February 2015 Newsletter
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  • Membership discounts! Become a member for only $30. Find out more >>
  • Elections are coming! While we get to work getting organized, start thinking about who you would like to nominate to run. More information will be provided at our next meeting.
  • YarnOver SleepOver returns April 17-19th in Orillia. Full details are available on their website.
  • December Q & AClick here to view them now.
  • Lease Renewed! We have secured Innis Townhall for our 2015 meetings, and with only a slight increase in rent.
  • Knitter's Frolic Insurance: We have arranged for event insurance for the Frolic as we had in past years. We have revised the contract for Frolic Vendors to include a waiver of liability against the TKG and the JCCC and recommendation that they  obtain their own insurance for property, personal injury and liability. Next steps are to secure general liability and executive office insurance! 

Relay for Life Ontario

Becky Mitts, Ontario Division Manager for Relay for Life, joined us at our January meeting to honour our Relay for Life Team for raising over $110,000 over 10 years of participation in the Central Toronto Relay for Life.

Our first Downtown Knit Collective president, Annabelle Dawson was a victim of brain cancer. Knitting designers from around the world collaborated to create Annabelle’s Caps, a book of chemo cap patterns in recognition of Annabelle’s contribution to the knitting world as a knitwear designer, teacher and promoter of knitting.  Proceeds from the sale of this book were donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Inspired by Annabelle’s contribution to our own DKC, Joan Kass formed a Relay for Life Team in Annabelle’s honour which continues to participate in the Toronto Relay for Life event.  In addition to fundraising, our team, wearing headlamps, knits chemo caps, scarves and shawls  overnight on Relay night. All of these items are donated to those undergoing treatment for cancer...hug from us to them. 

 – Joan Kass

Upcoming Meetings

February 18th
Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30 (Doors open at 6:45)

Work of our Hands Fashion Show 2015
Celebrating our Members

The TKG annual fashion show features items hand-crafted by our members, with commentators to speak about the features of each modeled item. We encourage every member to participate and show off their handiwork, whether you are celebrating your first knit or your 1000th!

Don't be shy!  Find out how to participate >>

Next Meeting: March 18th

Information to be posted shortly.

Toronto Knitters Frolic

April 25-26
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court
Toronto, ON M3C 1Z5

Get Ready, Get Set for Toronto Knitters Frolic 2015.  Click here to learn all things Frolic.

Visit the Frolic website.

Robin Hunter: Summary

Robin Hunter was the guest speaker at our January meeting. She talked about the joys and perils of working with variegated and hand dyed-yarns. 

Here are some tips from Robin's talk:

  • When selecting yarn unwind it and look at the colours and length of the repeats. 
  • The number of stitches and gage make a huge difference, if the yarn isn't showing nicely consider changing the number of stitches or gage.
  • Short repeats of 3-6 inches tend not to have pooling, and longer repeats of 20 inches or more are more likely to pool.
  • Try mixing solid yarn with your variegated yarn to break up the colour pattern.
  • Use a purl stitch to add texture and soften the transitions. 
  • When purchasing your yarn make sure that you have enough for your project in the same dye lot.

Check out Robin's blog on her talk for additional information and links to resources.

Stitch of the Month: Basket Weave

The basket weave is a great way to prevent pooling and striping in your patters.

Multiple of 8 stitches

Rows 1, 3 & 5: K4, P4
Rows 2, 4 & 6: P4, K4

Rows 7, 9 & 11: P4, K4
Rows 8, 10 & 12: K4, P4

Based on “The Burger and a Movie Scarf” from Never Knit Your Man a Sweater (Unless You’ve Got the Ring!) by Judith Durant (Storey Publishing, 2006)

– Erin Howe

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