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!

Prepping for The Fiber Event

Fiber event prep

I’m prepping for The Fiber Event.

prepping for fiber event

Here are the details of the show:

The Fiber Event 2016
Celebrating 25 Years of Fiber
Friday, April 15, 2016 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

FREE admission! FREE parking!

Putnam County Fairgrounds
Greencastle, Indiana

I always have this grand plan to be ready early so I don’t have to panic.

However, as usual, here it is the week before & I am definitely slipping into panic mode.

I finally switched to a bullet journal instead of my normal planner.  This seems to be working so much better for me. I can brain dump everything I can think of that needs to be done, then I can prioritize and group things together so I am not running back & forth between the computer, the printer and doing “all the stuff”.

This year Cheryl & I have a new layout and vision for our booth. The problem with that is we don’t know yet where our booth will be. The community building at the fairgrounds has been remodeled. The Fiber Event planning committee is re-working the booth layouts and have not yet told us where we will be located. So if you are attending, we may not be in our usual spot, but I am sure you will find us easily.

On to some of the products you will find in out booth this year.  I will have lots of new stitch markers, abacus, pinback buttons and magnets.

fiber event prep


I plan to demo bead weaving on a small portable loom so I will have bead kits for sale too. I am only taking a limited selection of coffee mugs & magic wrap skirts this year so buy early.  Cheryl has been dyeing yarn to take this year.  You will not believe all the beautiful spring & summer colors she has prepared.

fiber event prep

She is also taking spinning and weaving supplies as well as needles and hooks.

I could talk about this forever but….I really need to get to work!

Hope to see you at The Fiber Event!


Lace Knitting: The Good Stuff

Lace Knitting: The Good Stuff is part 3 in the series of blog posts on overcoming your fear of lace. If you have missed any of the posts, they can be found on my blog page at Gina Mitchell Designs.

In this series on overcoming your fear of lace, we have been working through the prep. In today’s lesson we start to get into the good stuff. That’s what you have been waiting for right?


So let’s get started.

Here are the main things you need to take care of:

  • Read & study your pattern: Read & understand your pattern before you begin knitting. There is nothing worse than getting through an entire section of knitting and finding those dreaded words in the pattern…. “At the same time”! Most modern designers are doing away with this practice but it can still pop up. It’s also a good idea to check for techniques you might be unfamiliar with.
  • Swatch: Most knitters are not fond of being told to swatch. We find all types of tricks to prevent it. However, it really is necessary if you want to avoid issues while knitting your lace. Who wants to rip back because your fabric isn’t turning out correctly? This is a great time to practice those techniques you need to brush up on. I have lots of tips on swatching that will be available in our free Knitting Resource Library. This will be ready for you very soon but you can sign up now so you know when the site opens up.
  • Block: Remember, lace always looks like a mess until it is blocked. Blocking opens up the lace so you can see your pattern.



lace knitting

Blocking Illustration

Finally, you are ready to begin knitting your lace pattern. But there is no fear here because you have prepped well and are ready. So let’s review a couple of things to keep in mind as you begin knitting.

  • Read your knitting: As you knit, read your knitting so you always know where you are & that your pattern is working out as it’s supposed to. It is much easier to fix your mistakes as you go than to rip back a whole section when you finally realize there is a problem. Keep in mind, lace knitting is not mindless knitting.
  • Relax: If you are tense, your gauge will be off from what you achieved in your swatch. You are also more prone to fall victim to a knitting injury or soreness if you try to knit with tight muscles.
  • Remember: It is knitting. This is supposed to be fun & enjoyable. There is no mistake you make that can NOT be fixed. If you need help, there is no shame in taking a class or even a one-on-one session to walk you through the problems you run into.


This wraps up part 3 of my Lace Knitting series. I hope you are enjoying it. The next post, Lace Knitting: Finishing will be the last in the series. After that the entire series will be available to you in a PDF to keep & refer to whenever you need it.

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