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April 25, 2022 2 min read

In the yarn world, Local Yarn Store Day is thebestdayever.  Instituted to celebrate those brick and mortar operations that support the fiber arts world with yarn, classes, events, and community, it’s a party with all the trimmings.  We’ll have cool exclusive stuff -It’s a partnership between local yarn stores, vendors, designers, hand-dyers, and more to create a super special event and remind you why a Local Yarn Store is a treasure to be cherished and supported.  

Since you're reading this, you are obviously a customer of Crazy for Ewe, and probably other local yarn shops as well.  You might also have ordered from one of the many on-line yarn retailers, or gotten a skein or two at one of the big box craft stores.  But I hope most of your purchases are with local yarn shops - mine or someone else's - because your purchases are what keep our doors open. 

With so many online retailers, do we really need  local yarn stores anymore?  I think yes, because a local yarn store is so much more than a place that sells yarn. 

A local yarn store is real life - it's seeing, touching, and testing the yarns with nothing between you and the fiber.  It's community - meeting others who share your passion.  It's an interactive exchange.  It's a place where you and others like you can belong and become.  It's a local small business contributing to a vibrant economy and a creative lifestyle.  It's a place to come together and just be..

After the last two years, I don’t think any of us will ever again take for granted the opportunity to be together.  There’s really nothing like that in-person community that a Local Yarn Store offers.

If you're a list kind of gal, here are my Top 10 reasons a Local Yarn Store is awesome

  1. You can tell what color the yarn actually is
  2. You can touch the yarn and see how it feels
  3. You can hold the colors up to your face and see which one flatters your complexion
  4. You can put two or more colors together, side-by-side to see how they go.
  5. You can have an instructor watch what you do and help you get it just right
  6. You have a place at the table to hang out and work on your project.
  7. You can try on the shop samples before you commit to knitting a thing
  8. You can get great feedback from the people in the shop on patterns, yarns, techniques, and more.
  9. You can go there and get back on track when you have (or think you have) messed up royally
  10. You can get away from your real life at the LYS where you're free to just be you

I hope you'll join us this week.  Whether you are local to Crazy for Ewe, or in our virtual community, you are always welcome here.

Ellen