I finished the Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl for 2016 and went to all fourteen stores!
For the uninitiated, I will briefly explain the basics of our local yarn crawl, now in its third year and including 14 local yarn stores (LYSs). You
buy a passport from one of the participating LYSs and go around to each LYS (by the way, this a fun day trip with friends) over the course of two and a half weeks. At each LYS you get your passport stamped and get entered for a store drawing. If you make a purchase at the store, you get 10% off. At the last shop they certify your passport and are entered into the large prize drawings. In addition, there is a yarn dyed specifically for the yarn crawl.
Sidenote: Its fun to show off your handknits when visiting the yarn shops.
I went to eight of the fifteen stores the first Saturday with a group of friends. It was a crazy day – we left at 9am and got back around 6pm. I visited the store near my office one day over lunch and hit the remainder on my own. I turned in my passport at my last stop, Knitter’s Nook in Columbus. I won’t talk about everything I purchased in detail (at the risk of this post taking half an hour to read) but will highlight my top items. There’s a list at the bottom of the yarns, colorways and where I bought them in case you’re interested. Also, I’ll be tweeting/posting photos on Instagram of the specific purchases.
- New to me yarns: Araucania’s dk merino kettle dyed (the cream, blue and purple in upper right) and Twizzlefoot (third skein from left on top)
- An old favorite: Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere (blue in center) and Malabrigo Silkpaca Lace (blue-green in middle right)
- Some Anzula from a trunk show at The Black Sheep. This is also where they have a “room of Malabrigo.” Seriously – the whole room is Malabrigo.
- My favorite purchase: the red handmade mug with a quote on the front. This is the same place I got the purple angora mug last year.
- Ready to cast on now: A shawl using the solid red and the yarn designed for the yarn crawl (just right of top center).
- Fun non-yarn accessories: pins from yarn shops (I collect them), the mug and two small notions bags.
- Something to try: HiyaHiya Sharps needle tips and cord. I’m interested to see how these compare to my Chiaogoos.
The master list:
- (top row left to right) Denim luster (merino/silk) by Anzula from The Black Sheep in Noblesville
- Summit multi-color Twizzlefoot by Mountain Colors Yarn from Broad Ripple Knits in Broad Ripple
- Messenger Kit (teal and purple) in Mad Hatter from Wonderland Yarns (Frabjous Fibers) from The Clay Purl in Nashville
- Colorway Global Mix in Smooshy with Cashmere by Dream in Color Yarns from Shabby Sheep and Ewe in Columbus
- Bright red Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock and the crawl yarn by Knitted Wit from Always in Stitches in Noblesville
- Three colors of Araucania Huasco DK from Knitters Nook in Columbus
- (second row left to right) Deep aqua Fyberspates Vivacious from Mass Ave Knit Shop in Indianapolis
- Angora Lace by Wisdom Yarns in colorway Back to Nature from In a Yarn Basket in Bloomington.
- A few Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails in jewel tones from Village Yarn Shop in Zionsville.
- Malabrigo yarn silkpaca lace in the Solis colorway from Yarn on the Square in Shelbyville
- (bottom row left to right) Sewn notion bag from Willowe’s Basketry in Greenfield
- Red mug, lotion and HiyaHiya interchangeable tips and cord from Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood
- Gray felted notion pouch from Frabjous Fibers bought at Yarns Unlimited in Bloomington.