Windy Knitty, the ever innovative local yarn shop located in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, is offering an exciting event to its customers next week, involving a designer and a yarn which are not generally local to the store. Californian Michelle Miller, the face behind Fickle Knitter Design, will be providing a trunk show at the store, and Zen Yarn Garden will also feature as a pop-up store during the same time.
Miller has published two volumes which will both be supported at the trunk show, scheduled to exhibit at Windy Knitty from December 16 to 19. The first, “Leaves,” features eight patterns which use less than 400 yards of yarn. The second volume, aptly titled “Dreams,” draws inspiration from Zen Yarn Garden yarns, which are not a Windy Knitty staple brand. This will give customers a unique opportunity to see a yarn not normally carried at their “home” yarn shop, in addition to seeing already made samples of the patterns in Miller’s published volumes.
Miller’s designs range from whimsical hats and cowls to intricate lace shawls, with the center-spine shawl as her staple design. There is no consistent border, lace pattern, color, or even dimension to bore a knitter; in fact, her designs are both whimsical and geometrical, so that even the most mathematically-inclined knitters will be entertained as they knit. Each design will be a steady surprise throughout the project.
In addition to shawls, Miller’s patterns in Leaves include a pair of slippers, and her second volume includes both a tank and a tee, so the garment knitter will find something to his or her liking as well. Yet another benefit of the pop-up store in conjunction with the trunk show is that the knitter or crocheter will be able to see yarns both in the skein, and after the yarn has already been knitted.
Windy Knitty will be hosting Miller in person both on December 16 from 6:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., and on December 19 beginning at 10:00a.m., for customers to meet her and ask any questions they may have about her designs. Copies of her books will be on-hand for purchase, and of course the helpful staff at the store (in addition to Miller) can offer suggestions of yarn substitutions, should anyone have an allergy or particular affinity for one fiber over another.
Windy Knitty is open from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 10:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. on Thursday, 10:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 5:00p.m. on Sunday. For more information on Fickle Knitter Design, Miller maintains an active Ravelry group, design website, and a facebook page. If one looks closely enough, one may find a cat modeling a few of her designs on her Ravelry page. And while the cat will not be at Windy Knitty, the Fickleknitter trunk show and pop-up store will be well worth the visit.