February 2019 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: February 20
  Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

Message from the President

I am very happy to tell you all that the membership approved the guild proceeding to Incorporation during the January 16, 2019 meeting. All the paperwork has been submitted, and as of February 1, 2019, the Toronto Knitters Guild is an Incorporated Non-profit organization.

Thank you all for your review of the related documents and for your questions. I am thrilled that we have such an engaged membership! 

There are additional items that require consent by the Membership. The first is the Special Resolutions of the Members, and we will ask for your consent at the February 20 meeting. These resolutions include:

  • Confirmation of By-law No. 1 (this creates operating framework for the corporation as presented to you at the January 16 meeting)
  • Confirmation of the Directors (as presented to you previously)
  • Confirmation that the number of directors may need to be changed from time to time (we are currently at 9 persons, of which 5 roles –President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Registrar– are Officers)
  • Deferral of appointing an Accountant until the AGM (next one is scheduled for May)

Our lawyer, Heather Keachie, is currently drafting our bylaws, based on our existing Constitution & By-laws, with appropriate additions and modifications required to confirm with Canadian and Ontario laws. These will be made available to you as soon as they are complete.

Carol Mather-Miles
President and Treasurer (Interim)
Toronto Knitters Guild

February Meeting Vendor and Speaker

After their beloved LYS closed up shop, Lynn Melluso and Tara Kimura took matters into their own hands and opened Knit School in January 2017. Lynn and Tara set a few goals for their project, stay small and financially self-reliant, create a nurturing community, and buy only yarns that they truly loved. They rented space at The Village Hive, a co-working space in Markham where they host monthly crafternoons, a time that allows knitters to drop in, shop, and socialize. They also teach knitting, embroidery, and crochet lessons in local shops. They stuff their corner of the Hive with as many beautiful yarns as possible and have honed their skills fitting a whole lot of yarn in a small space.

At the February meeting, Lynn and Tara will share their secrets to hosting a successful pop up shop, and what they have learned from their unique selling arrangement. Lynn and Tara will bring their favourite yarns and notions from Mineville Wool Project, Fleece Artist, Firefly Notes and more.

Dollar Table
Proceeds from the Dollar Table are currently going to the Guild’s general fund. Annually, these funds total approximately $150. The Board has decided to include the funds from the Dollar Table with our donation to our chosen Frolic charity. This will take effect as of the beginning of this guild year (September 2018).

Member Sale Tables – may be booked for select meetings for Destash sales of Yarn, Books, etc. Please contact any member of the Board for more details.

Community Announcements
Do you have a charitable project you'd like to share with Guild Members? Guild Members can request 2-3 minutes to speak about a community event or fundraising initiative by emailing one week before a scheduled meeting. Community announcements will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and kept to one per meeting. 


New Member Orientation and Member Meet Up

We are continuing the New Member Meet Up at the beginning of the February meeting! Cheryl De Ville, our Programme Coordinator, will be available 20 minutes before the meeting to show you around and get you oriented. New members, or any member, who would like to meet more people, can join Cheryl at the front of the room at 7:10 PM for a quick chat. Cheryl will be wearing a skein of yarn around her neck, like a super quick cowl, to identify herself.

Members - please wear your name badge to make intros a breeze!

January Meeting Recap

At the 2019 January Meeting, knitwear designer, Tech Editor and teacher Kate Atherley gave a spirited talk about 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, working with Handpainted Yarns'. She took us through the language used to describe these yarns, offered several guidelines, and suggested patterns for working with handpainted, variegated and multi-coloured yarns to ensure a project shows off the very best of it. Kate has kindly let the Guild share her slide on techniques and some highlighted patterns from her talk on the TKG website

Kate also very generously donated three skeins of Indigo Dragonfly yarn and two patterns for a raffle prize, won by Michale Raske who was understandably delighted.
Click here to see the pictures from January's Show and Tell
January Prize Draw
January's meeting was packed with splendid prizes. We hope members will support the organisations that make this possible! 
  • Artfil Aran 100% Merino (The Green Door colourway), Artfil Mericana DK 70% Merino (Bering Sea), donated by Artfil; won by Kim Hume. 
  • Artfil Sweater 70% Merino (Antique Gold), donated by Artfil; won by Linda Karlinsky. 
  • Artfil Belle 80% wool 20% nylon, (OOAK), Artfil solo 100% wool, Gypsy Soul donated by Artfil; won by Sandra Melanson. 
  • Leo & Roxy Yarn and J Hendry Design Co Project Bag, donated by Stix & Stones; won by Catherine Briant.
  • PomPom Quarterly Magazine, Eucalan, donated by PomPom Quarterly; won by Joanna Nakeff. 
  • 3 skeins Indigo Dragonfly yarn, and 2 Kate Atherley Patterns, donated by Indigo Dragonfly and Kate Atherley, won by Michale Raske.
Click here to see more meeting pictures at the TKG Flickr Site

March Meeting Teaser

Join us at our March 20th meeting for knitter, quilter and yoga teacher, Ardith Symmes, speaking about the benefits of ergonomic knitting and how we can look after our bodies to continue to knit without injury. Ardith will also lead us through a gentle Chair Yoga session suitable for all levels of fitness. Working the hands, arms, shoulders, back and neck, you'll come away with a sense of freedom in the upper body and spine.

The March vendor is Yarn Indulgences, who will be bringing hand dyed yarns, including her 100% Indulgent line, made with 100% British wool; and Zed line, made in Canada, among others. 

Frolic News: Save the Date!

The Toronto Knitter's Frolic returns Saturday, April 27th, 2019.

The list of Frolic Vendors is now live, check it out and start planning your day! 
Frolic Make-A-Long - DEstash REstash MAL

Back by popular demand, the DEstash REstash Make-A-Long is here for 2019! The MAL is currently on, and will run until 9:00 AM Eastern time Saturday, April 27th when the doors open for this year’s TKG Frolic.

Read all the details in the Ravelry thread in the TKG Group, and don't forget to use the hashtags, #DEstashREstashMAL2019 #torontoknittersfrolic #torontoknittersguild when posting on social media. 

LYS Events
Let us tell TKG membership about your LYS events. We can post your information on our Facebook page, on our Ravelry forum, on our Instagram account, and in our monthly newsletter. Send an email to if you have an event you would like promoted. 
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