seventh annual knitting+crochet retreat
Walnut Woods Lodge
Walnut Woods State Park
Des Moines, IA
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Welcome to knitXmidwest!

We are beyond excited for the seventh annual knitXmidwest November 2nd and 3rd at the Walnut Woods Lodge!! knitXmidwest is an opportunity to bond with other fiber artists in the area. Open to all ages and ranges of skill.

We are really looking forward to meeting new faces and sharing a nice relaxing laid back weekend together full of fun and laughter...and maybe getting some work done along the way!

Your retreat fee will cover*:

  • Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Snacks
  • Beverages: coffee, water, tea
  • Fun times!

*No refunds once tickets have been purchased.


  • You should plan on bringing plenty of things to work on!
  • We will have snacks available but if you have particular food allergies please bring snacks that are best for you.
  • Comfy clothes because we will be lounging!
  • Any show and tell items that you want to bring to share/display.
  • Have knitting and crochet questions? Bring that too!! We will be available for assistance as needed.

Email us at with questions and follow the fun on Instagram @knitxmidwest!


The following schedule is tentative.

Saturday, November 2nd

Check in, pick up name tags, get acquainted with fellow retreaters!
Noon – 1pm
Shop local vendors
Knit, Crochet, Spin, Chat, Free Time
Official retreat end

Sunday, November 3rd

Knit, Crochet, Spin, Chat, Free Time
Knit, Crochet, Spin, Chat, Free Time
Official retreat end


Traveling to Des Moines from out of town? Or maybe you live in the area, but want to make this a proper weekend retreat and have a sleepover with friends in a comfy hotel. Either way, we have you covered.

A hotel room block has been reserved for knitXmidwest attendees at Hyatt Place Downtown Des Moines (418 6th Ave) with the discounted rate of $109 a night for a king or $119 a night for a double.

(Note - downtown Des Moines has eliminated free night/weekend street parking.)


Call 1-800-993-2451 to reserve rooms or make your reservation online at

Hyatt Place is a contemporary hotel in the heart of downtown Des Moines within walking distance of several local dining/nightlife hot spots. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, Starbucks coffee and complimentary breakfast. Hyatt Place offers a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport as well as a 3-mile radius of the hotel. Valet Parking is $18 per day per vehicle with in-and-out privileges.

You are free to make lodging arrangements on your own, but Hyatt Place will serve as our event's lodging headquarters. Stay with friends and meet up with fellow knitters after hours for dinner or knitting in the hotel's lobby or bar area.

** The reservation cutoff date is October 4th, 2019. The number of rooms available is limited due to other events being held in the metro that weekend, so we encourage you to make your reservation right away to get the discounted rate. Any rooms not utilized in the block after October 4th will drop out of the block and go back into the hotel's inventory for sale to the general public.

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