I Love Yarn Day is the second Saturday of October every year. Therefore, it’s coming up on October 9, 2021. 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.
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What Is I Love Yarn Day?
The Craft Yarn Council created this holiday in 2010 as a way to celebrate all yarn crafts. It’s hard to believe that this is already the eleventh year of this annual event.
You know that I’m all about being BiCrafty. As both a knitter and crocheter, I love bringing the community together. Whether you do one craft or both, this is something that we can all celebrate together. After all, 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. Buy Yarn
If you want an excuse to buy yarn, then this holiday provides a great excuse. And it’s not just because we’re all celebrating yarn. It’s also because there are some great sales in honor of I Love Yarn Day. For example, both KnitPicks and WeCrochet offer 20% off yarn in honor of the celebration. This sale begins October 7, 2021. It ends at midnight on October 11, 2021. During the sale, both sites have 20% off all yarn using promo code ILOVEYARN.
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.” 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. Hashtags #craftastherapy #crochetismytherapy and #knittingistherapy are great places to find similar posts on social media.
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!
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!
BONUS: MAKE YOURSELF A YARN SCREENSAVER OVER ON MY INSTAGRAM.
Go to @themarlybird. Underneath my bio, you’ll see my saved highlights. The first one is “wallpapers.” All of those are images from my yarn stash. Screenshot one or more to add to your phone. Let it delight you!
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.
In fact, consider joining BiCrafty Bootcamp Crochet Edition. It’s not too late to join. And we’re making lots of fun crochet patterns together. The group just worked on my new double-stranded baby blanket crochet pattern.
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 check out our roundup of 150+ Halloween knit and crochet patterns. 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 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. There are online and in person yarn classes. And there are some classes you can do at your own pace. For example, check out the latest deals on Creativebug online craft class memberships.
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. Check Out Craft Giveaways
There are usually a variety of sites offering craft giveaways for I Love Yarn Day. For example, check out this year’s Interweave Giveaway. My friend Tamara of Moogly blog always has some good giveaways going on as well. Check her blog for the latest ones.
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. 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!