Annual General Meeting

Please join us for our online AGM, open to all 2019-20 and/or 2020-21 members of the Toronto Knitters Guild.

This AGM is related to the first year of incorporation which ended January 31, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Corporations Canada gave us some leeway in scheduling this meeting, and in our case extended the usual deadline to December 31, 2020.

Dates & Deadlines
Nominations due – Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:00 pm
Submission of questions and member proposed modifications to bylaws due – Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Voting packages sent by email to all members – Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Annual General Meeting and Voting via Zoom – Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 7:30 pm

Questions and Member-proposed Revisions to Bylaws

Where possible, we ask that members submit any questions for the Board or any member of the Board no later than Wednesday, October 21. You will also have the ability to submit questions via Zoom during the meeting. If you, a member, would like to propose a modification to the Bylaws, we ask that also be submitted no later than Wednesday, October 21, so we can prepare for voting. In both cases, submissions should be made by email to president [at] torontoknittersguild.ca.

December – Amy Singer: Knitty Fashion Show

Amy Singer, Knitty mag

Speaker: Amy Singer

Amy Singer, Publisher, Editor and Founded of Knitty.com will be our guest at the December meeting. Amy will be presenting a virtual fashion show using patterns from Knitty made by TKG members. Originally planned for April 2020, we have pivoted to present a virtual show. Amy will moderate and our garments will be presented via PowerPoint. Prepare to be entertained with stories and anecdotes throughout the show.

This meeting will be a zoom webinar.
Note that you must be a member to have access to the Zoom meeting link and to join the presentation.

November – Fiona Stevenson & Rose Tinapay on Inspiration

Inspiration from Colour to Design

Canadian Knitwear Designer Fiona Stevenson and Indie Yarn Dyer Rose Tinapay of Akara Yarns will be discussing the sources of their inspiration. Rose will reveal what inspires her beautiful yarn colours and Fiona will in turn chat about how Rose’s colourways inspire her knitwear designs. They will discuss the importance of inspiration in the creative process, and where you can find your own sparks of creativity. No doubt the conversation between these cheerful friends will spin off to include comments about fibre, yarn, designs, and current projects. We are in for a treat with Fiona and Rose, so please join us for the fun!

Speaker:Fiona Stevenson & Rose Tinapay

Fiona Stevenson

“As a knitwear designer I take inspiration from my Scottish ancestry and my home, Canada. I collaborate with Canadian hand dyers and yarn producers like Akara Yarns, Fleece Artist Yarn & Handmaiden Fine Yarns, Pretty Strings, Gravity Fibres, and Lake Knit Yarns. When I design, I try to tell the story of my country and my people with a little bit of whimsy and a lot of affection.”

— IG @fiona.knits

Rose Tinapay
Akara Yarns is a hand-dyed company based in Bond Head, Ontario, founded in 2013. Rose dyes colours which are subtle with a dash of whimsy inspired from earthy colours.

— IG @akarayarns
— WEB akarayarns.com

Rose Tinapay - Akara Yarns

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This meeting will be a zoom webinar.
Note that you must be a member to have access to the Zoom meeting link and to join the presentation.

October – Kate Atherley & Kim McBrien Evans

Speaker: Kim McBrien Evans & Kate Atherley

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Registration required: Please register in advance for this webinar. This meeting is open to guests free of charge.
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Join Kate Atherley and Kim McBrien Evans for a deep dive tour of their new book, Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter. Kim and Kate will give an overview of the elements of the book, how they used these elements in building the beautiful shawl patterns in the book, and what’s on their needles a year after writing it. Through learning about how both Kate and Kim approach shawl design, you’ll get tips for creating your own amazing shawls through this book.

Kim’s Bio:

Curiosity and exploration and an ever-expanding plan for world domination are the name of the game for knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of colour, texture, and pattern prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a textile reality while simultaneously fitting and flattering every body. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario.

Kate’s Bio:

Kate is Knitty.com’s Managing Technical Editor, and a seasoned designer and teacher of all things knitterly.

Her latest book, The Knitter’s Dictionary, is an easy-to-use and friendly guide to the language of knitting. A reference book and a guide to pattern reading all in one, it covers topics from Gauge to Yarn Barf. It received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Knit Mitts: Your Hand-y Guide to Knitting Mittens and Gloves’, released in fall 2017, brings the same any-size-any-gauge approach as used in Custom Socks to hand coverings of all kinds. The first printing sold out in record time.

‘Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet’ was released summer 2015 by Interweave Press, to great acclaim. It takes a different approach than many sock books, teaching you how to measure your feet and providing numbers for working both toe-up and top down socks for 12 sizes and 9 gauges.

Her ‘Pattern Writing for Knit Designers’ book is the industry’s first guide specifically written to help knit designers (and teachers) of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns. It’s been called a “game-changer” and a “must-have” by designers and magazine editors.

She’s known for her attention to detail in her patterns and her classes, and she regularly teaches at stores and events across North America, including Interweave YarnFest and Vogue Knitting Live. Her work has appeared in many books and magazines.

Kate lives in Toronto with her husband and their adorable but sometimes challenging rescue dog Dexter.

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March Guild Meeting Cancelled

We know that there is a lot of information currently being shared with respect to the COVID-19 virus. In particular, we have seen a number of steps being taken to minimize possible outbreaks and spreading.

We were notified today that Innis College, and all of U of T, will not be hosting any events as a way to mitigate the potential spread of the virus. On that basis, we have cancelled our Guild meeting scheduled on March 18, 2020.

At this time we are unsure of any impacts to the April meeting, but we will provide additional details as they become available.

Please be well and take appropriate precautions to protect yourself and others.

Thank you,
TKG Board

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Call for Volunteers: Frolic 2020

The Toronto Knitters Frolic is coming up soon and we are looking for volunteers! Every year our team of amazing volunteers helps the Guild run this successful and fun event. Please join us in making this another great Frolic year! Those who complete at least one two-hour shift will gain free admission to the 2020 Frolic.

Please send an email to Sarah at frolicvolunteers@torontoknittersguild.ca and indicate your preference for am/pm and role (or indicate no preference, and we will slot you in where most needed).

We are currently looking for people to help with:

– Admissions
– Info Desk
– Raffle Table
– Hospitality Suite
– Ball Winding

Frolic info:

Saturday April 25, 2020, 9:00 – 4:30
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!