During the first week of August, 30 Chicago-area local yarn shops will be participating in the fourth annual Chicago Yarn Crawl, an event sponsored by many of the most popular yarn and notion companies including Classic Elite Yarns, Namaste, and Manos Del Uruguay. The event will take place from August 3-11, one again coinciding with the Knitting-Universe-Sponsored Stitches Midwest during the second weekend.
This year’s format will be the same as previous years, with participants going to their local yarn shop to pick up a passport and using it to validate their stops along the Crawl. Each participating store will offer a discount on yarn, in addition to a free pattern and a stamp in the customers’ passports, and each store will offer a raffle prize valued at approximately $100 to one lucky winner. There is no charge for joining the Crawl, and participants are not obligated to make purchases in every store to be eligible for prizes.
The Chicago Yarn Crawl itself is also offering raffle prizes for participants who visit multiple locations on the Crawl. If participants visit 5, 10, or 15 stores throughout the week, and they receive stamps at all visiting stores, they can enter a separate raffle by cutting out a ticket in the back of their passport and leaving it with the local yarn shop to be turned into the Chicago Yarn Crawl coordinators.
The Chicago Yarn Crawl has some newer entries this year, with stores opened in the last two years joining in the fun. Knit Nirvana in Forest Park, The Nook in Lisle,and Gentler Times Stitching in Naperville are all newer stores in the area. Closeknit in Evanston and Sifu Design Studio in Chicago have also changed locations since last year’s Crawl, so this is an opportunity for customers to see new spaces and new selections of yarns.
In addition to the Yarn Crawl, many stores are taking advantage of their increased customer traffic by scheduling special events during the week of the Crawl. Designer Melissa Leapman, for example, will be making an encore visit to Fuzzy Wuzzy Yarns this year after visiting in previous years. More events can be found on each yarn shop’s website, facebook page, and in discussion forums on Ravelry.com.
With stores spanning the area from Shorewood to Highland Park, and from Elgin to downtown Chicago, start planning your Chicago Yarn Crawl adventure. Most stores are open for expanded hours during the Crawl, and several are accessible to public transportation. There are a few stores which are even within walking and biking distance to each other, making transportation that much more simple. The stores welcome Yarn Crawlers with open arms during the first week of August.
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