HAfter disbanding due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LA County Yarn Crawl returns and sews together 15 small, woman-owned businesses.
“We are extremely excited to bring the Los Angeles Yarn Crawl back in 2022,” said LA County Yarn Crawl President Maridee Dangcil.
“After being absent for two years we also look forward to welcoming all the new artisans who have started working with yarn whilst we have all been asked to stay at home. If this is your first crawl or you are a seasoned veteran it will be a great weekend with lots of new, unique and special things to see and do.”
The sprawling event – Thursday, March 24 through Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – will cover a diverse group of yarn shops including Gather LA, which is attending for the ninth time.
The Pass Price Promotion is back this year, with each of the 15 stores offering a $300 gift basket. To participate, crawl participants drop their completed passports with stamps from Yarn Crawl stores visited. See layarncrawl.org.
There will also be general crawl prizes, free patterns and a knit and crochet treasure hunt pattern.
Of the 15 stores — 14 brick and mortar and one mobile truck — there are 20 owners with 11 native Californians. The remaining US transplants to LA County are from Austria, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota and Arizona. Together they have 273 years of experience in owning yarn companies.
Owned by Tifanee Taylor, Gather LA is housed in a bookstore that sells guidebooks and attracts people from all over the world. She understands the delicate balance of meeting the needs of international travelers and locals in Los Angeles.
“I have some yarn from small indie buyers,” she said. “I have a brand called Galler Yarns and three of their base yarns – Super-B, WOW and one that is 100% alpaca.”
Left-handed Taylor, who learned to crochet at the age of 5, ironically re-taught herself to crochet again in her 30s from a book she found in Last Bookstore by sitting across from a friend using a mirror technique. She finds herself as a shop owner, reflecting the need of her own fiber arts community to hold on to “making” for her own relaxation and well-being.
Taylor had to switch to the Loop during the pandemic.
“The very first weekend after the shutdown, I knitted a thick fringed scarf and it’s hanging in the shop now,” she said.
“Doing that really helped me stay grounded for those first few days. My hope is that all the people who have picked up a needle or needle during the pandemic will continue to knit and crochet and be interested in improving their skills.”