sixth 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 sixth annual knitXmidwest November 3rd and 4th 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 3rd

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 4th

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

Shibori Indigo Dyeing

On Saturday afternoon, Jen Geigley will be teaching an optional Shibori indigo dyeing workshop. The workshop will be $25, which includes supplies, indigo dye and one 9x12" drawstring project bag. (You may choose to add on additional things to dye below if you wish – yarn, tea towels or extra project bags!)

Registration deadline: October 10, 2018

For more details click here!


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 Staybridge Suites Des Moines Downtown in the East Village with the discounted rate of $119/night on Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. There is metered street parking, or ramp parking is available for $15/day.

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


To make reservations with the discounted rate of $119/night, click on the unique link below which will direct you to the Staybridge website. Enter the correct check-in/check-out dates, hit “Check Availability” and the remaining room types with the discounted Group Rate will be offered.

Reserve Now

Guests may also make reservations over the phone by calling 1-877-238-8889, and referencing KnitXMidwest, or Group Code KXM.

Suites include a full-size sleeper sofa as well as a full kitchen (full-size refrigerator, microwave, 2 burner stovetop and dishwasher), HDTV and wifi. Also included is a full, hot breakfast, 24-hour fitness center, pool and hot tub.

Reservations must be made before 10/2/18 - a very limited number of rooms are available.

Staybridge Suites are conveniently located within walking distance to Scenic Route Bakery, Zombie Burger, Miyabi 9, HoQ, Mars Coffee Bar, Open Sesame, Gong Fu Tea, Blu Thai & Sushi, The AC Hotel/The Republic on Grand and more.

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