2015 Chicago Yarn Crawl

Shopping Bags

This weekend I participated in my very first yarn crawl! I spent five years with this going on under my nose before my friend Laura told me about it this year.  I hit 10 of the region 4 stores.  On Saturday I foolishly thought I could get them all done in a day until I realized that meant I wouldn’t get to spend nearly enough time in each store!

I didn’t go into this with all that many expectations.  Most of my yarn purchases are done online or at Stitches.  My main goal was to see what it was all about and enter some raffles.  I didn’t think I’d buy very much … almost $400 later I know better.


As you can see I did find something at every store.  To make up for the unexpected shopping spree I made a deal with myself to add all this yarn to Ravelry before I could buy anymore. Well, that’s done.  I’m ready for Stitches and my next yarn shopping spree!

Besides all the pretty yarn I got out of this it was also really fun to visit local yarn shops. Everybody was very helpful and welcoming in each store and it was comforting to spend some time with other knitters who “get it.”  I’m sure I’ll be going back to some of these stores now that I know which ones I like.

Of the ten stores I went to these were my top three:

  1. Gentler Times in Naperville – they have a wall of madelinetosh; nobody’s going to beat that
  2. Knitche in Downers Grove – upstairs area is a great place to do some research and see spotlighted “pop-up” products each month.
  3. Wool & Company in St Charles – nice selection and very helpful staff

The yarn crawl isn’t over yet!  Anyone in the area can still participate.  It runs through August 9th and I definitely recommend giving it a try if you’ve never participated before.  I know I’ll be going next year (with a budget this time).

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