June Meeting Model Call! Fashion designer Peggy Sue Collection is seeking models to show her stunning knitted, woven, and sewn garmets at our June 15 meeting! If you are a women's size 4, 6, or 8 and wish to be on stage for a portion of our June meeting, please contact Bree Zorel firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
Knitted Knockers. As a reminder to all, please return your completed “knockers”, and any unused portions of the donated yarn to the May meeting so we can make another drop-off to Knitted Knockers.
World Wide Knit in Public. The Frolic may be over for another year, but mark your calendars for the next big knitting event. Saturday June 18th is this year’s World Wide Knit in Public day. We invite all Yarn Stores and Members hosting or organizing WWKIP events to post to the WWKIP thread in the Toronto Knitters Guild forum on Ravelry.
Let's hope for warm sunny skies as we share our love for knitting!
Message from the President
Thank you to everyone who makes my position so much fun.
Our April meeting was a fabulous, extremely inspirational show and tell, and a wonderful presentation by Susan Fohr from the Textile Museum of Canada. There Is a growing interest in handmade and passing handiwork skills on to the next generation. Y-eh! We are all on that team!
Thank you to Carole, Joan, Fiona, Patrick, Vivian, Cindy, Kerry and the merry cast of volunteers, who made the 2016 Frolic the best ever! We are still waiting for the final numbers, but I think we welcomed more than 1800 happy frolicking shoppers (last year was 1500). Workshops were well attended, and quite a few sold out! Check out the Ravelry Frolic page to see happy stash enhancements!
I am still looking for executive members for next year, but don’t worry all loyal long standing members, we are working on a great program for next year. If you have any suggestions, we would love to hear them. If you are a new member, and want to get involved, please send me a note.
Debra Rowland, TKG President
Congratulations to our 2016 Marketplace Door Prize winner Linda David!
Linda's prize was a lovely gift basket featuring Eucalan & Clover products generously donated by Eucalan.
Our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers who contributed many hours to make the 2016 Toronto Knitters Frolic a success! We could not have done this without you! Thank you!
Monika Stramaglia - Machine knitting.
Monika has been machine knitting for upwards of 25 years, and loves to combine hand and machine knitting and crochet to make trendy garments and great looking pieces in a timely manner. If you have been curious about using a knitting machine, this is your opportunity to find out more as Monika discusses and demonstrates how they work. Mssrainbows.com
May Meeting Vendor: Knit Kabin.
Situated in picturesque Locust Hill, Michelle will be bringing The Knit Kabin to the May meeting with a selection of fine yarns, including Shalimar Yarns, Sweet Georgia Party of Five sets and Tough Love Sock, Fiberstory Fave Sock yarn and Gradient sets. Hopefully, an expected shipment will arrive from The Fiber Co., which will feature Road to China Light, as well as Acadia yarns. Michelle will also be bringing a selection of hand-dyed yarns by Mythic Yarns, a local artisan designer.
Cash and credit will be accepted.
At the April meeting, members had the opportunity to purchase patterns and notions from Robin Hunter Designs, patterns and yarns from Mary Pat McDonald, and sheepishly beautiful jewelry designed by Tanya of Artisaknity.
Many thanks go to Robin Hunter for donating two patterns -The Pinwheel Cardigan and Simple Things Wrap; and to Mary Pat McDonald for her donation of the Olympic Pride Flap Hat Kit. The Guild also donated a skein of Chilton Yarn fingering weight 100% Superwash Merino. Congratulations to all the lucky winners!
Show and Tell
The April Show and Tell had some truly wonderful pieces presented by guild members. See the details on the Guild website or scroll down to see a spotlight on one of our show and tell participants.
Susan Fohr from the Textile Museum of Canada was the guest speaker for the evening. Susan spoke about her work as a program coordinator for the museum and how that has shaped her as a maker. Many thanks to Susan for a wonderful and interesting talk.
Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30 Doors open at 6:45
Next Meeting: June 15th
Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue Collection Inc.
Peggy Sue will be speaking on her experience in the fashion industry; her beginnings in mass market, fast fashion, and high end luxury goods through to her present company that exclusively uses North American fibre and labour to create heirloom womenswear. Her presentation will explore her experiences within the local fibre and labour industry and how those interactions have shaped the collections for her company to include more knitwear and outerwear garments. She will be presenting her 2016/17 clothing collection which will be available for pre-order as well as her 2017/18 collection just off the Toronto Fashion Runway.
I came across the Henley Perfected pattern by Connie Chang Chinchio quite some time ago in a Knitting Daily 10 Free Lace Patterns ebook, and saved it for future use. When I discovered the yarn, Tristan from Knitting Fever, a Rayon and Linen blend in Sport weight, at Linda's Craftique, it spoke to me. I immediately went home and started the project, but had to put it aside when I reached the lace section as I was currently working on another lace pattern. I found that yo k2tog's were very confusing when used in different combinations on two separate projects.
The sweater is worked in pieces from the bottom up with a hem on the body and sleeves, so there was quite a bit of seaming to do. In my search for the perfect buttons, I made a swatch with a couple of button holes so that I could easily carry it in my purse for use in matching buttons to fabric. I found the perfect buttons in a very unlikely store . . . a Linen and Gift Shop in Paris, Ontario. The buttonhole and button band extend down into the midriff, so I sewed it closed to keep the buttons from popping open to expose my shyer body parts.
I tried on the sweater before blocking, and had some doubts about the fit, but those doubts disappeared after blocking. I love wearing it and receive compliments whenever I do.
– Cindy (castalot on Ravelry)
Pattern: Henley Perfected by Connie Chang Chinchio Yarn: Tristan by Knitting Fever, Rayon and Linen