It's finally here! The week we've been anticipating all summer long; The I-75 Yarn Crawl! For those who don't know, the Yarn Crawl is a week long festival that unites yarn shops along the I-75 Corridor from Michigan to Tennessee. The annual festival began here in Ohio as a way to promote and connect knitters with local yarn shops. Since its launch, it has grown into a 600 mile, multi-state journey for enthusiastic yarn lovers who make it their goal to visit every yarn shop and finish with a year's supply of yarn.
To participate in the Crawl, you simply purchase a "passport" (a booklet with a page for each yarn shop on the route) and plan which stores you would like to visit. Most of the stores have discounts and sales for shoppers with a passport. When you visit one of the shops, they will stamp your passport and, depending on how many stamps you collect, you will be eligible to receive prizes like TVs and gift cards.
Of course we knitters know that the real prize is going home with a stash of local handmade yarns :)
This year's Yarn Crawl has started off with a bang here at The Yarn Barn. Already in the first two days we have had some great customers visit us from Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Some "crawlers" are interested in browsing local yarn shops, while others are making it a mission to visit every stop on the passport.
Last night we had some ladies from Tipp City, OH who started in Tennessee on Tuesday and have been working their way up I-75 visiting every yarn store. Their goal is to make it to the last stop in Michigan by Sunday, which judging by their speed, will be no problem for them!
The best thing about having new visitors in the mill is giving them the opportunity to see what we do. As a farm, fiber mill, and yarn store combined, we can give "crawlers" a tutorial on yarn production, something they probably won't see on the rest of the tour. There are only six fiber farms included on the Yarn Crawl Route, and only one other fiber mill. And you know us, we always jump at the opportunity to teach others about yarn!
The Yarn Crawl has also given us a chance to get creative in the mill. Emma has been busy designing some colorful rug yarns (which turned out very sweet and bright), and more of her signature soft angora yarns . Carrie dyed up some vibrant colored mini skeins that have been a big hit this year with yarn crawlers.
The Yarn Crawl runs until Sunday afternoon, so for those who can't make it out during the week, you still have an opportunity to get your yarn fix this weekend! The Yarn Barn will be open for the rest of the week with discounts up to 25% off. Stop in and check out our discount table where everything is $3.00/ounce, take a selfie in our photo booth, and see what new yarns we have waiting for you!