The Block Island Times

Block Island the first stop on 3rd annual Yarn Crawl

Bring a food item to help Helping Hands of Block Island
By Lars Trodson | Apr 09, 2013
Photo by: Kari Curtis From left to right, Karen Logan, Sven and Laura Risom, and Emma Tripler-Frageau stand in the millworks of North Light Fibers. The local manufacturer of yarns and accessories will be hosting the first event of the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl on April 6 and 7.

The Great Rhody Yarn Crawl kicks off this weekend at North Light Fibers on Block Island. The event, which is entering its third year, is a growing tradition that brings knitters from all over New England to participating stores throughout Rhode Island.

The biggest weekend for the Yarn Crawl is April 12 to 14, but because it takes a little effort to get to Block Island, this leg of the crawl gets its own day and is a week early.

Fourteen independently owned yarn stores are participating, including North Light Fibers, which Sven and Laura Risom opened three years ago. North Light Fibers produces beautifully handcrafted scarves, hats and other accessories from wools that are sheared from animals living at the Abrams Farm on the island, as well as those wools that are imported from other parts of the world.

North Light Fibers, which has a new store and products to showcase to visitors, will be open for the crawl both Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The shop and mill are located at Abrams Farm on Spring Street — walking distance from the ferry.

Each yarn store is provided with a raffle basket filled with up to $300 worth of products generously donated by the crawl’s sponsors. Crawlers have a chance to win any and all of the baskets simply by donating a non-perishable food item at each yarn store they visit during the crawl.

All food brought to North Light Fibers on April 6, 7, 13 and 14 will be donated to Helping Hands of Block Island, the food bank here on the island.

For more information on the crawl, please visit For information on North Light Fibers, visit


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