Spring Yarn Crawl 2012
With one official yarn crawl under our belts, we approached the Spring Yarn Crawl 2012 with appreciation for the amount of time and energy it takes to put one of these events together. As we began planning, we wanted to make improvements to help yarn shops and organizers prepare for the busy weekend ahead by gauging participant levels through the use of Eventbrite. We had 125 people register for the event. Amazing!
The Twisted Knitter was the newest yarn shop on the scene and we happily added them to the roster that has quickly grown to nine shops.
We contacted a slew of potential yarn manufacturers to sponsor the event by donating items for the ever-so-popular raffle prizes. We received an overwhelming support from great sponsors like Spud & Chloe, Berroco and Interweave.
Carolina FiberFest once again sponsored the event with their great tote bags, and local designer Rohn Strong provided access to his Hats e-book.
Organizers were interested in meeting crawl participants and hoped a Food Drive Meet & Greet where those who participated received one raffle ticket to enter into any of the nine local yarn shops’ raffles might provide the right setting. Again rainy conditions impacted participation levels, but we happily donated 76lbs to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, who were very appreciative. We hope to bring back the Food Drive Meet & Greet during a future yarn crawl.
Even though the rain provided an experience requiring umbrellas and rain jackets most participants made the most of the event. We estimate about 40+ people participated and we assume those who didn’t attend stayed indoors to be close to their knitting, crochet and spinning. We appreciate all of the support we received from the fiber community. This event wouldn’t be made possible without the organizers, yarn shops, yarn manufacturers, local artists and designers, and of course our participants who enjoy the event so much. Thank you!
Autumn Yarn Crawl 2011
The Autumn Yarn Crawl 2011 had the makings of a great event. Since it was the first of its kind in the Triangle of North Carolina local yarn shops and prancerwhoknits weren’t quite sure what to expect. Sure we did a miniature version during the Spring Yarn Crawl 2011 but that was just with close friends and family. When you invite the entire fiber community and individuals are encouraged to invite others and create their own routes, who is to say how many people will participate.
Well, we were pleasantly surprised by the turnout. The weather was absolutely perfect. All eight shops were just as excited about the opportunities a yarn crawl would bring to their establishments. With raffle prizes comprised of handmade project bags by prancerwhoknits filled with goodies given by each yarn shop, the participants were excited about the possibilities of winning one of them. Plus, most shops offered a demonstration and/or sale of their choosing.
We estimate about 50 individuals participated in the Crawl. Carloads of women, couples and individuals went from shop to shop meeting fellow yarn crawlers along the way. Everyone was in great spirits as we were all experiencing the same journey for the first time together. Press releases, the use of social media, word-of-mouth through friends and family, and support from Carolina FiberFest and all eight local yarn shops, made this community event a huge success.