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

 

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.

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This meeting will be a zoom webinar.
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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.
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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.
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January – Andrea Wong: History of the Portuguese Style of Knitting

Andrea Wong – History of the Portuguese Style of Knitting                      

Delaware, Ohio  

https://andreawongknits.com/

With 18 years of experience, Andrea Wong, from Ohio will present The History of the Portuguese Style of Knitting followed by a Q&A session.  Lots of photos and information will be packed into the session.

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This meeting will be a zoom webinar.
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December – Lauren McElroy aka Mother of Purl: Sustainable Crafting

Lauren, also known as Mother of Purl on social media, is a multidisciplinary fiber artist, designing knitwear, fiber processing and spinning yarn in rural Wisconsin. 

At our meeting, Lauren will lead a guided discussion on integrating sustainability into our fiber arts practices.  We’ll discuss the existing textile industry and find practical ways we can bring sustainable ways into our personal craft.   Lauren encourages engagement during her presentation, so think about what sustainability in your practice means to you and come ready to take part in the discussion.

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This meeting will be a zoom webinar.
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November – Janna Maria Vallee: The Art of Tapestry Weaving

The Art of Tapestry Weaving.  Janna Maria Vallee is a tapestry weaver, botanical dyer, knitter and instructor living on the Sunshine Coast of Canada.  Janna will present on the art of tapestry weaving and her art practice.

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.

 

October – Erlbacher Knitting Machines: Shop Tour and Demos

Erlbacher Knitting MachinesCape Girardeau, Missouri                                      

A Shop Tour and Demos      

https://erlbacherknitting.com/          

  David “PeeWee” Erlbacher was a fourth generation machinist. He started his own machine shop in 1960 making race car parts. As the machining business changed over the years, the parts got larger and larger. Erlbacher Gear and Machine Works is primarily a gear shop, however, with CNC mills and lathes, it has become a full-service precision machine shop. Upon seeing a vintage CSM, PeeWee’s interest was piqued. He knew he would be able to reverse engineer the Gearhart CSM. With the help of other Gearhart mechanics and enthusiasts (and with a lot of thought, headaches, and mistakes) he finally did it. A lifetime in a machine shop and he has said, “The Gearhart CSM has been one of the most difficult things we have ever made in the shop.” This is quite a compliment to the machinists of the original product.

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