October 17th: I Love Yarn Day

Yarn is at the very base of our arts of knit and crochet, and therefore is of vital importance in the mission of the Center for Knit and Crochet, Inc. (CKC).  It both inspires and contains our creativity.  Where would we be without it?  As a popular joke goes, probably doing 15-20 years in the state penitentiary, given the calming properties of knitting and crocheting.

In honor of the fabulous fiber, the Craft Yarn Council (CYC) has declared October 17th I Love Yarn Day and encourages all fiber enthusiasts to celebrate by sharing their affection for yarn and “stitch it forward” by teaching at least one newbie to knit, crochet, weave, spin or yarn bomb.  For inspiration, including the official celebration countdown and ideas and tips for teaching others how to knit and crochet, free patterns, yarn party ideas, contests with fiber-fabulous prizes, giveaways and more, the CYC encourages people to visit I Love Yarn Day 2015’s website at www.iloveyarnday.com and social media pages including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest regularly.  In a press release, Co-Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council, Mary Colucci, who is also a director of the CKC, said “People don’t have to be experts to be able to participate.  This celebration is for everyone in the industry who experiences the feel-good facets of yarn – from individual yarn-crafters and yarn shops to designers and manufacturers and more – to enjoy. All that’s required is a passion for yarn and a desire to have fun.”

We’d love to hear how you celebrate I Love Yarn Day.  Are you teaching someone to knit or crochet?  Will you start a new project?  Will you pull out your favorite yarn from the stash or go shopping for it?  And what is your favorite yarn anyway?

Now please excuse me.  I’m feeling an overwhelming urge to go roll around in my yarn.  If I don’t emerge by October 17th, would someone please send an experienced knitter to my house with a clean shovel and a pair of size 8 needles?

Marilyn J. Huset, Treasurer
Center for Knit and Crochet