Sunday, April 2, 2017

33rd Annual Minnesota Knitters' Days 2017



33rd ANNUAL MINNESOTA KNITTERS’ DAYS
STEWARTVILLE, MN
October 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 2017

Come and join us at the Ironwood Springs Miracle Lodge Retreat Center for the weekend.  New this year, we have added an additional day to our weekend retreat. Ironwood Springs is located in Stewartville, MN, near Rochester in southeastern Minnesota, about an hour and half south of the Twin Cities area.  Enjoy knitting, relaxing and sharing quality time with fellow knitters!
GUEST INSTRUCTOR:  Gayle Roehm,  
                                            
Gayle teaches knitting classes around the country, with a focus on using Japanese patterns. She loves to introduce knitters to the pleasures of Japanese designs, and her knowledge of the subject is unmatched. In a previous life, she was a management consultant who sold and managed multimillion-dollar economic development projects around the world, especially in Asia. She lived in Japan and speaks Japanese.  She turned her love of knitting into a second career, teaching and writing with a focus on introducing western knitters to Japanese designs and unusual stitch patterns. Her article about Japanese knitting appeared in Knitter’s Magazine in 1997, and was among the first information to appear in English on the topic. Now that Japanese books and magazines are readily available online, Gayle has been teaching knitters across the country how to understand and enjoy these intriguing designs. She has taught for Stitches events, Interweave Knitting Lab, Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Vogue Knitting Live, Knitter’s Connection and numerous other national, regional and guild events. 

CLASS: “JAPANESE KNITTING BOOT CAMP” An intensive two-day workshop that gives the knitter a head start on any Japanese design, and makes sure all questions are answered so the garment can be made successfully.
This retreat will enable you to get started on a Japanese design that you have pre-selected. These two and a half days with Gayle, will give you a chance to make some real progress. We’ll review pattern notation, sizing, symbols and any other problems that you’ve found. We’ll also do a quick review of key information and symbols, and work through the steps to re-size for your personal measurements. Then you’ll have time to start knitting. You’ll go home with a good start on a project and be able to complete your design.  Ideas for your weekend knitting will be sent to you in your camp letter, which will include links to Ravelry Japanese pattern options for you to select from, or you may bring a Japanese pattern that you already selected.

LOCATION:  The Miracle Lodge retreat and conference center was named after seven years of construction, donations from fourteen states, and contributions from 1000 people and businesses. Twenty-seven beautiful rooms all fully furnished are now being used and the word is spreading.   Our group will meet in the Riverside Room on the main level of Miracle Lodge.  Your room will be located on first or second floor of the Lodge.  The Dining Hall will serve brunch and dinner each day during our stay, which is a short walk from the Lodge. Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch is located near Stewartville, MN in southeastern Minnesota.  

QUESTIONS: Call Sheryl Hill at 651-388-2905 or via e-mail: sherknits@yahoo.com

FEE:  The cost is $450, which includes your room, all meals and instruction.  Private rooms are available for an additional $125 fee.  Please send full payment (or $150 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”.




QUESTIONS:  Call Sheryl Hill at 651-388-2905 or via email: sherknits@yahoo.com   


REGISTRATION FORM
NAME____________________________________PHONE_____________
ADDRESS________________________________EMAIL_______________
CITY/STATE________________________________________ZIP_______
OPTIONAL ITEMS:
SWEATSHIRT:  $35               T-SHIRT: $20          KNITTING BAG:  $35   
SIZE (S-XXL) _______             SIZE __________                                                                                         
COLOR ______________         COLOR _______________
DENIM SHIRT:  $35
SIZE (S-XXL) ________                       CAMP ITEM(S) TOTAL       $__________
                                              
MASSAGE: YES_____ NO_____     CAMP FEE ($450)                 $__________        
                                                            SINGLE ROOM (+$125)           $__________
 Sharing Room with:               Non-Resident Camper Fee ($300)   $__________
                                   
Diet Requests:                                 
                                                           TOTAL ENCLOSED                $__________



Saturday, April 1, 2017

32nd Annual Minnesota Knitters Days 2016 Campers



MINNESOTA KNITTERS’ DAYS
NOVEMBER 11, 12, 13, 2016
Dear Knitters,

Welcome to Minnesota Knitters’ Days!

We are gathering at the Franciscan Retreat Center in Prior Lake this year!  All meals are in the Dining Room, which is located, right off the lobby area in the front of the building.  This facility is on one level.  Our meeting room is in the Marian Lounge which is located at the back of the facility.  Plan to arrive Friday around 4:30pm, find your room from the chart in the front lobby. Your shared room consists of two rooms with one full bath.  There is a collapsible wall partition available in between these two rooms if more privacy is desired.  Private bedrooms each have a private full bath.   

Annual Knitter’s Gift Exchange is on Friday Evening.  Please bring an un-identified/anonymous wrapped item to the exchange 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.  

 Show and Share scheduled for Saturday evening.  We would like to see what everyone has created for new ideas and inspiration.  This is just for fun, and is not a contest. 

Feel free to bring snacks to share.  Our meeting area will have coffee and hot water available.  There is a refrigerator and sink on the opposite side for your convenience.

Attn: Dinner is at 5:30 Friday/Saturday evening, cafeteria style.  If you will be late Friday for dinner, let me know and a plate will be made up for you.  
Saturday/Sunday Breakfast is 8:30,
Saturday/Sunday Lunch is 12:30. 

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 www.blackberry-ridge.com to check out what she has to offer.  Then e-mail her with suggestions and/or questions that you may have,  

LOCATION: 
Franciscan Retreat and Spirituality Center
16385 St. Francis Lane
Prior Lake, MN 55372

Map and Detailed Directions: See attachment to this email

ROSTER 2016



1. Martha Baker
  
2. Anne Bosch

3. Sherry Broin

4. Audrey Caine

5. Zoe Cohen

6. Betsy Cyson

7. Karen Cyson

8. Kathy Cvar

9. Julie Edstrom

10. Cathy Ells      

11. Susan Fischer

12. Betsy Foster

13. JoEllen Helmke

14. Jean Gorman

15. Teresa Jensen

16. Kris King

17. Kathi Lautt

18. Rochelle Lipavsky

19. Karen Mandt

20. Ursula Mayr

21. Nancy McElmurry

22. Karen Meade

23. Lois Morrison

24. Linda Pashby

25. Carolyn Poli

26. Carol Reuter

27. Stacey Ross

28. Beth Schmeling

29. Rachel Sternisha

30. Marilyn Thompson

31. Janet Ungs


Instructor: Melissa Leapman


I am presently working on obtaining a Massage Therapist for our weekend.
If interested, please email me to get on the schedule.  Please specify a chair or table massage. 










32nd Annual Minnesota Knitters Days 2016 Registration and Infomation



32nd ANNUAL MINNESOTA KNITTERS’ DAYS
PRIOR LAKE, MN
NOVEMBER 11th, 12th, 13th, 2016

Come and join us at the Franciscan Retreat Center for the weekend, located on 60 acres of land near the communities of Prior Lake and Savage, southwest of the Twin Cities area.  Enjoy knitting, relaxing and sharing quality time with fellow knitters!
INSTRUCTOR: Melissa Leapman
              Melissa Leapman is the bestselling author of many knitting and crocheting books.  She teaches at many major knitting and crochet events, including STITCHES, VKLive, the CGOA/TKGA shows, and the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild Yarn Over event, as well as several TNNA industry trade shows for the past twelve years. Additionally, her knitwear designs are popular and always trending on web-based venues such as Craftsy, and Ravelry. 
MAJOR TEACHING TOPIC: “Mosaic and other Slip Stitch Knitting", including Mosaic stitches (using 3 textures) and other Slip Stitch techniques. We will explore "faux fair isle" and patterns that use yarn floats on the right-side of the fabric that are manipulated on later rows in interesting ways. We will learn many new facets of Mosaic and Slip Stitch Knitting and hope that you can join us for this November weekend.

QUESTIONS: Call Sheryl Hill at 651-388-2905 or via e-mail: sherknits@yahoo.com
FEE:  The cost is $350, which includes your room, all meals and instruction.  Private rooms are available for an additional $35 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”.