If you’ve never had the opportunity to participate in a Yarn Crawl, try to find one and get yourself involved.  It’s so much fun!  This year, a record twelve shops in and around St. Louis, MO are offering all kinds of sales and special hours of operation for the Event.  In addition, you get a Passport (from a participating shop or download from their website) that is stamped by each shop you visit (even if you don’t buy anything).  Then, there are drawings for all kinds of goodies!  Each stamp on your Passport improves your chance of winning the Grand Prize.

MARINA YARN SHAWL

The Marina Shawl shows one of the new yarns that Georgia at Hearthstone Knits  saw at Yarn Market and ordered lots of!  At the last meeting of the St. Louis Crochet Club, we got to play with partial skeins of it.  It works nicely for crochet as well as knit.  About this yarn and scarf, Georgia writes

“Here’s a project that’s a blast!  This is a 1-skein project using Marina yarn from Universal Yarns.  The strand looks like a strip of mesh crochet. You just work into the top “compartment.” Check out the video on Universal’s website.  Fast, fun, inexpensive gift — and don’t forget to make one for yourself.”

There are Yarn Crawls all over the country.  If you live in a big city, there will be a Yarn Crawl at some point.  In preparation for the arrival of all the new yarns the shop owners have seen and ordered at Yarn Market, they clear out their shelves to make room for the new skeins.  This results in wonderful savings on some of your favorite yarns as dye lots are discontinued or replaced, as yarns are discontinued or updated in colorways, and as the shops clear out orphan skeins and other odds and ends.  This is the perfect opportunity to pick up a skein or two of a luxury yarn you might not otherwise be able to afford.

It’s also a great opportunity to check out yarn shops that haven’t been on your radar.  Since I have my favorite LYS and two others I enjoy visiting, I haven’t investigated most of the others.  I’ll spend the better part of two days traveling hither and yon to visit each shop.  Even if I don’t win a thing, I’ll get to meet shop owners, experience the vibe of each shop, and most importantly for me, verify which ones are ‘crochet friendly’.

Here are the regional shops participating this year for the Yarn Crawl that will take place from Thursday & Friday, July 28th & 29th – 10am to 8pm
Saturday, July 30st – 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, July 31st – 12pm to 5pm:

BAH! Yarns  805 Franklin Ave, Washington, MO 63090  (636) 390-2400
The Bead Place 5200 North Illinois, Suite102, Fairview Heights, IL 62208 (618) 222-0772
Ewe Knit Yarns 7967 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves, MO 63119 (314) 961-6933
HearthStone Knits 11429 Concord Village Ave., St. Louis, MO 63123 (314) 849-9276
The Heavenly Ewe 1716 Old Missouri State Rd. Arnold MO 63010 (636) 287 1231
Kirkwood Knittery 10724 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, MO 63122 (314) 822-7222
Knit and Caboodle 330 S. Main St., Saint Charles, MO 63301 (636) 916-0060
Knit One, Weave Too 303 North Main Street, Edwardsville Il 62025 (618) 692-6950
Knitorious 3268 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63139 (314) 646-8276
The Loopy Ewe 2705 Dougherty Ferry Rd. Ste. 107, St. Louis, MO 63122 (314) 835-9944
Weaving Dept. at Myers House 180 W. Dunn Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 (314) 921-7800
Wool Gatherings 510 N. West Avenue, Eureka, MO 63025 (636) 221-2826

Visit all 12 shops and be eligible for the Globe Trotter grand prize drawing!
Visit any 6 or more shops and be eligible for the Road Tripper prize drawing!

UPDATE – expect a written review of this year’s Yarn Crawl to be published soon!

By jd wolfe




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