April 2019 Newsletter

Dedicated to advancing the art of knitting through the sharing of ideas and techniques, education and community involvement.

Next Meeting: April 17
  Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30 

Q & A on TKG By-Laws: 6:30 - 7:30 
Location: Innis Town Hall

April Guild Meeting

During the April Guild meeting the membership will review and adopt the Guild By-Laws. This is part of our incorporation process as a Guild. Any member who has questions about the By-Laws can contact a board member or ask their questions during the Q and A session before the April meeting. If you have not reviewed the By-Laws yet, click here to read them. 

April Vendor and Speaker

Sharon Trent of Alpacas from 8th and Mud in Stoney Creek will join us as our Speaker and Vendor to share her experiences of raising Alpacas, running a fibre mill, and producing yarns and felted products. All the products made in her store are from Alpaca fibre, and she also spins yarns with blends of alpaca and silk, bamboo, Merino and other exotic blends.

Sharon will be bringing a variety of yarns, in hand-dyed and natural colours, felting supplies (prefelts and felted sheets), kits and knitting needles. Payment can be made in all major credit cards and debit.
Yarn Donation: The Guild has received a donation of yarn that we would like to offer to members for donation knitting. The yarn will be available during the April meeting, and the Guild will collect knit items for donation at the June Meeting. Get inspired on the Guild's Philanthropy page which lists many patterns for items in demand. 
March Meeting Recap

During the March meeting, speaker Ardith Symmes, a certified yoga instructor, quilter, and knitter gave an excellent talk and guided chair yoga session. Ardith spoke about the importance of proper posture, listening to your body, and taking breaks when knitting. She also talked about using tools, like a small pillow at your back to support your spine, good lighting, and sitting with a pillow on your lap to support heavier projects, in order to reduce stress on the body. 

If you're interested in learning more about ergonomics of knitting, Ardith referenced an excellent book on the subject by Carson Demers, 'Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Hand Knitting'.

Deborah of Yarn Indulgences brought her two stunning bases to the March meeting, Zed and Indulgent, as well as tantalising bundles of mini-skeins. If you missed Yarn Indulgences, don't worry, Deborah will be at the Frolic, later this month!

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Discussion on Inclusivity, suggestions from the discussion have been brought to the board, to determine how they can be implemented. For those who would like to read more about this, there's a Ravelry thread with some background information. If you would like to get involved, please contact the Board. 

Click here to see more meeting pictures at the TKG Flickr Site
March Prize Draw
At the March meeting some excellent prizes were raffled off. Many thanks to everyone who donated prizes. 
  • Zed sock skein and mini skeins, won by Kristen Sytlowana. Donated by Deborah of Yarn Indulgences. 
  • Mini Maiden Yarn in Polar Sea, won by Leslie McBride. Donated by a Guild Member. 
  • 'Adventures in Yarn Farming' book, won by Melanie von Bitter. Donated by a Guild Member. 
  • Athenee Sock self striping yarn, won by Sheena. Donated by a Guild Member.

Frolic News - only weeks away!

The Toronto Knitter's Frolic is only a few short weeks away! Get ready for the day (and for yarn festival season) with Cindy O'Malley's blog post on the Frolic, 'Tis the Season for Yarn Festivals'! Click here to read.

Interested in helping out? Frolic Volunteer Coordinator Roberta Brown is still searching for a few more helpful people to volunteer for a shift during the frolic. Contact her at to help out. 
Frolic Make-A-Long - DEstash REstash MAL

It's not too late to join the Frolic DEstash REstash MAL! Currently running until 9:00 AM EST Saturday, April 27th, when the doors open for this year’s Frolic. Click here for more details.

May Meeting Teaser
The May Guild Meeting is taking place Wednesday, May 15th, at Innis Town Hall. Our speaker is Marnie Parkin, The Happy Cranker from from The Bear’s Den in Aurora, Ontario. Marnie will demo 'cranking out' a sock on a circular sock machine and talk about the history and variety of cranking sock machines still in use.

Our vendor will be Dragon Strings, who hand-dyes skeins stunning gradients, and eye popping shades.
Local Events
The Knitting Pilgrim - Play and Knitting Workshop
The Knitting Pilgrim, featuring the Stitched Glass tapestries, is a one-man show and talk-back by Toronto Knitters Guild member Kirk Dunn taking place Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 3 PM  and 8 PM, and Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 6 PM, at The Aga Khan Museum Auditorium.

A one-man play & talk-back about the artistic and spiritual journey of Kirk Dunn, who took 15 years to knit a triptych of tapestries, designed in the style of stained-glass windows, exploring the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths. There is no other project like it in the world.

General admission tickets are $25, with 25% off for seniors and students. Tickets are available via the Aga Khan Museum, book online or call 416-646-4677. 
The Aga Khan Museum presents Knitting Together with Kirk Dunn, a Two-Pillow Workshop by Toronto Knitters’ Guild member Kirk Dunn on Sunday, May 5, from 11-4 PM. The workshop includes a tour of the museum, some materials, and instruction on the special colourwork techniques for these cushions. Book online at this link or call 416-646-4677. 

The Aga Khan Museum is located at 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M3C 1K1. Click here for their Accessibility page
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