We've just stepped into 2022 and hope you're as excited as we are for the 10th Los Angeles County Yarn Crawl happening in just 3 months: March 24th - 27th! It's been a while since we've been able to have our Crawl in person, plus for those of you new to our event, we wanted to give you a short rundown of how it will work and what to look forward to! We're also going to take the next few weeks to re-introduce you to the 15 unique shops that you'll be exploring during this year's Crawl.
What to Expect during the LA Yarn Crawl
We hope you'll plan to join us for this once-a-year opportunity to explore the unique and creative local yarn shops in LA county and experience our fantastic fiber community. The Los Angeles County Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour leading you through L.A., including your favorite local yarn shops, some a little out of your immediate area, and hopefully, a few that are new to you!
The Crawl is a free event running from Thursday, March 24th through Sunday, March 27th. During the 4-day, self-paced fiber-filled weekend across LA County, you'll have the chance to visit 15 different shops and see their latest and most excellent products, and many will have Trunk Shows of special products just for the Crawl.
As we get closer to the Crawl, we'll have all the crawler resources available for you on our website. This will include a grid with all the events happening at each shop, a map to plan your adventure, and a passport you'll print out and bring with you to get stamped at each shop you visit. When you Crawl, you'll receive a unique shop button, a free knit pattern, and a free crochet pattern from each shop. Plus, all of the shops will have the Commemorative Tote bags celebrating 10 years available for purchase (a great place to display all of the shop buttons you'll collect). By participating in the Crawl, you'll have chances to win Crawl prizes, including the fantastic shop baskets.
Plus, we have a few fun surprises coming that will be unique to this, our 10th LA Yarn Crawl so stay tuned!
Now we'd like to share a little bit about each of our participating shops in this year's crawl. Below is our first group. We'll be sharing more in the coming weeks too!
Phebie's NeedleArt is located on the second floor of the historic Packing House in Claremont. For over 30 years, they have been serving the community by providing yarns in all types of weights, colors, and fiber from around the world. This beautiful shop is a gathering place for all ages to meet and expand their horizons in whatever art is desired, be it knitting, crochet, weaving, cross-stitch, or Brazilian Embroidery.
The Little Knittery
The Little Knittery is a cozy neighborhood yarn shop located in Los Feliz with a beautifully curated selection of the softest fibers, emphasizing fair trade practices, sustainable source materials, and domestically produced yarns and notions. Kat Coyle, the owner, and designer, created the brilliant and straightforward hat pattern that allowed people of all knitting levels to be part of the Pussyhat Project.
The Altered Stitch
Friends for over 30 years, these two owners of The Altered Stitch enjoy knitting and sipping some craft brew and wine. Sherri, an archaeologist by day, started knitting and fell in love with it. Dawn, an HR / Organizational Development consultant, also fell in love with knitting, ironically at the same time as Sherri! They have gone on all sorts of fiber adventures, and shenanigans ensued - Including investing in a yarn store located in Valley Village and creating a wonderful crafting community!
Stitches in Time
Celebrating 27 years of knitting and crochet excellence in Bellflower, Stitches in Time is a great place to find some fun "sit & stitch" time!⠀You'll find a range of yarns from basics to hand-dyes and more throughout this shop that feels like walking into a friend's house. Thorugh the years, Candy, the owner, has welcomed a wide variety of customers into her yarn community including author Debbie Macomber. So you never know who you might run into when you visit her shop!
Located in Brentwood, you're going to find this powerhouse shop, Jennifer Knits is filled with folks who love the colors, the textures, and even the smell of yarn just as much as you do. You'll discover all types of fibers, including a large selection of cashmere, luxury yarns, and hand-dyed yarns from around the world. They even have their own line of these beautiful yarns so when you visit, you'll be able to get something you won't find anywhere else!
See you in March!
“We’re so excited to be bringing back the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl in 2022. After missing two years, we’re also looking forward to welcoming all new crafters who started working with yarn while we were all asked to stay at home. If this is your first crawl, or you are a seasoned veteran, it’s going to be a great weekend and there will be lots of new unique and special things to see and do!” states Maridee Dangcil, President of the L.A. County Yarn Crawl.
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 Other prize level components will feature general crawl prizes with a certain number of shops visited with new surprises added closer to the event.
With a varying range of yarn shop business experience from 46 years to just under one year – these hard working entrepreneurs toiled diligently during the pandemic to stay connected to their respective yarn communities. Now they are returning to work together collectively in order to unite the entire Greater Los Angeles area to continue thriving through the event at a time when fiber arts healing is needed within the live event’s all-inclusive yarn communities connecting all of their local brick and mortar businesses.
Of the fifteen women-owned yarn shops (14 brick-n-mortars + 1 mobile truck), there are twenty owners featuring eleven California Natives originally from Los Angeles, Pico Rivera, Rancho Cucamonga, Torrance, Burbank, SFV, Long Beach, Brentwood and San Dimas; and the remaining U.S. transplants to L.A. County from Austria, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Arizona, with two U.S. globetrotters one who spent time all over the place with some time in Philadelphia, while another is from an Air Force family. Together they have a grand total of 273 combined years of yarn business ownership experience.
The participating yarn shops sprawled across L.A. include the following areas:
San Fernando Valley: L’Atelier on Ventura (Encino) and Valley Village’s The Altered Stitch (with The Yarnover Truck mobile appearance 03/24/22).
The Westside: Wildfiber Studio (Santa Monica) and Jennifer Knits (Brentwood)
South Bay: L’Atelier (Redondo Beach) and Inglewood’s The Knitting Tree L.A. (with The Yarnover Truck mobile appearance 03/26/22).
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).
Downtown Los Angeles: Gather DTLA and The Little Knittery (Los Feliz).
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org For all media interview and photo requests contact event publicist Stacey Kumagai of Media Monster Communications, Inc. at 818.506.8675 email@example.com
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