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Next Meeting: March 20
Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30 Discussion on Inclusivity: 6:30 - 7:30 Location: Innis Town Hall
Statement on Inclusion at the February Meeting
At the February 20th, 2019 meeting the Guild presented a statement on inclusivity and representation within the Guild and wider knitting community. The complete statement is available to read on the Guild website at this link.
To continue the conversation on this issue and solicit feedback and input from as many members as possible, the Guild will host an informal discussion during the social knitting time of the March meeting, from 6:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Feedback, thoughts and input from the discussion will be brought to the board as recommendations for continuing this work. If you cannot attend but would like to share your experience, you can contact any member of the board by email, or at a meeting.
Please join us at the March Meeting!
Certified yoga instructor, Ardith Symmes, is a knitter and quilter whose interactive presentation will increase your awareness that everything you do each day is ‘all about posture’. She will guide you through the ergonomics and prevention of muscular-skeletal afflictions through movement. This colourful presentation will give some insight into common awkward postures and repetitive injuries. Ardith will give practical tips on how to decrease the risk of muscular skeletal (repetitive) ailments and increase awareness on how to prevent common aches and pains.
Come prepared to participate in some gentle movements and yoga postures that will help you feel more freedom and wellness in your body.
The March vendor is Deborah from Yarn Indulgences, who will be bringing her two hand dyed yarn lines, her 100% Indulgent line, made with 100% British wool; and Zed line, made in Canada. About her business, Deborah says:
"Yarn Indulgences is my labour of yarn love and has evolved into a luxury hand dyed yarn business online from its origins as a brick and mortar shop in Kitchener, Ontario. Offering affordable luxury; quality yarn is most important to my process.
I love creating new colours by mixing unlikely combinations and I especially enjoy working with yarn shops in making their own colourway, unique to them. Personally, I have worked in the floral industry, providing business support to florists for 20 years now, I can hardly believe it has been long... I still enjoy that career and the inspiration that comes from flowers!
Most of all, I come from a generation of women who taught me all about knitting, crochet, sewing, and several other crafts. My love of yarn is only surpassed by my love for these women, my Mum, my Aunt, and my Nana."
February Meeting Recap
During the February Meeting Lynn Melluso and Tara Kimura of Knit School gave us a peek at their unique LYS model. Opened in 2017, Knit School is a recurring pop-up yarn shop at a co-working space in Markham. Lynn and Tara spoke about the joys and challenges of owning their yarn shop, their space, and how their model has enabled them to stay financially self-reliant and grow in a way they can sustain.
If you want to visit Knit School, drop in to The Village Hive, 55 Albert St #105, Markham, ON L3P 2T4, on the last Sunday of them month from 1-3 p.m. The Village Hive has free parking available.
Sharon Trent of Alpacas from 8th and Mud in Stoney Creek will join us as our Speaker and Vendor to share her experiences of raising Alpacas, running an onsite fibre mill and producing yarns and felted products.
Please join us Wednesday, April 17th, at Innis Town Hall for the April Meeting. During the April Guild meeting the membership will review and vote on the By-Laws
Frolic News and Events
The Toronto Knitter's Frolic returns Saturday, April 27th, 2019, with vendors, a designer showcase, a podcast meetup, techniques workshops and more.
Knitters are furiously working on their DEstash REstash Make-A-Long projects, and it's not too late to join in! The MAL is currently ongoing, and will run until 9:00 AM EST Saturday, April 27th, when the doors open for this year’s Frolic.
As a late addition, patterns by Robbie Laughlin and projects in any yarns by Estelle Yarns (the door prize sponsor) are now eligible for the MAL.
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.
Haven't had a chance to check out Toronto's newest yarn shop and café yet? Been there and are dying to go back? On Saturday, March 23rd, The Knitting Loft is hosting a TRUNK SHOW with Leo & Roxy, a yarn company owned and operated by Canadian indie-dyers, Kerry Masseo and Jolyn Gardner. Each yarn by Leo & Roxy is dyed with passion and love, resulting in stunning skeins and colourways that belong in every knitters' life. Come see for yourself!
Date and Time: Saturday, March 23rd, 10 AM - 4 PM Location: The Knitting Loft, 672 Wilson Ave. (10 minutes walking distance from Wilson Station, and right off the 400 at Dufferin and Wilson). Free parking out front for customers. Please note, the Trunk Show will be hosted on the lower level of The Knitting Loft, which is down a flight of stairs, with no elevator access.
For questions, directions, and more information, please contact @theknittingloft on Instagram or through email at email@example.com or by phone, 416-631-0060