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Knitters' Jamboree

The Mississauga News write-up.




Get hooked on knitting

Age-old craft finds new fans in young people


Radhika Panjwani

May 10, 2006

Young knitters say the yarn no longer induces the yawn.

When elementary school teacher Salima Fancy, 27, began experimenting with different varieties of yarn and accessories available in stores, she embraced knitting with a passion; Now, she is an avid knitter who has created scarves, skirts and boas to jazz up her wardrobe.

Fancy, and many knitting enthusiasts like her, will be seeking ideas and inspiration at the Knitters' Jamboree, a one-day event taking place Saturday at the Royal Canadian Legion, 456 Hansall Circle, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"A lot of kids are getting interested in knitting now," Fancy said.

"It is fashionable because you can create unique pieces to suit your personality. The boa I made using a light yarn is not tacky. It's pretty."

Fancy said, as a teacher, she has been observing the increasing popularity of knitting among her students.

Fancy's sentiments are echoed by Ruthie Snell, owner of Ruti's Needlebed in Streetsville.  Snell also teaches knitting to people, many of who are young.  She said the variety, colour and the range of yarns available in the stores has made knitting more exciting, a reason why it has made a comeback.  Magazines and books catering specifically to young knitters are also gaining in popularity.

"When I opened the store eight years ago, it was hard to convince anybody to buy a ball of wool over $10," Snell said.

"Now, we're buying balls of wool that are over $20. People have learned that knitting isn't a way to save money, knitting is an entertainment."

Snell says young knitters have elevated the art to new heights, creating jewellery, hand bags and other accessories.

"People knit scarves as jewellery. The skinny, skinny scarves," Snell said. "The yarns are nothing you've seen before: They have long thin strands of fabric, baubles, butterflies, little flowers, beads. Knitting has become very, very fancy."

Ambi Bamrah, owner of Let's Knit, is the organizer of Knitters' Jamboree.

Bamrah said the event will showcase a variety of yarns, new and used knitting machines, other products and vendors.

There will also be a fashion show and demonstrations.

Tickets to the event cost $5 in advance or $6 at the door. For more detail, e-mail or




Chantal Church, left, and Tree Ryde model knitted garments designed by Ambi Bamrah of Lets Knit.