Yarn Con 2023 Recap | Smart female dogs, trashy books

An embroidery project made with yarn.  It says Chicago under the image of the Chicago skyline.

On the weekend of April 1, a pal and I did the three hour hike to Windy Metropolis for Yarn Con 2023.

Yarn con is an impartial fiber competition that options many impartial midwestern dyers and began in 2007. The primary two days (Thursday and Friday) function workshops and courses. The second two days (Saturday and Sunday) are a vendor’s market that featured a few of my favourite dyers.

Went down only for the distributors market. There have been 55 distributors; a few of my favorites like destination son have been current, and I used to be capable of finding some cool new dyers like Jems Luxe fibers.

Admission was free and the primary 50 in line obtained a free reward bag.

This stunning challenge was on the Jems Luxe Fiber stand

First for the dangerous: a lot of the fiber festivals I attend happen outdoor. Resulting from Chicago’s spring climate (it was wet and windy), this competition was held on the Chicago Journeymen Plumber’s Union Corridor.

The room was very busy on Saturdays, which made procuring a bit troublesome. I believe it will have been very troublesome to navigate the ground on a scooter or wheelchair as I used to be standing shoulder to shoulder with different individuals.

Got here with a pal who does not knit and she or he selected to remain away whereas I shopped because of congestion.

It is clear that Yarn Con is in style, so hopefully they will discover a location with more room subsequent 12 months.

An aerial view of the vendor's floor.

Additionally, the distributors have been unfold over two flooring and a balcony, and the balcony had little or no strolling house between stalls.

There have been two meals vehicles accessible exterior, however the traces for foods and drinks have been fairly lengthy. I had unimaginable baowiches from Yum Dum Truck.

Two open bao sandwiches

Though we have been in downtown Chicago, the climate prohibited many individuals from strolling to eating places a number of blocks away, so I believe an additional meals truck would have been good.

All in all, I believe the con may want more room and meals subsequent 12 months simply due to the variety of attendees (which is an enormous deal to have.)

Like I stated, a few of my favourite distributors have been there.

Three skeins of Destination Yarn and a project bag containing wombs, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Left to proper: Vacation spot Yarn Postcard in Millennium Park, Alder Planetarium and Lake Shore Drive.

Vacation spot Yarn despatched their Chicagoland colours with Cooperative Press as a result of they could not attend in individual. I managed to snag three colours in addition to this superior challenge bag from Cooperative press.

One of many enjoyable issues about attending a fiber competition is that the dyers will give you a colorway that may solely be discovered at that competition.

I managed to catch a skein of Miss Bab’s Yarn Con 2023 Rainbow Carwash colorway.

A Rainbow Carwash wire display

I additionally obtained a skein of Oink Pigments Yarn Con colorway Wolftopia.

Three skeins of yarn on a white background
From left to proper, Apothefaery Luxurious Fibers sock set in Robin’s Egg, Miss Babs Yummy Two Play yarn in Rainbow Carwash and Oink Pigments sock yarn in Wolftopia

I additionally found two dyers I had by no means heard of, however now love: Jems Luxe fibers And Knitting circus yarn.

I will the seashore in a month and these seashore colours are coming with me for vacation knitting.

Two mini skein sets in tropical colors and two gradient sock cakes that range from lavender to cream.

Jems Luxe Fibers’ mini skein units remind me of the ocean, whereas Knit Circus Yarns’ two tiered sock muffins are referred to as “Life’s a Seaside.”

Different in style distributors in attendance have been Dye Mad Son, Black Cat Fibers And Up North Yarns.

Along with yarn, there was a pleasant number of roving, challenge baggage, and swag like pins and enamel stickers.

There was additionally this tremendous cool show of Mochimochi Land.

A knitted display of Mochimochi Land features a cityscape, a castle, green hills and a mountain eating a donut

A giant gnome is part of the Mochimochi Land exhibit.

I actually loved my time at Yarn Con 2023, because the addition to my stash can attest. Hopefully subsequent 12 months’s con might be a bit extra spaced out.

Do you want fiber festivals? Did you go to Yarn Con this 12 months?

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