What’s better than spending an hour or two immersing our creative senses in colorfully spun skeins of wool, mohair, alpaca, and silk? Maybe having a pleasant conversation with a like-minded individual who is equally at peace as she roams, in search of a specific shade or texture…perhaps asking a question of a helpful staff member nearby, or complimenting the handknit sweater she proudly models?
Many of us count down the days to our monthly, maybe even weekly trips to our local yarn stores where we’ve nurtured friendships with staff and fellow customers; where we’ve relished the chance to get up-close-and-personal with the materials that bring our handmade projects to life; where gatherings, lectures, and demonstrations have educated us and many others. When we shop at our local yarn store, we know our hard-earned dollars are going to support the local economy, that they are helping our communities remain vibrant and diverse in their social and commercial offerings, and they are ensuring crafting, making, and using one’s hands—in both traditional and innovative ways—has a future in a world dominated by technology and voice activation.
Local Yarn Store Day (#LYSDay) is a brick-and-mortar yarn shop appreciation day created by TNNA Yarn Group (www.tnna.org). The inaugural LYS Day will take place on April 21, 2018, and is designed to show support for small businesses while bringing together a unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners to drive awareness and celebrate the craft.
Are you a fiber artist? Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting in your downtime? This is your chance to celebrate everything you love about yarn and help others learn to enjoy it, too. Bring a friend to your local yarn shop on April 21! Take pictures at your favorite store and share them on social media. Spread your passion for creating far and wide while supporting the business just down the road.
As an added bonus, Local Yarn Store Day will feature items from your favorite yarn companies and designers that will only be available at brick-and-mortar local yarn shops (not online). So make your plan now to visit your local yarn store on Saturday!
We’re thrilled to say these participating yarn shops carry Trafalgar Square Craft Books:
Monarch Knitting (Pacific Grove, CA)
The Woolery (Frankfort, KY)
Mother of Purl Yarn Shop (Freeport, ME)
WEBs-America’s Yarn Store (Northampton, MA)
Harriet & Alice (Edina, MN)
Amazing Threads (Maple Grove, MN)
StevenBe (Minneapolis, MN)
The Yarnery (Saint Paul, MN)
Knitty City (New York, NY)
The Tinsmith’s Wife (Comfort, TX)
Blazing Needles (Salt Lake City, UT)
Laughing Sheep Yarns (Charlottesville, VA)
PinchKnitter Yarns (Stanwood, WA)
The Sow’s Ear (Verona, WI)
Happy Local Yarn Store Day everyone!
Trafalgar Square Books, publisher of fine equestrian and craft books, is a small business based on a farm in rural Vermont.