The Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop has been a spring ritual for yarn lovers for over a decade. Again in 2017, knitting and crochet enthusiasts will travel to yarn stores across the metro, collecting unique yarns and patterns and raising funds to support area food shelves.
The Shop Hop features 15 of the Twin Cities’ most popular specialty yarn and textile stores. From April 6-9, “anyone walking in the door of a participating shop receives a copy of that shop’s free pattern designed just for the event,” says Chris Rieffer, owner of Linden Yarn & Textiles on Excelsior Boulevard. In addition, says Rieffer, each shop commissions a hand-dyed yarn for the hop, which is available for purchase while supplies last. Donations in any amount ($5 per store is recommended) are welcome and go to each shop’s designated food shelf—in the case of Linden Yarn and Textiles, the Food Group (thefoodgroupmn.org). Instead of donating to each shop on the day of the event, multiple-entry special event passes are available for purchase, and those profits will also be donated: the EZ pass includes a commemorative event tote and pin from each shop visited, while each VIP pass holder gets the same, plus their name is entered into a pre-hop drawing for a prize of several hanks of commissioned hand-dyed yarn.
EZ and VIP passes will be available beginning March 15 at all participating shops. For a complete list of all the stores participating in the Yarn Shop Hop as well as locations and hours, visit the website here.
Proceeds from all of last year’s donations added up to a grand total of $55,036, which was shared between store owners’ food shelves of choice. “I think that the amount of money that we raise for food shelves is just outstanding,” says Rieffer.