There was so much going on this weekend in Chicago that my head almost exploded.
I went up to the local post office to drop off my usual Satuday packages, and what to my wondering eye appeared:
The Renegade Craft Fair lining Division St from my street all the way down to Damen Ave – about a 1/4 mile of booth after booth of the most incredible indie-crafted adornments, clothing, prints, and best of all, yarn…
One of my favorite people, hailing all the way from Birmingham, AL, was at the far end of the fair, in a booth packed with what I can only describe as DEE-licious yarn!
Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, and her Kitchen Sink Dyeworks, were rockin’ the Renegade, assisted by the lovely Kristen Rengren and I knew when I had to wait to get in the booth, something special was going on.
Mercedes has a very fine-tuned sense of color, with subtlies to her work that set it apart from the crowd. I could picture in my mind almost everything in front of me as a garment or sock and that I didn’t walk away with the whole thing was only because I was on foot!
Here’s what I came away with (and believe me when I say my pictures don’t begin to do these justice):
On top, you see a gorgeous fingering weight Merino/Seacell blend in the Ren color, which is headed to the needles shortly to become an exciting new pattern.
On the bottom? A lustrous Merino, Bamboo & Nylon blend (color: Dexter) meant for some excellent luxury mid-winter pampering for my toes.
Best of all? Meeting up with Mercedes and Kristen, in the Wild, in my neighborhood, just so much fun! :)