If you’ve ever wanted to knit a scarf, crochet a blanket or complete a needlepoint to hang on your wall, the L.A. County Yarn Crawl is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. During this two-weekend event, taking place in April 2019, Needlepoints West will be one of 20 stores throughout LA to open its doors for newbies, novices and experts for a day filled with yarn, crafting, giveaways and more.
“It’s a fab event,” says Needlepoints owner Joanne Bronson. “You really see stores at their very best. It’s a party atmosphere and a great time to think about taking up a new hobby.” Joanne’s shop, which opened in 1972, has thousands of bundles of yarn and thread lining its walls—made from anything from cotton, wool, corn, silk, alpaca, milk and cashmere—making it a stitcher’s (or a “fiber-ista’s”) dream.
Joanne says the goal of the LA Yarn Crawl is to get people excited about all the different craft and art opportunities associated with yarn, meet fellow enthusiasts, and perhaps, learn a new skill. “People want to start knitting for a wide variety of reasons, whether they want to make a gift for someone special in their lives, they want to get involved in charities that revolve around knitting or maybe they are retired, and they want to be part of a community,” she says. “It’s also great for people wanting to de-stress because working with your hands is very relaxing; there is definitely a Zen to it.”
Originally published in The HomeTown News