May 2019 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: May 15
  Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30 

Location: Innis Town Hall

May Guild Meeting

Due to the busy Guild year, the May Guild meeting will have an Annual General Meeting (AGM) 'lite' with adoption of new Board Members and preliminary Frolic financials. We will have a complete AGM with full financial report during the October or November Guild Meeting. 

May Guild Meeting Speaker

Marnie Parkin, 'The Happy Cranker' of The Bear’s Den in Aurora will share her interesting journey with Circular Sock Knitting Machines or CSM’s.  Over a hundred years ago CSM’s were used in the home to make socks for soldiers during World War 1, and replicas are still in use today.  Marnie plans to bring at least two CSM’s to our meeting to educate us on the varieties available.  Not only will she provide a history of these machines, Marnie will also do a few demonstrations so that we can see them in action.

You may be surprised to know that CSM’s are capable of making more than a pair of socks, so please join us to learn more.  The demonstration will be projected onto our overhead screen so that everyone has a clear view of all the fine details.

May Meeting Vendor

Our vendor will be Dragon Strings, who hand-dyes yarn in stunning gradients and eye popping shades.

Frolic Project Bags - a few bags left!

Missed the special Frolic project bag? They will be for sale at the May Guild meeting for $10. 

Yarns from the Frolic Yarn Tasting at the May meeting

The yarns that were donated by the vendors for the Frolic Yarn Tasting Table will be available for sale at the Charity Table at the May Guild Meeting. Yarns are priced at 50% off or better from retail. Items include cashmere, silk, Merino, and much, much more. All proceeds will go to charity. Cash only please.
April Meeting Recap

At the April meeting, our vendor and speaker Sharon Trent from Alpacas from 8th and Mud gave a fantastic talk about life on an alpaca farm and everything they make, do, and sell there! Many alpaca live on the farm, and Sharon and her husband look after them, spin and dye yarn from their fibre, host visits from schools and special needs groups, and bring some of the alpaca to community visits and events. 

Sharon also brought many skeins of her alpaca yarns, including super bulky 'Creative Yarn' that was dyed a variety of rainbow hues. 

Sharon invited everyone to their event on WWKIP Day at the farm, which will benefit Knitted Knockers, and is taking place Saturday June 8th, 2019 from 11 AM to 1 PM. They are also hosting a Stuffing Party for Knitted Knockers May 25th, if you are near Stoney Creek and want to get involved!

Click here to see more meeting pictures at the TKG Flickr Site
April Prize Draw
At the April meeting some excellent prizes were raffled off. We hope Guild members will support the organisations who make this possible!
  • Artfil Belle Yarn, won by Kirk Dunn. Donated by Artfil. 
  • 2 skeins of Alpaca Yarn, won by Pat Broms. Donated by Sharon Trent of Alpacas from 8th and Mud. 
  • Handmaiden Sock Yarn, won by Sandra Melansin. Donated by a Guild Member. 
  • 'Natural Knits' Book, won by Margo Terry. Donated by a Guild Member.
Click here to see April's Show and Tell pictures!

Toronto Knitter's Frolic Recap

The 2019 edition of the Toronto Knitter's Frolic was a roaring success! More than 1,700 people attended and the JCCC was bustling with happy shoppers and attendees the whole day. If you attended the Frolic, we hope you had a fantastic day! 

We would like to thank all the volunteers and organisers who worked incredibly hard to make it all happen! Find photos of the day at the link below, including photos of the mini-workshops and designer showcase.
Click to see photos from the Frolic!
DEstash REstash Make-A-Long Results!
The MAL had 27 participants who made 48 projects in total. That's a lot of stash used up!

Winners were messaged via Ravelry on Tuesday, so check your Ravelry message box and watch the Ravelry Prize Discussion Board for updates!
'No Business Knitting!' by Genevieve Chornenki
If you're feeling yarn-shame by your pile Frolic purchases, perhaps Guild member Genevieve Chornenki can help. In 'No Business Knitting!' she writes about finding a way to integrate her knitting with her professional identity, despite the scorn of her image consultant! An excerpt is below, please click the link for the rest of the article. 
No Business Knitting! by Genevieve Chornenki

I’d never used an image consultant before, but when my 7-year-old head shot become fictitious, I decided to update my photo. Hell, why not redo my entire website? I’d recently earned a certificate in editing and publishing from Ryerson University, and the exercise would force me to redefine myself professionally. Do I present as an editor, a mediator, or knit the two together? . . . Click here to read more. 

Dollar Table Fundraiser Recipient

The Monthly Meeting Dollar Table funds have been collected throughout the year, and now the Guild would like to donate it to a deserving organisation. Please click the organisation below that you would like these funds to support.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Sick Kids Hospital
Your click will take you to the organisation's website, and the unique clicks will be tracked and added up. 
Sovereign's Medal Ceremony for Joan Kass
Join the celebration and award ceremony for Joan Kass as she receives the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, Sunday June 2nd, 2019 at 2:30 PM, in Victoria Park, Milton. Google Maps Link.

Joan would love to see everyone in attendance knitting, and increase the Guild's amount of Hug Scarves, Shawls and chemo caps by the number of people in attendance.

From 1:15 PM, join the Knit in Public in the park. Bring your lawn chair, knitting needles or crochet hooks, some yarn and join Joan in knitting items for donation. The Medal Presentation will take place at 2:45 PM, in the Victoria Park Gazebo. There will be a reception afterwards at Hugh Foster Hall, across from the park.
June Meeting Teaser
Our final Guild Meeting of the year will feature Dar Bolahood of Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers.

Dar will speak about the WHEW process of dyeing, designing and weaving the softest kid mohair into light as air blankets & throws, and have some of their WHEW kid mohair yarn to sell. 
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