Friday, August 14, 2015

OCTOBER 23rd, 24th, 25th, 2015

Come and join us at the Villa Maria Retreat Center for the weekend on Lake Pepin, located about one and a half hours south of the Twin Cities!  Enjoy knitting, relaxing and sharing quality time with fellow knitters!

INSTRUCTOR: Arnhild Hillesland. Arnhild provided the following biographical information:  “I am a native of Norway, and have been knitting as long as I can remember - and a little bit longer.
After high school I taught folk dancing. For a while, that was all I did, besides performing folk dancing in many countries in Europe including, what was at that time the Soviet Union, and in the USA.
After earning a Ph.D. in Norwegian language - at the University in Tromsø, the northernmost university in the world, I was teaching and ended up as a vice principle at a middle school by Lillehammer, Norway before I married Glenn and moved to Ames, IA.
Norwegian teaching positions for a Norwegian where not available in Ames, so I made my hobby, knitting, my full time job. I have owned a yarn shop, and I was the sole importer and distributor of Rauma yarns for 9 years. All the time since my store days late 80s I have been teaching knitting basically all over the USA. A year ago I retired from the wholesale business, so now, in my new phase in life, I can spend more time on activities like weaving, teaching, designing and translating.”

CLASS:  Norwegian Footlets   
Prerequisites: comfortable with stranded, two color knitting and working with double point needles.  This class is for the intermediate knitter.
This weekend we will work stranded knitting back and forth as well as in the round. Other techniques covered are increases and decreases in stranded knitting, including two different ways of doing double decrease, and also adding stitches to a piece in progress as well as knitting up stitches. 

QUESTIONS: Call Sheryl Hill at 651-388-2905 or via e-mail:

FEE:  The cost is $325, which includes your room, all meals and instruction.  Private rooms are available for an additional $30 fee.  Please send full payment (or $100 deposit) with your completed registration to hold your space.  (Balance due in September)

REGISTRATION:  The first 30 applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.  Send registration and check to: Sheryl Hill, 285 Motel Avenue, Red Wing, MN 55066.   If camp is full when you register, I will let you know and put you on the “waiting list”. CANCELLATIONS:  If you cancel $50 is non-refundable, the remainder will be refunded if/when a replacement is found from the “waiting list”.

Our group will stay in Marian Hall at the Villa Maria.  Historically the Villa Maria was a private boarding school for girls. Our accommodations are shared rooms with bath/shower facilities on the third floor. There is a separate floor for any male knitters interested in attending.   Most rooms have a private sink and closet included.  There are shared rooms available for two, three or four knitters.  Please specify names in your group on the registration. Our meeting area is a large room with a beautiful view overlooking Lake Pepin.  All meals are included and served cafeteria style in the lower level.  Special dietary meals are available upon request.  The Villa Maria Center is a non-smoking facility.

CAMP SHIRTS - BAGS  Camper’s Choice; T-shirts and Sweatshirts in White, Ash, Stone, Gray Heather, Royal, Red, Forrest Green, Burgundy, Navy or Black; Denim long sleeved shirt; all in sizes small to XXL;  Knitting Bag, a new design each year.   All items will include “Minnesota Knitters’ Days” and Year embroidered on them.  If you would like any of these items, include it on your registration form.

CHECK IN will be from 4:30-6:00 Friday evening before dinner at 6pm. 

QUESTIONS: Call Sheryl Hill at 651-388-2905 or via e-mail:



SWEATSHIRT:  $35               T-SHIRT: $15           KNITTING BAG:  $30   
SIZE (S-XXL) _______             SIZE __________                                                                                          
COLOR ______________         COLOR _______________

SIZE (S-XXL) ________                       CAMP ITEM(S) TOTAL       $__________
 MASSAGE: YES_____ NO_____     CAMP FEE ($325)                 $__________        
                                                            SINGLE ROOM ($30)           $__________
 Sharing Room with:                       

                                                 Non-Resident Camper Fee ($175)   $__________
Diet Requests:                                 TOTAL ENCLOSED                $__________

Friday Night is Knitters Auction night!  Bring a small “knitted related” item wrapped, no tag, for our fun exchange.  You may or may not choose to knit something…..”knitter’s choice”, it’s up to you.

HOMEWORK instructions will be sent to you in plenty of time to complete and bring with you to camp, along with a schedule and map.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Minnesota Knitters Days 2014

SEPTEMBER 26, 27, 28, 2014
Dear Knitters,

Welcome to Minnesota Knitters’ Days!    

We will gather at The Villa Maria around 5:00 in the front lobby for registration, find your room from the chart in the front lobby.  All meals are in Marian Hall in the lower level; our rooms are located on third floor along with our classroom called “The Lakeview Room” starting Saturday morning.  If you can not make it for dinner Friday evening, let me know 2 weeks before camp begins.  (They require an accurate count for meals.)

We will conduct our Annual Knitter’s Auction on Friday Evening.  Please bring an un-identified/anonymous wrapped item to auction that is related to knitting. This “knitting related” item need not be a hand knitted gift, camper’s choice.  Every year we have a wonderful variety of items and everyone seems to have a hard time choosing the item they prefer.  It’s a fun evening getting to know everyone in our group.  

Please bring projects for Show and Share scheduled for Saturday evening.  We would like to see what everyone is creating, for new ideas and inspiration.  This is just for fun, and is not a contest.  Every year we have a “knitting garage sale” of sorts… feel free to bring items to sell.  We will find a space for display.

Feel free to bring snacks to share.  The Villa is smoke free. 

The Villa’s phone number is (651) 345-4582, if you need to be contacted during the weekend.  The caller should be prepared to give the receptionist a name and number so you may return the call.  Address is:  29847 County 2 Blvd., Frontenac, MN 55026.  There is a website 

Attn: Dinner is at 6:00 Friday evening cafeteria style.  If you will be late let me know and a plate will be made up for you.  Saturday breakfast is 8:00, Lunch at noon, Dinner at 6:00.  Sunday brunch is 10:00.

Anne Bosch of Blackberry Ridge will be with us again this year with her yarns for sale.  Let her know what you may want to see, visit her website at to check out what she has to offer.  Then e-mail her with suggestions and/or questions that you may have,

Domino Scarf: Supply/Homework list
Small quantities of smooth, worsted weight yarn in 2-4 colors.
Needles to match your practice yarn. Aim for a gauge of 4.5-5 stitches/inch. Because you are working in modules, circular or shorter straight needles (8-10 inches) are easiest to maneuver imo.
NOTE: Some people like to do a lot of color play and have many colors on hand, others pretty much know from the start how many and what colors they want to use. If you fall into this latter category, you don’t have to bring extra colors just for the sake of bringing them. However, if you want to be able to play with different color combinations, having lots of color choices available makes playing that much more fun! Just make sure your LYS has a good return policy unless you don’t mind having single skeins of yarn left over.
My scarves are made with a 70% kid mohair/30% silk blend that is available from several yarn companies, the best known of which may be Rowan’s Kid Silk Haze, There are others as well, including
Kid Seta from Cascade,
Kid Seta from Trendsetter,
and Silk Cloud from Shibui,
If you want to add a sparkly or novelty type yarn to your scarf, bring that as well.
The yarn should be knitted fairly loosely so you get the full “halo” effect. Depending on whether you are a tight or loose knitter, you will probably end up using a needle somewhere between 3.75 and 5.5 mm/US 5–9 so make sure you bring a selection of sizes.
NOTE: I find it easier to work with “grippier” rather than super slick needles with this type of yarn. In my experience, Addi Lace, bamboo, ebony and rosewood needles all work really well.
Please bring two ring stitch markers (I like the rubber kind because they don’t bounce off my needles) and one safety-pin style marker.
If you have colored pencils to match your yarn, please bring them. If you don’t have any, don’t rush out and buy a set just for this class because I will bring plenty of colored pencils to share.
Using your practice yarn, please make a few (1-3) individual modular squares so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with the technique prior to our weekend. If you are experienced in the ways of modular knitting, you may be able to skip this step.
Cast on 31 stitches using the cabled or knitted cast-on (for videos showing these cast-ons, go here
Foundation row (ws): Knit 30 stitches, purl 1. Turn your work.
Row 1: Slip the first stitch knit wise (as if you were going to knit it). Knit 13 stitches. Slip the next stitch knit wise (K) from the left needle to the right needle, knit the next two stitches together (K2tog) and then pass the slipped stitch over (psso). You have completed a double decrease (= decreased a total of 2 stitches). End by knitting 13 stitches and purling (p) the last stitch
Row 2: Slip 1 K, knit until 1 stitch remains and purl the last stitch
Row 3: Slip 1 K, knit 12, slip 1K, K2tog, psso, knit 12, purl the last stitch Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Slip 1K, knit 11, slip 1K, K2tog, psso, knit 11, purl 1 Row 6: Repeat row 2
Row 7: Slip 1K, knit 10, slip 1K, K2tog, psso, knit 10, purl 1 Row 8: Repeat row 2
Continue as established with one fewer stitches on each side of the center double decrease until you have completed a right side row and there are 3 stitches on your right needle.
Turn your work
Next row (wrong side row): Slip 1K, knit 1, purl 1
Final row (right side row): Slip 1 K, K2tog, psso.
Cut the yarn leaving a 6 inch tail but don’t pull the tail through the loop (put a stitch marker in the loop to make sure it doesn’t come undone)
Please bring your practice squares with you.
Don’t hesitate to contact me at
Susanna Hansson 2014

Villa Maria is located between New Frontenac and Lake City on County Road 2.  Coming south from Red Wing on Hwy 61/63, pass through New Frontenac and go 1.3 miles, and take County Road 2 left (North) for 1/2 mile.  Our center is located just after the bridge overlooking the marsh. 
29847 County 2 Blvd
Frontenac, MN 55026-1052
Phone (651) 345-4582
Fax (651) 345-345


1. Nancy Ambrose
2. Anne Bosch

3. Marian Bystrom

4. Audrey Caine

5. Jean Christensen

6. Zoe Cohen

7. Betsy Cyson

8. Karen Cyson

9. Kathy Cvar

10. Cathy Ells      

11.  Barb Farrell

12. Betsy Foster

13. JoEllen Haustein

14. Sheryl Hill

15. Teresa Jensen

16. Kris King

17. Rosemary Knapp

18. Kathi Lautt

19. Ursula Mayr
20. Carol Reuter

21. Anne Rojas

22. Stacey Ross

23. Rosanne Rowen

24. Beth Schmeling

26. Rachel Sternisha

26. Tammy Vallant

27. Elizabeth Vindedahl

28. Janet Ungs

29. Karen Wanke

30. Instructor: Susanna Hansson

Revised: 9-25-14