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. See below for specifics on each.
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 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 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.
Contact your fiber-loving friends, mark your maps, arrange your carpools, and plan your Tour. We look forward to seeing you!
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
2. Enter the daily drawing (the form may be paper or digital)
3. Receive 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 future visits.
Click on the "Participating Shops 2021" link above.
Click the link for EACH shop to be taken to their website or LYS Tour landing page. Then click the
"Virtual Grand Prize Drawing Form" link,
and fill it out completely.
To be eligible for the $100 grand prize, you must do this on all 20 participating shop websites.
While you're visiting, view each shop's featured yarn and knit and crochet patterns. Receive the patterns for free when you make a purchase on their website, or by phone or email if applicable. You may also purchase the patterns outright for $10 each on Ravelry. Some shops may offer their patterns for sale on other platforms as well.