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  • knitting1105 3:09 pm on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chicago Yarn Crawl 2016, Sustainable Yarns   

    Yarn Crawl Part II 

    Last Friday I had some returns to make in the Western Suburbs, so decided to continue the Yarn Crawl, and hopefully make it to 10 stores, which I succeeded in doing.  It was not as fun going alone however.

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    A couple of the stores had run out of buttons, not anticipating how popular the totes and buttons would be.  Perhaps they will have a better sense next year. Not sure exactly what I will do with the bag, but it was fun to collect them.

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    The crawl introduced me to a couple of new stores that I had never been to and will definitely return to.  It also alerted me to a couple that I have no interest in going to again. It was interesting to see all of the different personalities of the stores, and what their target audience is.  While no one store met my requirements for a “dream yarn shop”, there were facets of many that I liked.

    Since my recent bout with Chinese fake mink yarn, it has strengthened my resolve to first purchase US or Canadian yarn, preferably with the wool sourced here, and spun and processed here also.  So, it was exciting ot see this yarn, Swans Island at String Theory (I think that they also carried it at Knit 1), all US grown and processed, 100% Rambouillet.

    I spent forever looking at the colors and trying to decide what to purchase.  My thought was to make a pair of Fair Isle mitts.  Purple and Green are always a favorite combo of mine.  This is such a nice squishy woolen spun yarn.

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    Also at Sting Theory, I purchased this super soft Merino from Patagonia, wool folk.   They are working with Sustainable practices in Patagonia:

    Woolfolk yarns combine the highest quality wool with ethical, sustainable practices. The fiber we use, Ultimate Merino®, doesn’t happen by chance, but by the innovative efforts of farmers to produce the very best wool fiber while being land stewards of the Patagonian Grasslands. Woolfolk brings this exquisitely soft and lustrous fiber in handknitting yarns that preserves the unique attributes of this luxurious wool.

    This yarn is destined to become a pair of Eiffel Tower mittens, a pattern that was gifted to me on my birthday a couple of years ago.

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    And, while I did not purchase anything from Fiberista this past week, they are now carrying Jared Flood’s Shelter yarn.  I am truly excited to have a local source for this, and will be planning a sweater with that yarn in the fall.  Another US made and produced yarn.

    We are passionate about wool, knitting and design. We develop and manufacture breed-specific yarns that support domestic textile production—designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning our yarns within the USA. Our design team is committed to producing high-quality, sophisticated knitwear patterns for the modern handknitter, especially tailored for the wool yarns we create.

    In addition to eating local, I am trying to buy local, and wool is a great place to start.

    Last note, I just got an email that I won a book at one of the stores on Yarn Crawl!!!

     
    • Diane Hamilton 9:04 pm on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations on the free book, always fun to win something. I love purple and green together too. Looks like you found some treasures for sure.

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      • knitting1105 10:56 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I did! Will show you when you get here.

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    • salpal1 7:17 am on August 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      good choices! Glad you found Swan’s Island – it’s local to me and I love it. I also love Quince and Co – another Maine company using all USA wool. It’s fun to shop locally!

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      • knitting1105 10:56 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, lucky that you live so close to 2 great yarn companies. Never been to Maine, it is on my list.

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  • knitting1105 4:53 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chicago Yarn Crawl 2016, Yarn stores Chicago   

    Yarn Crawl 

    Apparently Chicago Yarn Crawl  has been going on for 4 or 5 years now.  It occurs the week prior to Stitches Midwest, and allows local yarn stores to showcase their wares.  My friends Barb and Pam have gone for several years, and this year Louise and I tagged along.  It was so much fun.  We went to 6 stores, 2 of which I had never been to before.

    At the first store, we were asked if we wanted to purchase a Yarn Crawl bag, we said no.  Everyone gets a passport that is stamped at each store, and you are entered into raffles at each store, in addition a larger raffle when you reach the milestones of 5, 10 and 15 stores. Then some ladies came in who had started this over the weekend, and they were sporting the bags, with a pin from each store to show where they had been.  Well, we were hooked.

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    So, off we went with our bags and shopping.  I restrained myself at most of the stores.  Each store was required ot have a free pattern.  When we got to Sister Arts, their pattern was one of the best, 3 of us got the yarn to make this capelet:

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    these are the colors that i choose, on order is a natural cream color, so the base will be cream and gold, with turquoise accents.  It will be really fun to see how everyone’s color combinations turn out.

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    I also found yarn for a very special shawl (more about that in the next post), Malabrigo Mora, 100% silk.

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    Every store was offering 10% off on all yarns, and some had extra specials just for the crawl.  Sister Arts gave gifts for a $30 or more purchase!  Missing from this photo is the measurement tool, as mine was broken, and I am hoping that my friend was able to exchange it.

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    Lastly at Nina’s, I found a sale yarn and book that I really liked (at 50% off).  The yarn will become a shawl, and I cannot wait to make the sheep toy.

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    There are so many more stores available to knitters than when I first moved to Chicago, glad to have the fiber community growing. Now I am trying to decide if I have enough time to hit a couple of more stores in the next 2 days…

     
    • Diane Hamilton 11:23 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love the sheep toy! We have something similar for quilting, it is a lot fun especially when you go with friends. Glad you had a good time and had some restraint.

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      • knitting1105 10:57 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I really want to knit the sheep toy.

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    • salpal1 7:09 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      what fun! once you have the bag, you have to go to more stores. 🙂 love the purchases you made, and the freebies – fill that bag!

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