I Love Yarn Day is the second Saturday of October every day. Therefore, it’s coming up on October 10, 2020. If you aren’t entirely sure what this holiday is, or how to celebrate it, then this post is for you. And even if you already know all about I Love Yarn Day, here are some extra thoughts about what to do to share your love of yarn with others.
What Is I Love Yarn Day?
The Craft Yarn Council created this holiday in 2010 as a way to celebrate all yarn crafts. That’s right, this year is the ten year anniversary of I Love Yarn Day!
As both a knitter and crocheter, I love bringing the community together. I Love Yarn Day celebrates the joy of yarn regardless of how you work with it.
8 Ways to Celebrate I Love Yarn Day
Anything that you do or share related to yarn celebrates this international holiday. In particular, it’s just a way to announce to the world that fiber has made your life better in small or big ways. However, there are certain things that you can do to more fully celebrate this holiday. If yarn makes you feel good, then make your weekend better than usual with one (or more) of the following options:
1. Join The Official Livestream
Every yearn, the Craft Yarn Council does something special to bring the community together in celebration of yarn. We might not have big in-person events right now because of COVID-19 but they are still going all out for the ten year anniversary with a big online event.
CYC has partnered with Sweet Tooth Hotel in Dallas, Texas to create Intangible, a Fiber Fairytale. Ten female fiber artists have put their skills together to create this fabulous yarn art installation. You’re invited to a virtual tour.
The livestream, which takes place throughout a big chunk of the day, includes tutorials, workshops, studio tours, giveaways, and more. If you love yarn, and the yarn community, then it’s definitely a key way to celebrate I Love Yarn Day.
2. Share How Yarn Helps You
The Craft Yarn Council has done a great job over the years of raising awareness about the health benefits of crochet and knitting. In particularly, they’ve emphasized how yarn crafts help relieved stress. In fact, one year, the entire theme of the event was “Stitch Away Stress.”
This year, they’ve emphasized the fact that the coronavirus pandemic and all of the ways it has changed our world has led to unprecedented stress for many people. And yarn helps.
“Research we conducted in April at the height of the pandemic shows that 84% of fiber artists are currently creating with yarn to relieve stress.” – Jenny Bessonette, executive director of the Craft Yarn Council
Have you used yarn to relieve stress? Has it helped you in other ways? Knitting and crochet have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even physical pain. Share in the comments on this post how yarn has helped you! Let others know how yarn has helped you by posting about it on your own blog, on social media, or just mentioning it in conversation with a friend.
Alternatively, do some research into the health benefits of yarn. Or take an hour to yourself to de-stress with yarn. That’s a smart way to celebrate I Love Yarn Day!
Fun Fact: This year I Love Yarn Day falls on the same day as World Mental Heath Day.
3. Share #ILoveYarnDay on Social Media
Use the “#ILoveYarnDay hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, or your other favorite social media site. Share your works in progress, finished pieces, your favorite ever make, or just a photo of your yarn stash. Don’t forget to browse what other people are sharing with the tag. This is a great way to draw attention to the wonders of yarn. Plus, even just browsing the images can feel relaxing!
4. Try a New Knit or Crochet Pattern
Set aside some time this weekend to make something with yarn. After all, isn’t that what loving yarn is all about? Try a new technique. Or try a new pattern.
I have a new hat pattern that will be ready on Saturday. Head to my YouTube channel to check it out. (And remember that if you subscribe to the channel, then you’ll always know when I have a new knit or crochet pattern to share.)
Of course, I also have hundreds of other knit and crochet patterns for you to choose from, including many that are free patterns. If you haven’t finished crocheting for Halloween, yet, then these 20 free Halloween crochet patterns make for good weekend projects. Also, remember that October is breast cancer awareness month, so you might want to check out these 21 free knit and crochet breast cancer patterns, which include my new free knit chemo cap pattern. Or, if you’re ahead of the game and getting ready for the holidays, you might want to start this weekend with my free crochet granny square stocking pattern.
5. Take a Yarn Class!
Knit and crochet classes are a great way to learn new things, make something fun, and connect with other people in the community. As aforementioned, the I Love Yarn Day livestream will have tutorials and workshops. I am teaching some FREE Saturday classes with Michael’s on I Love Yarn Day. The American Crochet Association is a great place to learn crochet in more depth. And of course there are plenty of other classes around the web. You’ll also find lots of tutorials on my YouTube channel.
6. Teach Someone Else to Knit or Crochet
I Love Yarn Day is all about spreading the love of yarn. What better way to do that than to teach a yarn craft to someone who doesn’t know how to knit or crochet yet? If you only do one of those crafts, perhaps you’ll want to trade lessons with someone who knows the other craft.
Or schedule some time, in person or online, to pass along your love of the craft to the next generation. Many of us learned to knit or crochet from a mother, grandmother, or aunt. Even if we didn’t stick with it at the time, that memory lingered and we came back to yarn later. Sharing that is special.
7. Buy Yarn
Of course, you probably don’t need an excuse to buy yarn. But if you want an excuse, what’s a better reason than I Love Yarn Day? Treat yourself to something special, that yarn that you[‘re always kind of eyeing but you’re not sure how you’ll use it. Or, if you’re on a budget, I’ve rounded up the 7 Most Affordable Yarns That Give You A Lot of Bang For Your Buck.
8. Knit or Crochet Something for Charity
Crafting for others is such a great way to spread the love of yarn. It’s also good for you. When we do something to help others, it warms our own hearts. The Craft Yarn Council supports Warm Up America as their charity of choice for I Love Yarn Day. However, you can also choose the cause you most care about and donate locally or globally. Remember to check with the charity in advance to find out if they have any donation restrictions during COVID-19. Alternatively, knit or crochet a gift for someone that you know is need.
What are you going to do to celebrate I Love Yarn Day? What is the number one reason that you love yarn? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Click on the images below to learn more about the CYC and crafting for charity: