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September 2013

A New Yarn Shop for Berkeley, California- Claddagh Yarns Opens!

cladyarns Today we’d like to welcome the opening of a new LYS in Berkeley, California- Claddagh Yarns. Owner Amanda Fernández named her shop after an Irish fishing village with a rich knitting heritage. Claddagh Yarns specializes in well-made yarns of natural fibers- locally grown, sheared, spun, and dyed. The shop is located at 1506 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA and is open Tuesday 10-6 , Wednesday 10-8 , Thursday 10-6 , Friday 10-6,  and Saturday and Sunday 10-5. Stop by  to say hello and check out their gorgeous yarns! Introduces The Worldwide Yarn Bombing Map


Tasmanian Tree Yarn Bomb has just released a Worldwide Yarn Bombing Map. We have seeded it with over 100 significant yarn bombings from around the world and now invite your contributions. Were you involved in or know of a yarn bombing that we haven’t documented? If so, please list it with us. Only a location and a link to a photo are necessary to initially list a yarn bombing. Other contributors can then flesh out details such as the artist/s, dates, and description. New bombings can be added and modifications can be made through easy-to-use links on the site. Our goal is to create a comprehensive and fascinating portrait of the yarn bombing movement from its inception until now.


Helsinki Cathedral

To check out the Worldwide Yarn Bombing Map see:

To read more about the project, refer to our press release:

Please leave comments below on your impressions of this project. Let us know what you think works and what doesn’t so we can make it better! Thanks!!

Vermont’s Fall Fiber Festival Workshop Deadline is Tomorrow

fallfestworkHeads up if you are planning to attend the Fall Fiber Festival next weekend (Oct 5 and 6) in Montpelier, Vermont. You must register for workshops by Friday, September 27. Here’s a quick look at the offerings:


SATURDAY, October 5, 2013

  • FELTING: Felted Rug or Wall Hanging with Nan Crawford
  • WEAVING: Inkle loom workshop with Barbara Tafuni
  • FAMACHA: Training workshop for sheep and goat producers

    SUNDAY, October 6, 2013

  •  KNITTING: Handpaint Magic with Melissa Weaver Dunning
  • SPINNING: Woolen Spinning and Lofty Yarns with Elise Cohen
  • RUG HOOKING: with Mary Henck


SATURDAY October 5, 2013

  • Felt a Hat
  • Walk-in Projects for Kids
  • Shepherding 101!

SUNDAY October 6, 2013

  • Needle Felting under the Sea!
  • Walk-in Projects for Kids

See the Fall Festival Website  for more information on workshops and contacts for registration.



New Yarn Shop in Mission Viejo, California- Yarn Del Sol!


This photo alone makes me want to catch the first flight to California!

Today we’d like to announce the opening of a new yarn shop in Mission Viejo, California: Yarn Del Sol just had their Grand Opening on Saturday, and from what I can see on their Facebook page, it looks like they carry some really luscious yarns!

The shop is located at 24471 Alicia Parkway #2, Mission Viejo, California; hours are Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sun: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm. If you’re in the area, stop by to say hello and welcome them to the community! Continue reading “New Yarn Shop in Mission Viejo, California- Yarn Del Sol!” »

Charlotte Yarn Crawl, Sept. 27- Oct. 6

charycThe Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is a ten day, 13 shop yarn crawl from September 27- October 6. Just pick up a passport at any of the participating shops and you are ready to go. You may visit as many or few of the shops as you like, but if you get stamps at 11 of the 13 stops on the tour, you become eligible to win one of 26 door prizes, each valued at $100. Crawl hours are Monday- Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 1pm-4pm.

We have prepared a Charlotte Yarn Crawl Map for you with a little info on each shop, and links to their primary websites! Enjoy!

San Diego Yarn Crawl, Sept 26-29

sandieycThe first San Diego Yarn Crawl starts this Thursday and runs through Sunday (Sept 26-29). Included on the tour are 8 LYSs as well as a mobile Yarn Truck and two alpaca ranches! Each store will have it’s own special events, designers, etc.

Crawlers may print out a passport from the San Diego Yarn Crawl Website and visit as many or few stores as they like. Passports should turned in at the last store visited for a chance to win a raffle prize. For crawlers who visit each stop on the tour, they will also be eligible for the grand prize: $500 to spend at any of the stops on the tour!

We have prepared a San Diego Yarn Crawl map with information on each of the stops on the tour, with links to their primary websites. Sounds like it’s going to great fun!

The Yarn Along the Rockies Yarn Crawl, Sept 21-29

YARLogo2013HomePageThis year, the Yarn Along the Rockies Yarn Crawl includes 23 LYSs from Boulder to Colorado Springs. The dates are September 21-29.  Participants may pick up a passport at one of the 23 shops, then get it stamped at each shop along the way.  It is a self-guided tour, so participants can go to as many or few shops as they like, but folks who make it to all 23 shops become eligible for the grand prize drawings. The three grand prizes will be worth hundreds of dollars. In addition to the grand prizes, each shop will have a drawing for a prize basket.

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The Yarn Harvest Yarn Crawl, Sept. 20-21

yarnharvestcrawlThe Yarn Harvest Yarn Crawl is a 2 day event, Sept. 20-21, which stretches from greater Vancouver to the Fraser Valley. Fifteen local yarn shops are participating in this year’s tour. Folks who want to do the yarn crawl only need to identify themselves as a yarn crawler to receive the minimum 10% discount on selected items at each shop. Wow- that’s easy, no passports, registration or fees! Following the crawl, there will be a Dessert Social, with prizes and other fun. The Dessert Social will be  in the hangar at the Canadian Museum of Flight, 5333 216 Street in Langley, BC,  from 7pm – 9pm, Sept. 21.

We have created a map of the Yarn Harvest Yarn Crawl with a little info on each shop for your use. For additional info on the crawl and the social, see the Yarn Harvest Yarn Crawl website.

The 20th Annual North Country Fiber Fair, Sept. 20, 21 &22

babydollThe North Country Fiber Fair is an annual celebration of all things fiber in South Dakota with hands-on demonstrations, workshops, and over 35 vendors selling everything from luxury yarns to carded fibers to equipment. See demonstrations of wool hand spinning, knitting, and weaving, as well as sheep shearing and sheep dog herding (always fun for the whole family!). Preregistration for classes closed September 1; however you can register for open classes at the fair.

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