June – BiStitchual Yarn Shop: Pride Month

John and Kelsi, co-founders of BiStitchual Yarn Shop and the BiStitchual podcast.

Toronto, ON

https://bistitchual.ca/

BiStitchual began as a queer, Canadian crafty podcast in June 2020. We started this podcast to talk more about queerness, mental health, and disability, both in the fibre arts community and the world at large. We wanted to build a community that would not only embrace, but celebrate, uplift, and connect with folks who recognize and relate to these identities and intersections. As the podcast grew in popularity and we began to foster an online community, we realized – what better way to celebrate and uplift queer and Canadian fibre artists than through a yarn store!

Through a series of serendipitous events, we were able to find a home in the beautiful Baby Point Gates neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end. It took weeks of blood, sweat, tears, and many pots of coffee, but we were thrilled to open our doors in November 2020.

Our mission is to make Canadian and queer indie dyers and makers more accessible to the world, so along with our brick-and-mortar shop, we have this webstore that ships internationally! We have also partnered with the Flamingo Market, Canada’s preeminent market of LGBTQIA+ artisans and markers, in order to promote and foster the talents of this incredible community.

John is a bi, trans, gender apathetic former cafe manager living in the west end of Toronto with what some might consider too many books and too much yarn. John has been crocheting and knitting since late 2013, and, until recently, looked to it as a way to destress and unwind from the constant headaches of working as management in the food service industry. John loves making amigurumi and finding ways to incorporate a little bit of pride into every project.

Kelsi is a queer, disabled knitter, living in a hobbit hole in Toronto with ever-brewing coffee, a mountain of books, and a dragon’s hoard of yarn. She rediscovered her love of knitting while searching for coping mechanisms to help manage her mental health and hasn’t put down her needles since. She runs Knit Me, a subscription box and venue for beginner learning kits, as a way to help mitigate as many potential accessibility barriers as she can.

 

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This meeting will be a zoom webinar.
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May – POSTPONED – Joni Olsen and Sylvia Olsen: Salish Fusion Woolworks

MAY MEETING POSTPONED

Due to a huge wind storm in British Columbia, we are going to be rescheduling tonight’s meeting with Joni and Sylvia Olsen to another date – which we will announce as soon as it is available.

Our apologies for the short notice, and we appreciate your understanding. If only we could get the weather to co-operate when we need it to!

Your TKG Board

 

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Joni Olsen and Sylvia Olsen – Intro to Salish Fusion Woolworks

www.salishfusion.ca

Joni Olsen, is of Coast Salish and European descent and is a 4th generation Coast Salish knitter. Joni will share her story and introduce us to Salish Fusion Woolworks, her new family business in WSANEC territory in Brentwood Bay, BC.  Salish Fusion honours the historical and unique originals designs while innovating a new aesthetic. Salish Fusion will also provide a platform for other Coast Salish artists who will be highly valued, fairly paid and who will profit from their work.

Meetings are open to members. Find out about membership

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.

 

April – Knitwear Designer Panel: Mary Martin, Sarah Dawn, and Michelle Porter

Knitwear Designer Panel – Mary Martin, Sarah Dawn, Michelle Porter will discuss their design processes, having their designs published, test knitting, tech editing, behind the scenes details and much more!   

 https://www.ravelry.com/designers/mary-w-martin 

https://www.sarahdawnsdesigns.com/

https://www.ravelry.com/designers/michelle-porter 

Meetings are open to members. Find out about membership

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.

 

March – Kimberly Agbayani: Tolt Yarn and Wool

Kimberly Agbayani – Tolt Icelandic Wool Month

Carnation, WA

https://www.toltyarnandwool.com/

Tolt Yarn and Wool is a neighbourhood knitting shop located in Carnation, Washington, a town nestled amongst the Cascade Mountain Range.  March is Icelandic Wool Month at Tolt Yarn and Wool.  Operations Manager Kimberley Agbayani will chat about the properties of Icelandic wool, the classic Lopapeysa sweater and show us the sweater patterns that are designed for them each year – there’s a Canadian connection with their 2021 design!   Winter is still hanging in there so, please join us for a friendly, woolly and warm conversation at Tolt!  You’ll love the colours & designs. 

Meetings are open to members. Find out about membership

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.

 

February – TKG’s Second Virtual Show & Share

Back by popular demand!  February is the month of love & togetherness, and in that spirit, we’re opening up the meeting and running our Second Annual Virtual Show & Share.  Show us what you have finished over the last few months.  We have such a wealth of talent and creativity in our guild and we love to see each other’s projects.  This isn’t a fashion show or a photo contest, just a fun way to share and connect with each other.  

Begin planning your submissions now!

Meetings are open to members. Find out about membership

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.

 

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Sponsor Spotlight – Nunavut Qiviut

Those who attended our September meeting have already had the pleasure of meeting Natalie Griller and Geoff Clark, the lovely duo behind Nunavut Qiviut. This time they are generously returning as a Sponsor of our Guild! (PS – the recording of the September meeting is still available for Members to watch on the Meeting Videos page of our website.)

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