Special Events 

Join us for two exclusive events on Friday with Mason-Dixon Knitting and Clara Parkes!
Knit & Chat with Ann & Kay of Mason-Dixon Knitting*
Friday 12:00–2:00 PM
Hilton Chicago
During your lunch break on Friday after morning sessions, join Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne of Mason-Dixon Knitting to discuss all things knitting. Ask your questions and meet fellow attendees. Lunch will be available for purchase or you can bring your own. Tickets are $5 and are required for entry

Mason-Dixon Knitting and Clara Parkes Dinner*

Friday 7:00–9:00 PM
Gioco Restaurant
1312 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL
$75 Ticket includes dinner and one drink ticket. A cash bar will also be available. 
Dear Clara Live! 
Beloved Mason-Dixon Knitting advice columnist and New York Times– bestselling author Clara Parkes joins us for a special live show based on her column, Dear Clara. Whether your conundrum is about cake or cashmere, friendship or Fair Isle, you’ll have a chance to ask questions anonymously and get answers. Joined by MDK’s own Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner, Clara will get to the heart of the matter and untangle whatever is troubling you. Be sure to come with a question!
What Makes a Great Pattern?
As co-founders of the website Mason-Dixon Knitting, Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne spend all day looking at knitting patterns. After 15 years of this never-ending quest for cool things to knit, they have a lot of profound, deeply felt, and often ridiculous theories of what makes a knitting pattern truly great. Their talk explores all this, with plenty of visual aids. By the end, youll have a lot to think about in terms of your own knitting preferences and youll have a juicy list of patterns that Kay and Ann believe are the awesomest patterns around.
*tickets required and transportation will not be provided