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Knit-Out and Crochet 2008 - Full schedule from the MOA website

Knit-Out and Crochet 2008 link to MOA schedule


Knit-Out and Crochet 2008
Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 17


Craft Yarn Council of America's (CYCA) second annual Knit & Crochet event at Mall of America®, February 16 & 17, 2008 promises to be the largest gathering of knitters and crocheters ever. Highlights of the '08 Knit-Out include:

• Celebrity Corner -- Meet Debbie Macomber, NY Times best-selling women's fiction and "knit-lit" author, and Vickie Howell, author and host of the DIY Network's Knitty Gritty series.

• The international finals of the Fastest Knitter and Crocheter Contest. U.S. champ will "face off" against those from the U.K., Canada, The Netherlands, and France.

PLUS...
FREE Beginner Knitting & Crochet Lessons
• Technique Demos - Fun tips, tricks and project ideas
• Yarn "Doctors" - Knit and crochet experts answer your toughest project questions
• "The Season's Best" Fashions
• Dog Gone Cute & Crazy Fashion Show - Woof!
• Kid Cute & Crazy Fashion Show
• Kids Crafts Area - Learn to knit, crochet and make cool stuff!
• Show & Share - Knitters and crocheters model and talk about their favorite projects
• Displays • Giveaways • Door Prizes

And...
Sit, knit, crochet, join: "Warm Up America! Bring a 7" by 9" crocheted or knitted section to join into an afghan." Help us complete afghans for people in need in the Twin Cities.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

Sears Court

11 a.m.
Demonstrations by:
Kathleen Sams-Multi Strand - By using multiple strands of yarn and large hooks or needles, Kathleen shows how different colors, especially multi colors, mix together to make quick creations.

Svetlana Avrakh-Build a "Vertical" Scarf - Work along with Svetlana as she demonstrates how to build a "vertical," lacy scarf with rows of shell stitches.

Brett Bara-Granny Squares - Follow along with Brett as she teaches you the basics of granny squares plus new designs, ideas, options and color selection for this loveable technique. Customize your granny squares to make anything from scarves to afghans.

Isela Phelps-Loom Knitting - If you have fond memories of spool knitting as a child, today's looms are just as easy and fun, plus they are amazingly versatile. A delightful craft for kids and adults alike.

Kristen Nicholas-Embellishments - Learn how easy it is to enhance your knitted garments with embroidery and duplicate stitch or add texture and whimsy with bobbles and pompoms with Kristen, one of the industry's top designers.

Annie Modesitt-Combination Knitting - Christened "Combination Knitting" by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts in Interweave Knits magazine, this combination of Western and Eastern style knitting is faster, creates a nicer tension with less "rowing out" and less wrist strain. Bring light colored yarn and appropriate needles.

11:30 a.m.
Rotunda
Author's Forum

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kathleen Sams-Join As You Go - Learn a mile-a-minute technique to quickly join your granny squares and panels.

Svetlana Avrakh-Dishcloth/Scrubby - Svetlana takes an inexpensive scrubby and enhances it by crocheting into and around the fibers to make a terrific dish cleaner. This session is hands on.

Kristy McGowan-Mosaic Stitch - Learn from Kristy as she takes the mystery out of Mosaic knitting and creates a pattern using four different shades of yarn. There will be yarn and needles available for practice.

Barbara VanElsen-Working with Color-Crochet - Learn the technique of changing colors and working over ends, as well as tapestry crochet and spirals.

Cheryl Johnson-Fear of Felting - Rid yourself of the Fear of Felting! Cheryl will walk you through the simple techniques as featured in Leisure Arts' new publication, I Can't Believe I'm Felting.

12 p.m.
Rotunda
Authors Forum & Book Signing

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kathleen Sams-Afghan Stitch - Learn this fascinating Afghan/Tunisian crochet stitch for an entirely different look to crochet. It's a perfect medium for embellishing.

Svetlana Avrakh-The Best Wash Mitt Ever! - Crochet this wash mitten, embellish it with bobble-like stitches and you have a quick and easy project and great gift idea!

Mary Hutcheson-Needle Toppers - Mary will share the newest way to personalize your knitting needles with polymer clay as featured on Leisure Arts' DVD, No Rules Knitting at the Teen Knit Café.

Barbara Van Elsen-Textural Stitches-Crochet - Want to have fun with lumps and bumps? Watch Barbara demonstrate such textured stitches as limpet, bullion "cheater" popcorn, cables and others.

12:30 p.m.
Rotunda
Warm Up America Presentation
Stitch N Pitch
Sticks N' Stiches

1 p.m.
Rotunda
"DOG" Gone Cute Fashion Show

1:20 p.m.
Rotunda
Cool Kids/Tweens Fashion Show
Funniest Knit & Crochet Projects

1:30 p.m.
The Season's Best Fashion Show

2 p.m.
Rotunda
Show & Share - Join us at center stage. Show off your favorite project and share your knitting and crochet stories!

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kathleen Sams-Get A Fair Isle Look - Kathleen shows you how to achieve a Fair Isle look using multi color yarn.

Svetlana Avrakh-Mitered Squares to Blankets - Crochet along with Svetlana and turn a one-row repeat into a beautiful, textured square, which can be added to others to complete an eye-catching blanket.

Margaret Huber-Free Form - Throw away that pattern and discover the new, exciting world of Free Form. Margaret will share three ways to create exciting projects in Free Form knitting and crochet or using both in combination.

Edie Eckman-Crochet Motifs - Author of The Crochet Answer Book, Edie will demonstrate interesting motifs, including circles, stars, triangles and hexagons, which can be quickly crocheted and used to embellishment larger items.

Karen Talacker-Getting Kids Knitting - Learn how to get your kids and youth groups excited about knitting for charity. Karen will share her Top Ten Tips for Teaching Children to Knit.

2:30 p.m.
Rotunda
Introduction to Fastest K/C Competition -
(Trials will be conducted if people are interested)

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kathleen Sams-Pom Poms and Tassels - Let Kathleen show you all the fun things you can do with Pom Poms and Tassels. Easy to make, they are great embellishments to handmade or purchased items.

Svetlana Avrakh-Oh So Soft Crocheted Bunny - It's the softest baby gift idea ever! Have fun making this crocheted toy, a quick and easy project, using one ball of yarn.

Cheryl Johnson-Fear of Felting - Rid yourself of the Fear of Felting! Cheryl will walk you through the simple techniques as featured in Leisure Arts' new publication, I Can't Believe I'm Felting.

Kristy McGowan-Mosaic Stitch - Learn from Kristy as she takes the mystery out of Mosaic knitting and creates a pattern using four different shades of yarn. There will be yarn and needles available to practice.

Nicky Epstein-Edgings - Designer extraordinaire, Nicky Epstein shares her tips on novel edgings to finish knit or crochet garments or to fashion into embellishments.

Kristen Nicholas-Embellishments - Learn how easy it is to enhance your knitted garments with embroidery and duplicate stitch or add texture and whimsy with bobbles and pompoms with Kristen, one of the industry's top designers.

3 p.m.
Rotunda
Author's Forum & Book Signing

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kathleen Sams-Multi Strand - By using multiple strands of yarn and large hooks or needles, Kathleen shows how different colors, especially multi colors, mix together to make quick creations.

Svetlana Avrakh-Needle Felted Cell Phone Case - Let Svetlana show you how to needle felt your own cell phone cover. No more worrying about shrinking your knitting with this technique!

Margaret Huber-Free Form - Throw away that pattern and discover the new, exciting world of free form. Demo with include three ways to create exciting projects in Free Form knitting and crochet or using both in combination.

Mary Hutcheson-Needle Toppers - Mary will share the newest way to personalize your knitting needles with polymer clay as featured on Leisure Arts' DVD, No Rules Knitting at the Teen Knit Café.

3:30p.m.
Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kathleen Sams-Join As You Go - Learn a mile-a-minute technique to quickly join your granny squares and panels.

Svetlana Avrakh-Mosaic Stitch - Learn this color knitting technique and its many applications with Svetlana. It's hands on.

Penelope Taylor-Mitered Squares, Penelope, editor of Knit 'N Stitch Magazine, will share her technique tips and take the mystery out of knitting mitered squares.

Debbie Macomber-Kitchner Stitch - Watch our New York Times best selling author and avid knitter demonstrate her favorite sock toe joining technique - the Kitchener Stitch.

Isela Phelps-Loom Knitting - If you have fond memories of spool knitting as a child, today's looms are just as easy and fun. A delightful craft for kids and adults alike.

Antje Gillingham-Circle Around Socks - Round and round! Learn his fascinating technique of knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles. You will not want to miss it!

4 p.m.
Rotunda
International Fastest Knitter/Crocheter Competitions - FINALS



SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

11 a.m.

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kim Werker-Babette Squares - Author of Crochet Me, Kim will show you the many variations you can achieve with the ever popular granny square technique.

Cheryl Johnson-Fear of Felting - Rid yourself of the Fear of Felting! Cheryl will walk you through the simple techniques as featured in Leisure Arts' new publication, I Can't Believe I'm Felting.

Margaret Huber-Free Form - Throw away that pattern and discover the new, exciting world of free form. Margaret will share three ways to create exciting projects in Free Form knitting and crochet or using both in combination.

Kristen Nicholas-Embellishments - Learn how easy it is to enhance your knitted garments with embroidery and duplicate stitch or add texture and whimsy with bobbles and pompoms with Kristen, one of the industry's top designers.

Kathleen Sams-Afghan Stitch - Learn this fascinating Afghan/Tunisian crochet stitch for an entirely different look to crochet. It's a perfect medium for embellishing.

Svetlana Avrakh-Oh So Soft Crocheted Bunny - It's the softest baby gift idea ever! Have fun making this crocheted toy, a quick and easy project, using one ball of yarn.

Nicky Epstein-Edgings - Designer extraordinaire, Nicky Epstein shares her tips on novel edgings to finish knit or crochet garments or to fashion into embellishments

11:30 a.m.
Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Debbie Macomber-Kitchner Stitch - Watch our New York Times best selling author and avid knitter demonstrate her favorite sock toe joining technique - the Kitchener Stitch.

Penelope Taylor-Mitered Squares, Penelope, editor of Knit 'N Stitch Magazine, will share her technique tips and take the mystery out of knitting mitered squares.

Kathleen Sams-Pom Poms and Tassels - Let Kathleen show you all the fun things you can do with Pom Poms and Tassels. Easy to make, they are great embellishments to handmade or purchased items.

Svetlana Avrakh-Mosaic Stitch - Learn this color knitting technique and its many applications with Svetlana. It's hands on.

12 p.m.
Rotunda
Author's Forum

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Brett Bara-Granny Squares - Follow along with Brett as she teaches you the basics of granny squares plus new designs, ideas, options and color selection for this loveable technique. Customize your granny squares to make anything from scarves to afghans.

Mary Hutcheson-Needle Toppers - Mary will share the newest way to personalize your knitting needles with polymer clay as featured on Leisure Arts' DVD, No Rules Knitting at the Teen Knit Café.

Karen Talacker-Getting Kids Knitting - Learn how to get your kids and groups excited about knitting for charity. Karen will share her Top Ten Tips for Teaching Children to Knit

Kathleen Sams-Multi Strand - By using multiple strands of yarn and large hooks or needles, Kathleen shows how different colors, especially multi colors, mix together to make quick creations.

Svetlana Avrakh-Needle Felted Cell Phone Case - Let Svetlana show you how to needle felt your own cell phone cover. No more worrying about shrinking your knitting with this technique!


12:30 p.m.
Rotunda
Author's Forum & Book Signing

1 p.m.
Rotunda
Cool Kids/Tweens Fashion Show

1:20 p.m.
Rotunda
Funniest Knit & Crochet Projects

1:30 p.m.
Rotunda
The Season's Best Fashion Show

2 p.m.
Rotunda
Stitch N' Pitch
Sticks N' Stitches
Warm Up America
Show & Share - Join us at center stage. Show off your favorite project and share your knitting and crochet stories!

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Isela Phelps-Loom Knitting - If you have fond memories of spool knitting as a child, today's looms are just as easy, fun and amazingly versatile. A delightful craft for kids and adults alike.

Antje Gillingham-Circle Around Socks - Round and round! Learn this fascinating technique of knitting two socks at a time on two circular needles. You will not want to miss it!

Edie Eckman-Crochet Motifs - Edie, uthor of The Crochet Answer Book, will demonstrate interesting motifs, including circles, stars, triangles and hexagons, which can be quickly crocheted and used to embellishment larger items.

Barbara Van Elsen-Textural Stitches-Crochet - Want to have fun with lumps and bumps? Watch Barbara demonstrate such textured stitches as limpet, bullion "cheater" popcorn, cables and others.

Kathleen Sams-Get A Fair Isle Look - Kathleen shows you how to achieve a Fair Isle look using multi color yarn.

Svetlana Avrakh-Build a "Vertical" Scarf - Work along with Svetlana as she demonstrates how to build a "vertical," lacy scarf with rows of shell stitches.

Lisa Gentry-Chain Knitting - Lisa will demonstrate some of the basics from her new book I Can't Believe I'm Chain Knitting.

2:30 p.m.
Rotunda
Show & Share
Join us at center stage. Show off your favorite project and share your knitting and crochet stories!

Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Kristy McGowan-Mosaic Stitch - Learn from Kristy as she takes the mystery out of Mosaic knitting and creates a pattern using four different shades of yarn. There will be yarn and needles available to practice.

Brett Bara-Granny Squares - Follow along with Brett as she teaches you the basics of granny squares plus new designs, ideas, options and color selection for this loveable technique. Customize your granny squares to make anything from scarves to afghans.

Mary Hutcheson-Needle Toppers - Mary will share the newest way to personalize your knitting needles with polymer clay as featured on Leisure Arts' DVD, No Rules Knitting at the Teen Knit Café.

Barbara VanElsen-Working with Color-Crochet - Learn the technique of changing colors and working over ends, as well as tapestry crochet and spirals.

Kathleen Sams-Join As You Go - Learn a mile-a-minute technique to quickly join your granny squares and panels.

Svetlana Avrakh-Dishcloth/Scrubby - Svetlana takes an inexpensive scrubby and enhances it by crocheting into and around the fibers to make a terrific dish cleaner. This session is hands on.

3 p.m.
Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Margaret Huber-Free Form - Throw away that pattern and discover the new, exciting world of free form. Margaret will share three ways to create exciting projects in Free Form knitting and crochet or using both in combination.

Cheryl Johnson-Fear of Felting - Rid yourself of the Fear of Felting! Cheryl will walk you through the simple techniques as featured in Leisure Arts' new publication, I Can't Believe I'm Felting.

Kathleen Sams-Afghan Stitch - Learn this fascinating Afghan/Tunisian crochet stitch for an entirely different look to crochet. It's a perfect medium for embellishing.

Svetlana Avrakh-The Best Wash Mitt Ever! Crochet this bubbly wash mitten, embellish it with bobble-like stitches and you have a quick and easy project and great gift idea!

3:30 p.m.
Sears Court

Demonstrations by:
Lisa Gentry-Chain Knitting - Lisa will demonstrate some of the basics from her new book I Can't Believe I'm Chain Knitting.

Isela Phelps-Loom Knitting - If you have fond memories of spool knitting as a child, today's looms are just as easy, fun and amazingly versatile. A delightful craft for kids and adults alike.

Kristy McGowan-Mosaic Stitch - Learn from Kristy as she takes the mystery out of Mosaic knitting and creates a pattern using four different shades of yarn. There will be yarn and needles available to practice.

Kathleen Sams-Join As You Go - Learn a mile-a-minute technique to quickly join your granny squares and panels.

Svetlana Avrakh-Mitered Squares to Blankets - Crochet along with Svetlana and turn a one-row repeat into a beautiful, textured square, which can be added to others to complete an eye-catching blanket.

Saturday, February 16
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rotunda, Sears Court, Bloomingales Court, Macy's Court

Sunday, February 17
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rotunda, Sears Court, Bloomingdales Court, Macy's Court

AIRFARE & HOTEL PACKAGES

Special Northwest Airline Discount - US & Canada
Working with Northwest Airlines, CYCA has arranged a Knit-Out package that offers members an additional 5-7% discount. (NOTE: Not all fares qualify for a discount.) Reservations can be made either online or by calling the Airline directly.

Log onto http://www.nwa.com/. Complete the information as requested on the screen and at the bottom of the page when asked for E-Cert fare, electronic voucher or meeting agreement, select meeting agreement and enter WorldFile # NYVFR. This will bring up your flight choices and automatically apply the meeting discount to your ticket cost. Please note that not all fares qualify for a discount and the web site will return the lowest fare available. There is no ticketing fee to book on-line.

You also have the option of contacting Northwest Airlines at 800-328-1111 Monday - Friday 7 a.m - 7:30 p.m. Central time and referencing WorldFile Number NYVFR. However, as with all airlines, when you call and book through an agent, there is a $10 non-refundable ticketing fee assessed for tickets issued by a Northwest agent.

Hotel Packages
Country Inn and Suites,
Mall of America 2221 Killebrew Drive Bloomington, MN 952-854-5555. The special Knit-Out package is $95/night - Standard room with 2 queen beds (based on a single /double occupancy) or $105/night - King Suite including a king bed, separate living room with sofa sleeper (based on a single/double occupancy). To make reservations, you can go online to: www.countryinns.com/knit or call the hotel directly 952-854-5555 and ask for the Knit Out group rate or call Central Reservations at 1-800-456-4000 and ask for the Knit Out group rates. Rates include a Mall of America coupon book, bottles of water and a Mall of America shopping bag. The hotel has a free breakfast and is within walking distance of the Mall. (It's the closest hotel to the Mall and also provides free shuttle service.) In addition, the hotel is setting up a private V.I.P. lounge with light refreshments where crocheters and knitters can gather to stitch and chat 24/7. Special rates apply for a limited block of rooms. Book early!

Hilton Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport,
Mall of America 3800 American Boulevard East Bloomington, MN 952-854-2100, and request Plan Code P9 The Hilton is offering a special package again this year: $20 off its Best Available Rate (currently the special rate is $99 per room/per night). The rate includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary use of the indoor recreation (indoor pool, whirlpools and 24-hour fitness center). Transportation to and from Mall of America is also provided on a complimentary basis every hour from 10:20 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 952-854-2100 and request Plan Code P9.

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