March 2015 Newsletter
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  • Toronto Knitters Frolic - April 25-26. Get ready, get set for Toronto Knitters Frolic 2015. More details below.
  • 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.

Work of our Hands
Fashion Show
February 18, 2015
Celebrating our Members

I would like to thank our wonderful commentators – Vivian, Yun and Kim!

Check out the powerpoint presentation from the fashion show to get all the details on everyone's projects.

To wiew more photos visit our Flickr gallery

 – Debra Rowland

Upcoming Meetings

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

Skills Exchange Mini Workshops

A great opportunity to learn a number of useful new techniques in short 15-minute sessions. It will be a fun and social evening, with many valuable skills being shared by our volunteer teachers.

Wind Skeins by Hand Using a Nostepinne - Susie Larouche
Bring a ball of yarn & Nostepinne if you wish, but Susie will provide supplies if necessary

Long Tail Ribbed Cast-On - Mary Pat McDonald
Bring yarn and appropriate size needles

Weave in Ends as You Go - Trish Denhoed
Bring project in progress if desired

Yarn Substitutions
Bring your questions & patterns

Next Meeting: April 15th

Guest Speaker: Fiona Ellis.

Visit the Toronto Knitters Guild website for more information on upcoming events.

Register Online for 2015 Frolic Workshops

Featured Instructors
Sivia Harding · Gloria Williams · Robin Hunter
Kate Atherley · Alison Rose · Amy Swenson 

The 2015 Toronto Knitters Frolic offers 2 days of workshops for knitters of all skill levels featuring 6 talented instructors. Our special guest instructor this year is Sivia Harding.

You can sign-up and pay for Frolic workshops at the March and April 2015 meetings at the front of the auditorium or online at

2015 Marketplace Floor Plans to Download & Print

PDF floorplans for the 2015 Frolic Marketplace are now available on the TKG website for you to print at home or download onto your phone or tablet. The floorplans are now updated to include vendor names with links to their websites:

Volunteers Needed for the 2015 Toronto Knitters Frolic!

The Knitters Frolic is now in it’s 18th year and we could not put on such a great show without the many volunteers who generously donate their time. Please consider volunteering for the 2015 show. You can volunteer for a few hours, half-day or all day. Help is needed on Friday, April 24 with vendor and hall set-up and on Saturday, April 25.
Frolic volunteers receive free admission to the Saturday Marketplace plus access to the hospitality suite. There will be a volunteer sign up table at both the March and April 2015 meetings or you can email the Frolic Coordinator Joan Kass with your availability:   Thank you!

A few hours of your time will ensure a successful show! Thank you.  

Tips and Tricks: So: You Want to Make a Sweater That Actually Gets Worn?

You’ve just finished knitting a sweater.  You’ve done a good job – everything is neat and pretty, fits well too.  However, a year later you realize that you’ve worn the sweater….twice.  All that time and yarn is gathering dust at the bottom of your wardrobe.  What went wrong?
Making sweaters that you actually wear, and wear a lot, involves a bit of planning.  What you are really doing is super slow shopping.  You are acquiring a garment.  You have to approach it in the same way as if you actually went to buy a sweater.  If you wouldn’t have bought it, then chances are that  you won’t wear it if you knit it.  So you need to take the knitting blinders off and address the practical considerations.

  • Take a good hard look at your wardrobe.  What’s your style?  Try not to stray too far from that in choosing a pattern.
  • What do you need? That cables-and-bobbles aran jumper is just calling your name, but if you really need a plain black cardigan – consider knitting that instead.  
  • What’s your colour palette?  Interestingly, there are a lot of knitters drawn to yarn in colours they wouldn’t wear.  If you always wear grey – knit grey.  
  • Make the right size.  This should be pretty obvious, but casting on without checking gauge and hoping for the best is one way to up the chance that it all ends in tears.  
  • Don’t engage in Knitter’s Denial.  If you are getting a bad feeling about the project, better to frog and address the issue than finish it and never wear it because of that dropped stitch or mis-crossed cable.  Also, sometimes yarn/pattern combos just don’t “take”.  I usually know if something is going to work out within the first ball of yarn.  If not, off to the frog pond it goes and I’ll try different yarn with that pattern or find a different pattern for that yarn -  something that will make me love the project.

Happy Sweater Knitting!

– Alison Rose

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