The West Coast Knitters’ Guild (WCKG) is a group of enthusiastic crafters whose prime interest is to enjoy and encourage the skill and artistry of knitting and crochet. We choose to call ourselves a Guild as a means of demonstrating that we value skill and achievement in knitting and crochet, and that we want to encourage the ongoing development of our members’ individual talents. Review the Guild’s constitution.
Our meetings are held from September to July, on the first Tuesday of the month — here’s what to expect at our meetings. We represent all ages and skill levels, and are always happy to welcome new members. Please come out and join us at our next meeting! Meet some of our current members.
History of the West Coast Knitters’ Guild
The West Coast Knitters’ Guild started in 1991 as a knit night organized by Diane Debray & Nancy Vivien at their Richmond LYS. They encouraged customers and friends to join them in sharing ideas, creating new friendships, and nurturing their love of all things fibre! In 1993 the group received a Charter from the Canadian Knitting Guild. Speaking to the members on the tenth anniversary of WCKG, Diane said “…I also hoped that as a group, we could encourage each other and be a positive influence in each other’s lives, knitting and otherwise…”
The Guild’s membership has increased steadily over the years and has moved twice to accommodate its growing number of knitters and crocheters. We have been at our current location, the Oakridge Seniors Centre, since 2006.
Meet the Guild!
Our Guild is organized and run by our Executive Committee, with plenty of assistance from our hard-working staff of Volunteers. Our members range from beginners to experts: collectively, we have 2,196 years of knitting experience, and 527 years of crochet experience! We are pleased to include many Professional Yarnies among our membership.
The WCKG is dedicated to promoting the art of knitting and crocheting. Our Guild has always emphasized community involvement. We are very pleased to be the recipient of Silver and Bronze awards for our on-going support of Nova House, a safe house for women and their children run by CHIMO Crisis Services in Richmond, B.C.
Each year we participate in two Holiday Craft fairs, partial proceeds of which are donated to Nova House. Our members also create numerous hats, scarves, mitts, and blankets which are donated to a variety of charities around the Lower Mainland.
Ongoing Education for our Members
WCKG hosts regular workshops to encourage skills development among our members. We have welcomed various notable knitters over the years, who have shared their love of the craft and enriched our passion for all things fiber! Workshops and seminars are held throughout the year. To put knitting “out there”, Knit in the Park, which began in 1998, is held each August in Vancouver’s beautiful Stanley Park. We are delighted to say that this event sparked Canada’s National Knit in the Park Day, an official day for knitters and crocheters across Canada to gather in local parks and share love of craft.
Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for information about upcoming workshops, and next summer’s Knit in the Park Day!
Join Us at our Next Meeting – Visitors are Always Welcome!
WCKG meetings are held from 7:00 to 9:00PM on the first Tuesday of every month (except August). We meet at the Oakridge Seniors’ Centre, which is located on the West side of Oakridge Shopping Centre.
The front door of the Seniors’ Centre is next to the West Parking Lot, right next to the Auditorium. The Seniors’ Centre is wheelchair accessible, and parking is free. Don’t forget to bring your knitting or crochet project to work on during the meeting!
Taking Public Transit? The Oakridge-41st Street Canada Line Station is only a short walk from the Seniors’ Centre. Bus #15, #41, and #43 also stop near the mall.
Please use Google Maps to find directions to the Seniors’ Centre.
What to expect at our meetings
Our monthly meetings are a mix of Guild business and the sharing of inspiration, news, and ideas. Doors to the Seniors’ Centre open at 6:30 p.m. Janis, our Venue coordinator will be around to answer any questions you may have, or introduce you to other members if you do not already know someone there. If you wish to join the Guild, you can speak to Anne-Marie and Dawna, our membership coordinators. Please bring along your latest project to work on during the meeting.
Meetings start at about 7:00 pm and run to about 9:00 pm. We generally begin with Guild business and general news. Next comes a presentation by a scheduled speaker; past guests have included knitwear designers, knit shop owners, and textile artisans. The presentation is followed by a Show & Share of our members’ knit and crochet projects. Members and guests are invited to bring and share their recently completed items – everyone is inspired by the sharing of craft! If you have an item for the Show & Share, please see Valerie for a project form before the meeting starts. Details of past Show & Share items are published on our site in the Member-only pages. Our meetings end with a door prize draw of knitting and crochet related books, tools or supplies.
Donated yarns, magazines, and books are available for purchase in the lounge area before and after the meeting (from about 6:45pm onward). Items sell for a small fee and all funds collected go towards our annual Nova House donation – Elizabeth P. will be on hand to collect these fees. If you have items you would like to donate to these sales, please contact us.
The monthly meetings are just one of the many benefits of joining the West Coast Knitters’ Guild. Please see our Membership page for information about how to join!