5 Top Summer Destinations for Crochet Lovers
If you're planning to travel to these spots this summer, here are tips for finding crochet love.
Post by Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence
We may not be kids anymore but we can’t help but get excited about summer vacation. The long days beg to be enjoyed with relaxing poolside crochet, trips to air conditioned yarn stores and hours spent browsing arts and crafts museums. Let’s take a look at five great cities for getting away this summer!
1. Los Angeles, California
We love our home base in San Francisco but Southern California also has a lot to offer the yarn lover. There are yarn stores located all throughout the city. This is definitely a place where you need to have a car so get your rental, enter “yarn store” into your GPS and check out what there is to see. Need more guidance than that? Center your search in the LA Fashion District.
Once you’ve got your yarn, take your crochet project to the beach to enjoy some of that Southern California sun. Get inspiration from the colorful performance artists at Venice Beach, sit on the pier at Santa Monica Beach or go south for a quieter beach crochet session at Redondo or Hermosa Beaches.
If you get to Los Angeles before July 1st you can catch the end of the CAFAM Granny Squared yarnbombing art exhibit at the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum. Even if you go to LA later in the summer you’ll want to bookmark this museum as a craft lover’s must-see. Another space you’ll want to visit is The Institute for Figuring, the new permanent exhibit from the Wertheim Sisters, the original creators of the Hyperbolic Crochet Reef Project. And a few times each year, including the weekend of July 20th, you can go check out the crafty inspiration at the Los Angeles Renegade Craft Fair.
What to crochet for this trip: Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby’s Stripey Beach Tote (Jul/Aug ’11).
2. Austin, Texas
If you don’t mind the heat then check out Austin this summer. This edgy city has embraced both the artistic and social sides of crochet as one of the early hotspots of the yarnbombing movement. Keep your eye out for public displays of crochet art during your stay here!
While in Austin, why not get social? Plan ahead and get a spot in one of the free 3.5 hour Sewcialize Stitch Lounge sessions at The Stitch Lab where you can meet other crafters and work on a project. Or you might want to check out the Knitting and Crochet Meetup Group based in Austin.
Would you rather venture out and explore on your own? There are yarn stores throughout the city but start your search in South Austin for the most options. Although there isn’t a specific craft museum in Austin, some of the museums you might find inspiring here include the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art and the downtown Mexic-Arte Museum (which exhibits the arts and crafts of Mexican and Latino makers).
What to crochet for this trip: Will you be making your Austin trip a road trip? Add some style to your trek by making Jennifer E. Ryan’s Spare Tire Cozy (July/Aug ’13) before you go!
3. Twin Cities, Minnesota
Unless you want to find yourself knee-deep in snow then the best time of year to visit Minnesota is in the summer. As a crocheter the first place that you’ll want to stop is the inspiring StevenBe yarn store in Minneapolis. There are also more than a dozen other yarn stores in the Twin Cities area so plan to shop during your trip!
The American Craft Council, which is based in Minneapolis, has called the Twin Cities “A Mecca for Craft”. Crocheters who appreciate all of the arts and crafts will want to make this a museum-rich trip, starting with a trip to the Textile Center in Minneapolis, which calls itself “a national center for fiber art”. Other museums to add to the itinerary include the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, the Northern Clay Center, and the Goldstein Museum of Design.
4. Honolulu, Hawaii
A beach vacation in Hawaii is probably the ideal summer vacation for many people. Even Coco has gone to Hawaii! Base your stay in Honolulu and then visit the other islands as time permits. We don’t blame you if all you want to do during your stay is enjoy the beautiful beach weather and crochet away by the ocean or poolside. However, if you want to venture out to some crafty-related things in Hawaii, some of your top choices include The Honolulu Museum of Art, You may also want to check in on the blog of The Fuzz to see if this Oahu-based yarnbombing crew is up to anything during your trip.
What to crochet for this trip: Amanda Saladin’s Aloha Shorts (July/Aug ’13)
5. Vancouver, BC
Vancouver is a beautiful Canadian city with some of the best weather in the country and summer presents a terrific opportunity to enjoy a trip to this location. There are more than half a dozen Vancouver yarn stores so that will keep you busy.
Some other crafty things to check out in Vancouver include:
- Check the events calendar of the Vancouver Maker Foundation, a collective of crafters and artists.
- Book a workshop with Mighty Ugly to explore your own creativity. Mighty Ugly is the creation of crochet author Kim Werker.
- Get inspired at the Museum of Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery. See if there’s a crafty event happening during your trip such as Got Craft?, Maker Faire or Make It!
- Want to do something really special? In July 2013 there’s a crochet cruise trip that leaves from Vancouver and goes to Alaska, featuring on-board crochet classes with Ginger Luters and Marly Bird.
What to crochet for this trip: Linda Permann’s Blooming Sun Hat (May/June ’10) Ready to book your trip? You may also want to check out the 5 Spring Break Destinations we wrote about previously; there’s no bad time to go to cities like San Francisco and Sydney!