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.
This year, our speaker will be Lily Chin. Lily Chin will be giving two presentations: a Design/Inspiration presentation at 10 am in the Knitters' Lounge, and her main talk at 1:30 pm
This event is run entirely by volunteers, and we couldn't run it without over 100 amazing people to help out. Most volunteer shifts are only 2 hours long, and in exchange, you get free entry into the fair (a $7 value). To sign up as a volunteer, please fill out this form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair is the oldest and largest one day knitting event 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, the Guild's 31st anniversary, and Canada's 150th.
Held at The Aud Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex in Kitchener, Ontario, the fair hosts over 70 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products. This year, The Knitters' Fair will be in the Dom Cardillo Arena, surrounding corridors on both levels, and in three lounges. We now have so much more room and can accommodate more attendees. You can see and feel the latest yarn, ogle the vibrant colours, visit with your friends, have lunch, listen to a great speaker, attend a free workshop, be inspire dwith our Fashion Show and pamper yourself at our Knitters' Spa. Our vendors offer an incredible display of yarns and fibre in every colour, knitting books, patterns, buttons, tools, and accessories.
Visit the Micro Market, a space to showcase smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses.
For fibre-fanatics who partake in multiple fibre crafts, we continue to host vendors who carry fibre for spinning.
About the Fair:
Join our 2017 Facebook event for reminders and updates: K-W Knitters' Fair 2017Back to Top
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.
Our speaker will be Lily Chin, a "Master Knitter" by Vogue Knitting International, New York City. Lily has designed knitwear for magazines and companies for 25 years. She has been on national and international TV, including the David Letterman show. Lily is known as "the world's fastest crocheter", a sought after designer, instructor, and author, with her own line of yarn known as the Lily Chin Signature Collection. She has travelled world wide, teaching knit and crochet techniques, with much skill and a sense of humour. Lily has authored many books and patterns, and designed garments for top fashion designers like Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren.
Lily Chin will be giving two presentations: a Design/Inspiration presentation at 10 am in the Knitters' Lounge, and her main talk at 1:30 pmBack to Top
On Sunday September 10th, we have a very special offering of two workshops with Lily Chin. You can go to either one or both. The workshops will be held at the Marriott Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs.
Cost: $75 per workshop, $25 for lunch OR $150 for both workshops with lunch included
If you are interested, please email email@example.com. Space is limited.
Proficiency Level: Intermediate.
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Description: Most knitters avoid seaming like the plague. When working garment pieces or different colored strips, sewing seams daunting. Learn how to join as you go for many situations, including edgings. Join a new piece to the left of an existing piece, to the right of an existing piece, or to the top or bottom of an existing piece.
Proficiency Level: Intermediate (ability to count stitches, follow charts and listen to instructions while knitting at the same time, should be familiar with regular "stepped" bind off as in shoulder shaping)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Description: Short Rows are smooth solutions to slants and curves. Instead of the "stepped" bind offs at shoulders and necks, short rows (sometimes referred to as partial knitting) create a continuous line. This makes seaming and picking up stitches much easier. The tremendous capabilities for invisibly sculpting knits within the fabric will also be explored. Learn a horizontal bust dart, a side-to-side yoke, a seamless hat on 2 needles instead of 4, entrelacs, a sock heel...... Other possibilities include unusual textures and no-bobbin intarsias.Back to Top
The Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo welcomes attendees and vendors for a very special discounted package. Please mention the K-W Knitters' Fair when booking, and use PROMO Code KWFAIR when booking online.
The Marriott Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs also welcomes attendees and vendors for a special discounted rate. Courtyard Waterloo St. Jacobs is located just north of Waterloo, near the famous St. Jacobs Market. Combine your trip to the K-W Knitters' Fair with a wander around Historic St. Jacobs for a perfect weekend. Book the Courtyard now for KW Knitters Fair.
For more options, see the Region of Waterloo tourism site.Back to Top
The Knitters' Spa is a place to have some downtime after all your busy shopping. This year, there will be students from Medix available for both table and chair massages. There will also be manicures and hand massages to pamper your hands, and colouring pages if you want to take a break from knitting.
For your planning purposes, we include the new layout for the 2017 Knitters' Fair!
Due to unforseen circumstances, we have moved from the Kiwanis/Kinsmen arenas into the main Dom Cardillo arena. Parking and box office will be the same as last year, but we will be on the two levels of the main arena, in a different part of the building. There are stairs and elevators within the Fair area, and we will have lots of signs to help you find all of the usual goodies!Back to Top
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
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