Each year the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild has a weekend-long event called Yarnover held in the Twin Cities metro area. Prestigious local and national instructors teach a variety of courses and fiber vendors fill the Yarnover Marketplace. Classes are open to members only, but the marketplace is free and open to the public.
One of the primary benefits of belonging to the Minnesota Knitters' Guild is early registration for Yarnover classes! Make sure your dues are current by December 31st so you can qualify for early registration on January 7th, 2017. For the most up-to-date information on Yarnover 2017, join the Guild for email updates.
It will be held Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23.
Friday evening is the meet-the-teachers dinner and keynote address by June Hemmons Hiatt
Saturday is the marketplace and classes
Sunday morning is the April Minnesota Knitters' Guild member meeting featuring The Shibaguyz
We have a NEW location - the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. This location has ample parking, plenty of class space with adult-sized tables and chairs, and the ability to host all vendors in the same spot. If you are interested in making a weekend of it, you can book a room at a discounted rate. Call 1-877-303-1681 and mention Yarnover or the Knitters’ Guild or book online here.
Early registration will begin on January 7th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CST for anyone who joins or renews membership by December 31, 2016. General registration begins on January 14th.
Instructors are invited to teach based on their class portfolios, current knitting trends and feedback from participants and the Yarnover committee. Although the list of 2017 instructors and classes has been finalized, we are always looking for future suggestions. Please contact our current chairperson, Shelley Hermanson at email@example.com.
Details about classes are to come, but our teacher list is:
The marketplace is open to the public and full of scrumptious yarn and fabulous knitting accessories that will make you wish you’d allowed yourself a bigger budget! The marketplace is open 8:0am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 22nd and free to shop. The Marketplace is open to vendors from the United States and Canada. Applicants are encouraged to sign up early to secure a spot. Vendor registration is open now.
Applying for space
We are moving to online registration this year. All interested vendors should submit an online vendor registration form by October 30, 2016. Booth fees will not be collected until after notice of acceptance has been sent.
Small booths are 6’ wide by 7’ deep and cost $75
Large booths are 15’ wide by 7’ deep and cost $150
In addition to the booth fee, all vendors will be asked to donate a door prize with a minimum retail value of $20. Door prizes will be given away to attendees via random drawing.
Tables are available for a $10 rental fee per table, or you may bring your own. There will be a limited number of 6' table booths available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. There will also be 8' tables available for rental by larger booth vendors. Chairs will be available for free to all vendors.
Wifi access will be available for purchase from the hotel. We haven't gotten an exact amount for this yet, but will communicate this information with acceptances. If you choose to stay at the hotel, wifi access is included in the cost of your room.
What happens next?
Applications will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be sent to vendors via email no later than November 15, 2016. Priority will be given to MKG members. MKG and the Yarnover committee reserve the right to accept or decline vendor applications based on appropriateness and keeping with the intent of the event.
In the event we receive a large number of applications and all requests for a booth cannot be filled, or if we receive late applications, vendors will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified of cancellations or openings.
Booth fees and other charges must be paid within two weeks of receiving acceptance notification, or booth will be released.
All vendors will be required to be members of the MKG during the membership year 2017. MKG Membership fees will not be collected as part of your booth fee. If you have not already paid your 2017 membership fee by November 15, you will be required to go to the MKG website at knitters.org and complete membership registration before your booth will be confirmed.
Accepted vendors must complete a MN Sales Tax Certificate of Operator Compliance Form ST19 and submit by Jan. 31, 2017.
If you need help with your application, or need any issues resolved, please contact vendor support (Sue Traczyk and Diane Mountford) at YarnoverVendors@gmail.com.
Door Prizes and Sponsorships
DOOR PRIZES - 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 events. PLUS for ALL door prize donators there will be large posters and name cards at the Door Prize pick up center at the Yarnover event and a special card attached to all the prizes with the contributor’s information! AND if you are planning to be at the event as a Vendor – we will tag your door prize with a special card listing your location at the event so the winner of your prize can find you there! 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 donation(s) must be received by April 1st, 2017.
MAJOR SPONSORSHIP- We have many different opportunities for major sponsorships, from sponsoring a meal to hosting a knitting lounge. Contact Shari for a menu of options or let us design something to fit your budget.
If you have questions or need additional information about donating door prizes or becoming a major sponsor, please contact Shari O’Flanagan firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Register for Yarnover
To register for Yarnover if you are a member, please:
In the Members' Area, click the Yarnover Registration button.
Once you have become a member, log in to your account.
In the Members' Area, click the Yarnover Registration button.
Join the Guild today!
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.