Save the date! We hope you will join us on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, at the Kitchener Aud.
This year we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Fair, and the 31st anniversary of the K-W Knitters' Guild.
Planning for the 2017 K-W Knitters' Fair has begun. Vendor applications should be ready in April. Feel free to email us for information or to get on the mailing list.
The 2016 Fair was so much fun! Thank you all for coming and contributing to our local fibre community! As always, the Fair Committee was pleased to see our work finally come to life, and we hope you had as wonderful a time as we did.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair is one of the largest all-knitting events in Canada. The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Guild has offered a one-day fair organized "by knitters for knitters." In 2017, we celebrate the Fair's 25th anniversary, and the Guild's 31st anniersary.
Held at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex in Kitchener, Ontario, the Fair hosts over 70 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products. Two huge rooms brim with vendors dedicated to craft of knitting. You can see and feel the latest yarn, ogle the vibrant colours, visit with your friends, listen to a great speaker, and pamper yourself with a hand massage. Our vendors offer an incredible display of yarns and fibre in every colour, knitting books, patterns, buttons, tools, and accessories.
In 2015 we introduced the Micro Market, a space to showcase smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses. We were delighted with the results. The Micro Market returned in 2016, and some of our vendors from the Micro Market in 2015 graduated to full booths in 2016. The Micro Market is expected to be back this year.
For fibre-fanatics who partake in multiple fibre crafts, we continue to host vendors who carry fibre for spinning.
About the Fair:
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For those who joined us in 2016, we are happy to announce that most of the construction has subsided or concluded. We still recommend that you plan your route ahead, but you can expect the majority of Kitchener streets to be unencumbered by construction by September 2017.
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.
2017 Speaker details will be shared soon.
Our 2016 Speaker was Anne Hanson, owner of Knitspot and Bare Naked Wools. She is a popular and respected knitwear designer and yarn producer. She will be speaking about her company, what inspires her to create, and the reason she uses small batch, family-owned mills and farms for her yarn line, Bare Naked Wools. Anne will discuss the interest that hand-spinning peaked in her, and how the many types of natural fibers had personalities of their own. After wishing there was some way to make hand-spun yarn more accessible to knitters, Anne found herself at the right place when working on another project with Mountain Meadow Wool Mill. She began sending unique undyed, natural yarn clubs out to hundreds of eager knitters, and from there came her own yarn company with many lines and featured fibers. Anne will discuss why she chose to use small mills and farms and how her yarn has evolved into a marker for wearable, fun clothing and accessories through her Ensemble project.Back to Top
Don't you deserve a little bit of pampering once in a while? As knitters, you put a lot of stress on your hands, back, and fingernails. To help relax and learn how to take care of your important tools, we invite you to indulge at our Knitters' Spa!
Have a back or neck massage from an RMT. Get a hand massage and mini-manicure, free with a donation to the Grand River Hospital Foundation. Talk to an expert about ergonomics for kniting to learn how to take care of your back, arms, and hands while knitting. And take a break with the latest craze: colouring books with yarn and knitting themes!
Check out some photos from previous Fairs. You can also explore our flickr account to see what the Guild offers throughout the year.Back to Top
For your planning purposes, we will share the 2017 layout once it is available. Here is a link to theBack to Top
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