December 2017 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: December 13th  |  Doors Open: 6:30 | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

Warm wishes to you all for a happy and healthy Holiday Season! 

From your Toronto Knitters Guild Board 
Carol, Jill, Carole, Anastasia, Susan, Ramona, Roberta, Sarah, Vivian, Patrick, Debra 

December Meeting Skills Exchange & Social

Five Exciting Teachers! Five 15-minute Workshops!  

You will be able to participate in up to 3 of the 5 classes offered.  

Everyone please bring a standard knitting/crochet tool kit, including scissors, tape measure, darning needle, and stitch markers; plus a selection of light-coloured medium- or light-weight yarn and suitable knitting needles. 
Homework & Additional Requirements:  
Please complete your homework prior to your chosen class(es).  
Alison Rose: Provisional Cast-on
Homework: None!

Sarah Dawn: Pick up and Knit/Pick up and Purl 
Homework: Bring a stocking stitch swatch, at least 20 sts across and 20 rows, preferably with a slipped-stitch (chain) edging, in a medium weight yarn (Worsted), medium to light colour.  End with Right Side facing and the work still on the needles.  

Denise Powell: Duplicate Stitch 
Homework: Bring a small swatch (20 sts X enough rows to make a square will do, larger if you want) in a light to medium weight smooth yarn and not a very dark colour. Also a tapestry needle (blunt point, suitable size for your yarn) and about 1 metre of similar weight and contrasting colour yarn. 

Catherine Osborne: Finishing with a Crochet Hook, including Seaming, Edging & Button Bands  
Homework: Bring a small swatch (20 sts X enough rows to make a square, or larger if you want) in a light to medium weight yarn and light to medium colour, plus contrasting yarn and a crochet hook in a size suitable to the yarn. 

Pat Concessi: The Magic Loop
Homework: Bring yarn and one circular needle at least 36” long  (recommend worsted weight yarn and 5mm needle). Cast on 24 stitches. 
If you decide not to take a class, we would welcome your assistance in setting up for the Social.  

Annual Holiday Social  

After the Skills Exchange, please join us in the Lobby to socialize with your fellow Guild members and guests and enjoy some homemade treats.  

If you would like to contribute a Treat to our social, please contact Carol MM.  

The Guild will provide Hot Apple Cider and Fruit Punch.  

Please respect Innis College’s request that No food or beverages (other than water) are taken into the Town Hall Auditorium.  

December Vendor: Signature Yarns

Patrick Madden grew up around yarn, having been left as a baby on the doorstep of his local yarn shop and raised in the world of textiles by a kind knitter who sent him to Sheridan College to study Knitwear Design. Patrick then went out into the world for many years, returning in 2004 to work and teach in various Ontario yarn shops.

Patrick realized his dream of owning his own business by launching Signature Yarns in 2014, retailing yarn online and at various regional yarn shows throughout Ontario and when guest speaker at knitting guilds. Patrick teaches both hand and machine knitting lessons of all skill levels by appointment at his home in Toronto and is an ardent supporter and advocate of knitting and the Toronto Knitters Guild, where he has volunteered for years in many capacities. 

Patrick will be bringing his gorgeous assortment of hand dyed yarns from Prism, Blue Heron, and assorted kits, including hand dyed sock yarns, Tencel and Linen Lace yarn, Chenille, Rayons and Chunky Mohair for throws, to name a few. 

Fleece Artist Thrum Mitten Kits: Reg $35 - TKG Special $28!

Surprise specials including assorted sock yarns Reg $16-$20, on sale for $10!

All yarns will be priced at a 20-30% discount for this special evening. 

Patrick is looking forward to seeing you at the TKG!

Payment Accepted: Cash • Credit Card • Interac Debit


January – Men’s Night 

The January meeting will be dedicated to the Men in our lives!  While men are always welcome at our meetings (and yes, we have several male members), we are specifically inviting all Men who knit, and the men we knit for to join us tonight.   

Eric Lutz of Rib Magazine will be our Feature Speaker and will be bringing the Rib Magazine sample garments to show us. He’s going to give us some insight into how Rib Magazine selects their colour palette and patterns and how we might chose a pattern and colour for a garment for the men in our lives. You might even pick up some tips if you’re thinking of knitting something for Fathers Day.  

We are thrilled to welcome back Rae of Stix & Stones from North Bay as our Vendor.  

The January Show and Tell will be dedicated to garments knit by and for Men. You might even be able to convince your man to help you show off that gorgeous sweater, hat, scarf … 

All Men will be able to attend at our January 17 meeting free of charge! 
Toronto Knitters Guild Constitution

We have drafted a constitution for the guild, and now it is time for our members to review it. You will be asked to ratify the constitution at the January 17 meeting, following the guidelines set out in Article 7.

View the constitution on the Guild site.

Thank you to members Janet Deline and Dale Hendry for their time and assistance with drafting and fine-tuning the Constitution. 

Any questions or concerns, please contact Carol Mather Miles or any Board member in writing. 


We are Looking for a Newsletter Editor!

Do you have a passion for writing as well as knitting? Our current newsletter editor is stepping down and we are looking for someone with a gift for storytelling. We send our newsletter using MailChimp so comfort with online services is a bonus. If you think you might be interested please speak to a member of the executive. 

Can You Spare a Skein?

Andrea Westbrook of WINK (Women In Need Klinic) spoke at our November meeting about teaching low-income, homeless, and street-involved women and trans women to knit while they socialize and learn about how to manage their health and well-being. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, won’t you please review your stash for unloved skeins of yarn and spare knitting needles you would be willing to donate to a good cause? Andrea plans to attend the December meeting so let’s load her up with supplies! 

Charitable Works 

The Charity Knitting page is up on the Toronto Knitters Guild site. You will also find it under the “About” menu.  

I hope you will all take a bit of time out of your busy days to either knit (or crochet) something for someone in need or sort through your stash and donate materials.  

If you know of other charitable organizations that we can link with, please contact Carol

The Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild is inviting us to attend a Workshop with Lucy Neatby on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Workshops are $45 each; maximum 22 students per session. Click here for more information or to download the registration form.

November Meeting in Review

November's was another great meeting, with over 100 guild members and guests there to enjoy knitting and be entertained by a great speaker.

Show and Tell

Thank you to our participants Ramona, Helen, Denise and Kim, Christine and Marilyn for sharing their knits with us – visit the guild site to see the projects.


This months winners were:
  • 1 skein Artfil Belle Fingering - Lydia Trzoch
  • Van Gogh Stole Kit - Kathleen Theriault
  • 2 skeins Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica - Mary McNulty 
  • 1 skein Yarn Indulgences Zed Merino Fingering (Sugarplum colourway) & 1 skein Yarn Indulgences Zed Luxe Sock (MCN – Blue Raspberry colourway) - Lydia Trzoch
Thank you to Artfil for their donation to the November raffle. 

Thank you also to our vendor Yarn Indulgences for their donation to the November raffle and for bringing a fantastic array of products for our shopping pleasure. 

Thank you to Guild members for the remaining prizes.

November Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker Denise Powell (aka Dr. Knit) shared with us the places that she goes to for inspiration. 

For Denise it is all around: ancient Egypt, in nature and even the stars of course!

She encouraged us all to look at the world around us and think about the ways that those shapes could be knit. After seeing the fantastic work being done it is easy to believe that anything is possible. 

Denise brought an amazing array of knitting samples with her that were available after her talk to review up close. Thanks to Dr. Knit for the wonderful talk!

2017/18 Meeting Schedule

Location & Times:
Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30
Doors open 6:30 p.m. for social knitting

Members: Free
Guests: $10

December 13 — Skills Exchange & Social  (2nd Wednesday)
January 17 — Eric Lutz, publisher of Rib Magazine
February 21 — Sweater Fitting with Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly
March 21 — Nuno Felting with Lesley of Rosehaven Yarns
April 18 — Knitwear Designer Fiona Ellis
May 16
June 20

Attention LYS owners! Do you have sales, workshops, classes or KALs that you would like to promote to the TKG membership?  We would be delighted to post your information on our FaceBook page, on our Ravelry forum, and in our monthly newsletter. The deadline for the newsletter is the first Wednesday of the month; we aim to send it out by the second Wednesday. Send an email to if you have an event you would like listed. 


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