Welcome back! There were so many local yarn stores with booth space at the show who allowed me to take photos, so I wanted to be sure to share them here on my blog.
Wool and Company: In addition to having lots of lovely yarns, they had a Knitter's Pride needle tasting in their booth!
Windy Knitty: This is a great shop in Andersonville with an amazing selection of yarns. They stock local yarns from Lorna's Laces and Fleur de Fiber, plus plenty of other hand-dyed yarns, luxury fibers, as well as the bigger brands such as Berocco, Cascade, Noro and Rowan. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, too!
Nina: Another great Chicago LYS; this one is located in Wicker Park, and they feature a well-curated selection of luxury fibers. Their booth looked great; a large portion of which was devoted to the amazing yarns of possum-y goodness from Zealana!
Knitche (Downer's Grove, IL): I thought their booth was absolutely lovely, and I'm looking forward to taking a yarn field trip someday soon to visit their shop!
Something that sets VK Live apart from other shows is the emphasis on displaying the craft as art. This year, they had MochiMochiLand's amazing Gnomes vs. Snowmen installation on display:
I was also in awe of this crochet installation by Ashley V. Blalock:
Finally, I had a nice chat with Gwen Kinsler, who just published a fascinating book focused on fine art crochet pieces (which I will be reviewing in a later post):
This is the last yarntastic show for 2013, and a great note to end on, I think!