Save the Date - The Toronto Knitters Frolic returns April 30 & May 1.
The 2016 Toronto Knitters Frolic features a marketplace
on Saturday April 30th with 52 Vendors. The marketplace
floorplan with links to Vendor websites gives an overview of what's
on offer. There are many fabulous raffle prizes as well as a door
prize, and Cafe to relax with friends and share the stories of your
great finds. There are 2 days of workshops for knitters and crocheters
of all skill levels. Workshops with special guest instructor Bristol Ivy
are SOLD OUT, but there is still space available in other courses. See the workshop schedule and sign-up in advance at the next TKG meeting, online, or at the door.
LYS Classes and Charitable Events. A reminder, that a discussion thread has
been set up under the TKG Ravelry group where yarn stores can post
classes and charitable events. There may be an event of special interest
to you -- What a great way to learn of opportunities in and around the
YarnOver SleepOver Retreat this weekend - a few spots still available.. April 15-17, 2016 Orillia, Ontario. Full details available at www.yarnoversleepover.com
Message from the President
TKG EXECUTIVE TEAM for 2016-17: The Toronto Knitters Guild needs you!
If you are still considering stepping forward to participate in our
executive, now is the time. I would like to thank Carol Mather-Miles who
has stepped forward to assume the role of Registrar for 2016-17.
We are still looking for a Programme Coordinator. I really enjoyed the
role the year before last, before stepping into the role of President.
The role of Secretary has been vacant for a few months, and if you like
to write, research and like powerpoint... you may enjoy this role.
Our newly defined role of Local Yarn Store Coordinator is up for grabs
next year. We (well... honestly... all Cindy) have established great
relationships with our local yarn stores, and we have them now reaching
out to us. It is a good thing I would like to see continue.
Please consider joining our team to keep our vibrant Guild running smoothly.
Local Yarn Store Coordinator
Please speak with me at the April meeting if you are at all interested, or email anytime.
Debra Rowland, TKG President
March Meeting in Review
The March mini skills exchange got everyone up from their seats to learn a quick new knitting technique!
the March meeting, Patti from Passionknit brought an amazing selection
of yarns and kits from Koigu, as well as Dovestone dk and Titus from baa
ram ewe, Malabrigo, and Madeline Tosh. The sample shawl (seen in
the forefront), crafted from Koigu was amazing to see and touch.
Many thanks to member Paula Wojcik for donating the pattern book Closely
Knit, Handmade Gifts for the Ones You Love; member Ramona Ng for
donating 3 skeins of Wendy Happy; and a special thank you to Patti
Waters of Passionknit, for her generous donation of the gorgeous, Koigu
gradient colour kit. The Guild also donated a skein of Noro Odori.
Congratulations to all the lucky winners!
Show and Tell
There were some fantastic pieces presented by our Guild members - see all the details on the March Show and Tell page on the Guild website.
Many thanks to all our fantastic instructors who participated in the
skills exchange: Kim, Pat, Denise, Cindy and Michelle.
Susan Fohr, Textile Museum of Canada
Fohr is an avid knitter, spinner, sewer and natural dyer who lives in
Toronto. Susan will share how her work as a museum educator has shaped
her identity as both an educator and a maker.
She is currently the Education Programs Coordinator at the Textile
Museum of Canada and formerly an historic interpreter at Black Creek
Pioneer Village. She will highlight influential exhibitions and public
programming initiatives that have revealed the powerful ways in which
traditional craft practices have evolved to address contemporary
April Meeting Vendor: Micro Market.
For the April meeting, we have a micro market of patterns, yarns, and jewelry; all meant to spark our creative aspirations!
Robin Hunter will have knitter's notions and patterns
for sale. The notions include a Colour Tool Grid and the hard to find
Buttonhole Gauge. Patterns will be on sale for 50% of the marked price.
Payment for Robin Hunter Designs is cash only.
Mary Pat McDonald will have colourful stash yarn, and kits with her two patterns. Cash and cheques are acceptable payment.
Tanya Preobrazhenski from Artisaknity,
will have an array of jewelry for knitters, featured in Vogue Knitting.
Bring additional beauty and charm to your knitting with enamel sheep
accessories from the Artisaknity bijouterie collection. Select
from pendants, rings and earrings. The stitch markers are perfect
as zipper pulls and key chains. Tanya is offering members a 20%
discount on jewelry at the meeting. Cash only please.
Vendor tables are SOLD OUT for the remainder of the 2015/16
season! The line up for the balance of the season is
exciting and varied for members to shop, and become familiar with the
products offered by new and online yarn stores in the Greater Toronto
Area … and beyond.
Textile Museum of Canada
Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30 Doors open at 6:45
Next Meeting: May 18th
Monika Stramaglia - Machine Knitting
Monika has been machine knitting for upwards of 25 years, and loves
to combine hand and machine knitting and crochet to make trendy
garments and great looking pieces in a timely manner. If you have
been curious about using a knitting machine, this is your
opportunity to find out more as Monika discusses and demonstrates
how they work. Mssrainbows.com
Next Meeting: June 15th
Peggy Sue, Peggy Sue Collection Inc.
Peggy Sue will be speaking on her experience in the fashion industry;
her beginnings in mass market, fast fashion, and high end luxury goods
through to her present company that exclusively uses North American
fibre and labour to create heirloom womenswear. Her presentation will
explore her experiences within the local fibre and labour industry and
how those interactions have shaped the collections for her company to
include more knitwear and outerwear garments. She will be presenting her
2016/17 clothing collection which will be available for pre-order as
well as her 2017/18 collection just off the Toronto Fashion Runway.