January 2018 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: January 17th  |  Doors Open: 6:30 | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

January Meeting – 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 choose 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.  

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 are invited to attend at our January 17 meeting free of charge! 

January Vendor – Stix & Stones

We are thrilled to welcome back Rae of Stix & Stones from North Bay as our Vendor.  Rae will have yarns from: Feisty Fibres (who will be joining her at the meeting to promote her yarns), Artfil Yarns, Sweaterkits Yarns, Georgian Bay Fibre Co, Americo Original yarns, Alpaca Blanket Yarn, Malabrigo and Sugar Bush. There will also be a selection of knitting project bags and totes that are made locally in North Bay as well as project bags designed by J.Hendry Design Co. A variety of knitting accessories such as one of a kind stitch markers, yarn bowls, fur pom poms and more will be available. 

Check out the selection of clearance indie yarns that will be available that night only for 30% off regular price plus a wide selection of our regular priced yarns, ALL of which will receive a 10% guild membership discount with a valid guild card.

Payment options: Debit, all credit cards, e-transfer and cash. 

Toronto Knitters Guild Constitution Ratification

A reminder that we will be asking you to ratify the constitution at the January 17th meeting, following the guidelines set out in article 7. If you haven't yet had a chance to read through it you can view the constitution on the Guild site

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

February Meeting

Make It Fit with Kim McBrien Evans of Indigo Dragonfly

As knitters, we are 100% in control of the fit of our garments. Literally building sweaters stitch by stitch, there is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t have great fitting clothing. Let’s take some time to look at what makes a great fitting garment from fabric to finishing, demystify “ease” and how to choose a “size” that incorporates all of those things for YOU.

Please bring a measuring tape and a wear a lightweight top (like you would wear under a sweater).

See full details on the Guild site >>

Vendor: Indigo Dragonfly


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. 

We are also looking for volunteers that would like to contribute regular content to the newsletters. If you have an idea for a regular feature or occasional column we would love to know about it. 

Charitable Works 

**NEW** Mount Sinai Hospital has a volunteer program called Helping Hands. They welcome a variety of knitted or crocheted items, including Neonatal Bereavement (Tiny Angel) Gowns, PICC Line Covers, and Chemo Caps. Their Geriatric program also welcomes Shrugs/Shoulderettes & Shawls, and Lap Blankets. They have provided us with some suggested patterns, but feel free to use your own or another pattern.  

Items may be dropped off at any Guild meeting.  
See the Charity Knitting page (under the About menu) on the Toronto Knitters Guild site for other organizations that welcome charitable knitting.  

I hope each of you will take a bit of time to 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.

2nd Annual LandMade at the Gladstone Hotel, February 4th, 10am-4pm. Discover fleeces, rovings and yarns direct from the farm. Farm fresh yarns, rovings and fleece will be available from 10 local Fibreshed farmers. Meet the farmers raising sheep, alpaca and goats and pick up local fibres for your next project.  

Seasoned fibre lover? Total newbie? Wherever you are on the fibre addict continuum, bring your needles, hooks, spindles and spinning wheel and join in on the knit & spin in! 

Details available at 

Looking for a commercial knitter – From time to time, the Guild receives a request for someone to custom knit a sweater or other item or to repair an existing knitted item. If this is of interest to you, would you please contact one of the Board members? 
The Toronto Knitters Frolic Returns
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Save the Date

Be a Frolic Volunteer!

Don't just attend the Frolic, be a part of it! Sign up to volunteer at the next Guild meeting. 

December Meeting In Review

You got skills, you got cookies . . . all at our December meeting.

Thank you to all our skill exchange teachers Alison, Sarah, Denise, Catherine and Pat.

And a big thank you to everyone that contributed a treat to the social.

It was great to have long time member Patrick Madden as our December vendor with Signature Yarns. He brought a lovely selection yarns to shop.


This month's winners were:

  • 1 Skein Red Sock Blue Sock Comfort Sock yarn, plus Frolic project bag - Margo Terry
  • Vogue Stitchionary Volume 2 Cables, plus Frolic project bag  - Susan Loube 
  • 1 skein Misti Alpaca Chunky, plus Frolic project bag  - Mary McNulty 
  • Romni Wools $50 Gift Card  - Sue Gustavison 
  • 1 Skein Blue Heron Yarns CRT (Cotton & Rayon Twist)  - Marilyn Brady 

Thank you also to our vendor Signature Yarns for their donation to the December raffle and for bringing a beautiful selection of yarns to shop from. 

Thank you to Guild members for the remaining prizes.

Show and Tell

Thank you to our participants Chris, Alison, Therisa, Sarah, Anne Marie, Angela, Sue and Robin for sharing their knits with us – visit the guild site to see the projects.

2017/18 Meeting Schedule

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

Members: Free
Guests: $10

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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