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February 8th, 2008, 11:06 AM
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Craft Yarn Council of America's (CYCA) second annual Knit & Crochet event at the Mall of America, February 16 and 17th, 2008 (Presidents' Weekend), promises to be the largest gathering of knitters and crocheters ever. More than 50,000 attended last year's Great American Knit-Out and even more are expected this year.
Highlights of the '08 Knit-Out include a Celebrity Corner and the international finals to find the Fastest Knitter and Crocheter, co-sponsored by CYCA and the UK Hand Knitting Association. In the Celebrity Corner will be:
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Debbie Macomber, NY Times best-selling women's fiction author, known by knitters worldwide for The Shop on Blossom Street, A Good Yarn and her latest Back on Blossom Street, will be joining us to share her inspirational knitting stories, to talk about Warm Up America! and she'll even give a technique demo.




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Vickie Howell, author and host of the DIY Network's Knitty Gritty series, will be on hand to talk about her latest book Knit Aid: For Knitters on the Go filled with lots of tips and tricks for hassle-free knitting.


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More Celebrity Authors & Designers



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Nicky Epstein
Author & Designer Extraordinaire
Latest book: Cover Up with Nicky Epstein


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Kristin Nicholas
Noted Designer, Author & Color Expert
Latest book: Kristin Knits


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Edie Eckman, Lisa Gentry, Antje Gillingham, Annie Modesitt, Isela Phelps, Karen Thalacker, and Kim Werker
And meet the amazing designers and editors from CYCA member companies:
Svetlana Avrakh (Bernat & Patons)
Brett Bara (Editor, Crochet Today)
Cari Clement (Caron International)
Kristina McGowan (Lion Brand Yarn)
Kathleen Sams (Coats & Clark)
Carla Scott (Editor, Knit Simple)
Penelope Taylor (Editor, Knit 'N Style)

The international finals will pit the fastest knitters and crocheters from the U.S. against those from the U.K., Canada, The Netherlands, and France. The competition is fierce but fun. Visitors who just want to see how fast they can go will also have a chance to test their skills.
PLUS…
o FREE Beginner Knitting & Crochet Lessons
o Technique Demos - Fun tips, tricks and project ideas
o Yarn "Doctors" - Knit and crochet experts answer your toughest project questions
o "The Season's Best" Fashions
o Dog Gone Cute & Crazy Fashion Show - Woof!
o Kid Cute & Crazy Fashion Show
o Kids Crafts Area - Learn to knit, crochet and make cool stuff!
o Show & Share - Knitters and crocheters model and talk about their favorite projects
o Displays o Giveaways o Door Prizes

PLUS
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 Minneapolis
Hotel & Travel Discounts
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 am to 10:20 pm. To make reservations, call the hotel directly at 952-854-2100 and request Plan Code P9.
Special Northwest Airline Discount - US & Canada
Working with Northwest Airlines, CYCA has arranged a Knit-Out package that offers 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 (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 online.
You also have the option of contacting Northwest Airlines at 800-328-1111 Mon-Fri 7 AM-7:30 PM Central time and referencing WorldFile Number NYVFR. However, as with many 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.
Interested in volunteering to teach at the Mall of America Knit-Out, e-mail: info@craftyarncouncil.com (info@craftyarncouncil.com)

KNIT-OUT SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH - Show Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11:00
Demos - Sears Court
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.
Kristin Nicholas-Embellishments</B> 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
Author's Forum - Rotunda
Demos - Sears Court
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.

12:00
Authors Forum & Book Signing - Rotunda
Demos - Sears Court
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
Warm Up America Presentation - Rotunda
Stitch N Pitch - Rotunda
Sticks N' Stitches - Rotunda
1:00
"DOG" Gone Cute Fashion Show

1:20
Cool Kids/Tweens Fashion Show
Funniest Knit & Crochet Projects

1:30
The Season's Best Fashion Show

2:00
Show & Share - Rotunda
Join us at center stage. Show off your favorite project and share your knitting and crochet stories! Demos - Sears Court
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 Thalacker-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
Introduction to Fastest K/C Competition - Rotunda (Trials will be conducted if people are interested) Demos - Sears Court
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.
Kristin 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.

3:00
Author's Forum & Book Signing - Rotunda
Demos - Sears Court
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.

3:30
Demos - Sears Count
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!

4:00
International Fastest Knitter/Crocheter Competitions - FINALS - Rotunda

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH - Show Hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
11:00
Demos - Sears Court
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.
Kristin 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
Demos - Sears Court
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.

12:00
Author's Forum - Rotunda
Demos - Sears Court
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 Thalacker-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
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
Author's Forum & Book Signing - Rotunda

1:00
Cool Kids/Tweens Fashion Show

1:20
Funniest Knit & Crochet Projects

1:30
The Season's Best Fashion Show

2:00
Stitch N' Pitch - Rotunda
Sticks N' Stitches - Rotunda
Warm Up America - Rotunda
Show & Share - Rotunda
Join us at center stage. Show off your favorite project and share your knitting and crochet stories!
Demos - Sears Court
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, author 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. Get the look of crochet chains without a hook!

2:30
Show & Share
Join us at center stage. Show off your favorite project and share your knitting and crochet stories!
Demos - Sears Court
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</B> 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.

3:00
Demos - Sears Court
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
Demos - Sears Court
Lisa Gentry-Chain Knitting Lisa will demonstrate some of the basics from her new book I Can't Believe I'm Chain Knitting. Get the look of crochet chains without a hook!
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.
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