second 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 second annual knitXmidwest November 1st and 2nd 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, mimosas
  • Entry into a drawing for the grand prize and other door prizes
  • 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.

Questions? Email us at, or call the shop at 515-288-CATS (2287)!

Charity Hat KAL

Robyn, author of the blog She Makes Hats is joining us again this year and will read an excerpt from her recently released book.

Robyn and Heather from Ewe Ewe Yarns are also in the midst of a Charity Hat-Along and they have a special giveaway for participants!!! Everyone is encouraged to knit or crochet a hat to send home with Robyn to be donated for kids in Omaha who live at or below the poverty line. If you do you will be entered into the giveaway, which will include a copy of Robyn’s new book and yarn from Ewe Ewe Yarns! While any pattern is great they have also each created a new crochet and knit hat pattern that you can use! They only ask that the hats are labeled with the type of fiber used. Let’s help them soar above and beyond their goal of 2,000 hats!!!!

The Shanti Hat is great for crocheters!

The Cottage Cap is great for knitters!

#knitxmidwest on instagram!


The following schedule is tentative.

Saturday, November 1st

Check in, pick up name tags, get acquainted with fellow retreaters!
Viewing of the show and tell items
Knitting and Crochet Dr. Hours
Noon – 1pm
LUNCH tacos by Tacopocalypse
Presentations from local artists
Knit, Crochet, Spin, Chat, Free Time
Official retreat end
Shopping Hours at Hill Vintage & Knits wine/dessert

Sunday, November 2nd

Check in, pick up name tags, get acquainted with fellow retreaters!
Knit, Crochet, Spin, Chat, Free Time
Knitting and Crochet Dr. Hours
Knit, Crochet, Spin, Chat, Free Time
Spinning Demonstration
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 with the discounted rate of $105 on Friday, October 31st and Saturday, November 1st, 2014.


Hyatt Place Downtown
418 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA
(515) 282-5555

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You may also make reservations over the phone by mentioning the “knitxmidwest group block” by calling 1-800-634-3839 or 515-282-5555.

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, drinks or more knitting in the hotel's gorgeous lobby or bar area. 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 hotel-wide Wi-Fi Internet access.

** The reservation cutoff date is October 1st, 2014. The number of rooms available is very limited due to other events being held in the metro that weekend, so we encourage you to make your reservations right away to get the special discounted rate of $105. (If you know you will want to stay overnight, do not wait!) Any rooms not utilized in the block after October 1st will drop out of the block and go back into the hotel's inventory for sale to the general public.


Guests are welcome to enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast that offers: The Fridge (juice. milk), Skillets (hot breakfast sandwich. hot sweet item.), Bowls (cereal. steel cut oatmeal. yogurt. fruit. toppings.), Bread Box (sweet bites. bagel. toast.), coffee and tea.

Guests at Hyatt Place can order freshly prepared signature flatbreads, apps, greens & more from the Gallery Menu, Fresh 24/7 or select from new ready-to-eat sandwiches, salads and bakery items from the Grab ‘n Go case. These options are available 24 hours a day. Hyatt Place also features Starbucks specialty coffees, premium wines, beers & cocktails and a full service bar featuring specialty cocktails in the Bakery Café.

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