5th Annual Fiber, Friends & Fun Yarn Crawl 2017
The 5th Annual Western Connecticut Yarn Crawl is here!
This self-guided tour of 6 yarn shops will take crawlers from the picturesque Connecticut coastline to the northwest rolling valleys: Westport Yarns (Westport), nancy 0 (Ridgefield), A Stitch in Time (Bethel), New England Yarn & Spindle (Bristol), Knit & Pearls (Avon) and In Sheep’s Clothing (Torrington).
The shops will entertain crawlers with a wide selection of special events, including trunk shows from local and regional artisans, “indie” dyers, designers, and giveaways. Pick up a free passport at any participating store with all the info you need.
To add to the fun, the shops have designed and knit a 2017 Fiber, Friends, & Fun Panel Blanket. The Blanket is knit with a worsted weight yarn and highlights 7 gorgeous and unique panels. Each store will have a panel pattern for you so you can knit one of your own.
If you visit all six shops, your name will be added to a Grand Prize Drawing. This year's Grand Prize will be our Fiber, Friends, and Fun blanket hand knit by all six shops. Plus, you will receive $25 Gift Cards to all six stores!!
Join us on Saturday, September 30 from 3 – 5 pm for a visit with North Light Fibers owner Sven Lison. North Light Fibers is a Micro yarn Mill located on Block Island, RI. They make luscious premium yarns from the raw cashmere, merino, alpaca, wool, camel, bamboo, etc. Come learn about different fibers, how yarn is made and enjoy a North Light Fibers trunk show of beautiful knitwear designs by world renowned designers.
The presentation includes a hands-on discussion regarding how different wools and fibers impact the quality of he yarn (not all alpaca is created equal). Find a guard hair in alpaca, understand why staple length is important to yarn construction and see how yarns are impacted by the actual fibers.
North Light Fibers will then take us through a virtual tout of the Micro Yarn Mill as they skirt, wash, and dye the fibers and then dehair, card, spin and finish the yarns. It is amazing how much work goes into their hand crafted artisanal yarns but that is why we are so excited to bring them into the store.
Most importantly, Westport Yarns is excited to announce a special event on Block Island for Westport Yarns knitters. Come to the yarn crawl and learn about the exciting plans we have developed with North Light Fibers.