December 2019 Newsletter

Next Meeting: December 18
  Doors Open: 6:30PM for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30PM

Location: Innis Town Hall

December Guild Meeting Speaker & Vendor:
Christopher Walker, cabinboyknits

Christopher Walker of cabinboyknits will be presenting a talk on the History of Canadian Knitting. He has delivered this lecture in Canada and Europe. In the talk, Christopher discusses the first evidence of knitting in Canada, the influence of Europeans on knitting in our country and a variety of specific knitting techniques on the East and West coasts. This whirlwind tour of our Canadian knitting heritage will also include discussion of men in knitting and the impact of the World Wars, as well as the current state of knitting and other homegrown topics. 
Christopher will also be the vendor during the December meeting with a selection of his yarns, dyed with natural dye techniques. 
Guild Financials
The Toronto Knitters Guild was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on February 1, 2019. We will be presenting the 1st year's financials for the new reporting year (Feb 1/19 - Jan 31/20) to the membership at the May AGM. In the interim, we provide, for information purposes only, this comparative statement for the 12 months ended August 31st so that you can compare performance between 2017/18 and 2018/19 over the former Guild reporting year ended August 31st. If you have any questions, please get in touch at :
Click here to view the interim financials.
November Meeting Recap
The November meeting was another smash with Guild President Carol Mather-Miles presenting Laurie Tucker from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Wig Salon with a cheque for $2,000 from the Guild. These funds were raised from the yarn winding and used book sales during the 2019 Frolic and Dollar-Up Table at Guild meetings.

Emerging knitwear designer Kyle Vey of Vector Knits give a heartfelt talk about his learning-to-knit journey (begun only three years ago!) and his past year as a designer. Kyle was very open about what the past year has taught him, including the viral popularity of his Wingspan shawl, which was launched at the 2019 Frolic. He also discussed the local Toronto yarn community and his work using yarns from November meeting vendor, Yarn Indulgences. Deborah from Yarn Indulgences brought many of her stunning yarns, including Zed Luxe Sock yarn called for in one of Kyle's soon-to-be released patterns.
November Raffle and Show & Tell
Many thanks to all who supported the November Meeting's Raffle. 
  • 2 skeins Zed Luxe, and $25 Gift Certificate to Yarn Indulgences, donated by Yarn Indulgences. Won by Kathy O'Brien.
  • Noro Silk Garden Sock (2 skeins), donated by a member. Won by Margaret Bryant. 
  • Loop-d-Loop Lace (book), donated by a member. Won by Allie Campbell. 
  • Yarn Shirley Brian and pattern, 100% cotton, Fingering Weight, donated by a member. Won by Mary Martin. 
Click here for more photos from the November Meeting!
Lost Skein from November Meeting
Did you take home the wrong yarn last meeting? A skein of Artfil Mericana DK, in the colourway 'Mushroom' (a brown-taupe colour) in a small black drawstring bag was lost at the last meeting. Please email with any info you may have. 
Member Survey to Come - December 27th, 2019

We want to know how the Guild year is going for you! The TKG Board will be distributing a survey to members via email December 27th, 2019. Let us know how you are finding this year. What have you enjoyed, what concerns do you have, what do you want from meetings?

April Meeting Details - Plan Your Project!
Knitty Fashion Show – April 15, 2020

Amy Singer from will be at our April meeting presenting a fashion show using patterns from Knitty. This meeting is all about member participation and FUN!  Amy will moderate and we will model our garments. Prepare to be entertained with stories and anecdotes throughout the show.

We need your items for the show! If you’d like to join in the fun, please fill out the fashion show submission form below and send it back to Cheryl as soon as possible. All the details you’ll need are on the submission form.

Click here to download the Knitty Fashion Show Submission Form!
April Member De-Stash
Because April is the pre-Frolic meeting, we’re going to run a Member De-stash event, instead of having a vendor. Get ready to clear out your stash and make room for some new goodies from the Frolic.  Start thinking about what you’d like to sell, and we’ll provide details on that in the New Year.  We’ll also have a Used Book & Pattern sale with proceeds benefiting our charities.
TKG Member Spotlight!
Share your work! Tag your WIPs and FOs with #tkgspotlight tag on Instagram and Ravelry for a chance to be featured on the TKG social media pages. We can’t wait to see and share what everyone is working on - it’s our virtual Show and Tell! 
Update To Guild Photography Policy
In order to help ensure we are providing a safe and comfortable space for all, and to allow participants to have a clear opportunity to "opt out" if they don't wished to be photographed, we have made some adaptations to our photography guidelines for Guild meetings going forward.

1) We will designate the left-hand bank of seating (when attendees are seated, looking at the stage, it will be the left side bank of seats) as a zone where the Guild photographer will not approach seated people for photos, and will ensure that members will not be captured in the background of shots while sitting there.

2) Prior to taking anyone's photos at the meetings (including raffle prize winners and Show & Tell participants), our photographer will ask the individual if s/he would like their photo taken. If Show & Tell presenters wish to have no photo taken or just a photo close-up of the item and not of themselves, they can inform the photographer of their wishes at the time.

As all the photos taken at the meetings are posted to our Flickr stream (which is linked to from our website), and some may eventually be used on our other platforms (website, Instagram, Facebook, etc.), those who don't wish to be included can opt out of having their photo taken.

3) If Show & Tell participants do not wish to have their names/projects posted to the website  post (we only include first names in the Show & Tell post), they can opt out on the Show & Tell sign up sheet.

4) We also respectfully remind attendees that if you are taking photos at a meeting to be respectful of people’s requests not to be photographed or taped.

We hope that that these amended guidelines will help continue to make our meetings a comfortable and inclusive place to be. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or speak to a Board member.
Celebrating the Joy of Yarn. 
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