April 2015 Newsletter
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Nominations closed at midnight April 12 and all candidates were acclaimed. The Guild's 2015-16 Executive Committee members are:
  • Past President: Catherine Osborne 
  • President: Debra Rowland 
  • Secretary: Trish Denhoed 
  • Programme, Convener: Bree Zorel 
  • Programme, MC: Amanda Bertoia 
  • Programme, Social: Open
  • Treasurer: Helen Harper
  • Registrar: Vivian Goffart
  • Communications Liaison: Gilda Grossman
  • Volunteer Co-ordinator: Open
  • Local Yarn Store Co-ordinator: Cindy O'Malley 
  • Kerry Fast will step down as Secretary but has volunteered her professional skills to edit Guild and Frolic materials for publication, including the Newsletter. 
Meet the new Executive Committee at our next meeting on April 15th.

Skill Workshops in Photos
March 18, 2015

Top to bottom: Mary Pat McDonald presenting Long Tail Ribbed Cast On, Bree Zorel presenting 2 Colour Reversible Double Knitting, Dr Knit's tea cosy, Alison Rose had a mini workshop on Yarn Substitutions.  She has a lot of experience substituting yarn due to a) being a determined stash knitter and b)working with Japanese patterns which call for yarns that are hard to find in North America.  Considerations for successful substitution include: fibre content, yarn weight, desired drape or memory of the knitted fabric, stitch definition.

Upcoming Meetings

April 15th
Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30 (Doors open at 6:45)

Hosiery History with
Fiona Ellis

When a fashion trend debuts it can be shocking or at least unsettling to the common view of what constitutes appropriate attire. If, however, the look in question resonates with contemporary thinking, the trend becomes acceptable and widely adopted. Take tights for example. A glimpse of stocking was once, as Cole Porter so aptly put it, "simply shocking," but now we take the sight of Lycra-sheathed legs in stride. Fiona takes us through the history of stockings step by step.


Next Meeting: May 20th

Guest Speaker: Carol Milne

Carol Milne is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass. Pushing the limits of her material through persistent and relentless experimentation, she developed a variation of the lost wax casting process to cast knitted work in glass. Combining her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass sculpture, her knitted work is technically complicated and unlike any cast glass work being done today.

Visit the Toronto Knitters Guild website for more information on upcoming events.

Please help promote this guild event by mentioning the Frolic Workshops and Marketplace on social media including Twitter, your personal blog and Ravelry.

Volunteers Needed for the 2015 Toronto Knitters Frolic!

The Toronto Knitters Frolic still needs volunteers to assist with Friday hall set-up, Saturday marketplace and Sunday workshops.

April 24-25-26, 2015

Please register as a volunteer at the April 2015 meeting registration desk or via email to

Tips and Tricks:
Using a Nostepinne

At our March meeting, the Skills Exchange Mini Workshops, I had the pleasure of learning something new. Member Susie Larouche taught us how to use a nostepinne.

What is a nostepinne you ask? 

It's a tool that originated in Scandinavia, used to wind yarn into a cake or ball for knitting. Spelling varies from nøstepinde, nøstepinde, to nystepinne depending on which Scandinavian country you are from. This tool comes with a handle to hold in one hand while you wrap yarn around it with the other hand to create a centre pull ball. There is often a notch where you secure one end of the yarn so that you can later pull that end from the centre of your ball. 

Here's how it works:
  • Secure one end of the skein at the notch or leave a long end hanging while you hold it in place. 
  • Wind the yarn perpendicular to the nostepinne for 1-1.5 inches. 
  • Once you have done this start wrapping the yarn at a 45 degree angle to this bit of wrapped yarn (wrap from one lower corner to the opposite top corner).
  • Using an even tension turn the handle of the nostepinne as you keep wrapping the yarn around. 
  • Repeat until all the yarn is wound. 
  • Slip the ball off the nostepinne & cast on!!

Don't have a nostepinne? Your LYS doesn't carry such a tool? Don't fret, you can use any kind of cylinder in it's place: 
  • Empty roll of paper towel
  • Tube of hand cream
  • Water bottle 
  • Sock needle holder tube 

Want to know more? This site has additional information to get you started! 

– Anastasia Pelechaty
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