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Knitting In The Heartland

 Join us again in 2026!

 Embassy Suites  by Hilton 

10401 S. Ridgeview Rd   Olathe KS 

Thank you to all the attendees, sponsors and vendors who helped make KITH a huge success!  





Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry.  In 2010 he retired from being a university professor to pursue his passion for knitting professionally. He managed the Northcoast Knittery yarn shop (from 2010-2017) and is currrently teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals on the regional and national circuit.  His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience.  He enjoys designing knitwear and accessories  for both men and women, with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow.  Check out his designs and knitting blog at  He is Knitteryninja on Ravelry, @harrywellsknits on Instagram, and Good for a Boy Knitting on Facebook.

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Stephen West

Stephen West’s shawl designs and innovative use of color have helped him
become an internationally recognized and respected designer.

Stephen was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He studied dance at the
University of Illinois, where he encountered his first local yarn store, Klose Knit
in Urbana. The creative atmosphere of that local shop spurred Stephen to
start designing patterns, and he was soon featured in Knitty’s fall 2009 issue
with his Colonnade Shawl. Not long after, he moved to Amsterdam,
publishing more patterns and launching a series of pattern books under the
name Westknits. He continues to produce pattern books and hosts several
online knit-alongs each year. His simple, clean, architectural designs have now
been knitted by thousands of knitters all around the world.

Stephen has taught workshops throughout the United States and
internationally in Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, France, Israel, Iceland, UK,
and Amsterdam where he co-owns Stephen & Penelope, a yarn boutique in
the city center. In 2019 Stephen and his business partner Malia Mae Joseph
realized a long-held dream by launching their first yarn brand, West Wool.

Cheryl Murray 

I have been knitting for over 40 years and have been sharing my love of the craft through teaching for the past 15. I entered the world of professional knitwear design in 2006 when my first design was published in Knit Simple magazine. Since then, I've been honored to have my designs featured in Vogue Knitting, Knitters, Creative Knitting, Noro Magazine and multiple books published by Sixth & Spring Books. My passion is stranded colorwork, especially Nordic designs. I’m blessed with a husband & daughter who appreciate knitwear and who rarely complain about every surface in our house being covered by yarn, needles & stitch dictionaries.

Meagan Condon

Meagan Condon is a librarian and fiber artist who has been spinning yarn for over a decade. On top of her experience with spinning, weaving, crochet, and knitting, she is also a woodworker and makes many of her own fiber arts tools.  Meagan teaches fiber arts classes both digitally and in person and contributes content to publications including Spin-Off and Ply.Meagan strives to grow the fiber arts community through digital connection, free and open access to information, and by providing high quality tools and supplies to help artists develop in their skills.


APRIL 2026

Knitting in the Heartland (KITH) is a biennial weekend conference that celebrates knitting and the Kansas City metro area's knitting community.  The event includes a variety of exciting classes featuring local and internationally recognized knitting instructors.  A free vendor market brings together fiber artists and yarn shops from around the Midwest.  

The Sunflower Knitters Association is a sponsor this event.

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