Knitters' Fair

Thank you for another successful KW Knitters' Fair! The 2018 event saw almost 2,000 attendees, 89 vendors, including 13 vendors in our Micro Market, and dozens of volunteers. To all of the attendees, vendors, and volunteers who helped make the Fair possible - THANK YOU!

Save the date for our 2019 event - Saturday September 7, 2019 at the Kitchener Aud. 2019 marks the 27th anniversary of the Fair, and the 33rd anniversary of the K-W Knitters' Guild

This event is run entirely by volunteers including Guild members, and members of the public. We we couldn't run it without over 100 amazing people who help out. Most volunteer shifts are 2 hours long, and in exchange, you get free entry into the fair (a $7 value). Plan to give a few hours of your time to help make this great event possible in 2019. It's never too early to sign up:

Volunteer Now!

For volunteer inquiries, contact volunteer@kwknittersguild.ca

Vendor registration will open in early spring 2019. Please click Vendor Info for more information about policies and guidelines from the most recent Fair. To sign up to receive updates and notifications about vending at the KW Knitters' Fair, please contact knittersfair@kwknittersguild.ca

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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".

The Fair is held at "The Aud" Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex in Kitchener, Ontario, and hosts over 80 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.

2018 location update!

We were very happy to move back to the Twin Pads this year. Last year, for the 2017 Fair, we relocated all of our vendors to an alternate space while the Twin Pads were undergoing significant renovations. It was great to be back in our old space back for 2018.

Visit the Micro Market, a space to showcase smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses.

About the Fair

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Details

Follow our 2018 Facebook event for reminders and updates: K-W Knitters' Fair 2018

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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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2018 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. - Speaker Laura Nelkin

Laura Nelkin lives in upstate New York, where the sunny season is short, leaving plenty of time to be indoors knitting. She has a degree in apparel design from Cornell University. Laura took to knitting years ago and hasn’t looked back. Her designs and techniques are innovative, fun and will challenge you to think in new ways about your knitting.

In her lecture, Laura will introduce us to her “Novus” construction, a new way of looking at sweater architecture.

The Novus construction is her seamless yet structured modern approach to the side-to-side sweater. Laura will walk you through how this construction works, both in a cardigan and pullover, and how you can fit it to your unique body shape. She’ll discuss construction, yarn choice, gauge, stitch options, modifications, and more. By the end of the lecture you’ll be ready to independently knit your own sweater from the collection.

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Ongoing - Knitters' Spa

The Knitters' Spa is a place to have some downtime after all your busy shopping. The spa has a lot going on this year! Drop in anytime for these relaxing activities, all free though we suggest making a donation to the Grand River Hospital Foundation:

  • 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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    Accommodations

    For accommodations, see the Region of Waterloo tourism site.

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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

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    Vendors at the Fair

    The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair vendors will be announced below as they register. The following vendors participated at the 2018 Fair: Back to Top

    Fair Badge

    Badge for 2017 K-W Knitters Fair

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