Illiana Yarn Crawl

Illiana Yarn Crawl

ILLIANA YARN CRAWL  Illiana Yarn Crawl

July 15 – July 24, 2016

10am – 5pm daily

Gather your friends & plan a road trip!

illiana yarn crawl

Passports are available for purchase at The Fiber Closet, on their website or from any of the participating crawl shops.

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City Stitch Yarn Shop of Boonville, IN is the newest shop to join the list of participating shops. See list below.

Nine local yarn shops along the Illinois-Indiana state line are joining together for the Illiana Yarn Crawl.

Passports are only $10 each and entitle you to the following:

  • A 10% discount on regular priced items during a single shopping trip at each store. Some exclusions apply.
  • One official Illiana Yarn Crawl tote*
  • A special discount on the official IYC yarn* and a free pattern that complements the yarn.
  • Door prizes & drawings at The Fiber Closet. Most of the shops will have drawings but it is at the shop owners discretion.
  • Entry into the Crawl Prize drawings. The more shops you visit the greater the prizes you are eligible to win. I will have a list of prizes later.
  • The freebies you receive will more than cover the $10 passport fee.
  • The chance to road trip with friends, make new friends, discover and explore new towns & areas.

*(while supplies last)

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Visit the Illiana Yarn Crawl website for more in-depth details.

Be sure to like the Facebook page to keep up with all the fun through pictures and posts from fellow crawlers.


Participating shops:


You might be asking why I am promoting the yarn crawl.  My connection is through The Fiber Closet. I sell many of my handmade products in the shop. I help out there occasionally since 5-6 days a week is a lot of time for anyone to maintain a shop single-handedly. The owner, Cheryl Moreo, and I partner in many ventures including fiber shows, online business, joint products, etc. as well as being best friends.

I have met most of the yarn crawl shop owners and find them dedicated, enthusiastic about the yarn shop industry and appreciative of their customers. Anytime I can promote local yarn shops, I jump at the chance. We don’t want to lose our local shops. Online shopping is great and I certainly do my fair share of it. However, online shopping can never replace the care, help, experience you get in your local.

I am sure I will be posting more about the crawl as it gets closer to July. For now though, mark these dates on your calendar and share this with your fiber friends!

Fear of…. Knitting Lace!

knitting lace

Do you have a fear of knitting lace?

I hear it all the time, “Oh, I could never knit lace”. I’m here to tell you, if you can knit……

You can knit lace!

Knitting lace is simply creating holes in your knitting…on purpose.  I’m sure that phrase strikes fear in the heart of many knitters. It brings back shuddering memories of the time you learned to knit and holes were the detested enemy. It’s time to put those yarn overs & knit 2 togethers to use and create a fabulous lace fabric.

knitting lace

A Few Keys to keep in mind:

  • Lace is simply yarn overs & knitting stitches together.
  • Lace does not have to be knit on tiny needles with fine yarn.
  • Stitch markers are your best friend.
  • Lifelines are named that for a reason.
  • Learn to read your knitting.
  • Any mistake you make can be fixed.



Follow along while this series on lace knitting takes you from novice to expert. There will be a new post every week to walk you through conquering your fears. Soon you will be knitting fabulous lace and be the envy of all your friends!


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Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool by Kate Larson

Practical Guide to Spinning - Wool

Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool by Kate Larson — Review

 Practical Spinner's Guide Wool
The Practical Spinner’s Guide – Wool by Kate Larson is destined to become a favorite of devotees of all things wool. I am not a spinner, yet I was captivated from the opening words. I was right there in the barn with 3-year-old Kate as she bonded with her first lamb and followed her love of sheep & wool all the way through to the glossary of terms at the end. The journey taught me so much about types of wool, breeds, care of fleece, prepared fibers, spinning, and proper techniques to care for fibers. This just touches on a few of the wonderful topics in this spinner’s must-have book. The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool also has an excellent list of resources and additional reading lists.  There is a nice directory of breed-specific fiber resources.


Kate has a wonderful way with words. She goes into incredible depth while teaching you all about wool without losing the reader. The photos and illustrations are beautiful & detailed. I highly recommend picking up a copy to have on your library shelf. Whether you spin, weave, felt, knit, crochet or have any connection to wool, you won’t be disappointed with The Practical Spinner’s Guide — Wool by Kate Larson.



Practical Spinners Guide Wool Back Cover
The Practical Spinners Guide – Wool