2019 Knitters' Fair – Sept 14

Save the date for our 2019 event - Saturday September 14, 2019 at the Kitchener Aud.

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Info for Attendees

The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair is the oldest and largest one-day knitting event in Canada. Organized and hosted by the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Guild, it is truly organized "by knitters, for knitters".

K-W Knitters' Fair

Details

The Fair is held at "The Aud" (Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex) in Kitchener, Ontario, and hosts over 100 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products. The Fair is your one-stop-shop to see and feel the latest yarn, ogle the vibrant colours, visit with friends, have lunch, listen to a great speaker, be inspired by our Fashion Show, and pamper yourself at our Knitters' Spa.

Our vendors offer an incredible selection of yarn and fibre in every colour, knitting books, patterns, buttons, tools, and accessories. We also welcome several vendors who offer fibre for spinning. You should also visit the Micro Market, a space to showcase smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses.

Location

The Aud - Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
400 East Ave
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 1Z6

The most straightforward way to get to the Aud from outside Kitchener is to take Highway 7 (Conestoga Parkway) to the Ottawa St exit: the Aud's main entrance is just East of the Eastbound off-ramp.

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2019 Schedule of Events

11 a.m. - Fashion Show

Come to the fashion show to see items supplied by our vendors and their talented designers. Here they will showcase the latest designs and classic styles, to inspire ideas for your new yarn!

2 p.m. - Guest Speaker Lisa Hoffman

Lisa Hoffman, knitwear designer and knitting teacher, lives in New York City with her husband, Andrew. She has three grown children living near and far. Her recent book Faerie Knitting, co-authored with her cousin novelist Alice Hoffman, has been #1 on Amazon.com for knitting. The book launched with a multi-city tour during which they enjoying meeting knitters, writers, readers, and fans of both knitting and fairy tales. Lisa Hoffman's designs have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and Knitwear Magazines. She has designed projects for companies such as Artyarns, Be Sweet, Blue Sky Alpaca, Long Island Livestock, String, Tahki Stacy Charles and Vijay Fibers. She has projects published in books including Alice Hoffman's Survival Lessons, Vogue Knitting: Mittens and Gloves, Iris Schreier's One + One series, and 60 Quick Baby Blankets, among others. She has original patterns for sale on her Ravelry.com site Lisa Hoffman Knitting. She is currently the manager of String, a yarn shop is New York City, and teaches private and group knitting classes.

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Ongoing - Knitters' Spa

The Knitters' Spa is a place to have some downtime after all your busy shopping. Drop in anytime for these relaxing activities, all free though we suggest making a donation:

  • Hand massages and mini manicures from talented manicurists
  • Neck and back massages from an RMT
  • Knit-themed colouring books, including fair-isle design charts
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    Group Savings

    Gathering a group to bring to the Fair? Enjoy a reduced admission price of $6 per attendee when booking 20 or more people. To book group tickets in advance, call The Aud group ticket sales box office at 519-741-2699 ext. 5278. Group tickets must be purchased in one transaction.

    Accommodations

    The Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo welcomes attendees and vendors for a special discounted rate of $129.99 per night. Please mention the K-W Knitters' Fair when booking by phone at 519-894-9500 ext. 0, or use Promo Code KNIT when booking online (Radisson Kitchener Waterloo). The Radisson is located at 2960 King Street East, Kitchener, right off the expressway and a short 5 minute drive to the Fair.

    For more accommodation options, see the Region of Waterloo tourism site.

    Workshop with Lisa Hoffman

    The Blue Heron Shawl is the cover garment from Faerie Knitting, a beautiful triangle shawl that resembles the wingspan of a heron, though it is worked in an unconventional manner. It was designed to accompany a magical original fairy tale written by Alice Hoffman, a story of a woman who runs away from her troubled life to go live with a family of blue herons. The shawl, though reflective of this fantastical story, is not a costume but rather a very wearable piece that has received great praise from the knitting community.

    In this pattern, the cast on starts at center back and grows wider as is customary, but the stitch pattern creates horizontal bias “tiers” rather than a traditional triangular directionality. In this class, we will make a swatch of 5 tiers, learning how to get this unique effect, and then learn to pick up stitches and work short rows for the original feather tip bind offs. We will measure the swatch and calculate gauge to determine the student’s desired length for a completed shawl.

    When: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Where: Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo, 2960 King St. E., Kitchener

    Price: $85

    To register or ask questions, email knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca

    KW Knitters' Fair Safe Space Policy

    The planning committee for the KW Knitters’ Fair is committed to creating a safe, welcoming, accessible, and inclusive event for everyone. All vendors, attendees, and volunteers have the right to feel safe and included, regardless of ethnicity, race, place of origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental health, or socio-economic status.

    The KW Knitters’ Fair does not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or abuse of Fair attendees, vendors, or volunteers. Such behaviour may result in removal from the event without refund or a permanent ban from future events. Fair volunteers, event security, or venue staff have the authority to remove offenders from the event.

    If you witness or experience abusive or discriminatory behaviour at the Fair, and you feel safe to do so, please speak with a Fair Committee member or a Safe Space Ambassador. All Fair Committee members will be wearing purple “Fair Committee” t-shirts, and Safe Space Ambassadors will be in a rainbow “Safe Space Ambassador” sash.

    A designated safe space at the Fair will be located upstairs in the Viewing Lounge between the arenas. Look for the safe space symbol on the attendee handout, or ask any volunteer or member of the Fair Committee.

    Fair volunteers and Committee members do not have the expertise or training to mediate conflicts or provide crisis support. For support and resources, please contact:

  • Here247 for addictions, mental health, and crisis services in Waterloo/Wellington Region - 1-844-437-3247
  • For a comprehensive list of crisis support services and mental health services, visit Family and Children's Services website
  • We welcome feedback and critique on our efforts as we strive to offer a more inclusive event for all.

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    Photos

    Check out some photos from previous Fairs. You can also explore our flickr account to see what the Guild offers throughout the year.

    KWKnittersGuild flickr album: 2016 Fair

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    Contact

    knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca

    Find us online:

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    Vendors at the Fair

    The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair vendors will be announced below as they register. The following vendors are confirmed for the 2019 fair: Back to Top

    Fair Badge

    Stay tuned for next year's badge!

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