Friday, October 1, 2010

26th Annual Minnesota Knitters' Days - 2010

October 22, 23, 24, 2010
Dear Knitters,

Welcome to Minnesota Knitters’ Days!

We will gather at The Villa Maria around 5:00 in the front lobby for registration and move into our rooms before dinner. 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 Chinese 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, no 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, no alcoholic beverages are allowed at the Villa. The Villa is smoke free.

The Villa’s phone number is (651) 345-3457, 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 Feel free to go visit.

Attn: Dinner is at 6:00 Friday evening cafeteria style until 6:30. If you will be late let me know and a plate will be make up for you. Saturday breakfast is 8:00, Lunch at noon, Dinner at 6:00. Sunday brunch is 10:00.

Susanna Hansson will be our instructor this year. Our weekend instruction will be about “The Mittens from Rovaniemi”. We will be learning a new technique while knitting a pair of wristlets in Finnish wool. The class Project will be a pair of wristlets. You will be able to choose from many pattern colors to make the project your own.

Anne Bosch of Blackberry Ridge will be with us again this year. 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.


1. Baker, Martha, 900 W White Willow Circle, Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-338-7997
2. Baker, Peg, 2901 Bellepine Circle, Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-338-2757
3. Bosch, Anne, 3776 Forshaug Rd, Mt. Horeb, WI 53572 608-437-3762
4. Bystom, Marian, 1695 Valerie Ln, New Brighton, MN 55112 651-340-6816
5. Cohen, Zoe, 250 Park Ave. #211, Minneapolis, MN 55415 612-978-2329
6. Cyson, Betsy, 1436 Hampshire #6, St Louis Park, MN 55416 952-994-4995
7. Cyson, Karen, 728 Washington Memorial Dr., St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-253-6575
8. Desch, Gloria, 9985 Arcola Circle, Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-9479
9. Edstrom, Julie, 1013 N Broadway St, Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-6747
10. Eyer, Yvonne, 6228 Creekview Lane N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 763-315-0839
11. Farrell, Barb, 110304 Center Green Circle, Chaska, MN 55318 952-448-9453
12. Foster, Betsy, 5120 Newton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 612-927-5740
13. Halverson, Penny, 505 Mary St, Pekin, IL 61554 309-657-7411
14. Hill, Sheryl, 285 Motel Ave, Red Wing, MN 55066 651-388-2905
15. Hedin, Barbara, 508 E Minnehaha Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55419 612-823-4314

16. Jensen, Teresa, 3850 NE Hidden Way, Rochester, MN 55906 507-281-3034 cell# 507-358-0029
17. Kaehne, Marsha, 1695 Valerie Lane, New Brighton, MN 55112 651-340-6816
18. King, Kris, 751 Count Rd B2 East, Little Canada, MN 55117 651-486-8556
19. Larson, Sandy, 7038 Angus Ave E, Inver Grove Hgts, MN 55077 651-450-1920
20. Lautt Kathi, 2112 26th St S, St. Cloud, MN 56301 320-240-9412
21. Mayr, Ursula, 5825 Glencroft Ln SW, Rochester, MN 55902 507-281-0341

22. McElmurry, Nancy, 8341 Knollwood Dr, Mounds View, MN 55112 763-780-1387
23. McShannock, Linda, 882 Ivy Ave E, St Paul, MN 55106 651-771-2827
24. Morrison, Lois E., 20469 Range Line Rd., Grantsburg, WI 54840 715-488-2554
25. Deb O, 6000 Xylon Ave N, New Hope, MN 55428 612-408-1116
26. Pashby, Linda, 5120 S Barrington Dr, Sioux Falls, SD 57108 605-335-2288
27. Pflederer, Sue, 2410 W Ayres Ave, W Peoria, IL 61604 309-208-5609
28. Reuter, Carol, 2925 Neal Ave No., Stillwater, MN 55082 651-351-0912
29. Sorenson, Debra, 30440 Hwy 169, Princeton, MN 55371 651-335-3449
30. Steinlicht, Delores, 1396 Portland Ave., St Paul, MN 55104 651-645-5585
31. Torseth, Cara, 550 S Grove St, Stillwater, MN 55082 651-439-4827
32. Vallant, Tammy, 684 Oxford Rd, Eagan, MN 55123 651-686-5766
33. Wanke, Karen, 8240 Scott Rd., Cross Plains, WI 53528 608-798-2382
34. Wilke, Jeanne, 5085 Linden Trl N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042-8547 651-275-1146

What a great group of knitters… we are going to have a great weekend!

Susanna Hansson, 7557 – 18th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

See her Homework/Class Supply list --

Lapland Hand Garments: 2-Day supply/homework list
1. For practice, a skein of smooth, light colored worsted weight wool (CASCADE 220
in off white is a good choice).
2. Small skeins of three additional colors (a light, medium and darkish color) to go
with the off-white.
3. Double pointed needles in a size to give you a gauge of approx 20 stitches/10
cm (4 inches) with the practice yarn. If you prefer to work with two circulars or use
the magic loop technique, bring needles for that instead of DPs.
4. One L-O-N-G (the longer, the better), straight, single pointed needle (size is not
critical, between 2.0 and 3.25 mm (US 0 – 3), with a point protector to fit.
5. Double pointed needles in several small sizes. Depending on whether you are a
loose or tight knitter, you may want to bring several sets from among the following:
1.25 mm/US 0000, 1.5 mm/US 000, 1.75 mm/US 00, 2.0 mm/US 0, 2.25 mm/US
1, 2.50 mm/US 1.5, and 2.75 mm/US 2.
A magnetic pattern holder and a magnifying line marker, or highlighter tape.
A battery powered light source.
Don’t forget your glasses if you rely on them and bring plenty of patience!
With off-white Cascade 220 (or the yarn you will be using for practice), cast on 52
stitches. Join and work in 2x2 ribbing for 7 rounds.
Round 8 Needle 1: work 14 stitches in 2x2 ribbing
Needle 2: knit 13 stitches, increase 1 stitch, knit 13 stitches for a total
of 27 stitches in stockinette
Needle 3: work 12 stitches in 2x2 ribbing
Keep the knitting on the needles and make sure you have enough yarn to knit
another 20 or so rounds.
I will supply Finnish yarn (you get to choose your own pattern colors) and
instructions for a pair of wristlets worked in the technique particular to the
Rovaniemi mittens as well as a comprehensive handout.
If you have questions about the supplies or homework, please contact me at