K-W Knitters’ Fair

The KWKG Board had the difficult task of voting to cancel the September 2023 Knitters’ Fair due to the lack of a Fair Co-ordinator to organize & run the show.

Sylvia Olsen – March 14th, 2023

SYLVIA OLSEN is a master storyteller, historian, knitter, designer, and award-winning, best-selling author. She spent seventeen years buying and selling Cowichan sweaters in a shop behind her home on the Tsartlip First Nation Reserve near Victoria, BC. Since then she has studied the history of the knitting tradition and how it fits into the broader scope of knitting traditions around the world. With her daughter, Joni, Sylvia works in Salish Fusion, the Olsen family business that creates knitted things. Sylvia’s latest book, “Unravelling Canada: A Knitting Odyssey“, tells the story, sometimes conflicted, sometimes celebratory, of her six week knitting tour across the country that examines the natural spaces and cultural geography of this great land through a knitting lens. In her presentation Sylvia will talk about the history of the Cowichan Sweater and the Coast Salish knitters, one of Canada’s most exceptional knitting stories.

Tin Can Knits’ Alexa Ludeman – February 14th, 2023 (Cancelled)

Alexa and Emily write of their beginnings…”One fateful day years ago, the two of us met while working at a knit shop in Vancouver, Canada. We came from different career paths (Alexa from teaching and Emily from architecture), but had both begun to dabble in pattern design. In 2010, we headed out for a weekend visit to Tofino, one of our favourite places. At the beach, walking and talking under a starry sky the idea of Tin Can Knits began. We dreamed of publishing a book. In 2011 we began to dream bigger, aiming to turn knit design into a day job. Now, 13 years later, we have a catalog of 193 patterns and 11 collections, and it keeps on growing!”

Kirk Dunn – January 10th, 2023

Kirk is a fibre artist, performer and writer whose greatest love is knitting. He shares his love of colour and complex design with renowned designers Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, and in 1998 apprenticed with both at the Kaffe Fassett Studio in London, England. In 2003, Kirk was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Fellowship for Stitched Glass, an installation of three 5.5’ x 9’ tapestries, hand-knit in the style of stained glass, exploring the commonalities and conflicts between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The installation took him fifteen years to complete. With the support of the Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council, Kirk and his wife, Claire Ross Dunn, co-wrote The Knitting Pilgrim, a one-hour performance to tour with Stitched Glass that explores Kirk’s artistic and spiritual journey creating the massive project.

Chris Liszak – December 13th, 2022

Chris Liszak has been using felt as a medium for creating wearables (coats, scarves, hats, mittens) and fine art (juried gallery exhibitions and curated artisan shows) since 2010. She teaches feltmaking at the Fibre Garden in Jordan Village, at her home studio and other venues upon request. Chris is the current president of felt::feutre canada, a nationwide association of feltmakers, and is a member of the International Feltmakers Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates. Her work through those organizations has been in many online and in person exhibitions.