Autumn leafIt’s officially Fall, and you know what that means: Cool weather! Hats! Sweaters! Yarn! Yay!

Fall also means it’s time for the sixth annual I Love Yarn Day, sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council. The date is Saturday, October 15. This year the theme of the event is Stitch It Forward.

Stitch It Forward

I Love Yarn Day banner

Most of us remember learning to crochet or knit, and have a special fondness for the person who taught us. Wouldn’t you love to share your passion for yarn craft, and to be that special, always-remembered teacher? You don’t have to be a trained teacher to teach! Enthusiasm and a little bit of patience is all that is required.

Red Heart Halloween Banner
You can find lots of resources from the Craft Yarn Council: free patterns (including some adorable Halloween ones like the banner shown here), a scavenger hunt with some terrific prizes (start now!), and gear (bags, hats, and t-shirts).  In addition, a number of popular craft bloggers will be posting on October 15, offering their teaching tips, and providing free patterns. Check out the list of bloggers here.

There are lots of other ways to become involved. Take a look at all these special activities you can do to celebrate your love of yarn.


I’m packing now to head north to the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, October 15-16, at Rhinebeck. I’ll be celebrating I Love Yarn Day (and the day after) at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds on the banks of the Hudson River, along with thousands of others.

If you plan to attend, please stop and see me in Building B. I’ll be in the Merritt Bookstore booth all weekend. At 2:30 on Sunday afternoon I’ll be participating in Tales of Yarn, talking about How to Write a Craft Book. Hope to see you there!

How will you celebrate I Love Yarn Day? Who will you teach?

#stitchitforward #iloveyarnday


I Love Yarn Day is coming! + Rhinebeck! — 4 Comments

  1. I mean this is cool and all, but, why does it need a special day shouldn’t stitchin’ it forward be an all the time thing???

  2. I love that I Love Yarn Day and the Sheep and Wool Festival come together today!

    I am heading to Rhinebeck from CT shortly and will stop in to say hello!

    I celebrate I Love Yarn Day everyday by sharing what I know, showing people the fun things you can knit and crochet, teaching classes, etc but I do think that dedicating a day to ‘I Love Yarn Day!’ brings awareness to those who think you have to be an ‘expert’ to stitch it forward which, as we know, you don’t!

    Plus there are fun things going on on yarn shops (which are few and far between, unfortunately, at least where I live) and good sales at chain stores, so that’s a nice benefit to this ‘holiday’!

    Anyway, just wanted to share and look forward to seeing you in Rhinebeck!

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