Tuesday, February 11, 2014

29th Annual Minnesota Knitters' Days 2013

October 25th, 26th, 27th, 2013
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 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…..so 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) 345-4582, 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 www.villamariaretreats.org. 

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 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,  

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  Explore the Brioche stitch; one color brioche stockinette, double brioche or three-dimensional honeycomb, waffle brioche or plaited brioche.
All are basic members of a family of patterns of Eastern origin. The elements are slipped stitches, yarn overs or in the case of Bi-color Brioche, knit in the stitch below or purl in the stitch below.
The final fabric has a lot of give and is perfect for scarfs, shawls or baby blankets. Bi-Color Brioche can also be used for the samples of vests or hats I will show during the class. I also used the very flattering and colorful stitch as accents on my double knitted designs.

HOMEWORK:   There is no homework before class.  However, Christa suggests that you bring the following:
Contrasting colors of smooth yarns, matching needle sizes, notepads, all the usual paraphernalia for knitting class and let us have a wonderful time: Learning something new!!  Or take something we already know to do to another level.
We will start class on Friday evening.

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) 345-3457


1. Martha Baker
2. Anne Bosch

3. Marian Bystrom

4. Audrey Caine

5. Zoe Cohen

6. Jean Christensen

7. Fran Cummins

8. Betsy Cyson

9. Karen Cyson

10. Kathy Cvar

11. Amy Kohler Falbo       

12.  Barb Farrell

13. Susan Fischer

14. Betsy Foster

15. JoEllen Haustein

16. Barbara Hedin

17. Sheryl Hill

18. Joan Hunziker-Dean                                                                    
19. Kris King                                                    

20. Kathi Lautt

21. Rochelle Lipavsky

22. Karen Mandt

23. Ursula Mayr

24. Kathryn McConaghie

25. Nancy McElmurry

26. Shannon Nascene

27. Deb O

28. Linda Pashby

29. Ann Rabie

30. Carol Reuter

31. Beth Schmeling

32. Eileen Stack

33. Rachel Sternisha

34. Tammy Vallant

35. Janet Ungs

36. Karen Wanke

37. Jeanne Wilke

38. Instructor: Christa Newhouse       

Revised: 10-13-2013