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!

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







2014 Covered Bridge Festival – Day 2

Day 2 at the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival is underway.

Donna is working the Fiber Closet shift at the Cobbler Booth sponsored by the

Parke County Chamber of Commerce.


Donna at the Cobbler Shop
Service with a Smile!

My favorite spot for today was the Chainsaw Wood Carvers.

They are fascinating to watch as proved by the huge crowds around their demonstration area.

Chainsaw carvers
Chainsaw carvers in action

It takes a great show to slow down Covered Bridge shoppers.

  These carvers are from Bear Hollow Wood Carvers out of French Lick, IN

You should visit their website to check out their wares & show schedule.

They have a video you can watch here


Chainsaw carvings
Such incredible talent
carving samples
Must have items


Between all of us at the shop, we did sample some food today!

I saw the following pass through to the breakroom:

Strawberry shortcake

Apple dumpling

Cinnamon roasted pecans

Italian beef sandwich

BBQ sandwich

It’s sure a good thing we are working so hard & burning those calories!

There are no pictures….it disappeared too fast.



Parking is available

The crowd was great today.  Traffic & free parking were busy but

it was a beautiful day and no one was complaining about the walk.

Pay parking is abundant.


The Fiber Closet was busy all day. We had a steady stream of customers through the door.

Everyone was enjoying their time in Rockville.

And most of all, they loved the shop!

We have supplies & goodies for knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, rug hookers & more.

This year we worked expecially hard to have gifts & items for shoppers who do not have the time or desire to make their own.

Visitors seemed pleased to be able to buy quality goods at a reasonable price.

Gift shelf
Something for everyone!

The latest beading project is exactly as it was yesterday.  Which is truly a good thing.

I was too busy to work on it!


I hope you will join me again tomorrow for a Day 3 report.

Have you attended the Festival yet?  If so, what is your favorite spot in Rockville?

Leave me a comment so I can check it out.