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Due to concerns around COVID-19, Yarn Shop Day 2020 has been postponed. But don't worry, we will be back with a new date soon - watch this space! In the meantime follow our #loveyouryarnshop campaign for details of how you can still support your local yarn shop during this difficult time.
If you’re a keen knitter or crocheter, be sure to put this date in your diary! Yarn Shop Day is the biggest retailer event in the knitting and crochet industry. On Saturday 2nd May, yarn shops across the world will be flinging open their doors and inviting everyone in for a special day of fibre-tastic fun. Launched in 2014 by Let’s Knit magazine, along with its sister title LGC Knitting & Crochet, Yarn Shop Day is an annual campaign that aims to help bricks-and-mortar stores by encouraging yarn lovers to visit their local store and discover the great things it can offer, while at the same time enjoying a day of treats, fun and meeting like-minded crafters!
Following government advice yarn shops are currently closed, but many are offering alternative ordering services including telephone and email orders for home delivery. This means you can shop from the safety and comfort of your own home while doing your bit to help small independent businesses through this difficult time.
Show your local yarn shop some love by reaching out to them to find what they are doing during the lockdown period.
A bricks and mortar yarn store is so much more than a place to buy wool and threads; it is a place of common interest, to share ideas and techniques, to learn new skills, and to be a part of a community of like-minded people who won't judge you for the size of your stash! Yarn Shop Day serves to highlight and celebrate the importance of your local store and crafting community, which you may be yet to discover!
I've attended a Yarn Shop Day event every year since 2014, and I wouldn't miss it for the world. Not only is it a fun and memorable day, it's also a fantastic way to make contact with your local crafting community and feel part of it. Every year I come away inspired, uplifted and carrying a bag full of fab yarn!
Yarn shops are the lifeblood of our crafting communities; places where we can learn, buy yarn and crafting supplies, meet friends old and new, and feel that we belong. My local yarn shop is all of this and more (it sells great cake too!) and I am proud to support Yarn Shop Day to help make sure that local yarn shops and all the benefits they offer don't become a thing of the past.
Our local yarn shops need our support in order to thrive, and I know that the passionate and hard working ladies who keep the yarn shelves looking gorgeous appreciate every single one of their customers. My local yarn shop is more than just a shop – it's a welcoming, inspirational social hub for local creative ladies, and I am always happy to give them my support.
We had an incredible day last year, the shop was almost lifting off the ground with the noise and enjoyment of our many knitting customers. They loved the goodie bags, and we also had a free raffle for a "woolly hamper" and the winner was over the moon, as she hadn't won anything before. The day was a huge success and also encouraged new knitters to carry on.
Last year Black Sheep Wools, my old friends, invited me back to spend the day with them and I do not think I have ever seen the Craft Barn so busy. Over the years Yarn Shop Day has really gathered momentum. I am so pleased that Let's Knit Magazine have continued to co-ordinate and grow this festival. The joy and the excitement in the shop was palpable and it feels like a wonderful way to support your local shop. I am looking forward to next year now.