How does the LYS Tour work?

How To Tour

Mark your calendars for Friday, August 13th – Sun, August 22nd, 2021 and get ready to celebrate the 15th year of the LYS Tour.

Shops will all keep the minimum daily hours of 11am - 5 pm.

Please note that Monday, the 16th is a "rest" day, and most shops will be closed.

Contact individual shops directly to inquire about extended hours and if they will be open Monday.

This year, the LYS Tour will be held both in person, and online. In the coming days we will post very detailed information about how to tour both ways. 

Helpful Tips From Past Years for Touring:

You'll need a Tour passport, a trustworthy map/GPS, and a car (or a carpool/buspool)!

Be sure to put your name and contact information in your passport just in case you accidentally leave it at a shop! 

Visit any participating shops you wish, in any order you wish. Plan the route that best works for you (and your group).


The Washington Department of Transportation has several tools that might be helpful as you travel: Seattle traffic information/views from traffic camerasTraffic alerts for the Puget Sound Region, and Information on toll roads around the Seattle area.

NOTE: Please be aware that you may need to take a ferry to Port Townsend and/or Whidbey Island. Get all the information on the Washington State Ferries system here!


At the end of the day, each shop will pull a winner from that day's pool of visitor entry slips. The winner will receive either a tote filled with amazing donated yarns, patterns, and treats or a $25 gift certificate to that yarn shop. Customers will be informed of their winnings by phone or email. It is the customer's responsibility to pick up their winnings in a timely manner. If a customer does not wish to arrange to have their item(s) picked up, they can decline their prize, and another Tourist will be chosen.  

Grand Prizes are awarded after the Tour ends. Online Tourists have their entries logged by filling out google forms on each participating shop's website. In person Tourists must collect stamps in their passport. When you've visited the required number of shops, you will need to turn in your passport for entry into the grand prize drawings. The drawing will take place approximately 5-7 days after the Tour (watch for announcements on our social media page). Gift certificates will be awarded, and winners can select which shops they would like to spend their winnings in $50 increments. (For instance, the $100 winner could select 2 shops with $50 for each.)

Contact your fiber-loving friends, mark your maps, arrange your carpools, and plan your Tour.  We look forward to seeing you!