Dedicated to advancing the art of knitting through the sharing of ideas and techniques, education and community involvement.
Next Meeting: April 19 | Doors Open: 6:30 | Location: Innis Town Hall
April Guest Speaker: Amy Singer
Join us as Amy Singer — editor, publisher and founder of KNITTY — presents highlights from the Spring 2017 patterns published on Knitty.com, as well as featuring the most popular patterns to date on Knitty and news of Amy’s upcoming teaching schedule.
Our vendor for this month is The Cozy Knitter. Self-striping sock yarn, including the Friends 4 Life colourway in support of Stephanie Pearl McPhee’s team for the Friends for Life Bike Rally. Cash or Credit accepted.
Find out more about the Cozy Knitter below in our interview with owner Christina.
Message from the President
The Spring Frolic is now days away. On April 29 and 30, The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre will be the happiest place on earth for knitters. Two days of fibre, fun and frolic. Enjoy.
Thank you for all who signed up to volunteer at the Frolic at the monthly meetings.
Now is the opportunity for members to step up and volunteer for the new executive. Carol Mather-Miles has put her name forward for the role of President next year, and I could not be happier. Carol is very organized, charming and talented. We have enjoyed working together this year, and I look forward to passing the torch.
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.
TKG Wants You!
Interested in joining our dynamic executive team? Do you have hidden skills that you can bring to the team? A Guild can’t operate without an executive working together to bring programs, events, socials, etc. to our members.
You know you have the time and energy! The TKG needs you to step forward!
At this time, we are seeking nominations for all executive positions, except for the Guild President which will be filled from within the existing executive.
Is there a position that interests you? We are actively seeking people for the following executive positions:
Program Coordinator (Marjolein Winterink has been nominated)
Local Yarn Store Coordinator
Member at Large
Some existing executive members have stated that they are willing to remain on the executive however new recruits are always welcome. We call this succession planning.
Nominations are now open. Please ensure that if you are nominating someone, that they have agreed to have their named put forward.
At our April Guild meeting, we will take a few moments to discuss the results and advise on the next steps. Should there be more than 1 nomination for a position; an election will be held at the May Guild meeting.
Have a question: Contact Carole Adams or any executive member. We’ll be happy to tell you all the wonderful benefits of being on the executive.
The Frolic is Almost Here!
So many things to see and do at the Frolic this year! Join us in celebrating 20 years of fun with fibre.
Join us on Sunday for a bite to eat, a fabulous fashion show and a talk with guest speakers Sally Melville & Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. Hosted by Amy Singer of Knitty Magazine and Julia Grunau of Patternfish.
Each guest will receive a gift bag filled with goodies to make every knitter smile!
Still Looking for Frolic Volunteers. There are still some spots that need to be filled. We can't do it without you! You can sign up at the meeting on Wednesday or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for a few good people. Specifically, we need people to sell raffle tickets at guild meetings (easy and fun), Secretary (take minutes at exec meetings), help for newsletter (take notes at monthly guild meetings), "Member-at-large" position has been vacant for a while (a fun position interviewing membership and bringing issues to the attention of the executive)
Crochet Crowd are Coming to the Markham Guild! This will be an all day workshop with the famous online crochet duo, Mikey and Diva Dan focusing on Mandelas turning simple circles into creative stitches. The cost of this terrific workshop is $35.00 and will include a delicious catered lunch. Yarn will also be provided. Just bring your favorite 4 mm to 6.5 mm crochet hook and a flair for creativity! Saturday, April 22, 10 am - 3 pm.
Seize the Skein with the Cozy Knitter
This month we interviewed Christina of The Cozy Knitter who will be our April meeting vendor.
TKG: What is the biggest challenge in running The Cozy Knitter? What advice would you have for others that wanted to get started?
Christina: The biggest challenge is balancing my time between business and family. I try to optimize my time as much as possible during the school day so I can be there for all of my kids events. Another balance is between developing new colourways and dyeing enough of the fan favorites … it always makes me sad to know someone didn’t get the skein they had been hoping for.
TKG: What got you into dyeing self striping yarn?
Christina: Interestingly enough I had only ever knit with self-striping yarn once before dyeing my own. It was a pair of socks I knit as a sample for another indie dyer. I found the colour changes to be rather addictive … “just one more row” and all of a sudden you have a sock. So naturally when I started dyeing that is where I started. I haven’t dyed a lot of solid/tonal/variegated skeins … but that might be changing soon … shh don’t tell any one
TKG: You co-host the Dye Another Day podcast, can you tell me how it came to be? And how did you come up with the name?
Christina: Yes, I co-host the Dye Another Day podcast with my friend Amanda. We had talked about starting a podcast for a while and finally one day decided to throw caution to the wind and just record. It has been really fun to get together to talk yarn, knitting and a bit about our daily lives as dyers. I am so happy to be a part of such a wonderful community and truly love meeting our viewers in person. Actually the first time I met a viewer was at the 2016 Knitters Frolic. We played around with different names but settled on Dye Another Day
TKG: What is your favourite type of yarn to work with or your favourite type of knitting project?
Christina: The very first time I attended the Frolic I made the big mistake of going to the Cottage Craft Angora booth where there was a heavenly cloud of qiviut. Of course I had to touch it and that my friends is when I was hooked. I’ve tried convincing my husband we need a pet musk ox but so far he isn’t going for it.
I absolutely love lace knitting, the more complex the chart the better. My second love is socks, I always have a few on the go.
TKG: What is the best advice that you have received as a knitter?
Christina: It is only yarn. Don’t let a beautiful skein sit on the shelf, knit it up … you can always get more.
TKG: Anything else you would like our guild members to know?
Christina: It’s Spring! I look forward to meeting all of you on the 19th and again at the Frolic.
Our March was a skill exchange and our members shared some of their favourite techniques with their fellow guild members! Many thanks to all our wonderful instructors for sharing their expertise: Denise Powell, Willow Moonbeam, Margaret Winter, Patrick Madden, Sarah Dawn and Mary Pat McDonald.
Thank you to our vendor Indigodragonfly for bringing an amazing array of colours and textures.
This months Show 'N Tell was shawl-tastic - all shapes, sizes and colours. With the weather still on the cooler side there is still plenty of time to get your shawls out for a walk! See all the projects here.
2016/17 Meeting Schedule
Location & Times:
Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30
Doors open 6:30 p.m. for social knitting