Yarnover 2013- A Cut Above

There is a wonderful day of learning on tap this Saturday, April 27 in the Minneapolis area. Yarnover, sponsored by the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild, is a day-long series of workshops with some of the biggest names in the business: Drew Emborsky (the Crochet Dude), Stephanie Pearl-McPhee ( The Yarn Harlot), Annie Modesitt (author of 8 books), to name a few. Just perusing the brochure, I found five or six classes I would love to take and discovered many things I didn’t know.

For example, did you know that Icelandic patterned yoke sweaters are normally knit from the bottom up but that Ragga Eiriksdottier has figured out how to convert bottom up patterns to top down? Take her Icelandic Upside Down class and learn how.

Did you know that there is a goldmine of interesting patterns in the pages of Victorian and Edwardian books and magazines that just need a little interpretation? Take Working with Antique Patterns with Franklin Habit.

Did you know that you can do a cable stitch without a cable needle? Try Look Ma, No Cable Needle by Melissa Leapman.

Did you know that there is a way to knit that is faster than either American or Continental? See Portuguese Style Knitting with Andrea Wong.

I could go on- there are 38 workshops in all- but you get the idea. A lot of cutting edge stuff here. So if you live in the area, and want to check it out, you can walk-in and register for any open classes the day of the event.  Unfortunately, advanced registration has already closed. The cost for a full day is $145 ($115 for guild members) and $110 for a half day ($75 for guild members). The extra $30 is to pay for a guild membership.  The event runs from 7:45AM-4:45PM at Hopkins High School, 2400 Lindbergh Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305. See the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild website  for additional information.

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