YarnCon

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Last week Susan, Barb and Sarah packed themselves into an SUV stuffed full of wooly goodness destined for a Chicago pop up store. Sarah can attest it was one cozy ride amongst Bare Naked Wools, patterns, kits, and swag!

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They all took turns driving and snapping pics from the passenger seat,

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while the backseater could get a few rows of knitting done.

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I love all the photos they text me during their journey! Before they knew it, they arrived in the city

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The girls worked very hard on Saturday setting up a gorgeous booth for YarnCon.

setup CollageThey really wanted customers to be wowed when they arrived on Saturday morning.

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Boy, were they! The booth had a steady line for hours and people couldn’t stop chatting about the lovely presentation of natural fibers!

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Everyone loved seeing the yarn in person,

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browsing the samples

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and gobbling up accessory and sweater quantities worth of yarn.

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The girls had so much fun meeting fellow Knitspotters and ravelers for the first time and sharing the show floor with past Fall in Full Color club dyers Yarn Hollow and Fleur de Fiber. What a small world full of nice surprises!

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Wondering what was popular in Chicago? Wheaten (both the blanket and scarf version; kits here)

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topped the list along with hats Apples in Clover, Scotty, Squish Me and Polartorte.

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See that empty bin? By Saturday afternoon, Susan sold out of Stone Soup DK in Marble! And before the show ended they depleted their stock of Mrs. Lincoln’s Lace! Bloch Ness sweater kits in Kent DK were also a hit. Could it be because Barb was wearing one, while knitting between customers under the Bloch Ness sign? It probably didn’t hurt.

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Other hot sellers were the special offerings just for YarnCon…

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Danger Cowl kits (available in various sizes/yarns here and pattern here)

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and EXCLUSIVE Moving Mud Buttons! Yes, special special handmade glass buttons by Sarina! We are so excited to offer these as they’re such a lovely compliment to Knitspot designs and work so beautifully with our natural palette of yarns. We love to offer a few new things at shows before we put them in the online shop. And the response was overwhelming on our new exclusive!

Watch the blog on Monday because Anne will be releasing Kiltie Cowl and Mitts (a former Fall In Full Color club pattern)

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and there will be BNWs kits available, plus you can get your hands on a set of the new buttons. Here’s a sneak peek from the photo shoot today…

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I’m so glad I had the last minute opportunity to grab my mom and Padraig and head to YarnCon.

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We made a short weekend of it so she could shop BNWs lovelies in person and we visited some friends on the way home. I love a yarn-related road trip!

Wondering where the girls are headed next? Follow them to Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival May 17 and 18! Plus you could attend workshops with Anne Hanson! She’s teaching Sweater Fitness and Beginning Lace Knitting. Info here.

If you can’t make it to upcoming shows, keep your eye on our social sites (Twitter, Ravelry, Facebook, Instagram). You never know where we may POP UP!

7 Responses to “YarnCon”

  1. josiekitten says:

    The booth looks fabulous, I would so much like to have had a good old rummage. When are you bringing it to the UK?!!! And as for those beautiful; buttons, how on earth could you possibly ever consider that they wouldn’t be a huge hit?!! They look gorgeous, I’d love to see a close up of them alongside some BB Espresso yarn as I have that lined up for Blumchen.

  2. josiekitten says:

    PS Everyone looks wonderful in their knitspot handknits.

  3. Alvine says:

    Looks like it was a great time. All the girls look sooooooo good in their knits. And the buttons, yes please!

  4. Katharine says:

    Love the shot of that mural. Everyone looked fabulous. I also just love the idea of accessories, like the buttons, that work with Bare Naked Yarns. Just brilliant!

  5. Jody says:

    It was great gun to meet the ladies, see the samples and squish all of the lovely yarns! I went Sunday, so I missed the buttons, but I did snag a couple skeins of Breakfast Blend.

  6. Alhbooks says:

    Oh my goodness, I NEED some of those buttons! Looks like a fabulous show for y’all!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Looks like a very successful and fun YarnCon! Something to add to the list of yarn destinations… I suppose it’s a reasonable drive from Cleveland…(sjn821 on Rav)