Each year the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild has a day-long event called Yarnover held in the Twin Cities metro area. Prestigious local and national instructors (listed below) teach a variety of courses and fiber vendors fill the Yarnover Market, which is free and open to the public.
New for 2015: The expenses incurred for bringing these amazing teachers are quite high. We pay for the airfare, lodging and meals for each teacher in addition to their teaching fees. Since these expenses can't be altered and we haven't raised attendance fees for many years, we find it necessary to do so at this time. In addition, we are eliminating the purchase of goody bags. This is the only way we can continue to bring these national teachers here to teach for us.
Also new for 2015: The deadline to join or renew your membership and qualify for early registration is December 16th rather than December 31st.
Here are the Yarnover 2015 details. Please check back here for updated information as it becomes available:
It will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015.
The Meet the Teachers Dinner will be held at the Marriott West Hotel Friday, April 24, 2015. The keynote speaker is Amy Herzog, author of Fit to Flatter. She is delightful, as you will soon experience for yourselves.
Early registration will begin on January 10th, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. CST for anyone who joins or renews membership by December 16, 2014.
On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, our regular Guild meeting will host Patty Lyons as our visiting guest speaker. Her talk, entitled, "Ooops, I Accidentally Knit a Dress: Tales of Lies, Denial and Heartbreak" sounds like it will be amazing!
One of the chief benefits of belonging to the Minnesota Knitters' Guild is early registration for Yarnover classes! Early registration starts on January 10th, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. CST for anyone who joins or renews their membership in the Guild by December 16th. Instructions for registration can be found at the bottom of this page. General registration (for members paid after December 16th and non-members) opens later in January (date to be announced). See the Yarnover brochure (above) for more registration details.
Instructors and Classes
Instructors are invited to teach based on their class portfolios, current knitting trends and feedback from participants and the Yarnover committee. If you are interested in teaching at a future Yarnover or have a great suggestion for a teacher, please contact our current chairperson, Shelley Hermanson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is the list of 2015 instructors:
Susan B. Anderson
*Build a Toy Workshop
Intarsia Design and Development
Twist and Turns Cables
Mercedes Tarasovich Clark
*Intro to Brioche
*Colorwork in Brioche
*Ergonomics for Knitters
Essential Cast Ons and Bindoffs
*Bavarian Twisted Stitches
*Knit the Lace for woven Center Ligeia Stole
*Give Em the Slip, Part 1
*Give Em the Slip, Part 2
*Knit to Flatter
Take it From the Top
Stephanie Pearl McPhee
*Grok the Sock
*Knitting for Speed and Efficiency
*Legeia Stole-Weave the Center Knit the Edge
Pin Loom Cozies
Beth Brown Reinsel
*Saami Mittens, Part 1
*Saami Mittens, Part 2
Understanding and Reading Your Lace Knitting
*Knit a Shetland Style Lace Scarf
Creative Short Rowing
* Closed classes as of 3/10/15
2015 Vendor Information
Our vendor market is a very important part of the overall Yarnover event. We welcome vendors from all across the United States and Canada, and look forward to seeing all the exciting items that will be offered to attendees each year. Booths sell out quickly, and vendors are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible to secure a spot at this event. Vendor registration for Yarnover 2015 is now closed.
New this Year!
Because the vendor registration process is occurring prior to the 1st of the year, all vendor fees will now include the $30 fee for your 2015 MKG membership. If you have prepaid your membership past 2014, please let us know. We have also made the decision to reduce the number of booths available this year to resolve issues in low-lighting and congested areas.
Our vendor registration process is done on a first come, first served basis. Vendors who are current members of the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild will be given priority over non-members. The Yarnover committee reserves the right to refuse applications for inappropriate items or decline vendors who are selling products that are not considered in-line with this event. We also review applications to ensure we are offering attendees a good mix of fiber related materials and suppliers. Vendor applications received after all booths are sold will be put on a wait-list in the order they are received.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE A DOOR PRIZE - We are very grateful for the on-going support of local shops and national contributors who have generously donated yarn, books, subscriptions and other knitting-related items as door prizes for our event. To be listed as a door prize contributor in our main publicity and to receive additional door prize contributor recognition at the event, your door prize must be received by March 14, 2015.
MAJOR SPONSOR –We offer vendors the opportunity to become a major event sponsor. As a major event sponsor, you will receive a ½ page ad space (b&w) in our Yarnover Brochure given out to attendees and a 16x20 promotional poster that will be prominently displayed at the event. To become a major sponsor, we are requiring a gift for each attendee (500) valued at a minimum of $5. Vendors to supply artwork and/or pre-printed poster. For questions on this exciting opportunity please contact Shari O’Flanagan at email@example.com.
How to Register for Yarnover
To register for Yarnover if you are a member, please:
In the Members' Area, click the Yarnover Registration button.
Get the most out of your love of knitting! Membership benefits include pre-registration for Yarnover, a subscription to our quarterly Cable Gram, organized public service projects and camaraderie with fellow knitters. Annual dues are $30.