The Renegade Craft Fair, in its eleventh year and exhibiting in Wicker Park, comes to Chicago this weekend with a host of artisans ready to display their wares both for show and sale. Over 300 artists and DIY specialists alike bring their home work areas and studios to life in their booths for two days, setting up along Division Street between Paulina and Damen Avenues from 11a.m. to 7p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
This year's event brings back many crafters from previous years and some new ones, with artists in every medium imaginable. Jewelry makers, wood crafters, clothing designers, and soap makers all convene as neighbors to show the city of Chicago what they do and what their patrons need and want.
There is a solid showing for yarn crafters and knitters wanting to either expand their stash, or just expand their wardrobe with handmade items. Here are some highlights for yarn crafters who want to seek out their craft while perusing the rest of the Fair:
Cristin Rae: The Etsy shop, Cristin Rae Knitwear and Accessories, will come to life at the Renegade Art Fair with completed projects and examples of what can be special-ordered. Most of her items, including her chunky infinity scarves and cowls, take one week or less from order to shipping, and the colors range from subdued to bright and exciting.
Needle & Felt: This Minnesota-based Etsy shop is the home base for needle-felted animals using eco-friendly, mostly organic wool and soap from local farms. If you are looking for any animal from a dachshund to an American bison, stop by, as Needle & Felt has both with everything in between as well.
Videnovich Farms: Vera Videnovich spins the wool and offers yarn and knitted items from her flock of sheep in Michigan. Her Etsy shop offers both yarn and knitted garments ranging from mittens to sweaters and skirts, and the amount of yarn to be purchased varies as well.
Biggie: Bridget and her handmade, handwoven, and hand-felted items are temporarily moving from her Etsy shop, Biggie, to Renegade for the weekend. She uses a floor loom and needles as two of her tools to create her projects, and her prices are affordable.
High Hope Knits: Chicago-based Julia Kepler, who always offers free shipping with a coupon code to Chicago residents in her Etsy Shop, is offering her array of hand-knitted goods at her booth at Renegade. Her repertoire is mostly comprised of hats, scarves, and fingerless mitts, which are the main accessories needed for Chicago winters.
Spincycle Yarns: Washington-state-based Spincycle Yarns is a regular on the Renegade Craft Fair circuit, hitting many of the cities, in addition to having a host of about a dozen retail stores who carry their hand-spun yarns. Their colors are inspired by their surroundings in the Pacific Northwest and are appreciated from designers all over the globe, including Stephen West.
In addition to yarn and needlecraft items, the Renegade Craft Fair offers every imaginable craft from metalwork for the home to illustrations for the office. The fair is free to attend, pet-friendly, and accessible by both the CTA Blue Line and the Damen and Division Avenue bus lines.
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