June

Speaker will be announced soon.

May

Speaker will be announced soon.

January – Eric Lutz

January – Men’s Night

The January meeting will be dedicated to the Men in our lives!  While men are always welcome at our meetings (and yes, we have several male members), we are specifically inviting all Men who knit, and the men we knit for to join us tonight.

Eric Lutz of Rib Magazine will be our Feature Speaker and will be bringing the Rib Magazine sample garments to show us. He’s going to give us some insight into how Rib Magazine selects their colour palette and patterns and how we might chose a pattern and colour for a garment for the men in our lives. You might even pick up some tips if you’re thinking of knitting something for Fathers Day.

We are thrilled to welcome back Rae of Stix & Stones from North Bay as our Vendor.

The January Show and Tell will be dedicated to garments knit by and for Men. You might even be able to convince your man to help you show off that gorgeous sweater, hat, scarf …

All Men will be able to attend at our January 17 meeting free of charge! 

 

Vendor Details:

Located in North Bay, Stix and Stones is a full service yarn store that has a lot to offer, including knitting classes, knitting circles, yarns, and accessories. They also have an online store.

 

December (2nd Wednesday) – Skills Exchange & Social

Five Exciting Teachers! Five 15-minute Workshops!

You will be able to participate in up to 3 of the 5 classes offered.

Everyone please bring a standard knitting/crochet tool kit, including scissors, tape measure, darning needle, and stitch markers; plus a selection of light-coloured medium- or light-weight yarn and suitable knitting needles.

Homework & Additional Requirements:
Please complete your homework prior to your chosen class(es).

 

1) Alison Rose: Provisional Cast-on
Homework: None!

 

2) Sarah Dawn: Pick up and Knit/Pick up and Purl 
Homework: Bring a stocking stitch swatch, at least 20 sts across and 20 rows, preferably with a slipped-stitch (chain) edging, in a medium weight yarn (Worsted), medium to light colour.  End with Right Side facing and the work still on the needles.

 

3) Denise Powell: Duplicate Stitch
Homework: Bring a small swatch (20 sts X enough rows to make a square will do, larger if you want) in a light to medium weight smooth yarn and not a very dark colour. Also a tapestry needle (blunt point, suitable size for your yarn) and about 1 metre of similar weight and contrasting colour yarn.

 

4) Catherine Osborne: Finishing with a Crochet Hook, including Seaming, Edging & Button Bands  
Homework: Bring a small swatch (20 sts X enough rows to make a square, or larger if you want) in a light to medium weight yarn and light to medium colour, plus contrasting yarn and a crochet hook in a size suitable to the yarn.

 

5) Pat Concessi: The Magic Loop
Homework: Bring yarn and one circular needle at least 36” long  (recommend worsted weight yarn and 5mm needle). Cast on 24 stitches.

 

If you decide not to take a class, we would welcome your assistance in setting up for the Social.  For this year’s December Social, we’d like to highlight Home-baked goodies. If you have cookies, cake, bars, squares, or other treat you’d be willing to bring, please contact a member of the Board. The TKG Board will provide beverages.

 

Vendor Details:

Patrick Madden of Signature Yarns will be bringing his gorgeous assortment of hand dyed yarns from Prism, Blue Heron, and assorted kits, including hand dyed sock yarns, Tencel and Linen Lace yarn, Chenille, Rayons and Chunky Mohair for throws, to name a few. Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits: Reg $35 – TKG Special $28! Surprise specials including assorted sock yarns Reg $16-$20, on sale for $10!
All yarns will be priced at a 20-30% discount for this special evening. Looking forward to seeing you at the TKG!

 

Payment Accepted: Cash • Credit Card • Interac Debit

 

More about Patrick:  Patrick Madden grew up around yarn, having been left as a baby on the doorstep of his local yarn shop and raised in the world of textiles by a kind knitter who sent him to Sheridan College to study Knitwear Design. Patrick then went out into the world for many years, returning in 2004 to work and teach in various Ontario yarn shops. Patrick realized his dream of owning his own business by launching Signature Yarns in 2014, retailing yarn online and at various regional yarn shows throughout Ontario and when guest speaker at knitting guilds. Patrick teaches both hand and machine knitting lessons of all skill levels by appointment at his home in Toronto and is an ardent supporter and advocate of knitting and the Toronto Knitters Guild, where he has volunteered for years in many capacities.

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Please note: This year, the December Guild meeting falls on the second Wednesday rather than the third Wednesday of the month.

November – Denise Powell

Denise Powell

Denise Powell is probably best known to TKG members as DoctorKnit, helping you with your knitting ailments. However, she is also an occasional knitting designer with a love for somewhat off-the-wall knitted objects. Join us for a presentation about some of the sources of inspiration she has used and a closer look at a few of the knitted items.

Helmet
Pale Blue Dot

 

Vendor:  Yarn Indulgences

October – The Gaynor Homestead

The Gaynor Homestead

Brendan and Tara Gaynor are the proprietors of The Gaynor Homestead, a small 68 acre farm in Dorchester, Ontario, outside London. The Gaynor Homestead follows a ‘simple, small, slow’ approach to Ontario agriculture traditions and the family works all-year towards producing an annual batch of hand made and locally grown goods. Together with their flock of well-loved Rambouillet sheep (French Merino) and buckfast honeybees, the Gaynor’s produce some of the finest wool grown in Ontario and a delicious assortment of goodies made from the farm.

 

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Vendor Details:

We will be bringing our home grown undyed yarns including: a white worsted weight, fingering weight, and a dyed 2-ply sport weight in a unique multi-colour variety we call Knit-wit. For those who spin their own yarns, we will be bringing our much loved combed tops. And we will also be bringing our honey plus home grown goods including: lip balms, hand creams, vapour rubs, and soaps. All made by us.

We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard and AmEx through our Square terminal.

 

 

 

September – Julia Grunau

Julia Grunau of Patternfish, the Toronto-based online knitting pattern store, will give us a Fashion Forecast and report on yarn trends for the coming season for this first meeting of the Toronto Knitters Guild 2017-2018 season.

Vendor: Bobbi Jo of Yarnsomniacs will be bringing yarns of Wollmeise, Rhichard Devreize, Three Irish Girls, Badass Yarn, Colinette, Cottage Craft Angora (the Qiviut), and some Anny Blatt (angora rabbit). She will honour the 10% Guild discount and although the Qiviut is usually excluded, she will include it for the meeting.