The last couple of weekends in the Field household have been so much fun as we’ve celebrated a few birthdays. The whole family managed to get together TWICE for what we love to do best…eat and play games! My daughter and I are birthday twins so we always find something we can do together to celebrate. This year we made plans to participate in the Long Island Livestock Company Yarn Crawl. If you aren’t familiar with what that is, a “yarn crawl” is a multi-day event for yarn and fiber lovers connecting them to local yarn shops within a specific area or city. Yarn crawl participants are encouraged by their local yarn shops to develop a self-guided itinerary for a weekend of exploration and fun.
We decided to tackle this yarn crawl in one day. I had some deluded idea that we could hit all 9 stops because they were laid out in a logical pattern and didn’t seem to be too far apart. However, we’re talking about Long Island. While the actual distance we drove wasn’t all that bad (300 miles round trip), there’s no accounting for the unpredictability of New York traffic.
We set out early Saturday morning, headed east, drove across Staten Island, and began the journey out Long Island. After visiting our first yarn shop along the south shore, The Knitting Store in Oceanside, we just had to stop in Amityville and take a look at the horror movie house. It isn’t anything special to look at from the street but now I can say I’ve seen it in person!
We stopped at a second yarn shop, Sew What’s New and Yarn Too, this time in Islip. If I were a quilter, this would be a great place to pick up some cute fabric. The back of the store was full of pretty yarns, tempting me to buy them, but I resisted.
Our main goal was to make it to the Long Island Livestock farm, almost the farthest point east on the crawl. We discovered this wonderful farm and its products at Vogue Knitting Live in NY a couple of years ago. Each hank of yarn is beautifully spun and sumptuously soft. Many of the choices have a card attached identifying the animal the yarn came from. So, imagine our glee when we finally arrived at the farm and experienced the animals up close. It just so happens that the owner was tutoring some vet tech students at the baby llama pen. We happened upon them just as they were going into the pen so we got invited along. This guy decided I looked friendly…
Up to this point I had resisted the urge to buy more yarn. Quite honestly, I could open my own yarn shop with what I have in my craft room. But this is one place I have a major weakness for. So, I ended up with this beauty along with a pattern to crochet a lacy, flowery shawl.
By the time we finished at the farm, it was late afternoon. Five more yarn shops were lined up on the north shore, beckoning us to visit. But, we decided to head home instead. Maybe another year!
Here are some more pictures of our day on the farm!