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Sweater Camp 2024 is over!! 
Stay tuned for information about Sweater Camp 2025!
 
What is Epic Sweater Camp Retreat??

It's 3 full days of fiber fun with friends. We'll be talking about all things wool, yarn, and yes, sweaters. 
Don't want to make a sweater, but still want to come? Works for us. Bring whatever project you want.
We'll host live video chats with your favorite designers, yarn companies, and more.

Our Virtual Presenters for 2024:

Patty Lyons -- Designer and Instructor 
Paola Vanzo -- mYak Fibers - and Yes! We will have mYak fibers in the camp store
Sally Holt - knitCompanion
Kevin & Ray - Needles at the ready podcast
Brienne Moody -- Minnesota Knitwear Designer (She'll be in person!!)
Theresa Bentz - Get Bentz Farm (She'll be in person too!!)
Aimee Gille -- Virtual Trunk Show & Sweater Fit
Darn Knit UK -- London Yarn Shop Tour @darnknituk
Karin Skacel -- Addi Needles
Stephanie Lotven -- Knitting with self-striping yarns @Tellybeanknits 
Dana Williams Johnson - @callmedwj

Our friend Samantha Furst from Lavender Lune will be at camp too!!
So will Susie from Fiber Macgyver!
What else is included:
Camp store with beautiful yarn and notions from some of our favorite companies.
Lots of project samples from some of our favorite vendors 
Awesome bag of swag
Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks all 3 days (oooooh it's good this year!)
Cocktail hour Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Door prizes
Unlimited help from your awesome DKA Team
More surprises...

Where:
JX Event Venue
8 minute walk from the shop.

The total cost of this event is $575.
A downpayment of $100 is required to hold your spot and is non-refundable (unless your bestie doesn't get in and then we'll credit you back:)

The remainder of your payment must be completed by December 1st. We will be sending payment reminders via email. Or you can just call the shop or stop in, and we'll help you make a partial payment.

This event does not include lodging. If you wish to spend the night in town, Stillwater offers many options for lodging. Visit Discover Stillwater to see all the options
available. 


Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels and are available while supplies last.

Lora - Below is the website link for anyone to make reservations in the block, they can also call and request the Darn Knit Sweater Camp rate.

https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=2030&Chain=27262&group=1088973


Hotel Crosby - call 651-967-7100 and mention "Sweater Camp 2024," to get the block of room rates.





Day Camp 2024

We have heard from some of you that you can't commit to three days. Some of you work on Friday, but could come on the weekend. Some of you have kids in sports on Saturday, but could come Friday. Some of you can't make the investment for three full days but would love to try out one day this year to see what the fuss is all about.

We are committed this year, to bring the fun of Sweater Camp to as many people as we possibly can. We are lucky to have room in the venue this year to be flexible!!

So, if you would like to try out camp for a day, you can do that in 2024. We are opening Day Camp Tickets.

What is included?

Live video chats with our experts
Access to the Camp store 
Lots of project samples from some of our favorite vendors 
One item of awesome Camp Swag
Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
Cocktail hour
Unlimited help from your awesome DKA Team
Live video chats with our experts

You'll have a special Day Camp Counselor to greet you and show you around camp. 

The total cost of this one day Day Camp ticket is $225
A downpayment of $50 is required to hold your spot and is non-refundable 

The remainder of your payment must be completed by December 1st. We will be sending payment reminders via email. Or you can just call the shop or stop in and we'll help you make a partial payment.



Virtual Option in 2024 

We are offering a robust virtual option for Epic Sweater Camp Retreat in 2024. You'll have live access to all the same speakers and conversations with our experts, you'll get the same swag (and a few little extras) and you'll have a dedicated rotating cast from Team DKA facilitating the zoom webinar! A few of our speakers will even spend extra time with our virtual campers too!! So you can ask questions in a more intimate setting.

Why choose the virtual option?
Traveling to Stillwater won't work for you.
199 other people in a room is just too much peopling for you:)

We get it!

Choose the virtual option instead. Maybe get a few friends together and make your own Epic Sweater Camp Retreat in your living room!!

The virtual option is $275 per person. There is a $50 downpayment that is non-refundable. 


 





Sweater Camp Scholarships Available - Applications opening July 20th - Closed August 4th

We know that the registration price of camp is not economically possible for everyone. We have worked hard to find ways to offer more options for attendance. We are proud to offer several full scholarships in 2024 for people who might not otherwise be able to join. We especially welcome applications from people who are often underrepresented in the fiber community. Your scholarship status will be private.

The deadline for the Sweater Camp Scholarship application is Friday, August 4th. We will notify selected applicants before August 12th.

You can nominate a friend for this scholarship, but the friend must be aware of your nomination and must agree to be nominated.

Click here to apply for a scholarship for yourself
Click here to nominate someone else.
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Q & A about Epic Sweater Camp Retreat

Question:

So in a nutshell, Sweater Camp is 3 days of knitting in unstructured groups listening to virtual speakers, and perusing/buying yarn from vendors? I'm kinda interested, it sounds like people love it, but yet, I don't really understand it.

Answer:
The simple answer is yep, you've got the basic idea. Three days of knitting or crochet with other awesome people. There are no formal, structured classes. And yes, we'll be talking to interesting people too. You can even ask questions of our guests if you have any.


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Question:
Do I have to make a sweater at Sweater Camp?

Answer:
Nope. You don't have to work on a sweater at all. You can work on a shawl, socks, hat, or sweater. Whatever. Lots of the presenters will be talking about sweater knitting, but you don't have to be a sweater knitter to enjoy it.



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Question:
My friends and I are wondering if we have to work on something that we purchased from your shop during sweater camp?"

Answer:
Nope. We don't care where you buy what you bring. We love seeing your projects, even if they weren't purchased at our store. You are free to work with whatever yarn you want.



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Question:
I would have no one to go with...what's it like being a "loner" at this event?

Answer:
Great question! Many campers came alone to the first camp and returned for the next one. They have told us they plan on returning for the third. So it seems the "loners" found their people! Knitters are welcoming, we'll help you find your place.



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Question: 
How do I sign up for specific classes during camp?

Answer: 
There aren't any classes at sweater camp. You sign up for Sweater Camp and you are included in all the programming!

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Question:
 Can I get help on my projects if I need help? 

Answer:
Of course! We have a help desk (we call it the First Aid Station). Skilled knitters and crocheters are there to help if you need it. The room is FULL of amazingly talented fiber folks. Someone at your table might have your answer too!



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Question:
I love that I can pay in installments. How does that work?

Answer:
We are happy to offer installment payments for Sweater Camp. We only ask for a $100 non-refundable down payment to reserve your spot and then the remainder of the fee, $475, is due by December 1st. 

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Question:
Is it best if I stay at a hotel in town?

Answer:
Most of our campers are from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, so many of them did choose to go home each evening. We are only 25 miles from Downtown St. Paul, so it's a pretty easy drive. Certainly, some people did stay in town and treated the weekend like a mini vacation! If you want to stay in town, click here and check out the options! 

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels and are available while supplies last.

Lora - Below is the website link for anyone to make reservations in the block, they can also call and request the Darn Knit Sweater Camp rate.
https://be.synxis.com/?Hotel=2030&Chain=27262&group=1088973

Hotel Crosby - call 651-967-7100 and mention "Sweater Camp 2024," to get the block of room rates.