Spring and summer in and around the windy city hold so much fibery goodness, it's hard to keep up with it all!
Saturday, May 14 from 9:30-12:15 is the Dream in Color Semi-Annual Seconds Sale in West Chicago. This sale is a WONDERFUL opportunity to get your hands on some highly discounted, high quality yarn! Recently, I knit my Olive and Vintage Lady's Jumper using yarn I purchased at this sale last year! If you're able to be there, you won't want to miss it!
June 11 is WWKIP Day! The Windy City Knitting Guild will be gathering in Millenium Park to participate
June 24-26 is this year's Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair! There are tons of workshops, contests, meetups, and a wonderful market place to take advantage of here! This is Chicago's "organic" fiber fest.
August 19-28- Twenty eight Chicago area yarn stores will be participating in the 2nd Annual Chicago Yarn Crawl. Mike and I crawled all over the city last year and discovered some fantastic resources we didn't know were available! Participants collect stamps from each store they visit and enter store and crawl-wide drawings for chances to win incredible prizes! Also, each store has a free pattern and their own bonus discounts for crawlers.
August 25-28 is STITCHES MIDWEST!!! I keep telling myself that I'm going to start stashing away my entire yarn budget annually for the Stitches market place... it hasn't happened. The first time I walked into the convention center and saw all the vendor booths lined up.... I felt like Charlie when he stepped into the Chocolate Factory. It's amazing.
September 10-11 is this Summer's Renegade Craft Fair, which, technically, isn't a yarn specific fest at all. However, there are a handful of really wonderful local fiber artists with booths sprinkled down Division Street. And there are HUNDREDS of incredible crafters to check out while you walk around.
September 24 is YarnCon at the Pulaski Park field house. This is a much smaller scale market place, but it's lovely regardless and an excuse to spend even more money on yarn....
If these events aren't enough to satisfy your hunger for fiber, there are also several fiber fests and events in Wisconsin and Michigan throughout the summer. Mark you calendars! It'll be here and gone before we know it!