November 2015 Newsletter
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Interested in teaching at the Frolic? We are looking for workshop teachers for the 2016 Frolic (Saturday April 30 – Sunday May 1).  Please email frolic including a brief outline of your courses. Frolic courses can be  1 to 3 hours in length and can be directed at knitters of different levels to offer something for everyone.

A new documentary is in the works, celebrating the creativity within us all and featuring passionate makers sharing their ideas and inspiration. The History of Knitting - A Good Yarn will be featured on the new TV channel Makeful.

The documentary will focus on the history of knitting through social change. They are on the hunt for knitters, academics and experts who can speak about the history of knitting, the social influence of knitting, and how the topics of technology, art, politics, science and health relate to knitting. They are looking for interesting,  engaging and surprising stories and they are requesting our help If you have old war patterns, needles, knitting machines or other memorabilia that involves knitting, or have questions about the project, please contact  

We are still looking for interested and experienced knitters who would like to fill out our team of Nurse Knitters to help members before our monthly guild meetings.  Please send a note to

Nancy Thompson will be at the November 18th meeting to tell us more about Knitted Knockers, an organization that promotes the making and distribution of knitted prosthetics for women who have undergone breast surgery. Check out the their website: for further information.
Happily always knitting,
Debra - TKG President

October Meeting in Review

The October meeting had attendance of 110 persons and featured a lively Show 'n Tell of audience hand knit projects including two by our featured guest speaker, Kate Atherley.

Guild President Debra Rowland showed three shawls designed by Kate, all knit over the summer months by Debra in a variety of yarns and colours.

Guild member Alison Rose, who contributed an article about knitting in Iceland for the October newsletter, modelled a traditional Icelandic sweater she knit with yarn purchased from that holiday.

Cindy O'Malley, Yarn Store Liaison Executive, updated the guild on the number of yarn stores now participating in the TKG discount programme, with 28 retail and online stores linked on the guild website. Also, there is now a system in place for online stores to verify membership.

Our featured guest speaker Kate Atherley was well received with her lecture on Math for Knitters. Kate's presentation was full of suggestions and simple formulas for knitters to use when navigating a garment pattern, especially when dealing with sizing and shaping, with focus on multiple decreases or increases. We thank Kate for her excellent presentation.

Looking ahead to the November 18, 2015 meeting, featuring Patrick Madden of Signature Yarns in Toronto. Patrick will be presenting about the life/work balance of owning a yarn store and the importance of volunteering and creativity. Patrick will also have a selection of his yarn collections for sale before and after the meeting. We hope you can join us.

Upcoming Meetings

November 18th

Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30
Doors open at 6:45 

Guest Speaker
Patrick Madden

Doing it All
Patrick Madden of Signature Yarns in Toronto will be presenting about the life/work balance of running a small business, the importance of volunteering and making time for creativity. Patrick will also have an assortment of his hand knitting yarn collections for sale at the meeting. 


Next Meeting: December 16th

December Holiday Social and 
Ugly Sweater contest

A fun evening to sit, knit and socialize together and enjoy some holiday Sweet 'n Savouries! Come and join in on the fun.

Next Meeting: January 20th

Celebrating 20 wonderful years with a panel discussion featuring founding members.

Come learn the history of the guild and enjoy an evening socializing together at this Toronto Knitters Guild 20th Anniversary Meeting

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

We Love our Yarn Stores!

Many thanks to Kerstin Kerr of Alpaca Avenue, for donating a skein of Salt River Mills Suri AcceSuriEs to our raffle. The yarn is comprised of 75% Suri and 25% Coopworth wool that is sourced from a farm on Amherst Island in Ontario.  

Kerstin has added several new lines of yarn to her store, including O-Wool Local, Green Mountain Spinnery Alpaca Elegance, and four Suri alpaca yarns from

Visit our Yarn Stores page for details on Alpaca Avenue, or visit their website at

Would you like to see your yarn store featured in our Newsletter?  Contact Cindy at for details.

Guild Member Show and Tell: 

It starts with the yarn, as most of my projects tend to do.... and the first yarns colourway is named Wolfram & Heart by CSDye. Being a fan of the TV show Angel, when I saw a picture of this yarn on Instagram I instantly thought it was exactly what Wolfram & Heart would look like in yarn form and I had to have it! This was my first (but not last) real geek out yarn purchase. Silly me only bought one skein, thinking I would make socks, but then I couldn't bring myself to tuck this fabulous colourway away in a shoe. So it sat in my stash for a while as I tried to find the perfect pattern to showcase the only 400 yards I had, which I finally did in the No Boundaries Shawl.

The pattern was so much fun I could barely put it down! It incorporates so many different stitches and the added short rows kept it interesting through the whole knit. The lace repeats and short row instructions were easy enough to remember so I could work sections without the pattern right in front of me. Because it's worked from one end to the other you can customize the size (she even gives instructions on how to do this) and I found working your way back down to a small edge instead of the usual shawl ending of crazy loooong rows made me more excited for the finish.

The second yarn is special because I got to meet the alpaca it came from! I popped into Gold Star Alpacas, just south of Tillsonburg while working in the area and they were so welcoming. I was brought right into the pens to meet the ladies, and then got to go back in and take pictures of the ones I bought yarn from! The hat I made is a simple lacey slouch that shows off the yarn well and was really easy and fun to knit up. Now I just need the weather to get a little colder so I can enjoy wearing it.

- Christine Maggs (knobknitter on Ravelry)

Shawl Pattern: No Boundaries Shawl by Maria Magnusson
Yarn: Wolfram & Heart by CSDye  

Hat Pattern: Lace Ribbon Slouch Hat by Molly Wood
Yarn: Micayla from Gold Star Alpacas 
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