How does the LYS Tour work?
How To Tour
Mark your calendars for Wednesday May 11th - Sunday May 15th, 2022 and get ready to celebrate the 16th year of the LYS Tour!
Shops will all keep the minimum hours of:
10am - 8pm PST Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday; and
10am - 6pm PST Saturday & Sunday
Contact individual shops directly to inquire about extended hours.
Don't need the whole passport? Download the stamp page here
This year, the LYS Tour will be held in-person, and we are excited to welcome everyone in to the shops! As we navigate the pandemic again this year, please observe each shop's health and safety practices upon entering - this information can be found here.
All shops will be offering their LYS Tour patterns free to anyone who visits in-person or anyone who makes an online purchase of any amount, during the tour dates. Patterns will be made available primarily though Ravelry.com download codes (some shops may also offer their patterns on other platforms). Individual patterns will be available for purchase on Ravelry during the tour if customers do not wish to visit/ make an online order.
Helpful Tips 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). Transportation tools are linked at the bottom of this page.
At the end of the day, each shop will pull a winner from that day's pool of in-person visitor entry slips. The winner will receive either a tote filled with amazing donated yarns, patterns, and treats or a 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. 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.
Contact your fiber-loving friends, mark your maps, arrange your carpools, and plan your Tour. We look forward to seeing you!
The Washington Department of Transportation has several tools that might be helpful as you travel: Seattle traffic information/views from traffic cameras, Traffic 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 visit some of our shops! Get all the information on the Washington State Ferries system here!
Collect a passport from one of the participating shops, or print your own copy. Links are on the LYS Tour home page.
As you plan your visits, please be mindful that each shop has it's own health guidelines. You will be required to follow them to gain entry into their shops.
Here's a checklist for what to do while visiting each shop!
1. Have your passport stamped (download here!)
2. Enter the daily drawing (the form may be paper or digital)
3. Pick up your FREE knitting and crochet patterns.
(Patterns may be offered as a download code)
4. If desired, purchase the featured pattern yarns at 10% off!
5. Admire the unique features of each shop, and take notes about what caught you eye. This is helpful in planning
6. Be mindful that each shop has its own health and safety guidelines.