January 2019 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: January 16
  Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

President's Message
Happy New Year to you all! 

I hope you've all had a wonderful holiday season, and are ready for an exciting rest of the Guild year! We will start off the year with asking whether you think it's a good idea for us to incorporate. 

To that end, we have invited our Lawyer, Heather Keachie, to attend the January meeting. Heather will present the reasons for us to proceed towards incorporation, plus our related rights and responsibilities. Heather's presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer segment, after which the Membership will be asked to vote to accept the Articles of Incorporation. Voting will be conducted in accordance with our current Constitution and Bylaws; that is, two-thirds of the members in attendance constitutes a majority vote.

The Board believes that incorporation is in the best interests of the TKG as we grow and move forward. If you are unable to attend the January 16 meeting or prefer not to speak in an open forum, please send your questions directly to me or any member of the board

I look forward to seeing you all on January 16. 

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

January Speaker

KATE ATHERLEY The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Working with Handpainted Yarns
Toronto is a hotbed of knitting talent and our own Kate Atherley ranks highly amongst them.  As the Managing Technical Editor for, as well as a highly sought after teacher, lecturer, designer and author, Kate keeps busy at events worldwide. Her most recent book, The Knitter’s Dictionary, is an easy to use reference book and guide to pattern reading, covering topics from Gauge to Yarn Barf! 

We are fortunate to have Kate back in Toronto for our January meeting to present The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Working with Handpainted Yarns. The gorgeous colour combinations of variegated yarns grab our attention, but sometimes our finished projects don’t achieve our anticipated affect. Kate will provide us with lots of visuals, a guide to diagnosing variegated yarns in the skeins to learn how they might knit up, and give suggestions for pattern stitches and projects to make the most of these beautiful yarns.
January Vendor

Stix and Stones Yarn Boutique is North Bay, ON’s premier source for quality natural yarns and fibres. Specializing in small batch indie dyers and Canadian based companies, Stix and Stones is excited to showcase their selection at the January TKG meeting! You will find a gorgeous array of hand dyed yarns in various weights from indie dyers including: Akara Yarns, Timber Yarns, Songbird Yarn & Fibre, Leo & Roxy, Pretty Strings, Ancient Arts Yarn and Inked Sheep Fibres.

Stix and Stones will also be showcasing local and Ontario made accessories, including project bags, stitch markers, yarn holders and shawl pins. Enjoy 10% off most yarns with your active guild membership!

New Member Orientation and Member Meet Up

We are pleased to be running the Member Meet Up again at the beginning of the January 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!

Guild Business - Incorporation
As the Presdent's Message above explains, we will take a formal vote about whether we may proceed with incorporating the Guild, and accept the Articles of Incorporation at the January meeting. Our lawyer will attend the meeting, will present the reasons for incorporation, and will be available to answer questions (for up to 30 minutes). The vote will follow immediately after. Any questions prior to the meeting may be sent to or any member of the Board. 
December Guild Meeting Recap
"You just find a way" speaker Robbie Laughlin
Knitwear Designer Robbie Laughlin gave a fabulous talk about his first steps as a knitwear designer, and his amazing accomplishments of designing, editing, and publishing a book of patterns in several short months. Everyone was inspired by Robbie's drive and energy, and amazed that Architexture was completely designed, photographed and printed in Canada, using yarns from Canadian vendors. He also generously donated a printed book of his patterns for raffle, and ended his talk with a Ravelry code for a free download of his latest pattern 'Rustic Lace Hat & Mitts'. Robbie recapped his talk on his blog at this link
Click here to see more meeting pictures at the TKG Flickr Site
December Prize Draw
The following wonderful prizes were given away at the December meeting. We hope members will support the organisations that make this possible! 
  • Bunny Buds of the Green Forest Gang (kit) by Fiona Alice, donated by a Member; won by Judy Hanninen. 
  • Take Along Knitting (book), donated by a Member; won by Sheryl Michaelson. 
  • Nooch Fiber Hand Dyed Yarn (in blue/green colourway), donated by a Member; won by Kurt Dunn. 
  • Blue Heron Rayon Metallic Yarn, donated by Signature Yarns; won by Patricia Galinski.
  • Architexture: Shape & Surface (book), donated by Robbie Laughlin; won by Robin Hunter. 
LOST ITEMS from December Meeting: Did you leave behind a re-usable coffee cup and straw OR a pair of red gloves and hat at the December meeting? Please email to claim them at the meeting or arrange to collect them. 
February Meeting Teaser

Join us at our February 20th meeting with Lynn Melluso of Knit School who will be speaking and selling yarns from Mineville Wool Project, Akara Yarn, among others.

Frolic News: Save the Date!

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

Don't just attend the festival, be a Frolic Volunteer! Sign up to volunteer at the next Guild Meeting with Roberta, the Frolic Volunteer Coordinator. 
DEstash REstash Make-A-Long

Back by popular demand, the DEstash REstash Make-A-Long is here for 2019! The MAL will begin February 1st, 2019, 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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