​     Heidi Ritter is a fiber artist from St. Paul, Minnesota. You will find her at her happiest working in the summer dye garden with her husband and two small Terriers. She proudly represents Minnehaha Fiber Works, a locally motivated fiber company, featuring the wools and natural dyes of the Midwest.

"Life is too short to be cold...live warm and prosper.

- Minnehaha Fiber Works

Heidi Ritter

     Every fiber project tells a story. Creating with natural dye can link that story to a physical place, and a beautiful moment. Yarn once viewed simply as 'yellow', becomes a magical summer day, filled with the fragrance of freshly picked chamomile gently bubbling in a kettle. Adding this delightfully unique element to your fiber project is to work with Mother Nature, and the rewards are sure to inspire. 

     In this introduction to the beauty and benefits of natural dye, we'll discuss the many variables that affect the natural dye process, how to start a dye garden and advice on projects you can try at home. Bring your questions and curiosities and be prepared to be surprised. ​

    Annie teaches worldwide and across the United States.  She knits using the Combination Method and believes that there truly is no wrong way to knit.  Her unusual method of knitting has also allowed her a tremendous freedom of scope. She is as comfortable knitting (and teaching how to knit) furniture, fine millinery, basic sweater design or knit embellishments.

    A native of Ohio, Annie has lived in New York City and in Texas. She now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, kids and assorted pets.

    Visit Annie’s website, ModeKnitYarn.com, to learn more about her and to see her line of yarn.

Mittens/Fingerless Mitts Competition

Annie Modesitt

     “Different Ways of Approaching Yarn” – Annie will share her journey from crochet to knitting, to Combination Knitting, her design career in the '80s, and her second career as a knit and crochet designer.

​​    Her work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters

​Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, McCalls Needlework and many international fiber & yarn oriented publications.

Style Show

Bring a knitted or crocheted item for the style show. Need not be a wearable item. Complete the style show registration form and include it with your registration.
​If you decide to bring something after mailing your registration, send an email to: knittingextravaganza@live.com by September 1.

​     She is the owner of Mud Hut Gifts & Crafts in Frederic, Wisconsin, where she offers classes in knitting, crocheting, card making and scrapbooking. Theresa has taken floral design classes, only to discover she doesn’t like working with real flowers, that she really loves crafts.

     Theresa will be discussing a couple of afghans she made utilizing scraps of yarn. One afghan is an original design that can take on different looks depending on the colors you choose.


Theresa Irmen-Dunn

     Theresa has been knitting, crocheting and crafting since she was a child. Theresa learned to knit and embroider tapestry at the age of six from her maternal grandmother while living in England. Her step-mother and paternal grandmother taught her crochet and other crafts when she came to America to live.

Bring a pair of knitted or crocheted mittens to enter in the "Show Favorite" competition. The mittens must be made by the person entering the competition.  Limit one entry per person. Mittens will be numbered and each Extravaganza attendee will receive one ballot to cast for their favorite.​

"Show Favorite"