Yarnover 2023 FAQ

Who/What/When

Yarnover is a community building and educational event run by volunteers from the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild (MKG). It is a weekend of fiber fun with knitting classes, a marketplace, and other events and activities

Yarnover is hosted by the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild. It is planned and run by a small group of dedicated volunteers. You can join the Yarnover Committee or volunteer to help during Yarnover weekend. To get involved, contact our Yarnover Chair at yarnover@knitters.org.

While we hope you will consider joining the Minnesota Knitters’ Guild, you do not need to be a member to attend Yarnover. Guild Members do receive early access to class, event, and/or activity registration.

Yarnover 2023 is Friday, September 22nd and Saturday, September 23rd. There is also a Minnesota Knitters’ Guild Meeting at the Yarnover venue on Sunday, September 24th that is open to everyone.

April and early May were becoming very busy for local knitters with the Twin Cities Yarn Shop Hop, Local Yarn Store Day, and Shepherds’ Harvest.

Where/Accommodations

Yarnover is at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.

With 15+ classes, the Marketplace, and areas for lunch and entertainment, Yarnover takes up a lot of space! That, coupled with rental and catering costs, decreases the scope of available hotel options for Yarnover. Working with our current location affords Yarnover the space we need, at costs that allow us to keep registration reasonable and provide plenty of free parking.

Yes, Yarnover has a block of rooms available at a group rate. Booking information will be posted in April 2023.

Yes, the hotel has free parking. All parking is self-park.

Aerial view of Crowne Plaza hotel with parking lots marked.

All of the areas in the hotel used for Yarnover activities are accessible, including ramps and/or elevators. The hotel has accessible guest rooms. There are 17 accessible parking spaces at the front of the hotel and an easy drop off point at the front door. Please contact the hotel directly for further information about accessibility. 

With 15+ classrooms, the Marketplace, and areas for lunch and entertainment, Yarnover takes up a lot of space! All of the areas in the hotel used for Yarnover activities are accessible, including ramps and/or elevators. For those that may use an assistive walking device, we recommend bringing it with you. There are seating options throughout the venue that can be used to rest between Yarnover event locations.

 

Floor plan of Crown Plaza Hotel

While a virtual option has been considered, the decision was made to keep Yarnover as a completely in person event for several reasons:

  1. The Minnesota Knitters’ Guild currently offers virtual programming all year long, with speakers and teachers. Yarnover is a chance for the community to gather in person, for classes, socializing, shopping, and more.
  2. The cost of the manpower and technology to run a hybrid event is outside of scope of the Yarnover budget and would drastically increase registration fees. 
  3. There are already great online knitting classes and conventions being put on by numerous companies with the paid staff, expertise, and technology to provide a successful experience for attendees. 

Registration/Teachers

Registration will open in February of 2023.

While the Marketplace is free to attend, there is a cost to attend Yarnover classes and other special events on Friday and Saturday evenings. ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Yarnover is set up as a self-sustaining/breakeven event. That means that Yarnover fees (as well as vendor fees) cover teachers expenses and fees, room rentals, food, supplies, and other costs associated with hosting the event. If there is any overage, it is deposited with general funds of the Guild.

As a self-sustaining event, the Yarnover Committee works hard to keep prices in-line with similar conventions while still bringing quality programming to attendees. We understand that everyone’s situation is different and are proud that the Guild offers  grants to attend Yarnover. The link to apply will be posted when it is available.

The Yarnover Committee looks at every teacher suggested to us on the Yarnover survey and in person, as well as teachers that contact us directly. Here are some of the criteria we look at when partnering with teachers each year. 

  • Past Yarnovers: We consider teachers’ evaluations from past Yarnovers and if they have taught at several Yarnovers in a row.
  • Cost: Teachers that require international travel (such as those coming from Europe) are often cost prohibitive unless they are already in the US for a tour. 
  • Designer vs Teacher: Not all designers are teachers. In this case, we often pass their information onto the Guild Programming Director to explore speaking opportunities at our Guild meetings (another great reason to become a Guild Member!) 
  • Availability: Teachers, like anyone, have conflicts, may be booked several years out, or be taking a break from teaching and/or travel. 
  • Subject Matter: We strive to provide a range of subjects each year and look for teachers with new, different, or topics we haven’t hosted recently. 
  • Communication: There are certain teachers that are suggested to us every year we just can’t get in touch with. We try reaching out multiple ways, email, websites, Ravelry, and Instagram, but we don’t always hear back.

Marketplace

Yarnover invites past vendors as well as recommendations we receive throughout the year to join our Marketplace. Interested vendors can reach out to Yarnover directly at yarnovervendors@knitters.org

While we would love to have the Marketplace open extra days (Friday evening and/or Sunday morning) , it is not possible at this time. The increased costs for venue space would also require raising registration fees.

Contact our Yarnover Vendor Coordinators directly at yarnovervendors@knitters.org

Misc

All door prizes are donated by Yarnover vendors and other fiber related companies. The varying value and quantity of donations requires that door prizes be limited to a drawing format. Door prize numbers are assigned to both the prizes and the attendees using an online random number generator. 
 
While the committee has considered “swag” for class attendees, it would require raising registration fees which we do not want to do at this time.

We offer gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan options which can be selected at the time of registration. Allergies to a common ingredient (such as peanuts) can be communicated to us at the time of registration as well. 

Meg Duncan

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 1)

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)

Jess Dahlberg

Newsletter Editor

Jess learned to knit in middle school and attempted (but never quite finished) a few garter stitch scarves. Years later, she picked up crochet with her best friend in law school and eventually fell back into knitting. Ever since then, she's been a daily knitter (commuting time for the win!) and has never looked back. She enjoys knitting gifts for friends and family and loves trying new techniques. (she, her, hers)

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)

Anne Rojas

Librarian

Anna Turk

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)

Bonnie Swierzbin

Marketing Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Bonnie comes from a long line of makers, so between their sewing and her own knitting, her Barbies had loads of one-of-a-kind dresses. She loves to buy yarn and knit while she travels, so she has a yarn stash the size of Cleveland and memories imbued with knitting; she can tell you exactly what baby sweater she was making on the overnight ferry from Rab to Split, Croatia, in 1985. When she isn't knitting, Bonnie is dyeing yarn and vintage textiles, embroidering, and making felt or silk paper vessels. She's happiest when she is learning a new skill or knitting technique. (she, her, hers)

Melissa Mintern

Technology Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

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)

Nikky Heidel

Membership Director

(Term 1, Year 3)

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.

Betsy Preston

Service Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

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.)

Janet Ungs

Programming Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Janet taught herself to knit from a small green and white paperback called “Learn to Knit” at the age of 10ish. Her first attempt at a cardigan, with some very heavyweight baby blue yarn, was done without checking gauge. As you can imagine, it was very large, but amazingly still lives in the closet of one of her younger sister‘s friends! To this day, she still struggles with doing a gauge swatch every time, although the journey of making the product is always fun! Janet loves to knit socks, sweaters, and hats, but blankets? Not so much. She likes color knitting as well as making cables. Lace? Not very good at that. (she, her, hers)

Rose Tobelmann

Treasurer

(Term 2, Year 1)

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.

Kelsey Sorenson

Secretary

(Term 1, Year 3)

Kelsey learned the knit stitch from her grandmother in middle school, and filled in the gaps enough to make lots of scarves for quite a few years. She began expanding her skills in college and is always looking to learn more. Kelsey is drawn toward projects that are seamless or include stranded colorwork. (she, her, hers)

Kelly Amoth

President

(Term 1, Year 1)

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)

Kathy Lewinski

Webmaster

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)