Knitting Series: Yarn Con Part 1

Let’s talk about Yarn Con.

Yarn Con is one of my all time favorite yarn festivals. It’s a fiber arts convention that includes classes and workshops, but most importantly, vendors.

There are vendors at this event selling everything a knitter could ever want. There’s buttons and progress keepers and project bags and stitch markers and (drum roll please) YARN! So much yarn.

In short, it’s heaven.

Yarn Con is held in the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union Hall, in the Near West Side of Chicago. Because it’s in the city (most yarn festivals I’ve been to happen at fair grounds), the concentration of vendors and knitters in the area is epic. Going in, you end up getting very chummy with a lot of fellow convention goers as you inevitably bump into them while attempting to navigate your way to all the various booths through the throngs of people.

Oh, and by the way, it’s happening THIS WEEKEND!

On Saturday, April 7th, I will be hopping on an Amtrak train (yay public transportation!) with Taylor, and we’ll be in Chicago until Sunday evening.

Hence why I’ve made this a two part post.

I’m giving you all the details for Yarn Con now, and next week, when it’s over, I’ll be showing off all my purchases and giving a rundown of how the event went.

Obviously, I’ve had experience with Yarn Con before, or else I wouldn’t be able to tell you that it’s one of my favorite festivals; however I only went for the first time last year.

Last year, Taylor and I drove to and from Chicago in the same day. That’s more than 6 hours in the car, if you’re wondering. The convention was incredible then, but I’m really looking forward to being able to take my time this weekend.

Of course, I’ll let you all know how it goes next week! Until then, what are your favorite fiber festivals? Have any of you ever been to Yarn Con? Let me know in the comments.


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