June 2019 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: June 19
  Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30 

Location: Innis Town Hall

June Guild Meeting: Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers

If mohair sends you into a state of euphoria, you won’t want to miss the last meeting of our year. Dar Bolahood of Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers will take us on a colourful journey. Dar will speak about their process of dyeing, designing and weaving the softest kid mohair into light-as-air blankets and throws. The variety of colour options are endless, and her process varies, from dyeing the yarn, then weaving the blankets, or weaving un-dyed yarn and then spraying a design on the blanket. We’ll also learn about how she came to develop her business and the insights she has gleaned over the years.

Are you aware of the therapeutic effect of mohair? Ever heard the term “get under the mohair”? Come ready to be educated and immersed in all things mohair!

Dar will bring along some of their mohair in skeins to sell, as well as a sock yarn base that she considers the most durable she’s ever used. Some of the yarns will be dyed, some un-dyed for those who wish to dye their own colours.

If you are looking for a particular colour, please contact Dar as soon as possible so that she can try to bring it along. As well, if you’d like to see or consider buying a throw, please contact Dar directly to ensure that she brings it for you. Her website is
May Meeting Recap
During the May Meeting, speaker Marnie Parkin, gave a fantastic demo on her sock cranking machines, explained a bit about their history, and how she became interested in them. With a live video feed projecting onto the screen behind, everyone in the room had a good view of the cranker and what Marnie was doing. Click here to watch a video of Marnie at work.

From our vendor Dragon Stringsthere were stunning hand dyed gradient yarns, mini skein sets and other goodies, which were received with excitement from members. 
Click here to see more meeting pictures at the TKG Flickr Site
There were many fantastic projects that members shared during May's Show and Tell. The final presenter, Pat Eldridge, showed three lovely summer tops made in Euroflax, and imparted a lot of wisdom about working with this challenging yarn. If you missed Pat's treatise on Euroflax, it's available at this link. Thank you for sharing, Pat!
Click here to see May's Show and Tell pictures!
May Prize Draw
The May meeting has several excellent raffle prizes. We hope Guild members will support the organisations who make this possible!
  • 'Knitting Architecture' Book, won by Celia Popovic, donated by a Member.
  • Qiviut Queen Sock Yarn, won by Suzie Larouche, donated by Cottage Craft Angora. 
  • Wool Wash Gift Package, won by Jill Cameron, donated by Eucalan. 
  • Yarn Bowl by Mieke Sharron, won by Rupa Vadyama, donated by Eucalan. 
  • $30 gift certificate to Dragon Strings, won by a member, donated by Dragon Strings.
  • Project bag with yarn and notions, won by Linda Karlinsky, donated by Universal Yarns, via Knit Much. 

Dollar Table Fundraiser Recipient

The Monthly Meeting Dollar Table funds have been collected throughout the year, and from the May newsletter vote, Sistering has been chosen to receive the proceeds.

'The Knitting Pilgrim' at Toronto Fringe Festival

If you missed 'The Knitting Pilgrim', member Kirk Dunn's one man play at the Aga Khan Museum, you're in luck, 'The Knitting Pilgrim' will be part of the Toronto Fringe Festival in July. 

The play runs on several dates from July 3rd - 13th, at Bloor St. United Church, 117 Bloor St. East, just around the corner from Innis Town Hall! Tickets are on sale now. 
Click here to learn more or purchase tickets!
Muskoka Yarn & Fibre Fest
The Muskoka Yarn & Fibre Fest is taking place June 29th at the Bracebridge Fairgrounds. The festival has vendors, workshops, and the 'Braid to Scarf' competition, now open for registration! 

The festival also organises coach buses from several Ontario locations to the Fibrefest, for $60 per person, which includes admission to the festival.
Click here to learn more!

Knitter needed! S.T.P. - Save this Project!

The Guild has been approached by Phyllis, a long time knitter, who was midway through making an afghan for her grand-daughter when health issues prevented her from continuing with her project. 

She's searching for a knitter to complete the afghan, the knitting and the making up. The pattern is Rippling Waves, and Phyllis would provide all the materials, and payment of an agreed-upon fee. 

If you're interested in saving her project, please email Ali Moenck at who will connect you with Phyllis.
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