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!

Day 10 of the 2014 Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

This is it, day 10 of the 2014 Parke County Covered Bridge Festival.

I have had the best time blogging about all the happenings in Rockville, visiting with friends & customers at The Fiber Closet, and just enjoying the atmosphere.

It is a completely different feeling to be immersed in the activities every day.  You get caught up in the fun & festivities that isn’t possible when you just visit for a day or 2.

Do you have a talent, craft or business that lends itself to setting up a booth during the festival?  If so, you should consider applying as a vendor next year.  I don’t think you will regret it.


Today was the the weather everyone has been hoping for the entire 10 days.  Absolutely perfect fall weather in Indiana, the leaves are turning, the air is crisp & cool.  Combine that with the wood smoke from the fires cooking the beans, the hint of sawdust & straw from the walkways, the other delicious food smells and it creates a nostalgic feeling that’s hard to duplicate.


As far as my sales went, they were great.  I exceeded my goals for the 10 days.  I think my most popular products were felted purses, sheep related items and the DGY silk sari magic wrap skirts.
Skirts from reclaimed silk saris
sample of mugs
Felted bowls, pins & purses








I haven’t run the inventory yet to be sure about that. That is all paperwork that will be completed after the festival (and I recuperate for a few days).

Another part of the past two weeks that I love dearly, is getting to spend everyday with friends.  Hanging out, laughing, joking, sharing stories with Cheryl, Donna, Mike &  “Trouble” (also known as Diane) is one of the special perks of all this for me.


I did get the black & white beaded bracelet finished.  It is available for sale at The Fiber Closet or here on my website.  I love the way it turned out.  It is drapy, reversible and can be used when dressing up or for casual wear.  Do you like it?

Black & White Beaded Bracelet
Black & White Beaded Bracelet
Black & White Beaded Bracelet
Black & White Beaded Bracelet








I will close this festival diary with a few more pictures from around the courthouse square in Rockville.  If you are one of the people I only see during festival, then I hope I see again next year. Otherwise, I will look forward to seeing you soon either online or at the Fiber Closet!
Closing crowd in the big tent, Rockville
Family day at the festival
Family day at the festival
Family day at the festival
Family day at the festival
Lunch in Rockville
Covered Bridge Visitors
Wabash & Erie Canal in Montezuma










That’s it folks.  After today I will be back to random crafting & life posts.

I really didn’t think I could post everyday for 10 days.  I guess this proves I should be able to post a little more regularly.

What would you like to hear about…..  techniques, tips, tutorials, grandkids, travel? Let me know.

Thanks for following along!

Day 9 – 2014 CBF

Day 9 – 2014 CBF

The next to last day of the 2014 Covered Bridge Festival is winding down.

What a gorgeous fall day! The air was crisp, the sun was out for a while, beautiful Indiana weather.


I caught a few minutes of some of the free entertainment on the courthouse steps today.

Unashamed opened the show today



Here are my random festival pictures for today.

Unashamed Gospel Music
Unashamed Gospel Music
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Melodrama Pianoman
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Cooking ham & beans on an open fire









The Fiber Closet has its own little information booth.

County Maps & Info
County Maps & Info
Community info wall
Community info wall








Tomorrow is the final day.  Planning to finish the festival on high note.

Hope you will help.