Past WCKG guest speakers

Our monthly Guild meetings are not just a place to catch up on Guild business.  As part of our mandate to involve ourselves in the community, we invite a special guest to speak to our members each month.  Speakers can include local fibre artists or designers, local yarn store owners, or people collecting for specific charities.  The following is a list of speakers from the last few years. If you would like to be a speaker at one of our upcoming meetings, please contact the Guild.


October 2017 Our guest was Anna Hunter of Long Way Homestead in rural Manitoba, and original owner of Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store in Vancouver. We heard about her adventures with farming and with her shetland sheep and other animals.

If you’d like to sponsor one of her sheep, you can find out more information on her Facebook page


September 2017 Our guests at this meeting were Paula and Lara from Baaad Anna’s Yarn Shop in Vancouver. They showed us pictures and told us about their adventures this summer on their road trip around BC  with stops in the Okanagan, Kamloops and the Kootenays – ending with the Fibre Feelia Festival in New Denver. Read more at Beautiful British Columbia Baaadass Road Trip

We were also treated to their pop-up shop with some lusious yarns and spinning fibres!


WCKG Feb 2015 002February 2015 Barbara Demorest founder of Knitted Knockers.  See Knit News post for more details.

January 2015 No Speaker – only Guild activities


December 2014 Annual Christmas Party

guest-speaker-nov-2014November 2014 John Jouan from the Fraser Valley Knitters’ Guild came to demonstrate his unique version of double-knitting

October 2014 Holli Yeoh treated us to a fabulous Trunk Show from her first book of patterns, Tempest.

September 2014 Kelly & Rosemary from Once Upon A Sheep Yarn Shop, came to talk about their unique LYS in a Salvation Army building in Maple Ridge.

July 2014 Fiona McLean & Amanda Milne from, Knit Social came to promote PNE Yarn bombing

June 2014 Freda Jackson, Traditional Rug Hooking

May 2014 Eleanor Li, Onana Knits talked on setting up her on-line business.

April 2014 No Speaker – only Guild activities

March 2014 No Speaker –  only Guild activities

February 2014 Krista Steel-Varsakis of Rain City Knits

January 2014 Sharon Kallis, Means of Production Raw Resource Collective MOPARRC


December 2013 Annual Christmas Party.

November 2013 Judy Fawcett, Travel Therapist from Lloyd’s Travel & Cruises promoting the West Coast Yarn Shop crawl. Also Aruna Neela of Haberdash Couture Co. winner of the Grand Prize Debblie Bliss Blanket.

October 2013 Oct 2013, presentation by Knit Social, Photo: B.R. EmmonsAmanda Milne and Fiona McLean from Knit Social came to talk to us about their upcoming event Knit City 2013

September 2013 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities

July 2013 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities

June 2013 Meredith Kalaman – community project “Knits with Love” blanket assembly

May 2013 Guest speaker from Craft Council that runs the Crafthouse store at 1386 Cartwright Street on Granville island

April 2013 Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits

March 2013 Vennie Chou and Leilani King, from To Dye For Designs – see her slide show, “Natural Dyes, Synthetic Dyes for Beauty and for Health

February 2013 Barbara Schuetz from MountainMasche Exclusive Designer Knitwear

January 2013 Annabelle’s Caps: Knitting Caps for Cancer Patients


December 2012 Annual Christmas Party.

November 2012 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities

October 2012 Nigel Pottle presented on Herbert Niebling, lace genius extraordinaire

September 2012 Glenda McDonald from Wet Coast Wools

July 2012 Dr. Catherine Backman, Head of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC. The positive effects of knitting on health.

June 2012 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities

May 2012 Art teacher Jessica Glesby told us about her yarn bombing project for her Masters Degree! She invited us to participate in the North Vancouver Community Arts Council yarn bombing project.

April 2012 Anna Hunter (Baaad Anna’s yarn store) talks about hosting Sylvia Olsen —  who wrote “Working with Wool: A Coast Salish Legacy and the Cowichan Sweater”

March 2012 Kirsten Zerbinis from 2 Sisters Stringworks

February 2012 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities

January 2012 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities


December 2011 Annual Christmas Party.

November 2011 Felicia Lo from Sweet Georgia Yarns.

October 2011 Carmen Craig-Martin of MelonHead Knitwear

September 2011 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities

July 2011 Amanda Milne and Fiona McLean – Knit Social

June 2011 Jenny announces “Mini-Maker Faire” June 25th and 26th in the Great Northern Way BCIT Campus.  See the website:

May 2011 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities

April 2011 Paulette Lane – “When is an Alice Starmore no longer an Alice Starmore?” and other ventures into pattern modification. Additional examples and input from members.

March 2011 Ann Harmer — Dyeing with Mushrooms, Bluff Hollow Shroom Works

February 2011 Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore, the co-authors of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, are organizing a Cherry Yarn Bombing to decorate the cherry tree at Joy Kogawa House with pink flowers.

January 2011 No Guest Speaker – only Guild activities


December 2010 Annual Christmas Party. November 2010 Jane Dowler— Comfort from the Home Front: Women Knitting for WWI and WWII October 2010 Anna Hunter — from a new yarn shop, Baaad Anna’s