Chix With Stix – Friendly Forest Park LYS

Holiday Window at Chix With Stix in Forest Park, IL

Whenever I visit my friends in Oak Park, I always make time for a visit to Chix With Stix in Forest Park. Chix With Stix is a wonderfully open and airy LYS, at least from my New York perspective. It’s always welcoming and Mr. Husband is right at home on their significant other sofa. Whenever we’ve visited, there’s always a group gathered around at least one of the knitting tables.

As a New Yorker, who visits every six months to a year, I always feel welcome. Kelly, the manager, remembers me (although it may be that I blog about every visit!) This trip the shelves were a bit bare since they had had a major post-Thanksgiving Day Sale. ( I wish that I had been there.)

Despite my recent yarn-related travels, I had a number of smaller projects in my knitting queue for which I needed yarn. Among them were the Infinity Scarf, the Colonnade Shawl and fingerless gloves. Chix With Stix had several different yanrs that caught my attention and Kelly provided helpful suggestions.

I finally decided on 2 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted in Fushia to make an Infinity Scarf. While I tend to think that bright colors like this can be harsh, I loved it rich color and soft feel of the yarn.

Chix With Stix mascot on the job

Shawls and yarn at Chix With Stix

Crocheted friends at Chix With Stix

Chix With Stix's budget-friendly version of Vogue pattern

Fushia Malabrigo Worsted Wound Up

For those who like to add beads to their knitted wonders, there’s a bead shop next door. We took a quick once through and put it on the list for our next visit.

We had stumbled upon a Forest Park holiday celebration. Merchants were using every storefront to provide enjoyment for the entire family. There were life size elves in a local bank and a horse drawn sleigh.

Diagonally across from Chix With Stix is one of the best ice cream parlors called Brown Cow. Outside was thick with children playing a game to win free ice cream and other treats. I walked right up to the cashier to get a quart of homemade ice cream for dessert.

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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