After two successful years, nine yarn shops from across the Island will be participating in the 3rd Annual Long Island Yarn Crawl on March 30 – April 2. Over the course of four days yarn crafters—knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners—are invited to participate in this self-guided tour of 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 the 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 nine stores will be entered to win amazing prizes: the grand prize, 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 nine 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 www.longislandyarncrawl.com.
This year’s Yarn Crawl features shops from all over Nassau and 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 to Long Island’s only yarn distributor Knitting Fever for helping make this event happen as the gold sponsor.
Also, as part of the weekend event, participants are encouraged to give back to the community by knitting or crocheting hats and blankets for preemies which will be donated to local Long Island hospitals. More details can be found at 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 nine sections, with one section’s instructions available at each store. Visit every store to collect the full patterns. After the crawl, the patterns will be available on the crawl website as well as on Ravelry.
Organizers 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.
For more information, visit longislandyarncrawl.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.