December 2015 Newsletter
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Help Wanted! Volunteer Coordinator 2016 Toronto Knitters Frolic. We are looking for a dynamic individual to coordinate all our wonderful volunteers for this year's Frolic. Our team of volunteers make the frolic happen! Please email Joan Kass by January 15, 2016. 
Try Before You Buy Membership Offer! Know someone that is interested in joining the Toronto Knitters Guild? If they attend a TKG meeting as a guest for $8 and are inspired to join the TKG the $8 will be credited towards their membership fee of $50. Guests can upgrade to a full membership at the end of the meeting.

2015/16 memberships are $50 and available for purchase at the December meeting from 6:45pm-7:25pm and at the end of the meeting from Cindy O'Malley at our registration table.

Message from the President

I would like to thank everyone for  last month's donations to “Knit for a Cure”. It is overwhelming to see the generosity of our members. I have to admit that when I joined the guild 6 years ago, I was inspired to knit garments for myself. I did not think I would ever have time for charity knitting. Of course, over the years, there are some projects that don't turn out so well – or rather don't fit so well. These items that I will never use have since been donated to the needlework guild – an organization that supports 28 charities.  Items are collected over the year and distributed one day in November. These days, I try to devote at least 10% of my knitting time to charitable causes.  

Rebecca Kingston will be speaking at the December Meeting about her charitable initiative 1000 stitches for Syria focused on preparing new Syrian immigrants for our Canadian winters.  I received the following note from Rebecca:   
“I just met this morning with a representative from COSTI, a Toronto agency that meets refugees as they arrive in the country and provides housing and orientation for a week to ten days. They will be having a holiday party on the 18th and would need around 200 items for distribution from the Toronto network. I will be going to the drop off sites at Romni Wools, Yarns Untangled, Knitomatic and Ewe Knit around Dec. 15th to pick up the first batch of items, so if there are members of the Toronto guild who would like to donate, they can drop off at those locations or bring them to the December meeting.“
Rebecca will be accepting donations for the Syrian refugees at the December meeting. We will also accept donations for Knit for the Cure, and Knitted Knockers at every meeting. Look for the donation baskets at the front of the hall.

Wishing everyone a happy holiday season.
Knittingly yours,
Debra - TKG President

November Meeting in Review

The November meeting had a great turn out, and saw the return of Dr. Knit! Show 'n Tell projects were shown by Trish, Susan & Kathleen, Cindy, Patricia and more. Visit the November Show ‘n Tell page for photos!
Our featured guest speaker Patrick Madden of Signature Yarns spoke about making time for creativity and inspired us all by sharing his beautiful collection of knitwear.  Thank you Patrick for the wonderful presentation and the reminder to embrace our creative sides!

Looking ahead to the December 16th, 2015 meeting, join us for the holiday social and ugly sweater contest. Not sure how to participate in the contest? Wear an item “gone wrong” of your own creation or hit the thrift stores for a prefabricated option. Need a bit of inspiration? Check this site out. Full contest details available here.

Show Off Your Culinary Skills! Food for the social will be provided by your TKG Executive, but this year members are invited to contribute a favourite sweet or savoury finger food. Please see Debra Rowland or Patrick Madden before the meeting with your contribution. Thank you!

December Meeting Vendor: Bree Zorel of Tenderfield: Slow Cloth Nation. Bree will have a selection of Merino and Alpaca yarns sourced in South America, knitting project bags, greeting cards and knitting patterns for babies & children for sale at the meeting. Preferred payment by cash or cheque.

If you are interested in booking a vendor table at one of our monthly meetings, please contact Cindy O'Malley

Charity Knitting: 1000 Stitches for Syria. Rebecca Kingston will be at the December meeting to share information on her initiative supporting Syrian Refugees being placed in Canada. Visit 1000 Stitches for Syria on Ravelry for information on preparing your donation for distribution.

Upcoming Meetings

December 16th

Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30
Doors open at 6:45 

A fun evening to sit, knit and socialize together and enjoy some holiday Sweet 'n Savouries! Come and join in on the fun.

Ugly Sweater Contest

Part of the festivities planned for our December meeting is an ugly sweater contest. All attending are encouraged to participate. This is a personal best contest.

Those who participate are given a ticket and numbers are drawn for a selection of prizes.

Need some inspiration? Check out these exemplary uglies sure to make you cringe and provide some ideas. This link provides DIY instructions and inspiration

Think thrift store sweater, glue gun and Christmas decorations! We hope you can participate.

Next Meeting: January 20th

A Time to Celebrate

Celebrating 20 wonderful years with a panel discussion featuring founding members.

Come learn the history of the guild and enjoy an evening socializing together at this Toronto Knitters Guild 20th Anniversary Meeting

Next Meeting: February 20th

Work of Our Hands Fashion Show

This is the meeting when members get to strut their stuff – showing off their fabulous knitted or crocheted garments. Big or small, intricate or uncomplicated, these are the works of our hands and worthy of attention. All are welcome and encouraged to participate. Inspire, and be inspired.


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

Knitted Knockers

Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. These soft, comfortable, lightweight prosthesis are available for FREE. Nancy Thompson, Founder of Knitted Knockers of Canada, was at the November 18th meeting to tell us more about this organization that promotes the making and distribution of the Knitted Knockers. The organization connects volunteer knitters with breast cancer survivors, and provides them with Knitted Knockers free of charge. See for more information.

We had an overwhelming response from our members signing out skeins of yarn to knit some knockers in support this cause.  We are looking forward to seeing the finished products!  Members are asked to return any unused yarn along with their completed knockers to our monthly meetings so we can "mix and match" to get the most out of the yarn.

We Love our Yarn Stores!

Many thanks to Jonathon Leonard of Romni Wools and Linda Benne of Linda's Craftique for their very generous donations of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton to support the launch of our Knitted Knockers campaign.

Would you like to see your yarn store featured in our Newsletter? Contact Cindy at for details.
Visit our Yarn Stores page for more information on discounts for Guild members.

Guild Member Show and Tell: 

Some of you will remember Elizabeth Hilton, who was a member of our guild before she moved with her family to just north of Kingston a few years ago. When I visited with her last summer, she showed me many versions of a beautiful modular vest that she had designed and knit for herself and for a few friends. As we sat and knit together we talked about the classes that I was teaching at Creative Yarns and she asked if I thought she might be able to teach this vest there. I was happy to facilitate this happening and took the course myself this fall.

The original pattern is for a “regular” length vest. Since I am over 6 feet tall I decided to make it tunic length. But during the 4-session class, I followed the pattern and made it as designed. It starts with 8 individual diamonds, in 4 colour combinations, using 3 solid colours and 1 variegated yarn. Then the stitches are picked up along the edges, and ends woven in as you go, to start building block upon block up to the top. In my case, after finishing this part, I started picking up stitches and working downward to make it tunic length. I used smaller needles on the row at the high waist for a bit of shaping there.

Then I decided to make sleeves. I had thought I would use one colour and stocking stitch, but was not happy with the first attempt.

So decided to mix all the colours together in linen stitch. To tie in with the bright i-cord edging, beginning at the cuff I used the bright turquoise with the soft purple and gray. Then I took out the turquoise and used the variegated yarn in its place. The variegated yarn has a bit of the bright turquoise in it, so the colour was dispersed all the way up the arms. Linen stitch, at 49 rows and 31 sts to 4 inches, is a bit nasty and time consuming, but I am happy with the results.

All the details are on my Ravelry page, TrishD. Elizabeth will be teaching this vest again at Creative Yarns, so watch their website for details next spring. The pattern is currently only available at Creative Yarns.

- Trish Denhoed  (TrishD on Ravelry)

Shawl Pattern: Modular Diamond Vest by Elizabeth Hilton
Yarn: 3 colours of Madeline Tosh Sock yarn and some Manos del Uruguay Alegria for the variegated  

Check out more November Show and Tell projects.
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