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Chicagoland yarn shops host special world-class guests

Anna Hrachovec's Mochimochi display at Vogue Knitting LIVE in Chicago.
Anna Hrachovec's Mochimochi display at Vogue Knitting LIVE in Chicago.
The Fiber Friend 2013

While the weather still refuses to break and remind us that spring may be upon us, Chicago local yarn shops are hosting some very special teachers in their shops over the next couple of weeks to combat the cold.

On Saturday, February 8, Mochimochi Land creator and new Chicago resident Anna Hrachovec will be teaching a Knit a Tiny Gnome class at Windy Knitty. Hrachovec has been creating her teeny tiny creatures for approximately seven years, and most recently has released "Huge and Huggable Mochimochi," dedicated to creating objects large enough for the average toddler to wrap their arms around the finished objects.

The yarn shop, located at 5653 N Clark St in the Andersonville neighborhood, will play host to Hrachovec's class from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m., and then continue her welcome by hosting a book-signing with her from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. The store regularly carries her books, and will have a few copies on hand for purchase if a customer would like a copy of her book signed.

Then, over the first weekend in March, Windy Knitty will again serve as host for another well-known master knitting instructor. "Knit to Flatter" author and knitwear designer Amy Herzog will be teaching three classes over March 1 and 2: Knit to Flatter, Mindful Modifications, and Finishing. Herzog was recently at Vogue Knitting LIVE in New York, teaching audience members and students alike how to look at hand-knits differently, and to accept the fact that patterns are models not made to any individual's custom specifications.

To register for a class, contact Windy Knitty during normal business hours at 773-800-9276; owner Mandy Peterson has indicated in her newsletter that classes are filling up quickly.

Then, as part of String Theory Yarn Company's Getaway event, Hrachovec will be the guest speaker and master teacher from 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. at the Clarus Center in Warrenville. The String Theory event cost is $125, which includes lunch and a Tiny Gnome kit, and a goodie bag. The only requirement for the day-long seminar is having previous experience using double-pointed needles.

To register for the String Theory Getaway on March 8, contact the store during normal business hours at 630-469-6085. While the event is in Warrenville, students can also register by visiting the store in downtown Glen Ellyn.

Chicago has traditionally played host to amazing yarn crafting events such as STITCHES Midwest, the Chicago Yarn Crawl, and Vogue Knitting LIVE, but it is always a special treat for students when world-class instrutors come to them in their home environment, their local yarn shop. For more information regarding any of the above events, contact the host stores either via telephone, in-person visit, or browse their websites for event updates.

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