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Chicago YarnCon Excitement

 This weekend signals Mr. Yarn Geek's and my first trip to Chicago this year. We are going to vend at YarnCon, the premier fiber event in Chicago, where we will happily bask in our element. (If not the sunshine) We plan to rub elbows with our fellow vendors, such as Jen of Daizie Knits and Megan of Skeined Alive to name a few. We look forward to reconnecting with some amazing people we hung out with last year at our booth. Don't be shy. Come back and see us again and show us what you've been working on this year.

If you have not yet signed up for classes, please check out the titillating offerings still available. Why not try Crocodile Stitch, Entrelac or Two Color Cables? Love knitting socks but have rubenesque feet? The Bigfoot Knits class is just the thing you've been dreaming of.

This weekend is just overflowing with exciting happenings such as the release of "Chicago Knits Magazine". Their website gives the flavor of the new publication on the front page:

"Welcome to the first issue of Chicago Knits Magazine, the only magazine dedicated solely to the Chicago yarn craft scene. We will be focusing on knitting, crochet, and yarn spinning. In each issue, we'll have interviews with local shop owners, the latest craft book reviews, yarn and gadget reviews, the patterns for the latest fashion trends, and vintage patterns from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Plus the best places to knit in our awesome city!"

Vintage patterns! We are all over that like wool on sheep and intend to bring home several copies of the first edition with us. Subscriptions are being taken online, but the opportunity to meet them in person is only happening at YarnCon, just one more reason of many to get thee to Chicago. 

We had such a lovely time last year, you are sure to do the same. The world of fiber arts is warm and fuzzy, so come wrap yourself up in it.


What I Did Last Summer (A Back-To-School Flavored Post)

I'm feeling a bit nostalgic this morning. There are a myriad of things to be done before the World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in Bethel MO this weekend, from the mudane to the really important. Blogging falls somewhere in the middle. Perhaps it's the perfect place to start because of that. As I sit here listening to Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue" (Sorry about the ad) I'm wondering what exactly has happened to the summer. Here's a Midsummer's summer make a list of goals to accomplish, and then go to it. It's not like this summer has been exactly fruitless. Here's a list of things I did see to fruition:

1. Knit TARDIS tablet cover

2. Knit a Doris the Hedgehog for Mr. Yarn Geek. Using the pattern from ClaireClutterbug.

3. Knit a Cush using the pattern written by Susan B. Anderson

4. Knit another Wingspan by maylin Tri'Coterie Designs.

5. Finish up the long-neglected Triinu Scarf from Nancy Bush's Knitted Lace of Estonia

6. I also made quite a few dish cloths for an experiment using Hemp yarn. (More on that in a later post)

7. I've also been working on the YarnGeekFibers fiber database so you all can enter your fibers into your stashes more easily. You're welcome!

Hmm, it looks like I've done more than I thought. All this in addition to getting ready for, and attending, several fiber shows. There are only 2 more scheduled for us this year.

1. World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in Bethel, MO August 31 - September 1, 2013. There is a special treat on Saturday after the show closes. A spin in will be held for a few hours in the old gymnasium. Come on over and enjoy pizza, refreshments and fun spinning games for prizes. A lovely time will be had by all.

2. Strange Folk Festival in O'Fallon, IL just outside of St. Louis, MO. September 28-29, 2013 This is a handmade goodies paradise. Two days of music, great people, unique items, tasty food and all out fun.


YarnCon 2013 - A Modern Fairytale

Once upon a time, there was a girl. She lived in a nice little old house with a good boy and two OK dogs. There is a legend having to do with that little old house. Tales are whispered in hushed tones about a mythical "table" which, according to some, sits in the center of the kitchen. Some say this table was, in olden times, used in some sort of culinary ritual.

The girl (whom we shall call...ME) doesn't belive the stories. When she looks at the center of the kitchen, all she sees is this.


But, legend has it that when YarnCon comes, the table will appear once more. It is foretold that some really tired girl with dye-stained hands will have a big part in the fulfillment of this, and there will be much rejoicing. Yay!

All I know is, that big pile o' wool and silk needs to be labled and stuffed into boxes before tomorrow evening, because we are heading to Chicago, IL for YarnCon this weekend. (April 6-7, 2013) If a table does appear, I'm going to wrestle it into submission and have a dinner party.

End of story.


Where is Yarn Geek in 2013?

I spent several hours this afternoon updating the map and listing all the places we are planning on being this festival season. It turns out, there are a few new places, a few places we've been before, and a few places we are just hoping let us in to bask in their glory. We are still awaiting confirmation on a few gatherings, and those are marked with a question mark on the map. As these are confirmed, I will either put a marker in place of that, or clear them off. Click through and take a peak, don't be shy. Here's the Show Map page.

View Yarn Geek Fibers 2013 "World" Tour. in a larger map


Strange Folk Festival Is Nigh!


In the above diagram you will see your plan of attack. You must stash ALL THE YARN!

In order to obtain your target, first proceed to the Pavillion near the Writer's Block and storm

Tangerine Designs

for a nifty Police Box (shh, it's really a TARDIS) Needle Gauge or other great tool.


Then hoof it over to the vendor's tents where you will lock on to

Yarn Geek Fibers






Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to decimate their fiber supplies before the end of Strange Folk Festival at 6pm on Sunday. Craft on my minons!

Now go get yourself a cupcake from The Cup, or a gyro, or heck, get them've earned it.

In all seriousness, this is a great festival. 150 Indie Vendors, more great food than you could ever eat, 10 live bands, and an area especially for the children.

This is the best time we have all year.