Sunday, November 29, 2009


We want to thank everyone who has donated yarn, needles and crochet hooks to Cast Onto Your Dreams. We've received so much yarn thanks to your generosity, that we have to stop collecting yarn for the time being.

Thanks again to all of you who donated, and to Sister-Arts Studio, My Sister's Knits and Arcadia Knitting for collecting donations for us.

We will continue to post information about what you can do to support Cast Onto Your Dreams here as the program continues to grow.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

YarnCon 2009 Was a Blast!

What an amazing day! We want to thank all our wonderful vendors for making YarnCon such a great show. We couldn't do it without you! We'll bask in the post-show glow for a short while, but we already have big ideas for next year.

And now, a nap. Ahh.

Friday, October 16, 2009

YarnCon on the Radio!

If you were listening to 88.7 WLUW in Chicago this past Thursday morning, you might have heard a piece about YarnCon on Outside the Loop Radio! The show's producer, Mike Stephen, interviewed Sara about the show and what we mean by the "yarny arts."

Missed it? Listen to the archived version!

See you and your yarny selves tomorrow at YarnCon 2009!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

YarnCon 2009 is One Week Away!

main auditorium

Somehow, September and October have flown by, and the third annual YarnCon is now just a week away. We're excited for you to see our lineup of vendors that we can hardly stand it. Have you seen the 2009 list yet?

And workshops! Whether you're looking to learn to knit, learn to spin, or make a unique felted pin or beaded toggle for an FO, we've got you covered. The $3 show admission grants you free access to all the classes, although one or two have extra fees for materials.

On top of it all, we're happy to present the Craft Lounge for the second year. Sit, relax, knit, spin, crochet, or just revel in your new acquisitions at our comfy round tables in the West Gym.

See you next Saturday at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Vendors, Workshops, and Volunteers, oh my!

YarnCon is less than 3 weeks away, and we are working fast and furiously to make sure it is the best YarnCon yet. Thanks to amazing vendors and workshops, we are sure it will be. You can see a preview of what awaits you this year on October 17th at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse by checking out the vendor and workshops links on the YarnCon website.

We also have a handy-dandy volunteer sign-up page for anyone who would like to help us out on the day of the show. In exchange for a few hours of helping us and our vendors we will give you free admission, yummy coffee and doughnuts, and our eternal gratitude. Plus, working on YarnCon is a lot of fun! You get to hang out with like minded people all day and be a part of something we all enjoy. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at info (at) Thanks!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

2009 Vendor list available

We’ve posted our 2009 vendor list at the YarnCon website!

We have several fabulous new folks on board this year, along with many of our favorite crafty artisans from the past two years. It’s going to be a great show.

We’re still working on the workshop schedule, and we’ll post it soon.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

YarnCon site Visible to IE7 Users!

Egad. Apparently those of you on PCs using IE7 as your browser were unable to view the YarnCon website for a while there, but we've fixed the problem. So if you've noticed a big blank white space where YarnCon info used to be, check it again.

Apply, even! We're almost full to bursting, but we have a few spots left for those not making the trip to Rhinebeck that weekend. (Trust me, we won't be making that scheduling mistake again. Sigh.)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Another fabulous WWKiP Day!

Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out to knit in public on Saturday. I am actually glad it rained, since it meant we actually got to try out our rain location, the Chicago Cultural Center. There was plenty of room in the cafe, and the people who work at the Cultural Center were very welcoming, and hope that we come back, hooray for knitting in public! There was a lot of foot traffic in the Cultural Center, as people came in out of the rain, so we were, as usual, a tourist attraction. Now, onto the pictures!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

WWKiP Day -- Saturday, June 13

Need an excuse to grab your needles and knit outside? Join us in Millennium Park this Saturday from 12-4pm (or anytime in between) for Worldwide Knit in Public Day!

We'll be in the grassy area behind the Chase Promenade -- along Randolph, just East of Michigan Ave. In the event of a rainy day, we'll walk down Randolph to the Cultural Center and meet in their cafe.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

We're ba-aaack

Hello Yarny Friends, we've been busy raising and having off-spring this winter (a huge congratulation to Sara and Lane on the birth of their ultra-cute future knitter, Maggie!), but we never stopped thinking about YarnCon, and the yarny fun to be had this year (OK, maybe Sara might have had occasion recently to not think about it for a little while, babies will do that you.)

First, an announcement. YarnCon will be held on October 17th this year, not the first weekend in October as we had planned. We tried, but the Park District has other plans. C'est la vie. We will carry on, and we hope you will join us for the third annual YarnCon at the lovely Pulaski Park Fieldhouse! We are getting ready to update the website, and get the application together, so vendors, get ready, the application goes live on April 15th! If you would like to host a workshop or demonstration, or a book signing, please contact us at

We're also very excited to be organizing the Millennium Park gathering for World Wide Knit in Public day. As some of you might remember, last year we had a huge gathering, and got lots of attention from the Park security. We've been working with the Park District this year, and they are going to help us find a nice, shady space in Millennium park for our gathering this year. Because this is a free event, and we are not renting the space, we have to wait until May to find out the exact location in the park. Keep an eye on this blog, and the Windy City Fiber Folks group on Ravelry for more details.

We're looking forward to wonderful year of creating with yarn, we hope you will join us.