East Bay Yarn Crawl

Sunday, October 22, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Explore the East Bay’s yarn stores and little-known local treasures with a knitting/crochet designer and teacher as your guide. 

We’ll meet up at Exclusive Buttons, a unique shop that is packed with vintage buttons in wood, metal, casein, Bakelite, and glass. The space is small, so we’ll also be hanging out outside, knitting and crocheting, nibbling on baked goods, and browsing a literal trunk show of Kira K Designs kits. Next we’ll carpool to Avenue Yarns** to browse their collection of carefully selected yarns, fibers, tools and other treasures. Highwire Coffee is right across the street, if you need a little pick-me-up!

A short walk away, we’ll have lunch at Kim’s Cafe, with super-fresh Vietnamese food (vegan and gluten-free options available), and go through our goodie bags from Kira’s favorite fiber-related companies. After lunch, we will visit Freia Fibers for a rare glimpse of the dyeworks and a seconds sale of beautiful gradient yarns. Our final stop will be The Black Squirrel*, Berkeley’s new yarn and fabric shop that features indie dyers and locally handmade gifts.

* yarn crawl attendees will receive 10% off purchases at this shop

** yarn crawl attendees will receive 15% off purchases at this shop



Freia Fibers                                                           The Black Squirrel


What to bring:

  • A knitting, crochet, or spinning project to work on while in transit or during quiet times
  • A shopping bag
  • A water bottle
  • Your wallet, with cash for lunch (range $6-9 before tax & tip)

Notes: We’ll be carpooling between locations, and carpools will be arranged based on your answers below. If you have accessibility needs (ramps, elevators, minimal standing time, etc), please email infoATkirakdesignsDOTcom to discuss. If you’ll be coming by public transit, the El Cerrito Plaza Bart station is about a ten minute walk away from Exclusive Buttons, or use www.511.org to find a bus route.

Cancellation Policy: If you cancel with more than one week’s notice, an 80% refund will be sent. An 80% refund will be sent for cancellations with less than one week’s notice only if we can find someone else to take the spot. In the very unlikely event that we have to cancel the retreat due to low enrollment, we will give at least 48 hours notice, and a full refund will be sent to all registered attendees.


Registration: $30 or sign up with a friend for $25 each

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