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September Guild Meeting: Sally Melville “My Life in Knitting”
21 September @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
As we head into the final quarter of our 25 th year as a guild, please join us and welcome Knitwear
Designer Sally Melville. Sally was the first speaker at the first TKG guild meeting 25 years ago. Sally will
present a new lecture called My Life in Knitting: unplanned and unexpected.
MY LIFE IN KNITTING: unplanned and unexpected
Through mistakes and misadventures, Sally found herself with a life she could not have predicted or anticipated. This talk is very personal and tells the tales of these events, the motivation to overcome sometimes questionable choices, and the life lessons learned over 65 years of knitting.
Sally will also launch Fine Yarn Dive, the pattern she has designed to celebrate the Toronto Knitters Guild 25 th Anniversary. TKG members can enjoy a 25% discount using the code KW/TOknitters to purchase the pattern on Ravelry. Start shopping your stash or visit the numerous yarn festivals in your area to plan this lovely sweater.
Before the DKC (Downtown Knit Collective), there was the K-W Knitters’ Guild, established by Sally Melville and friends. Toronto knitters would come to K-W for events until they decided to establish a guild of their own. Sally was honoured to be invited as their first guest speaker. For 10 subsequent years—until her move to Ottawa in 2008—she was invited to come once a year and speak. It was always a joy to re-establish her connection with her knitting friends in Toronto.
Over the 40 years of Sally’s knitting career, she wrote seven knitting books—including The Knit Stitch (which sold 300,000 copies) and her last and favourite book, Knitting Pattern Essentials. She also taught extensively, which took her around the world (and to Denver where she put much of her teaching expertise onto the Craftsy platform). Sally retired in 2019, although she still puts the occasional pattern on Ravelry.
The Pandemic certainly afforded opportunities to knit—and Sally did her share, including an iconic piece she is wanting to show the Toronto knitters. But after 1000 face masks and scrub caps, she re-discovered a long-lost love of sewing and so is in the process of her 17th “covid quilt!”