Los Feliz, Redondo Beach, Inglewood, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Encino, Valley Village, Pasadena, Claremont and La Verne.

The shops are looped together by one passport which gets stamped as yarn crawl attendees makes their way to each of the shops within the crawl. When a passport is filled, it can be entered to win a prize basket.  A variety of activities including featured yarn sales, trunk shows, free patterns and fun ideas are offered at each shop.  Crawlers get an introduction to inspiring education, creativity, and introduction to each shops on-going events, classes and offerings, while gaining interaction with the yarn communities across the L.A. County area.

For a 2019 first-time crawler who was ‘hooked’ and ready for 2020, the pandemic’s cancellation of the event was something that left many unraveled.

“We were super disappointed that the 2020 yarn crawl was cancelled.  There are no local yarn stores in our city so I had to rely on craft stores for my yarn during the pandemic. I did order some online,” shares yarn crawlers Kim and Jay Berckes.

Committing to doing the L.A. County Yarn Crawl back in 2019 was quite the 90-minute eighty mile trek before even taking on the 143 mile crawl for the Berckes couple who reside in the Antelope Valley. Their spring staycation experience was reminiscent of a ‘see

where the road takes us’ road trip having the fun challenge to seek and discover.  The Berckes however, did do a bit of planning.

 “This was our first year doing the yarn crawl. We planned it by finding what store was farthest and then went back from there.  My husband and I did it together! I wanted to go and my husband wanted to come along and drive.  He loves books so we found a few book stores for him too on the way.  I am a crocheter mostly but like to do all sorts of crafts.  We really enjoyed seeing all the locally owned stores and just the adventure of it all,” shares Kim Berckes.

First-time crawlers can follow their lead by just participating freely and enjoying the crawl and what it offers along the way. One of the benefits of not over-planning is to discover no matter where you reside or are traveling from, you get to explore new territory. The Berckes plan to return to the crawl with the same approach, “We are really excited for the 2022 yarn crawl!  Everyone we met in the stores were really nice and made us feel welcome!”

If you’re not a go-with-the-flow crawler, perhaps you can a few notes from Pasadena resident veteran crawler Natalie Welts.

“When the 2020 crawl was canceled (due to the pandemic), my heart sank. I was so disappointed. I had wondered if the crawl would come back. But I am excited to do the 2022 crawl this year,” affirms Welts who has been a ‘long-term hauler L.A. County Yarn Crawler’ since 2014.

Welts who is a self-declared “bistitchual,” crocheting since 1990 and teaching herself to knit in 2013 has come a long way from first stitching granny squares.  Having worn shawls and cowls she handmade herself to the past crawls, this year will be no different though weather dependent, as she stitches something to wear for 2022’s 10th Celebration.


“It’s one of the fun things about the crawl, you see other crawlers wearing their creations and you exchange ideas or get inspired as you get to know people who are also wearing something they made.  Sometimes along the crawl you see the same people from your previous stop, recognizing them from what they’re wearing,” explains Welts who plans out each day of the crawl, which is part of her fun process.

Welts and her friend have created a ritual of showing up and suiting up. One year, they wore bunny ears, the next, Disney ears. One year, she brought her dog with her. Another year, she brought her sister along ‘virtually’ holding the phone as they walked through the store together so her sister could see the yarn colors, while Welts could feel and smell the yarn herself.  For 2022, she is hoping her sister joins her live.

Smelling her way through every store, she appreciates the crawler adventure often noticing groups of other friends wearing matching outfits to show they’re traveling the crawl together and exchanging knowing smiles.  Having fun and laughter as a part of the crawl’s amusing travels with other yarn enthusiasts is what draws Welts in every year.  Being a regular crawler Welts has created a whole ritual to maximize her crawl experience that goes beyond just dressing for the part.  Having done the 143 mile crawl in its entirety, she has lots of helpful tips for first-time crawlers:

Tip #1 – Plan strategically. Whether you are on the hunt for a special yarn, store trunk show, pattern or sale, map out your participation for the event to take advantage of all the crawl has to offer.  Her personal suggestion is “If you see something you like, get it – don’t hesitate, because if you go back again throughout the event, the item you want may not be there,” Welts says with regret of passing up a Flying Kettle Yarn, black with rainbow stripes, that literally flew off the shelves, true to its name.

Tip #2 – Keep enough coins with you for certain areas where you need to feed parking meters.

Tip #3 – Use Google Maps to see the Yarn Crawl route and strategically plan your trip throughout all the days of the event, noting which stores to hit and when, keeping traffic in mind for the time of day.

Tip #4 – Be aware that the buttons you collect to put on your bag can actually fall off. They’re fun to collect, but keep watch.

Tip #5 – Have fun. While everyone may take on the crawl differently, (Welts smells her way through every store) the whole point is to enjoy the experience.  For Welts and her friend, they make their own fun – taking selfies in front of every store they visit posting on social media.  Together they have enjoyed seeing different neighborhoods, people, and enjoying different food. One crawl year, she and her friend ended up taking in a sunset and learned about a boat ride near one of the shops, as her friend had won a prize.  “It’s all about the crawl itself, plus you get to know people that you normally wouldn’t.


Sharing Welts’ ‘bistitchual’ love of yarn knitting for 4 ½ years, crocheting for 7, is University of La Verne professor Linda Bartelt who plans to join the 2022 crawl again.

“I have experienced the yarn crawl 3 times now – the first time I was so new that I just went to my local yarn shop.  The second year I went to some but not all, and the third year (2019) I went to all the shops.  My inspiration quite honestly to visit all the shops was the silly little pins to put on my yarn crawl bag and get my passport stamped.  I am very “task” driven (probably why I’m a teacher – lol!) so getting to all the shops was a priority – at least for 2019,” explains the La Verne resident.

Being an essential educator in contact with several hundred students per week, Bartelt was initially grateful for the 2020 crawl’s postponement as limiting exposure was her priority and still is as she continues to be masked and extra careful. She understands yarn’s stress-relieving and healing benefits and even sees it and currently is staying connected to her yarn community.

“Some of my students knit and some of them even knit in class (in person and on Zoom).  I go to “drop-ins” at BUKU Yarns every Thursday night and some of my students will show up.  In fact, two of them showed up last night! My son went to the Webb Schools in Claremont for high school and they actually taught the students how to knit as a stress reliever.  It was fun to see students walk around with their knitting – some would even walk and knit!” says Bartelt who plans on returning to the L.A. County Yarn Crawl’s 10th celebration.



Here are Bartelt’s tips for doing the yarn crawl:

Tip #1 –“The most fun part of the crawl was planning it out with some of my fellow knitters.  Since the crawl is so spread out that there needed to be some strategic planning involved. One of the things I really enjoyed while participating in the 2019 crawl was planning out our meals.  A guide to some local restaurants near the shops may be a good resource for people to plan their   day   https://layarncrawl.org/pages/shops  (click each participating shop to find the list of eateries nearby).

Tip #2- The regions were all very different!  I tried to take advantage of some of the local “stuff” that was obvious to me. Every shop seemed to be located near either a quaint downtown area, pier, or something that caught my attention.  So, experiencing what the towns around the yarn store had to offer was something that I loved!

Tip #3 – Customize the crawl so that it suits you.  While Bartelt experienced the crawl differently across the three years she participated, the key is working the event to your tastes and interests. This can be condensed, quick, efficient and local for the minimum time you have available or committing to the crawl in its entirety seeing all the shops plus experiencing the competitive challenge of collecting buttons and passport stamps.

“I do plan on attending the 2022 crawl.  My fellow knitters and I are beginning to talk about our strategies.  We are asking questions like: “do we want to try and visit all the stores”, “what are we going to eat”, “how many days are we going to crawl” and “what projects do we have in mind for our purchases”?  During my “drop-in” class last night, I even talked a few knitters who have never been on the crawl to join us!  I love the crawl!  I love seeing new to me knitting tools.  I love the patterns and featured yarns.  I am forever grateful for the knitting community that I have created!” exclaims Bartelt.
                                                

Returning crawlers of all experience levels like the Berckes, Welts and Bartelt, are excited to return for 2022.  Sharing their strategy might be helpful to many of the newcomers expected to attend the crawl or hesitant due to lack of understanding what it entails.  For those who have not had the crawl experience, they can learn from these crawlers that it can be a fun adventure at any comfort-zone level, based on how each crawler wishes to enjoy it.  From here new crawlers can look forward to having their own story to share and a new community to meet, with veteran crawlers reuniting with the friends they’ve made along the way.

The participating yarn shops (https://layarncrawl.org/pages/shops) sprawled across L.A. include the following areas:
Downtown Los Angeles: Gather DTLA and The Little Knittery (Los Feliz).
Long Beach/Bellflower: Stitches in Time Yarn (Bellflower) and Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay Yarn Company under new ownership, (with The Yarnover Truck mobile appearance 03/25/22).
South Bay: L’Atelier (Redondo Beach) and Inglewood’s The Knitting Tree L.A. (with The Yarnover Truck mobile appearance 03/26/22).
The Westside: Wildfiber Studio (Santa Monica) and Jennifer Knits (Brentwood)
San Fernando Valley: L’Atelier on Ventura (Encino) and Valley Village’s The Altered Stitch (with The Yarnover Truck mobile appearance 03/24/22).
San Gabriel Valley: Wollhaus (Pasadena), Yarnaholic™ Store & Boutique (Claremont), Phebie’s NeedleArt (Claremont), and in La Verne, BUKU Yarns (with The Yarnover Truck mobile appearance 03/27/22)

The 10th L.A. Yarn Crawl will be bringing a mix of old and new to the event.  Returning will be the crawl passport prize promotion, where each of the fifteen shops will feature a $300 gift basket prize. To enter crawl participants will drop their completed passports with stamps from the Yarn Crawl sprawl of shops visited: https://layarncrawl.org/pages/about-the-la-yarn-crawl

Newly added for this year is a brand new component TREASURE HUNT where attendees follow the crawl’s official patterns presented for the first time in the crawl’s event history.  Details about both the knit and crochet versions of the Treasure Hunt patterns can be found on the crawl’s website https://layarncrawl.org/pages/treasure-hunt-patterns.  Crawlers can use the designated crawl pattern with the event’s roadmap of shops to seek out the perfect variety of colorful yarns for their project.  Each crawler’s yarn hunting experience will differ based on their approach to the crawl and reflected in the final outcome when they make their one-of-a-kind 10th celebration commemorative wearable shawl.    We do understand that not everyone will feel comfortable coming out and taking part.  Those can still partake in the free patterns we’ve created and posted to our website and even purchase a tote bag from one of the shops. We want all crawlers to feel safe and know we’re looking out for them as they crawl from shop to shop,” states Dangcil.

The L.A. County Yarn Crawl’s group of unique shops are committed toward educating and teaching yarn crafts. The purpose of the event is to create awareness by bringing together the Los Angeles community in the fiber arts all while creating friendships, inspiring creativity, projects, and memories to last a lifetime. For event details, COVID safety protocol and more information on the L.A. County Yarn Crawl 2022 please go to https://layarncrawl.org/ or email layarncrawl@gmail.com  For all media interview and photo requests contact event publicist Stacey Kumagai of Media Monster Communications, Inc. at 818.506.8675 mediamonster@yahoo.com

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We're reintroducing you to 5 more unique shops, plus talking about safely Celebrating 10 Years of the L.A. County Yarn Crawl.

We feel the need to talk a bit about Covid and how we're handling it for the 2022 L.A. Yarn Crawl.  The decision to hold the Crawl was not made lightly. We care about the health and safety of all of you, our vendors, and our staff.

We’d like to assure you that each and every shop is adhering to strict Covid protocols mandated by the State of California and Los Angeles County.   We've created a list on our website of the Covid protocols each shop is following. Click HERE to see the full list.  As circumstances change, shops may update these protocols. We encourage everyone to visit this page before you start your crawl so you know what each shop is doing.

We have a wide variety of shops participating in the crawl and they vary in size and layout. Because of this, some may be limiting the number of customers allowed in the shop during the Crawl. So please be patient if you need to wait outside if a shop is especially busy. We recommend bringing along your project so you’ll have something to do if there is a wait.

It has been a long two years since our last Yarn Crawl. But at this point, all shops are currently open and customers have been telling us they are looking forward to the next event.  With the safety protocols in place and the fact that over 76% of adults in LA County are fully vaccinated, the stores as a group feel we can go forward with the LA Yarn Crawl this year. Here are the final five shops you'll be visiting during the 2022 L.A. County Yarn Crawl!

 

Wildfiber Studio

Wildfiber Studio of Santa Monica welcomes you to our inviting, inspiring, and relaxing environment. In our beautiful and well-curated shop, you can find an inspiring selection of yarns, tools, patterns, and books.  Find the latest in luxury yarns, natural fibers, artisanal hand dyes as well as reliable favorites. Our classes range from absolute beginner knitter/crocheter to macrame, embroidery, weaving, and more!




The Knitting Tree, L.A.

The Knitting Tree, L.A. is a community-based yarn store located just minutes from LAX, in the same complex as the awesome woman-owned Three Weaver's Brewery, in the arts district of Inglewood! You'll be warmly greeted as you explore this 1500 square foot center filled with a uniquely SOCAL collection of yarn and accessories!  From local BIPOC indie dyers (many of whom were mentored at the store) to national favorites, the owner Annette Corsino believes in educating and supporting makers of all kinds!  TKTLA hosts an extensive array of classes in the fiber arts including knitting, crocheting, weaving, embroidery, and spinning, as well as their latest project class -- Knitting an Emotional Support Chicken. Come sit at our table, make new friends, have some good belly laughs and create something new!




L'Atelier on Ventura

L’Atelier on Ventura is located in the middle of Encino on Ventura Blvd at the Plaza Del Oro Mall. We offer unique fibers, high-quality yarns for every price point we carry. We believe if you spend your precious time, the materials should be the best you can afford. Look for free one on one instruction and custom pattern writing for yarn purchased from us and of all a desire to connect with you for all your fiber knitting and crochet needs.




Buku Yarns

Buku Yarns is a gem of a shop located in La Verne. You will find hand-dyed yarns by multiple local indie-dyers including the shop's namesake line of BUKU Yarns, dyed by the shop owner, Amanda Rios. Buku Yarns offers a wide variety of classes that appeal to beginners and seasoned veterans alike. They also offer many drop-in options for knitters and crocheters to get help on any project that suits your fancy.  





Wollhaus

Located in the heart of the Historic Pasadena Playhouse district, Wollhaus was started when Ulli & Kathi had a vision to build a community around creativity and thoughtfully selected yarns, tools, and workshops. We are honored to carry Brooklyn Tweed, Woolfolk, Blue Sky Fibers, Madelinetosh, Knit Collage, Malabrigo, Juniper Moon, Shibui, CocoKnits, Amirisu, Laine, Addi, and many others.  We offer classes, trunk shows, and workshops. Enjoy our creative space and when you are ready, our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect next project. Come and join the fun!