March 2018 Newsletter
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Next Meeting: March 21 | Doors Open: 6:30 | Meeting Starts: 7:30 Location: Innis Town Hall

March Meeting


Guest Speaker: Lesley Snyder of Rosehaven Yarn Shop

A handful of colour theory, a dash of texture, and a sprinkle of hand-dyeing colour-play are the main ingredients that keep Lesley’s colour senses satisfied. In this evening of lively talk and scrumptious imagery, Lesley will serve up some of the nuno felted and knitted pieces that she has created over the past decade, along with detailing a few of her influences and inspirations.

Vendor: Rosehaven Yarn Shop

Rosehaven Yarn Shop, located in Picton, Prince Edward County, carries indie-dyed yarns and various yarn labels, including Quince & Co. and Brooklyn Tweed. They also carry fibres for spinning and weaving, and of course everything you need for felting. Check out their online store.


TKG Member Destash April

The great pre-Frolic TKG member destash!!  Maybe you have buyer's remorse about that certain sweater quantity of black yarn you know you will never ever knit up? Maybe you have run out of space in your yarn closet? For this meeting only, there will be no outside vendor; instead, members are encouraged to bring excess skeins from their stashes to sell. Each vendor will have one-half of a table, or space at the front of the auditorium to display their goods, free of charge. Vendors should be prepared to arrive before 6:30 pm, set their own pricing and make change as required, and take home any unsold yarn. For planning purposes, we'd like to know how many members are interested in taking part - if you want to join in, please email Susan Loube at

Our June 20 Meeting is going to be our annual Work of Our Hands Show! 

This year there are even more ways to participate, be it fashion, accessory or decor! Have a fantastic piece of knitting to share? Find out all the details about how to get involved below.

June 9 is World Wide Knit In Public (WWKIP) Day, and we are going to host an event at the Wychwood Barns. If you would like to participate in the planning for this fun event, please contact   
Charity Knitting 

Knitted Knockers 
has been added to our Charity Knitting page. More information is available under the About menu on our website.  
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.
Welcome Spring 2018 at the Sixth Annual YarnOver SleepOver Retreat

April 20-22, 2018 | Fern Resort, Orillia, ON

YOSO will again be offering your choice of 3 classes for beginner and experienced knitters, crocheters, felters and dyers. There is always a spot for convivial stitching and conversation when you are not in class or browsing for yarn, patterns, books, kits and accessories in our marketplace.

Learn from our terrific teachers –
Julia Bryant, Gayle Clow, Trish Denhoed, Elizabeth Fallone, Deb Gemmell, Lyn Gemmell, Mary Pat McDonald and Carol Tomany.

Reserve Your Spot Today!

The YarnOver SleepOver Retreat price of $600 includes 3 classes, shared accommodations (single supplement), meals ordered from a full menu, all-day snacks, welcoming goodie bags, and chances for door prizes.

Call Fern Resort at 1-800-567-3376 to reserve your space with a $100 deposit now. All the details can be found at

Save the Date! Travel in Style to Prince Edward County FibreFest, May 26, 2018 

Would you like to go to the Prince Edward County FibreFest in Picton, Ontario, but don’t have a car or don’t fancy the 2-hour drive? The Toronto Knitters Guild has booked a Luxury Coach to take us! 

There will be 2 pickup points for this trip. The first pickup will be Finch Station, for people who are coming from central Toronto and points West. The second pickup will be at Oshawa GO Station.  

1st PICKUP – DEPART Finch TTC/GO Bus Station 8 am sharp 
2nd PICKUP – DEPART Oshawa GO Station 8:30 am  

ARRIVE Fleece Festival approx. 10 am 
VISIT a Vineyard, approx. 3 pm 
RETURN Finch Station approx. 6 pm 

Tickets available soon! 

We only have space for 54 persons, so get your ticket as soon as they are available! 
Cost per seat is $40* 

Admission to the Festival is $5, to be collected on the bus (Exact change, please) 
The bus is fully Wheelchair Accessible, subject to availability.  

Please contact Carol at if you have any questions or to confirm wheelchair availability.

April Meeting

Guest Speaker: Fiona Ellis, Knitwear Designer and Knitting Trailblazer

Bathing Beauty

Bathing, that invigorating act of stepping into pool or sea in the company of others, has a history that drifts back to Roman times, possibly even earlier. How, where, and with whom we swim or bathe—and how it’s viewed by society—changed considerably between ancient and modern times. But whatever the era, these factors all contribute to how people choose to clothe themselves for a swim or a splash. Let’s dive in for a look at the evolution of western swimwear and the shifts in viewpoint that brought about those changes.



TKG Member Destash! More detail available in announcements. 

The Work of Our Hands Show

Find out about the new ways you can get involved. 

June 20, 2018

Ever wanted to strut your stuff on a runway? Hoped to see something you’ve created be featured in the spotlight? Wished you could show off something that you are proud of making? Here is your chance!

The Guild’s June 20 meeting will be our annual Work of Our Hands Show, which will provide multiple opportunities to display and showcase hand works created by our members (knitted crocheted, hooked, woven, etc.) This will be different than the ‘traditional’ fashion show we have held in the past as there will be multiple components and ways to participate.

For those who like to strut your stuff, there is a runway component. An MC will read the information you have provided on your pieces. And Models will be available for those who would prefer not to strut their own stuff (if you’d like to be a model please let us know).

Additional to the runway, we will have spots available for showcasing items that typically aren’t showcased in that medium – think your lovely knitted socks, crocheted stuffed toys, mitts, cup cozies… Basically there will be a spot provided for anything hand created that you wish to show off!

So how do you sign up to showcase an item? We are taking submissions by email or at a meeting and ask you to provide us with some information in order for us to plan and prepare accordingly. Group submissions of particular patterns or items are definitely welcome (think L’Enveloppe, Lanesplitter Skirt, or Clapotis).

The deadline for submissions is April 18, 2018. Submissions will be accepted providing the information requested in a form which can be emailed to  with “Work of our Hands Show submission” in the subject line or dropped off at the March or April Guild meeting.

We are very much looking forward to celebrating our members’ creations. Now it’s your turn to figure out what to create between now and then to showcase!  Time to get making...

If you are participating in the Frolic Make A Long, this is the ideal time to flaunt your stuff!

Join our DEstash/REstash Make Along for 2018!

We are excited to be hosting our first Make Along (MAL) starting February 1 and ending at 9:00am Eastern on Saturday, April 28th - the date of this year’s Toronto Knitters Frolic when the doors open.

It’s the time of year when many knitters and crafters resolve to go “cold sheep” or “use up my stash.” Let’s do it in community. If you are on social media, you can use the hashtags #DEstashREstashMAL2018 #torontoknittersfrolic #torontoknittersguild

All the details are available on Ravelry.

The Toronto Knitters Frolic is Coming!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Visit for details.

Be a Frolic Volunteer!

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

February Meeting In Review

We broke out the measuring tapes and got the low down on fit.


Rohrspatz & Wollmeise Yarn - Wendy Eng 
Alice Starmore’s Tudor Rose Book - Anastasia Pelechaty 
Signature Yarns: Blue Heron Sock Plus - Karen 
Indigo Dragonfly: Tote Bag & Notions/Tools - Beverley Crone 

Thank you to Indigo Dragonfly for their donations to the February Raffle. 

Show & Tell

We had a great Show & Tell with 7 participants showing some truly beautiful work! Thank you to everyone who shared their projects: Ramona, Karen, Daphne, Willow, Allison, Cindy and Sara.

Feature Speaker: Kim McBrien Evans of Indigo Dragonfly

Your pattern is perfect, your yarn is the envy of your Guild buddies, your needles are top of the line, and your skills without peer, so why does your sweater languish in the closet, unworn and unloved? Kim McBrien Evans of Indigo Dragonfly has the answer and her engaging and informative session, Make It Fit!, showed us how to plan our projects to make clothes we love.

Kim’s tips for making clothes that fit YOU included:
  • Know your body and measure it often
  • Know your fabric, and
  • Adjust the pattern to suit your body and your fabric

Swatching tips included:
  • Knit a big swatch – 6”X6” minimum
  • Measure before you wash and make notes
  • Wash, dry, and block the way that you would the finished garment
  • Measure again to see how the fabric has reacted to the treatment – more notes
  • Hang the dried swatch to see if it sags – and make more notes!

A big takeaway was Kim’s very effective demonstration of “If your sweater fits your shoulders, it will always look like it fits”. With the very able assistance of Kate Atherley, Kim showed us how the same garment can fit quite different body types as long as the shoulders fit.

Then came the fun part where, following Kim’s instructions, we took and recorded our own measurements in great detail on the hand out that she provided. Copies of the handout can be found on the Guild website under News.

Other sage advice included:
  • Experiment with increase and decrease techniques
  • Think of the pattern as a guide
  • Learn how to make modifications to fit YOU, and
  • Learn to seam!

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


March 21 — Nuno Felting with Lesley of Rosehaven Yarns
April 18 — Knitwear Designer Fiona Ellis
May 16 — AGM & Kirk Dunn 
June 20 — Work of Our Hands Fashion Show
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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