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Friday, August 23, 2013

Knitters' Fair

Since all my time right now is consumed with planning for the Knitters' Fair I thought it might be a good idea to remind everyone about the date.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair is the largest event of its kind in Canada. For many years, the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild has offered a one-day fair organized “by knitters for knitters.”
This Fair, held at Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex in Kitchener, now presents approximately 70 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products. Imagine 35,000 square feet—in 1 large showroom—dedicated to the craft of knitting, offering an incredible display of a diverse variety of yarns in an explosion of colour, knitting books, patterns, and accessories.
We also offer:
  • Low admission price
  • Speaker
  • Anne Blayney – “ColourRIOT: Making and using your personal colour palette in knitting and beyond!” – 11:00am
  • Fashion Show – 1:00pm
  • Door Prizes
  • Snack Bar
Fair Details:
  • Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
  • Admission: $7 per person, children under 12 free.
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex
400 East Ave
Kitchener, Ontario
  • No cost
  • One in the morning
  • First come, first served (no preregistration)
  • ColourRIOT: Making and using your personal colour palette in knitting and beyond!
    Knitting designer Anne Blayney (AnnieBeeKnits) and avid sewer Gillian Whitcombe (Crafting A Rainbow) are sisters with a passion for colour and textiles. They know just how exciting — and overwhelming — a shopping trip to the Knitters’ Fair can be, and they’re here to help you find the colours and projects that will fit into your wardrobe instead of languishing in your stash or closet.
    The sisters will start with a basic review of colour theory, and look at how to combine colours to get energetic or calming effects. Then, they will help you identify what colours you are drawn to and what colours make you sing, gathering inspiration from everyday life and from useful tools in the real world and online. They’ll discuss how to pull those colours into a cohesive palette of colours that are most ‘you’. Next, they’ll apply that colour palette and colour theory to yarn, moving beyond solid colours to the world of hand-paints, kettle-dyes, self-striping, and variegated yarns that are so enticing in the skein but can prove more challenging to use effectively. They’ll help you learn which yarns will work best with a variety of techniques for colourwork, lace, and cables, so that you can put your Knitters’ Fair purchases to their best use.
    Anne Blayney is a conference planner by day, and a knitting addict at all times. Her most recent published design, the Hue and Value Shawl, is a perfect chance to play with colour combinations. Gillian Whitcombe is a teacher and a lifelong colour aficionado. She is building an entire wardrobe of hand-sewn clothing in her very own signature colour palette, one gorgeous fabric at a time.

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