It is the mission of the Bay Lakes Knitting Guild to give knitters of all skill levels the opportunity to get to know other knitters, to learn new techniques, and to share their ideas, resources, and talents with the community.
I read Rose-Kim Knits for her weekly feature "Thursdays are for What the Hell is This?" (I don't know how she finds this stuff.) (She's either the owner, part-owner, or an employee of the Fiber Gallery in Seattle. Whatever, she's a champion knitter and blogger.) I know it's too late for you dedicated yarn crawlers/shop hoppers for 2012, but maybe you can plan a trip next year. There are 21 shops on the tour (21!!!) and over $1500 in prizes at stake. Man, if I wasn't on a severe yarn diet and had a spare plane ticket and no job, I'd so be there.