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14 Ways to Celebrate I Love Yarn Day

October 12 is I Love Yarn Day, a holiday set in motion by the Craft Yarn Council, to celebrate all the things we love about yarn. We have come up with 14 ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day (ILYD) this year.

Yarnspirations Caron Yarn Heart

1. Get crafty with yarn.

There are so many fun ways to craft with yarn! From basic kids crafts and even EZ knitting there are lots of ways to use yarn without knitting or crocheting. Grab some of your scrap yarn and get your creative juices flowing with any of these free craft patterns.

2. Take your knit or crochet project on the go.

One of our favorite things about knitting and crocheting is that we can take it with us no matter where we go. One of the great things about working on our projects in public is that we can spread the love for our craft in addition to generating interest from bystanders! Meet other yarn lovers at a park, the mall, coffee shop or any public place! Don’t forget that the best part of being a passenger in a car or on a bus is being able to work on your projects. Check out these great projects made for your yarn bag.

3. Teach a friend how to crochet or knit.

We know that many of you can't help but share your craft with friends and we love that! Whether they have no experience at all or are just looking for a friendly helper, we love the idea of friends getting together to learn and create. If it's your first time teaching, take some tips from our learn to knit and learn to crochet articles.

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4. Pass Down a Handmade Keepsake.

We love that our knit and crochet items can become keepsakes in your family for years to come. Crochet and knit throws in a yarn like Red Heart Super Saver or Caron Simply Soft are great projects to make as a gift and they can be passed down in your family.

5. Organize your yarn stash.

This one is simple! Celebrate I Love Yarn Day by giving your yarn stash an overhaul. We know you'll love getting organized plus it will be a great way find yarn for your next project. Check out this post to get some help taming your stash.

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6. Take a class or learn a new skill.

Learning a new knit or crochet technique can be incredibly rewarding. Watch our easy-to-follow video tutorials on your favorite Yarnspiration patterns! New tutorials are added every week — don't miss a thing by subscribing to Yarnspirations on YouTube. Our How To hub is also a great place to learn a new skill or take the skills you have to the next level.

7. Celebrate your favorite yarnist.

From yarn bombing to crochet and knit designers, there are so many yarnists we want to show our appreciation to. At Yarnspirations, we call those people our Stitch Ambassadors — a group of designers and crafters who share their love of their craft through innovative designs. Some ways that you can show your appreciation are by engaging with them on social media and using their patterns or designs.

Intermediate Trellis & Tassels Knit Afghan

8. Decorate with Tassels and Pompoms.

Pompoms and tassels are simple and fun projects that can add to a basic knit or crochet project or even something your already have in your home. Add yarn tassels to a tote bag, add a jumbo pompom to a hat or cut Red Heart Pomp-A-Doodle yarn to make whimsical crafts!

9.Try out a new yarn.

Whether it’s a new color, texture, or fiber, there never seems to be enough time to try out all the yarn out there. Except for today. ILYD is a great time to try out something new! Who knows what yarn you’ll fall in love with next?

10. Stitch a Hug.

Today is a great day to knit or crochet a project to donate to charity. This time of year is all about giving back. With the colder winter months around the corner, warm scarves and hats will be put to great use. Make sure to check with local charities about their needs before dropping off any handmade donation items! Need ideas? Check out our Charity Lookbooks.

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11. Tackle your UFOs!

We know that looking over at a pile of unfinished (objects) projects can be defeating. Take this holiday to pour yourself a big ol’ cup of coffee and finish them! If you are stumped on one of our patterns, don’t forget you can always contact our customer services team. They will be more than happy to walk you through any challenges you are having with the design.

12. Go yarn shopping!

Whether you like shopping at your local craft store or favor the convenience of online shopping, it’s a great time to stock up for winter projects! How about taking this time to try a new color or different style of yarn? From chunky weights to vibrant colors, you’ll love our wide selection of yarns.

13. Show off your finished project.

Showing off your handmade creation can be so rewarding! Posting your finished projects on social media is a great way to get recognition for your hard work (and maybe even a little bragging rights). Share your creations made with Yarnspirations on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. Don’t forget to use #Yarnspirations and #ILoveYarnDay!

14. Honk if you Love Yarn!!!

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How are you celebrating I Love Yarn Day? If you need more ideas, check out CYC website.