2022 Knitters' Fair: We're Back!

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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."

After the Fair was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, we are delighted to say that we are back in action in 2022!

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Location:

Kiwanis and Kinsmen Arenas
Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex (“the Kitchener Aud”)
400 East Avenue
Kitchener, ON, N2H 1Z6

For information on directions, parking, accessibility, nearby food and hotel options, and more, please visit: https://www.theaud.ca/en/plan-your-visit/plan-your-visit.aspx 

For transit information, please visit https://www.grt.ca/. The Aud is accessible via the 205 iXpress bus, stop ID 2634.

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Speaker:

Our speaker in 2022 is Julie Crawford of Knitted Bliss, with her intriguing talk, Knitting & Embroidery: Ideas, Tips, and Tricks for Upgrading Your Knits .

Embroidering your knits is much easier than it looks, and there are many different ways to experiment with incorporating embroidery into your knits that range from super simple to more advanced. Julie will walk you through a gallery of ideas to get inspired, even if you have never embroidered your knits before. We will walk through techniques to make different styles of embroidery easier, things to consider when stitching on your knitwear, and how to develop your skills quickly and easily so that you can feel confident about your stitches. Whether you are interested in embroidering your knits but haven't started, or have started but are looking for more ideas, you'll find lots of inspiration in this talk.

Bio:

Julie Crawford is an embroidery and knitting pattern designer, and is passionate about helping knitters and crafters get inspired by sharing project ideas, recipes, and reflections on the crafting life on her blog, knittedbliss.com. Julie has been blogging about her knitting adventures since 2008! Her embroidery patterns and designs are knitting-focused, with either knitting themes incorporated into the embroidery design, or embroidery supplies to help you embroider on your knits with ease. You can find her all her embroidery kits and supplies, as well as her knitting patterns at shop.knittedbliss.com.

Health & Safety:

We will be adhering to all provincial and regional COVID regulations with regard to COVID restrictions, so requirements are subject to change as those rules change. 

If you feel unwell or have been advised to isolate, please DO NOT ATTEND the Fair

For the wellbeing of our community, including shoppers, vendors, and volunteers, we encourage attendees to wear face masks at the event, and to give one another adequate space. 

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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 sashes, and Safe Space Ambassadors will be in rainbow sashes.

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.

    Knitters' Fair 2022 Floorplan

    Click here for the 2022 floorplan (PDF). Zoom in to see where individual vendors will be!

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    Vendors at the Fair

    The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair vendors for 2022 are:

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    Fair Badge

    Stay tuned for this year's badge!

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