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Yarnover Shawl Contest


  • Show off your Yarnover 2024 Shawl* in our yearly contest. 
  • Wear or bring your shawl to Yarnover Friday night or Saturday and stop by our photobooth to enter.  
  • Voting will take place online after Yarnover with winners announced by the end of October. 
  • Three awards will be given for: best texture (lace or stitch pattern),  colorwork, and a randomly selected winner. 

*We consider a shawl for this contest to be an item worn over your shoulders that is not a sweater. Capes, caplettes, shawlettes, stoles, and ponchos are all acceptable entries.

Shawl Contest Sponsor

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Friday Night Opening Party 5:30pm – 9:00pm – Europa & Copenhagen Rooms

$55 member/$65 non-member (no same day registration)

Kick off Yarnover weekend 2024 with your fellow knitters at our Opening Night Party! 

The evening will open up at 5:30pm in the Europa Room with a Southwest buffet dinner including the following items caesar salad, roasted corn & black bean salad with lime vinaigrette, chipotle lime chicken, barbacoa, spanish rice, refried beans, sauteed vegetables, black beans, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, & sour cream. Dessert to include tres leches torte & suspiro limeno. Coffee, tea, lemonade & water. Cash bar available for alcohol and additional beverages. (Buffet items are subject to change due to availability.)

At 7:00 p.m., We will open the adjoining Copenhagen Room for shawl contest photos,  demonstrations, a fit clinic, book signings, games, prizes and other activities, all while knitting and socializing with new and old friends. See below for more details.

Friday Night Party Sponsor

Book Signings

Anna Hrachovec and Saffiyah Talley will be signing copies of their books after dinner. Both will have copies available for sale, but will also sign copies you already own. 



Spinning – Theresa Bentz of Get Bentz Farm will join is again this year to demonstrate how wool is spun into yarn using a spinning wheel and spindles.

Theresa is co-owner of Get Bentz Farm, a 40 acre farm located outside of Northfield MN. She and her husband raise Icelandic sheep and Icelandic Cross sheep for meat and wool, and use sustainable methods to manage their sheep. Theresa is an avid spinner and knitter and fell deeply in love with wool and fiber types while raising sheep. In April of 2021, the farm purchased a wool mill to increase access for shepherds to have their fleeces processed. As a hand spinner, Theresa wanted to bring the skills she has gained over the years in processing fleeces to her mill, focusing the mill on providing high quality roving for spinners and felters, and locally sourced fiber for unique yarns free from toxic chemicals and milling oils.

Mending – Join Maddy Bartsch  for a Mending Circle. They will be offering demonstrations on how to darn damaged knitwear and make your mends visible or invisible. Maddy will also provide samples for you to try your hands at different techniques. All are welcome to bring their own items in need of mending for consultation, discussion, and/or just to mend along with community members.

Maddy Bartsch (they/them) is a natural dyer, farmer, art educator and organizer of local textile economies. For Maddy, growing local color is their way of contributing to the creation of a thriving decentralized textile economy, free from petroleum-based products. They are the president of the Three Rivers Fibershed and teach on the topics of local fiber systems, mending, and natural dyes to learners of all ages throughout the Midwest.

Demo Sponsors

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Fit Clinic

We all know clothing has sizes, including the awesome knitwear we make for ourselves and others. But understanding how sizing is referred to in patterns can be confusing and finding the measurements on our own bodies can be even more tricky. Carleton Costume Designer, Shop Supervisor & Senior Lecturer in Theater, Mary Ann Kelling will be onsite offering the Find Your Fit Clinic. Come have your measurements taken by a professional! Learn how to take the measurements of that knitworthy person in your life to get them the right fitting sweater! Ask questions! For those wanting to get measured we suggest wearing a tank top or tight fitting t-shirt underneath your outfit as we will not have a changing room. The number of attendees who will get 5 – 10 personal measurements is limited and there will be a sign-up at the event. Everyone is welcome to watch and learn more about taking measurements.

Mary Ann’s costume designs have been seen in the Twin Cities at Pangea World Theater, The Illusion Theater, Park Square Theater and Arena Dances. She is the resident Costume Designer for the Department of Theater and Dance at Carleton College in Northfield, MN where she is also the Costume Shop Supervisor and a Senior Lecturer. She has taught and designed for theater &/or dance at The University of Tulsa, The University of Michigan-Flint, California State University, Long Beach and St. Olaf College. Mary Ann has designed costumes and make-up for theatre and dance in the Los Angeles area; Chicago, IL; Harrisonburg, VA; Northfield, MN; Detroit, MI and Flint, MI. Mary Ann has a BA in studio art from St. Olaf College, MN, and an MFA in costume design from California State University in Long Beach.

Saturday Night Bingo Bash 7:30pm – 9:30pm – Europa & Copenhagen Rooms

$20 member/$25 non-member (no same day registration)

Cap off a day of classes and shopping with an evening of knitting and bingo. 

Registration includes 2 bingo cards each game, assorted cookies and bars, and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Cash bar available for alcoholic beverages.

Sunday September Guild Meeting 10:00am – 12:00pm – Regency Ballroom


Our Fair and Fair-Worthy Show & Tell. See the Guild’s calendar for more information.

Non-guild members are welcome to join us at the meeting. 

Full Yarnover Pricing and Packages.

For a map of the venue visit our FAQ page under Getting Around Yarnover.

Headshot of Roxanne RichardsonRoxanne Richardson is a knitting communicator who lives in Minneapolis. Her YouTube channel explores a variety of knitting-related topics, including knitting history and techniques, and she writes technical knitting articles for Interweave publications. She’s a certified master hand knitter and certified knitting teacher, and she can’t wait to answer your burning knitting questions.

Currently Open

Marketing Director

The marketing director position is currently open. For more information contact the Guild President, president@knitters.org



(Term 1, Year 2)

A visiting friend from Seattle taught Kelly the very basics of knitting (a twisted loop cast on and just the knit stitch) in 2008 before flying home. Turning to the internet (thanks knittinghelp.com!) Kelly taught herself through a lot of trial and error. Uncontent to keep knitting the scarf she’d started as her first project, she jumped into knitting a pair of striped mittens for her non-knitter, but very knitworthy, twin sister. Twelve years later the mittens are still in her sister’s glove box, and Kelly is usually horrified when she pulls them out and sees the mistakes she made using double pointed needles for the first time. Kelly loves knitting socks and is thankful for the many months of cold weather when she gets to exclusively wear her handknits. (she, her, hers)



(Term 1, Year 1)

Kendra lives in the Twin Cities and learned to hand knit from her mother in middle school. In the last few years, she has also learned crochet and machine knitting. Kendra enjoys knitting items to donate and challenging herself with new techniques. She prefers knitting in the round with colorful yarn. (she, her, hers)



(Term 2, Year 2)

Rose learned to knit from her mother at the age of ten. She started knitting on the ends of small paint brushes. She continued to knit off and on through her teenage and young adult years and became a more avid knitter after taking a Norwegian sweater knitting class through community education. Today, knitting has become a passion and she knits for charity, herself, and her family her stash. She enjoys meeting other knitters and learning new techniques.

Open Position

Programming Director

(3-year term)

This position is currently open. If you are interested in volunteering for the Guild board, please contact our president, Kelly, at the email me link below.


Service Director

(Term 1, Year 3)

Betsy never had patience for knitting, until she found herself spending a lot of time at little league games and waiting for the last kid to emerge from the locker room after swim practice. With her background in graphic design, stranded colorwork has a natural appeal. Not to mention the practicality of an extra layer of warmth. Betsy has recently begun publishing her original hat and cowl patterns, which are available on Ravelry. (she, her, hers) (See our Service Knitting Page for more information about our current projects and donation process.)


Membership/Programming Director

(Term 2, Year 1)

Nikky was first introduced to knitting in 2012 when her visiting sister-in-law taught her the basics of casting on and the knit stitch. A few weeks later, she learned how to purl from her mother-in-law. From there, it quickly became a passion and she has taken on each new project with a desire to expand her skill and discover new techniques. She loves a good mystery (knit-a-long) and knits way more shawls than a single person can wear in a month.


Technology Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Melissa has been knitting for 15 years. She loves socks and sweaters. She is a new member who hopes to use her marketing background to lift up the MKG. While she isn't local to MN, she really loves the atmosphere created by the Guild. Melissa and significant other Al enjoy traveling, wherein Al graciously offers to drive so Melissa can knit in the passenger seat. (she, her, hers)


Yarnover Committee Chair

While Anna learned to knit at some long-forgotten point in time, her commitment to the craft really began her freshman year of college. Sitting still has never been Anna’s strong suit, and giving her hands something to do while chatting with friends or watching movies in the dorm brought a sense of calm during this new chapter of her life. Once the sense of calm wore off (and no one else needed a scarf), she began trying new techniques, patterns, and projects, and until 2018 was primarily a self-taught knitter. After being intimidated early in her crafting, Anna feels strongly about creating a welcoming environment within the fiber community for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. She enjoys knitting and fiber traveling, test and service knitting, a good challenge (knitting or otherwise), and is likely to have at least 3 WIPs at any one time. She is also learning to spin and ply her own yarn! (she/her/hers)

A photograph of hands knitting green yarn against a black background.Project HandWork is an exhibit of photos by photographer Christopher Dykes. Using flash, a backdrop, and the infinite human variety, Christopher is collecting a series of images of hands at work in the fiber community. Manicures, hangnails, tattoos, wristwatches, cheap yarn, expensive silk, easy socks and exquisite lace all show the human diversity and the compulsion to create.

Yarnover attendees may have their hands photographed for a $50 sitting fee. Each sitter will receive an edited photo via email. The sitting fee goes to Help In Crisis, his local domestic abuse shelter. 



Laura Haave

Great Guild Getaway Committee Chair

Laura learned to knit in 2003 by taking a four-week class during MIT's annual January Independent Activities Period. The class project was a striped hat knit in the round, and since that time, Laura has been a big advocate of 1) helping other adults learn to knit for the first time, 2) hats as a manageable first project, and 3) circular needles for everything. She enjoys thinking about knitting and planning her next project almost as much as she enjoys actually knitting. Laura is highly motivated by knit-alongs and loves to knit in community. (she, her, hers)


Newsletter Editor

I grew up watching my mom knit. She tried to teach me as a kid and I never enjoyed it, but after finishing college I found myself with extra time and no hobbies. In the last 20 years I have dove in all the way and love to learn new and challenging techniques. As my fiber love has grown, I have also started raising sheep in order to go from sheep to sweater. I love interacting with the sheep who have big personalities and learning to process and spin the wool has been a great adventure.


Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

Meg grew up surrounded by makers. Her mom, a master quilter, former Home Ec teacher, and 4-H club leader in Duluth, taught her to sew, embroider, and cook. She won a trip to the State Fair as the Dress Review Princess at 13! Another MKG member taught her to knit continental style 15 years ago. Meg can’t sit still and NOT be knitting, embroidering, rug hooking or sewing. Favorite thing to knit? Mittens! She loves taking classes and learning new things – absolutely amazed and inspired by all the amazing knitters in the guild! (she, her, hers)

Our spinning demonstrations are sponsored by Get Bentz Farm. 

Theresa Bentz of Get Bentz Farm, Northfield, MNAfter growing up in the city and suburbs, the owners of Get Bentz Farm felt a need to be closer to nature and to be more connected to where their food came from. 

In 2014, they found a farm house for sale and later that year they decided on and purchased their first two Icelandic sheep. 

Once they had a good size flock they began marketing the amazing meat and wool. Initially, they found that many mills in the area do not process dual coated long wools, which slowed down their growth in yarn, but they did find a great market for wool filled bedding products and batting for spinning. 

Today, they have a variety of yarns, batting and roving as well as finished products like dryer balls, sheepskins, and wool bedding. Most recently, they opened their own Get Bentz Wool Mill as well as their own line of yarn – Badgerface Fiber.

Mona McNeely been a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor since 2016 and has studied yoga since 2002.   

She has three grown kids and two, almost three, grandchildren. Her grandma taught her to knit when she was seven. She picked it up again in her early 20’s and hasn’t put the needles down since. She is also an avid spinner and has woven her share of rugs. In her spare time, she volunteers at a non-profit called We Can Ride where they use horses as therapy for people with disabilities. She also works full time as a Treasury Analyst for a fairly large company.  Somehow it all balances out.

Midwest Machine Knitters' Collaborative logo

The Midwest Machine Knitters’ Collaborative (MMKC) is a Minnesota based fiber guild established in 2011. We envisioned the Collaborative as a way to connect with other machine knitters who like to think (and knit!) outside the box. MMKC provides a forum to promote fun, interest, appreciation, education, inspiration, and camaraderie in the art of machine knitting. We welcome all levels of experience, as this is the best way to learn and inspire. We will all become better knitters through collaboration.  https://www.midwestmachineknitters.org/



Kathy has always been into crafts, but didn’t teach herself to knit until after college. She really got hooked while living in San Francisco when a friend opened a knitting store. To pitch in, Kathy started knitting up fun (and odd) things for window displays, as well as teaching classes. In the last couple of years, she has started designing her own knitting patterns (many of them available for free on Ravelry!) with toys and mittens being her primary obsessions. (she/her/hers)