December 5, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Yarn Crawl Goes Wild: Local Wildfiber Hosts Stop on Annual Craft Crawl

By Sam Skopp

 

This year marks the sixth year in a row that yarn stores across Los Angeles and neighboring cities have participated in the annual L.A. Yarn Crawl. Yarn Crawl aims at promoting local yarn stores through store-specific activities and interactive promotions that span the entire lineup of participating stores. Wildfiber, located on 14th Street, Santa Monica, represented the city throughout the four day event, which began on April 6 and lasted through the 8th.

“It’s really to encourage knitters and crocheters to not just visit your local yarn store but see what’s out there,” said store co-owner Teri Artinyan.

All participating stores provide attendees with a unique pin, which can be added onto a tote bag designed for the event with spots for all 21 participating stores and host a prize drawing. In addition to their big grand prize drawing, Wildfiber gave out seven additional prizes each day, and also showcased handmade pottery and jewelry designed to include morse code for “knitter” and other yarn-centric terms. In the evening, local street food vendor the Chori-Man served homemade chorizo tacos and quesadillas.

“It really is an exciting event. People take time off work to participate,” said Artinyan.

One couple at Wildfiber Saturday had traveled from San Diego to participate in the crawl and had already collected pins from all stores participating from the greater L.A. area. Other Yarn Crawl participants came from as far as Las Vegas and Arizona.

“It goes as far east as La Verne, down to Santa Clarita, down to Long Beach, and up as far as Santa Monica,” said store co-owner Claudia Seizer, describing the expanse of the stores participating in the event.

Artinyan explained that the recent Women’s March brought in a surge of interest in knitting and crocheting, both from people who had never knit before, and some who were coming back to knitting after 20 years. Knitted pink “pussy hats” became a staple of the march, and Wildfiber helped provide materials and instruction for anyone interested in making one.

Part of Wildfiber’s large selection of yarns includes hand-dyed yarns not available anywhere else in L.A. County, from brands like Hue Loco and Round Mountain. The Yarn Crawl encourages its participants to discover these features that make each store unique, and explore the community of likeminded knitters and crocheters.

“It’s a great, therapeutic activity. Something good for the mind and soul. Something you can share with everyone,” said Artinyan.

For more information about Wildfiber and a list of upcoming events, visit wildfiberstudio.com.

yarn1yarn2

Related Posts

SMC’s “Broken Layers” Wins Best Student Film at The Emerging Filmmaker Showcase During the 2021 Cannes Film Festival

December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021

“Broken Layers”—a short film written and directed by Santa Monica College (SMC) film student Niccolo Rolim—has won “Best Student Film”...

Santa Monica High School Gets New Mural

November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021

A new mural has come to Santa Monica High School thanks to Beautify Earth, an organization that connects local artists...

Getty Acquires 16th-Century Painting Never Seen by Public

November 17, 2021

November 17, 2021

Jacopo Bassano’s The Miracle of the Quails, 1554, has been rarely seen by scholars and never by the public By...

Día de Los Muertos Community Celebration Coming to Third Street Promenade

October 19, 2021

October 19, 2021

Saturday, October 30 from 5 – 10 p.m. By Staff Writer A Día de los Muertos celebration is planned for...

Film Review: Venom: Let There Be Carnage

October 16, 2021

October 16, 2021

Rated PG-13 90 Minutes Released October 1st in Theatres Venom: Let There Be Carnage is a sublimely cathartic experience –...

Closing Celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month Today

October 14, 2021

October 14, 2021

This Friday, October 15, the Santa Monica community is invited to a closing ceremony for Santa Monica’s first Hispanic Heritage...

Sneakertopia Brings the History and Culture of Sneakers to Life

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Sneakertopia is the ultimate expression of art and culture for all things sneakers offering a massive in-person experience paired with...

Review: Ted Lasoo Season 2

September 19, 2021

September 19, 2021

Rated TV-MA 12 30-Minute Episodes Released on Apple TV+, one 30-minute episode each Friday from July 23rd to October 8th...

Santa Monica Partners with McCabe’s Guitar Shop for a Reimagined Annual Concert Series

September 14, 2021

September 14, 2021

Americana in the Park, a New Free Concert Series Launches this September and October By Sam Catanzaro The City of...

Auditions Open for HVS Conservatory’s Inaugural Vocal Program

September 5, 2021

September 5, 2021

Hollywood Vocal Studios and Adreana Gonzalez are proud to announce the founding of Hollywood Vocal Studios (HVS) Conservatory—a post-secondary school...

Final Weekend of Marina Drive-In Movie Summer Series With New Movies Added

August 28, 2021

August 28, 2021

WHERE: Marina del Rey Boat Launch Ramp, 13477 Fiji Way at Parking Lot #2 COST: $20 per vehicle, per movie...