Announcing the 3rd Annual Long Island Yarn Crawl
After two successful years, 9 yarn shops from Mattituck to Port Washington will be participating in the third annual Long Island Yarn Crawl on March 30th – April 2nd, 2017. Over the course of four days yarn crafters – knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners – are invited to participate in this self-guided tour of our Long Island yarn shops, which will have extended hours and special activities throughout the weekend. It is a great way for crafters to explore what our local fiber community has to offer and meet other local yarn enthusiasts.
Participants are invited to either pick up their Long Island Yarn Crawl Passport from a participating store or download it from the yarn crawl’s website, and have it stamped as they “crawl” from shop to shop. Crawlers who collect stamps from all 9 stores will be entered to win one of our amazing prizes: the grand prize, which is a $100 gift card from each of the participating stores; or second prize, over $400 of yarn donated by gold sponsor Knitting Fever. Participants who drop off a passport with fewer than 9 stamps will be entered to win a separate drawing. Further prizes will be announced as the yarn crawl approaches!
Special edition Long Island Yarn Crawl bags can be purchased at participating shops, or are available as a free gift with a $40 minimum purchase (while supplies last). Each store has specials planned and will have drawings for door prizes during the crawl. Details will be made available closer to the Yarn Crawl weekend here on our website: http://longislandyarncrawl.com/
This year’s Yarn Crawl features shops from all over Nassau & Suffolk counties:
- Altman’s Needlearts – Mattituck
- Knit – Roslyn
- The Knitted Purl – Oyster Bay
- The Knitting Cove & Yarn Shop – Port Jefferson
- The Knitting Garden – Huntington
- The Knitting Place – Port Washington
- The Knitting Store – Oceanside
- Long Island Livestock Co. – Yaphank
- Sew What’s New & Yarn Too! – Islip
Special thanks goes out to Long Island’s only yarn distributor Knitting Fever (http://knittingfever.com/) for helping make this event happen as our gold sponsor.
Also, as part of the weekend event we are encouraging participants to give back to the community. We’ve partnered with a few local organizations looking for handcrafted items. One of our charitable focuses is babies born prematurely at local Long Island hospitals. All of the stores will be accepting knitted or crocheted hats and blankets for these littlest ones. We’re also accepting items on behalf of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. They’ve asked for knitted or crocheted hats and blankets of any sizes, from infant to adult. More details can be found on our site: http://longislandyarncrawl.com/charity-knitcrochet/
New this year: a mystery knit-along and crochet-along! Two cowls have been designed – one knit, one crochet – just for the yarn crawl. The patterns have been broken up into 9 sections. Each shop will have a different section of the pattern. Visit all nine shops to get the complete set of instructions for the Long Island Yarn Crawl knit-along and crochet-along!
We hope that yarn crafters of all backgrounds will explore Long Island’s rich fiber community during the yarn crawl weekend and make connections with fellow crafters. The different offerings and events at each shop are sure to provide crafting inspiration and ideas to all. It will be a wonderful Long Island celebration for yarn enthusiasts and sure to be an event to remember.