I couldn't be more excited for YarnCon this year! Having lived in Chicago for going on 6 years now, you'd think I'd be more blase about this celebration of local-ish fibery goodness. This is only my second year attending YarnCon, however - now that I am free from the service industry shackles AND live much closer to where YarnCon is being held, I've been counting down the weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds....nanoseconds....you get the idea. I'm excited.
It sounds like this year's lineup will be stellar - Fleur de Fiber, Grinning Gargoyle & The Sweatshop of Love are all on my hit list. I'm intrigued by some of the other exhibitors, such as Arrow in Her Quiver and Liz Abinante of Feministy.com, too
Nearest and dearest to my heart, however, is the official launch of The Wool Dispensary at YarnCon. Bree & Sam, the brain trust behind The Wool Dispensary, are addicted knitters-turned-purveyors of beautiful hand-dyed yarn. You'll definitely want to check out their website for more information about their yarns, especially if you can't make it on Saturday.
I'm releasing three - yes, three! - patterns in Wool Dispensary Yarns this week to help kick things off, two of which are part of their inaugural pattern collection, which is circus-themed! Curious? Get the full story on The Wool Dispensary Blog!
Pattern: Tightrope Socks by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter
Yarn: 1 skein Useful Stimulant in Circus Popcorn (100% superwash BFL fingering-weight yarn; 438 yards / 400 meters per skein)
Pattern: House of Mirrors Fingerless Gloves by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter
Yarn: 1 skein Useful Restorative in Sword Swallower (100% superwash merino sport weight yarn; 274 yards / 250 meters per skein)
what can you do with just one button?). They will disarm you with their cuteness and steal your cotton candy....don't say I didn't warn you.
Pattern: Button Bunnies by Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter
Yarn: MC - 1 skein Greater Poison in Mabel Stark (100% superwash merino worsted weight yarn; 180 yards / 165 meters per skein); CC - small amount of Greater Poison in Cirque Plum.
Editor's note: The Tightrope Socks and House of Mirrors will be available as Ravelry downloads as soon as possible - The Wool Dispensary Ravelry Shop is very nearly up and running! I don't typically like to post new patterns unless they are available for immediate purchase, but I'm just too excited for these three new designs that will be debuting tomorrow at YarnCon!