Knitters’ Frolic Bus Trip – All Aboard!

Again this year, the KW Knitters Guild is hosting a bus trip to the Knitters’ Frolic in Toronto, on Saturday, April 26th. The Guild members have had their advance sign-up chance, so the trip is now open to everyone! Friends, family, and all local knitting fans welcome to join. Here’s the skinny:

Morning pickup: 9 am, the bus will leave Waterloo by 9:30 or when all signed up participants are on board.
Departs from: Uptown Waterloo, behind First United Church in the Town Square lot
Pick up stop: Carpool lot at Morriston, Hwy 6 South& 401, by 10 am.

The bus MUST leave the Frolic by 4 pm to get back to the lot on time. Drop-offs at both locations, expecting to be back in Waterloo by 5 pm.

Cost: $5. This is payable at the bus if you have not paid already.

PLEASE LET US KNOW YOU ARE COMING, so we don’t leave without you! An email to INFO at with your name(s), location for pickup, and phone/email address is sufficient.

Please note the admission to the Frolic is your responsibility; the $5 fare is for the bus trip.

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April Program, and a Knitters’ Frolic trip update.

Spring is finally making some small inroads! We hope to see lots of folks out in the longer daylight hours on Tuesday. Catherine will be our speaker this month, talking about and showing off some One-Skein Wonders, perfect examples of accessories which you still have plenty of time to knit for entry into this year’s adjudicated show. She has also promised a little interactivity to the program – be prepared for some audience participation, and I hear there may be some prizes for being part of it!

Please don’t forget about the Guild’s bus trip to the DKC Knitters’ Frolic in Toronto on April 26th. The bus is booked, and we are very happy to share with everyone that the cost of transport is reduced to $5 per seat! Members have had their advance month to sign up, so the bus is now open to all interested knitters to join us for a road trip. Please note the fare is for the transit only, you are still responsible for your Frolic admission, but I challenge anyone to find a gas price that will get you to Toronto for $5! Stay tuned for departure and return specifics.

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March Program – Life’s Little Luxuries

Tabi will be this month’s speaker, and will be telling us all about what makes luxury yarns so luxurious, and how the fibres are handled from animals to end use. Precious luxury yarns are the perfect thing for a tiny treat of an accessory, so come out and learn all about them – we hope you’ll be inspired to find yourself a sumptuous something to get knit up for the June show!

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February Program – Knit-a-long!

Just a short teaser ahead of our newsletter, so folks have time to prepare!

For the February program, Anatomy Of The Sock, our speaker will be talking us through an optional Knit-a-long activity. For those who would like to participate, you’ll need to bring just a couple things along:

  • scrap yarn, about 20 grams should be more than sufficient
  • double-pointed or 1 or 2 circular needles to suit the weight of yarn

Previous sock-knitting is not necessary, but it will be helpful if you’re comfortable knitting in the round. A couple links to further info will be posted soon!


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Skills night!

December is a great time to learn new skills we can maybe practice right away on our holiday knitting!  This month we’re focusing on great ways to get your knitting started, with 3 unique ways to cast-on, as well as a handy skill, two-handed knitting. Be sure to bring the required supplies for the skills you’d like to learn along to our meeting December 10th.

Two-Handed Knitting

Frustrated with trying to work stranded colourwork with both colours in one hand or having to switch back and forth? Try out a new technique by knitting two-handed.  Not just great for colourwork but can also be used for things like joining in a new ball to your project.

Bring 2 colours of yarn and appropriate needles if you’d like to try this technique.

Tubular Cast-On

A great companion to the Tubular Bind-off, Tubular Cast-On is great for starting a project off in ribbing for a nice firm but stretchy, seamless looking edge.

To try this technique bring 2 colours of yarn (one to use as a waste yarn) and appropriate needles.

Judy’s Magic Cast-On

Back by popular request, we have Judy’s Magic Cast-on, with some extra fun: NOT JUST FOR SOCK TOES! This versatile method can be adapted for not just all knit-in-the-round projects, like mittens, sock monsters, or tubular scarves, but for flat circular knitting (the Pi shawl), any centre-out project, and it’s even an awesome provisional cast-on.

The basic JMCO was first published in Knitty Magazine in 2006, and is still available online here: For copyright reasons, this page cannot be offered as a handout, however, it can always be reviewed at the above link.

Participants wishing to try this technique out should bring at least one circular needle; two would be ideal particularly if you want to try a larger project than just a sock toe/mitten top. Any yarn appropriate for the needle size is fine. If you have a particular application you would like to use the JMCO for, bring along your suggestions and we’ll brainstorm it with you!

Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast-On

For projects that require a super stretchy cast-on, come learn Jeny’s Stretchy Slipknot Cast-On.  As described here,, the slipknot cast-on is a great stretchy cast-on edge that pairs well with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off.

Bring yarn and appropriate needles to try out this new cast-on!

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Dear KW Knitters’ Fair attendees

On behalf of the Fair Committee, I would like to thank everyone who joined us for the 2013 fair, and apologize for the issues that we had moving to a new location. As you can imagine, moving such a large event is a huge undertaking, and we had a few last-minute snags that compounded to create the long lines that many of you weathered, and the lack of seating once you got inside.

There were several reasons for the move from Bingeman’s, including operating costs, location, and parking. We especially regret the new fire regulations that made the space too small for our usual capacity, but these were new province-wide rules that would have affected the old location as well. We do our best to keep up with all of the rules, but this one took us by surprise.

We have heard lots of feedback from attendees and from those who were unable to wait to get in, and have many ideas for making next year’s fair better. We think that The Aud can be a great location for the event, and we hope that you will join us in giving them another chance next year.

Keep watching this website for updates throughout the year, where we will let you know about the new things we are doing to improve the situation. At the very least, we will have more space so that the fire safety rules will allow more people in at a time, more seating on the same level as the shops, and more food options. I hope to have other exciting new events to share with you all, as soon as they are confirmed!

Jennifer Dellow
2014 Knitters’ Fair Coordinator

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September 2013 Program Update – “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes…”

This year we’re exploring the world of “Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes… and we don’t mind Arms either”. We’re talking accessories here ladies, the items you wouldn’t wear by themselves in public! We start the year with a panel discussion of why we knit accessories, why we love them and what they enable us to try. We’ll conclude the year with our adjudicated show, judged by Kate Atherley, author of the recently published book “Knit Accessories: Essentials and Variations”. Between September and June we’ll bring you all kinds of inspiration focusing on the topic at hand, accessories.

We’ll start off our accessory adventure in September with a panel discussion featuring talented members from our own community, exploring the questions of why we knit accessories and what to keep in mind as you knit them.

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May Program

We’ve made it to the end of another Guild year!  What better way to end it, than with a talk about finishing?  Not just finishing projects, but endings (and the beginnings they come from, and in turn, bring about) in general.  Our guest this month is Ashley Reid from All Strung Out Fine Yarns in Guelph.  Not just a yarn store owner, Ashley has also worked at Harlequin, and has recently embarked on a new career as a Social Media specialist.  When she isn’t knitting, deadlifting, or playing board games, she can be found spending time with her two adorkable Boston Terriers, named Bowser and Zelda (Zelda’s the girl).

As I finish up two years of volunteering as Programming Co-ordinator and hand the job to the very capable Cheryl McLeod, I am amazed at how much I learned while researching and preparing for each month.  I’d like to give a huge thanks to all the speakers, members of the Executive, and Guild members who made this such a memorable and valuable experience!

Knit long and prosper!

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Excursion to the Frolic!

Excursion to the Frolic! – still room on the bus!

Our fellow knitters, the Downtown Knit Collective, run a spring fibre festival each year with a popular marketplace and workshops. This year’s Frolic is April 27th and 28th with the marketplace open 9:00am to 4:30pm on Saturday. Admission is $5.

Driving to Toronto sound like a hassle? Then there is the parking? We have the solution – the KW Knitters are arranging a bus to the Marketplace on the Saturday. For just $10, check out the Frolic, save yourself the hassle and maybe make a few new friends enroute.

Pick-up 1: 8:30am north-west corner of the parking lot, Waterloo Town Square
Pick-up 2: 9:30am carpool parking lot, Morriston, Hwy 6 and 401 (south side of 401)

Return trip leaving the Frolic at 2:30pm for return to Morriston at 3:30pm, Waterloo Town Square at 4:30pm

If you would like to go please email with your name, email, telephone number and choice of pick-up spot. Our lovely volunteers will collect your $10 and check you off the list when you board the bus. Bring your knitting friends along. Not a guild member? Not a problem!

Admission to the Frolic is your responsibility – the organizers request exact change if at all possible.

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April Program and Workshop Info

April Program – Amy Singer, No Sheep for You! 

As we head towards Spring and Summer, clothing gets lighter, and we put away our wool sweaters, socks, mitts, and hats.  So what do you do when you don’t want to knit with wool?  Knit with something else!  Amy Singer, editor of online knitting magazine, and author of No Sheep for You (Interweave Press, 2007) will be joining us April 9th, to take us through the properties and possibilities of non-wool yarn.

Workshop Information

As announced at the March meeting, we are thrilled to have Fiona Ellis returning to KW in June to present a workshop specially tailored for next year’s programming theme – Appendages. Space is filling up fast! See Alison at the membership table to sign-up and get your class handout.

 Workshop with Fiona Ellis                                      

Tuesday, June 11, 2013        6:00pm to 9:00pm      $45
Hilliard Hall, First United Church, Waterloo


Intermediate – Advanced level

Fiona believes that the design of a garment does not end at devising beautiful fabric or patterning. That to add polish and finesse to any project attention must be given to the trims and finishes – especially at the neckline. She has developed many ways to do this. In this class she will show you samples of her favourites and discuss the decision making that goes into this aspect. You will also be able to try 2-3 of the techniques so that you will know how to include them in your own projects.”

Materials: part balls of 1-3 medium weight yarn in contrasting colours (one light in colour), yarn appropriate needles, cable needle, stitch holder, graph paper.

Homework:  One small swatch – leftover stocking stitch gauge will be perfect. You may also wish to cast on 30 sts and work 2 rows in seed stitch leaving stitches on the needle for class.

Can’t make the April meeting? Email Alison at

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