Congratulations Raffle Winners!

Woolith Fair 2017 was a great success! We want to thank all the shops and studios – and the Alpaca Farm! – who served as Passport Stops for the weekend, as well as all the yarn yarn crawlers who took part in the Fair and came out to visit all the shops and studios. ¬†From what we have heard, everyone had a wonderful time and is now well stocked with yarn for the summer! ūüėČ

In the week following Woolith Fair, we collected all the Passports and blanket squares that had been left at the various passport locations. ¬† In the coming weeks, the West Coast Knitters’ Guild will be organizing a group of volunteers to sew the blanket squares into blankets that can be donated to the Variety Blanket Drive.

The winners of the prize raffles were selected on the weekend.  The winners are:

Beginner Crawler (at least 3 stamps on the passport): Anna Gurling

Intermediate Crawler (at least 7 stamps): Lori Nelson

Master Crawler (at least 14 stamps): Sue Dadson

All the winners have already been contacted and the prizes have been delivered.  Congratulations everyone!

We will be announcing the dates for Woolith Fair 2018 very soon. Stay tuned so you can put the dates in your calendar, and start planning for next year’s yarn crawl!

It’s Time to Start Yarn Crawling!

Woolith Fair has finally arrived and I know that some of you have been out and about since early this morning, making sure that you take in as many Crawl Stops as possible!

Make sure to read through the blog posts¬†below to verify the¬†store hours and addresses of¬†each location, so that you don’t miss out on anything. ¬†When you have finished your Woolith Fair adventure, leave your passport at the last store you visit. We will collect the passports later this week, and then draw the winners of our three Crawl Raffle prizes. ¬†Winners will be notified by email, and their names will also be posted here on the website.

We would like to thank all of the participating shops, farms,¬†and yarn dyers who contributed prizes to this years event! A special thanks also to Diamond Yarns, for contributing prize items even though they can’t be here to take part in the Crawl in person.¬†And in case you missed it on Instagram, here are a few photos of all those lovely prizes:

Happy Woolith Fair Everyone!

Only a few weeks to go…

As of publication of this post, Woolith Fair is only 18 days away!  Are you ready to start crawling?

Read through the blog posts below to find out about all the stores that are participating in this year’s crawl. ¬†You can also see the full list of shops on our Crawl Stops page, and then use our¬†Google¬†Map to plan your weekend route.

Don’t forget to print out the 2017 Passport so that you can collect Passport Stamps as you visit each location on the crawl. ¬†Leave the completed passport at your final stop, and you¬†will be entered to win one of our Woolith Fair Prizes. ¬†Details about the prizes will be coming soon, so be sure to come back to check it out!

Crawl Stop Feature: Wet Coast Wools, Vancouver

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Owner: Glenda McDonald

Store Address: 2923 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver (between Macdonald and Bayswater Streets).

Store Phone: 604-568-0011

Website: www.wetcoastwools.com

Parking:¬†Two-hour street parking is available on 4th Avenue, right in front of the store. For longer stays, park in the block West of Bayswater ‚Äď there is no time limit on those spaces.

Crawl Stop Feature: Urban Yarns, Vancouver and North Vancouver

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Both locations of Urban Yarns strive to bring you some of the latest and greatest new yarns in the fibre world while also staying true to the classic ‚Äúworkhorse‚ÄĚ yarns we all know and love. Our shops embody our love for fibre and fibre artists with cozy nooks for pattern research and working on your latest project in a warm, friendly atmosphere.

urbanNVWe are proud to stock yarns by Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Rhichard Devrieze, Sweet Georgia, Handmaiden, Fleece Artist, Biscotte and Cie, Amano, Three Irish Girls, Mrs. Crosby, Lopi, Noro, Zealana, Rowan, Berroco, Blue Sky Fibres, The Fibre Co, Misti Alpaca, Drops, Sandnes Garn, Cascade, Opal, Phildar, Sirdar and more! Our knowledgeable staff are happy to help you on your latest fibre adventures in store as well as in classes and private lessons.

Yarn Crawl Hours: Friday to Sunday 10 ‚Äď 6pm at both locations.

urbanSpecial In Store Events: We will be holding a reception for yarn crawlers during our extended hours from 6-9 pm at our location in Point Grey with drinks, treats and of course, yarn! We will be offering a 20% discount on Delicious Yarns and Kits at the Lonsdale store, and a 20% discount on all Rowan Selects yarns in the Point Grey store.

Owner: Anina Hansen and Lindsay Schafer

Store Addresses:

Urban Yarns Point Grey: 4437 West 10th Ave, Vancouver BC

Urban Yarns Lonsdale: 1760 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC

Store Phone: 604-228-1122 (Point Grey)  604-984-2214 (Lonsdale)

Website: www.urbanyarns.com

Parking: Urban Yarns Point Grey is located on West 10th Ave between Sasamat and Trimble as one heads toward UBC. It is easily accessed by the 14 or 99 bus routes. Metered parking is available on the street.

urbanNv2Urban Yarns Lonsdale is our newest location and replaces our old store in Edgemont Village. It is located on Upper Lonsdale Ave between 17th and 18th Street, next door to Brown’s Social House. Transit is easy from Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus by route 229 or 230 or by bus from downtown Vancouver on the 240 or 241. If you are driving, take the Lonsdale Exit (18) from Highway 1 and proceed downhill for 6 blocks. Free street parking is available on Lonsdale and 18th.

Crawl Stop Feature: Button Button, Vancouver

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A Vancouver gem, Button Button is entering its twenty-second year of business in historic Gastown. We’re known for our extensive selection of buttons and clasps in a variety of materials – shell, ceramic, wood, glass, vegetable ivory, horn, and many more – and at all price points. Rounding out our collection are a few treasured finds for knitters, crocheters, sewers, and crafters.

Yarn Crawl Hours: Friday: 10:30am to 8pm; Saturday: 10:30am to 6pm; Sunday: 10:30am to 6pm.button-4548.jpg

Special in Store Events: Almost everything¬†in store will be 10% off for Woolith Fair attendees, with special store hours on Friday night and Sunday.¬† If you’ve ever admired our sweater garland, the pattern will be available either singly, or as a free mini-kit with purchases over $20. Join us Friday night for our Woolith Fair launch with light refreshments.

Owner: Angela Ho

Store Address: 318 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Store Phone: 604-687-0067

Website: www.buttonbutton.ca

Parking: Street parking is available but in high-demand. Since we are just two blocks away from Waterfront Station, we encourage you to take transit to visit us.

Crawl Stop Feature: Kensington Prairie Farm, Langley

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Kensington Prairie Farm is a working farm and home to 52 Huacaya Alpacas and 48 Registered Polled Herefords.  In both breeds, we utilize the best genetics available and breed only our top females to ensure quality offspring.  Poor quality animals are not utilized in our breeding programs.DSC_0217

Alpacas are fleece animals.  Each spring we send a small fleece sample from each alpaca to a testing lab in Australia.  These test results are a valuable stock management tool, which assist us in annual breeding decisions and alpaca shearing preparations.  After shearing, we sort and grade our fleece into six grades, two lengths and twelve colours.  Only the finest fleeces are made into yarn and finished goods.  Course or robust fleece is recycled as hanging basket liners or garden mulch.

The on-farm store¬†is located in the big red barn ‚Äď right in the middle of every day farming activities. ¬†The store features a broad selection of locally produced and imported alpaca products.¬† All the raw fleece, roving, yarn, duvet batting, ‚ÄėSignature‚Äô woven throws and hand-knit products are produced from fleece harvested from our own alpaca herd.¬† Additional alpaca products such as clothing, scarves, socks, accessories, slippers and home d√©cor products are imported from Peru. ¬†Surrounded by numerous alpaca paddocks, a visit to the farm store also leads to picture taking and conversations with the alpacas.

Ever a nuisance but always inquisitive, you will likely be met by one of our Muscovy ducks!

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Special in Store Events:  KPFarm will offer an additional 10% discount (TOTAL 20% discount for crawl passport holders ONLY) on purchases of raw alpaca fleece, roving, yarn and duvet batting.   We invite you to view our latest production of alpaca yarn.

After sorting and grading the fleece post-shearing, we stockpiled until we amassed a record 700 lbs. of premier Grades 1, 2, 3 and 4 fleece in a multitude of natural colours.  It took over a year to process this amount of fleece and we are proud to showcase our best yarn ever to discerning knitters participating in Woolith Fair.

Our Spring Sales Event will be in full swing and we invite you to browse our large selection of alpaca socks, accessories, clothing and home decor products.

Owner: Catherine Simpson

Store Address: 1736 248 Street, Langley, BC V4W 2C3

Store Phone: 604-626-4395

Website: www.kpfarm.com

Parking: There is lots of parking at the store and plenty of paved and grassed areas for alpaca viewing!

Crawl Stop Feature: Sweet Georgia Yarns, Vancouver

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We are an artisan hand-dyed yarn company that makes yarns and spinning fibers that celebrates our unapologetic love of color. We have an entire room of discounted ‚Äúseconds‚ÄĚ skeins that are available to local shoppers.

Yarn Crawl Hours: Friday to Sunday 10 ‚Äď 5pm

Special In Store Events: All regular, in-stock yarns will be 10% off during Woolith Fair.2012-09-1914-11-14SGY

Owner: Felicia Lo

Store Address: #110 ‚Äď 408 East Kent Ave South

Store Phone: 604-569-6811

Website: www.sweetgeorgiayarns.com

Parking: There is plenty of parking outside of our studio.

Crawl Stop Feature: Fibre Art Studio, Granville Island, Vancouver

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The Fibre Art Studio offers luxury yarns that are not in any other store and have been hand dyed/painted by the studio members.  The studio also features the work (weaving, tapestry weaving, felting, knitting) of 5 textile artists.
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Yarn Crawl Hours: Friday: 11am Р6pm; Saturday: 11am Р5pm; Sunday: 11am Р4pm.

Special in Store Events: We will be offering a 10% discount on hand-dyed yarns when you show your Woolith Fair passport.

Owners: Barbara Heller/Penny Stewart

Store Address: 1610 Johnson St., Vancouver, BC (on Granville Island)

Store Phone: 604-688-3047

Website: The Fibre Art Studio on Facebook

Parking: There is plenty of free public parking for up to 3 hours on Granville Island.

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