Local Yarn Store Day

Announcing The Third Local Yarn Store Day:

LYS Day has been postponed to September 12, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Local Yarn Store Day has been postponed to September 12, 2020. Local Yarn Stores are the backbone of our industry. TNNA knows that our member LYSes are being impacted around the world by closures and quarantines. Please visit this page, where stores can list their shops, links to their online storefronts, and any virtual events they may be having.

Local Yarn Store Day (LYS Day) is a TNNA program designed to drive traffic to local yarn stores. LYS Day has brought thousands of 'yarnies' from across the US and Canada to go to their local shop to see the exclusive, unique products created specifically for LYS Day. Think of it as a nationwide Yarn Crawl!

Looking to visit your local yarn store on September 12, 2020 to celebrate LYS Day and have questions? View the frequently asked questions below! 

What members are saying about LYS Day

LYS Day is a great way to bring the fiber community together. Our customer's seeing how stores, vendors and designers support each other simply strengthens our community and makes everyone want to be part of it.

- Alicia Chivers, Criativity

Local Yarn Store Day is an amazing opportunity for us to collaborate with shops and other artists in a way we've never done before. LYS Day is the catalyst for us to make something really special for our shops and customers. It's hands down my favorite yarnie event of the year!

- Charlie, My Anzula

We participated to help bring awareness to our unique local Yarn Shop community and how blessed the Minneapolis/St.Paul area is to have so many shops! Getting the word out and reminding people to connect to fellow fiber enthusiasts is what makes an LYS so wonderful and special.

- Gilah, needle & skein

Local Yarn Store Day is a wonderful way to remind our community of the importance of small businesses. I think some customers equated it to Small Business Saturday! It's also a great event to have on the calendar for this time of year in the yarn shop world. Thank you for spearheading it!

- Sue & Linda, The Yarn Bar

Local Yarn Store Day is a wonderful day for local customers to show support to their brick & mortar yarn shops and for the yarn shops to thank their customers for their continued support. In a day where online shopping is becoming so popular, it's important to have yarn shops where customers still have the opportunity to touch, feel and see all the gorgeous yarns in person. Understanding this importance and the connection between the customer and fibers is why many of us shop owners chose to open.

- Karen Rhyne, Knotty Lamb

We had a lot of customers come in to show their appreciation for us, their LYS. We offered some of our own LYS Day specials as well as some from vendors who did special yarns.

- Grandma's Spinning Wheel

LYS day is a great chance for both vendors and customers to show their support for our local yarn stores. Goodwill is felt on all sides and it is a reminder every year to be grateful for our brick and mortar shops and the community they foster.

- Meghan Fernandes, Pom Pom Publishing

My customers really seem to value having our shop in town and came out to let us know! We had a great day both monetarily as well as emotionally! We all felt the love!

- Unknown

 For the Consumer: 

Q: What is Local Yarn Store Day?

Think of it as a nationwide yarn crawl, but you only need to visit one store! Yes, you can certainly visit more shops if you want. If you’re fortunate to live near multiple participating shops, they'd all love to see you!

Q: What will I see at Local Yarn Store Day?

Participating shops will have a variety of unique items created by some of our favorite vendors specifically for Local Yarn Store Day! You may see special yarns, special patterns, or any number of other unique items. Most shops have made this a special day to celebrate you, as it is your support that keeps local yarn stores open and thriving!

Q: Are all yarn shops participants?

While we'd love for them to be, not all yarn shops choose to participate. Local Yarn Store Day is open to all members of the national trade organization for the yarn industry called TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association). If your local yarn shop is not a member, urge them to join so you can both get access to this fun program and the

Q: I don't have a local shop near me; can I buy these items online?

These unique items are not available online. They are only available through participating brick and mortar shops. Many shops tell us that people drive many miles to join in the fun!

Q: Why is there a Local Yarn Store Day?

Contrary to popular belief, the majority of yarn is purchased through local brick and mortar shops, not online. This day was created by a committee of shop owners and yarn manufacturers to show you the benefits of the partnership between your Local Yarn Stores and their Vendor Partners.

Q: How can I learn more?

Visit the website (www.localyarnstoreday.com) where we show the list of participating Local Yarn Stores, as well as participating Vendor Partners. You should also talk to your Local Yarn Store to see if they are participating!

Click the box below to download the FAQ to share with your customers. 


Hear about all the latest activities and happenings on social media. Check out the buzz generated around this event by following the official hashtag, #LYSDay

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