Renegade! / by jen geigley

Last month, I applied to get into the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. I was quite certain I wouldn't get chosen (especially after I heard that they were going to accept 1/3 of the people who applied this year.) I thought about it for weeks ... if I really went for it with my hand-knits, could I make enough things to sell? Will people be ready to buy fall/winter accessories in September? Would I have time to knit over the summer? And most importantly, would it still be fun? Renegade felt like a big leap from the craft fairs I've done in the past so I was nervous, but felt it was worth a shot. So I told myself that I'd freak out after I got in ... if I got in.
So, over the weekend I found out that I got in. And I was thrilled. I'm super stoked to embark on this adventure with my pal Erin, who has so kindly agreed to go with me ... and now, yeah, I'm kind of freaking out. But in a good way. I'm already hoarding gorgeous yarn that I can't resist sinking my fingers into. (Above is my pile of Blue Sky Alpaca and Cascade Magnum.) I'm brainstorming ideas for my display area, getting advice from vendors with Renegade experience, and ... knitting.
I really hope that if you're in the Chicagoland area, you'll mark your calendars and come out to say hi and check everything out this September – it's truly handmade heaven (and it's free to get in.) I spent a day shopping at Renegade last year with a bunch of girlfriends and we had the best time. Until then ... I'll be here, needles clicking away. ;)