My first year at YarnCon! This show has indie-dyers from the Chicagoland area and is held in the west loop of Chicago. The show runs Saturday and Sunday and is held in early April. The event is held indoors and food trucks were available for lunch (although they started to run out of food through the lunch hour). The issue that would probably keep me from going back was the lack of available parking. We got their 20 minutes after it opened and the designated lot was full. It took 30 minutes of driving around and paying to park to resolve the parking issue. WARNING: Picture heavy post.
I went with a couple friends and met up with a few more when I got there. By 11am it was pretty crowded, although it thinned out a bit around luchtime. We shopped and shopped and shopped, before heading to a (very) early dinner at Lou Malnati’s for Chicago style deep dish pizza. For the most part I made a pass through all the booths before making any purchases (with two exceptions). There were many wonderful new to me dyers, and a few I hadn’t seen in a long time
- (right) A canvas YarnCon bag. It’s lined and the canvas is pretty thick. Not huge but large enough for a sock project or a blanket square in process.
- (center green) The center boxy-bag is really cool. It’s from Beautiful Syster (Etsy) and is one of her Heather bags. I got this bag primarily because I could carry it on my arm while knitting. You can also make it into a box (and it has a pocket inside). The material is a heavy duck cotton and it stands up on its own.
- (left and bottom) A small bag and notion pouch from MidMitten Designs (Etsy). I like the clear vinyl panels so you can actually see inside (and its something I don’t know how to sew).
Yarn (descriptions under each photo):
A beautiful gradient ball from River’s Edge Fiber Arts, with SPARKLE. I know, I’m not normally a sparkle kinda of girl. but I was really drawn to this ball. And it’s a large enough gradient to make a decent sized shawl (600 yards). Colorway is Peacock.
A pair of skeins from Grinning Gargoyle, who I haven’t seen in several years (since a prior Stitches event). I plan to use these in a new design – a colorwork cowl. The yarn is MCS Fingering and is a merino, silk and cashmere blend. The colors are Sun Kissed and Turquoise.
Also from Grinning Gargoyle, I found these two skeins on sale. The yarn is called Seda DK and is a 50/50 silk/merino blend DK yarn. Two skeins totals 450 yards. The colorway is black over lilac and it a very dark purple.
A beautiful (and spring themed) mini skein set from Lorna’s Laces called a String Quartet. 535 yards total of fingering weight yarn in a merino/nylon blend. I need to find a contrasting color – I’m thinking a gray with brown undertones?
A new to me dyer – Honey Girl Farms. This yarn is on her Deluxe Sock bases in the colorway House Targaryen, part of the Game of Thrones collection. This fingering weight yarn is a merino/nylon blend of 437 yards.
Another dyer I haven’t seen in a few years – Icemelon’s Stash. She has beautiful yarns with saturated colors. Most notably right now she has a Supernatural (the tv show) collection, which is one of my favorite tv shows. I fell in love with the I Don’t Like Poetry colorway and decided to get one skein in the sparkle (Alrisha) base and one in the merino/nylon (Desmos) base. I