Here is where you can find information about PIGS: People in Glorious Socks

Here is a place to look for information about PIGS 2017 ( as well as future PIGS, when they come up).

Agenda for our conference is as follows, but subject to change:

PIGS 2018

Schedule of events

All events are in the hotel conference room unless noted.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018:  3 pm - set up in conference room; registration begins.  Open knitting until 10 pm.

Thursday, February 22, 2018:

8am – 10pm: Open cranking

Noon – 1pm:  lunch on your own

1 pm:  Demo –  " Toe up socks"  Jamie Mayfield.  How to start and finish this alternative to the cuff down sock.

Friday, February 23, 2018:

         8 am – 10 pm: Open cranking

            10 am:  Demo –  "Faire Isle on the CSM"  Jan Dwyer.  Using a second yarn mast to create new designs on the CSM

            Noon: lunch on your own

            2 pm:  Demo  - " The importance of gauge swatches" Georgia Majereus

            6 pm:  Group meal in conference room


Saturday, February 24, 2018:

         8 am – 10 pm: open cranking ‘till THE END

            10am:  Demo - "The fine art of kitchnering" Deb Oswald. Practice makes perfect on this necessary step to finish toes/


Garage Sale:   each day.  Persons are responsible for their items and sales/purchases. 

SUGGESTION: Label your tools, machine, etc.  There can be lots of loaning at these events.


Conference general information:

We will be in the same hotel, the Ramada Ankeny , formerly the Best Western Metro North. 
Here is a web site for the hotel  There is a diner attached and the conference room is great.  The diner is the Ankeny Diner and go to the website to view a menu  Diner website 

Hotel rooms have been reserved in a block.   Rooms available for $80 per night plus tax.  Rooms must be reserved by February 20, 2018 for this special price.  Mention ‘PIGS’ for the block rooms. You will need to make your own reservations.  The hotel has free breakfast in the diner attached. 

Address:  Ramada Ankeny, 133 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny,  Iowa  50021

Phone:  515-964-1717

CALL THE NUMBER ABOVE, not the 800 number.  They don't know about the block rooms and it confuses them!  When calling for a reservation, BE SURE TO STATE YOU ARE WITH PIGS and want the group rate.  If you have other discounts you could use, you can check to see what you can get for a room rate.  However, we need to rent 10 rooms each night to get the conference room at the discount price. Please keep this in mind to help us out if you would.  If you need a room mate, we can facilitate this, just let us know. 

There is no elevator in this hotel, and if you don't want stairs, request a first floor room.  There are renovated rooms (updated) and you should request one of these (in my opinion). 

We will have mentors for those who would like one.  Let us know if you would like to BE a mentor, or if you NEED a mentor.  It doubtful we can top the newbie class of 2015, but please pass the word for this opportunity for hands-on with help. Contact us at

We need volunteers for demonstrations.  Also some suggestions of what you would like to see. There will be a garage sale again. We will have meal on Friday evening. Those of you with special dietary requirements should contact Lorinda Inman at to discuss your needs. 

For more information, check the Facebook page of the same name:  PIGS: People in Glorious Socks.You can

Registration FEE of $45 must be sent USPS with deadline of January 20, 2018.  No refunds for cancellations AFTER Jan 22, 2018.

Registration form can be found at:

Send/payable to:     Glenace Shank, 21663 R Avenue, Dallas Center, IA 50063.

Contact me at or call me at 515-979-1372 for questions or suggestions