November 2017 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: November 15th  |  Doors Open: 6:30 | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

November Guest Speaker: Denise Powell

Denise Powell is probably best known to TKG members as DoctorKnit, helping you with your knitting ailments. However, she is also an occasional knitting designer with a love for somewhat off-the-wall knitted objects. Join us for a presentation about some of the sources of inspiration she has used and a closer look at a few of the knitted items. 

Reminder: No food or drinks are allowed in the auditorium except for bottled water. 

November Vendor: Yarn Indulgences

Yarn Indulgences is a 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. Yarn Indulgences is always unique, and often one of a kind. Currently we have two lines, the Indulgent line is 100% British wool, the Zed line is Made in Canada. 
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.

Deborah, Owner,
Yarn Indulgences

We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard and AmEx through our Square terminal.


December Meeting Skills Exchange & Social 

Share a skill or share a treat with your fellow knitters.

If you have a skill you'd like to share, or if there's a skill you'd like to learn, please contact any of the Board members

For this year's December Social, we'd like to highlight Home-baked goodies. If you have cookies, cake, bars, squares, or other treat you'd be willing to bring, please contact a member of the Board. The TKG Board will provide beverages. 

Note that the Skills Exchange & Social will be on December 13 (2nd Wednesday, not 3rd). 

Toronto Knitters Guild Constitution

We have drafted a constitution for the guild, and now it is time for our members to review it. You will be asked to ratify the constitution at the January 17 meeting, following the guidelines set out in Article 7.

View the constitution on the Guild site.

Thank you to members Janet Deline and Dale Landry for their time and assistance with drafting and fine-tuning the Constitution. 

Any questions or concerns, please contact Carol Mather Miles or any Board member in writing. 


Handmade Art and Fine Craft Sale

Saturday, November 25, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For all age groups! Free Admission!
Neilson Park Creative Centre is hosting our annual Fall Handmade Sale!  
Visit our vibrant not-for-profit art community centre set in Neilson Park in the south west end of Etobicoke. 

Our sale features 45 vendors and resident art groups selling their fine arts and crafts for the holiday season. Artists and artisans will be selling their handmade art works such as fibre art and quilted items, rug crafting, calligraphy, jewellery, stained glass, paintings, sculptures, wood carving, soaps, cards, and pottery.

Demonstrations from our six resident art groups will be held throughout the day in our Main Art Gallery space. Come see our talented members demonstrate their painting, quilting, rug crafting, calligraphy, hand weaving and spinning skills.

We are looking for Volunteers!

The Toronto Knitters Guild is your Guild, and it is run exclusively by Volunteers, who are also Members. Do you have a wee bit of time you can spare? If you think you might be able to help, please speak with or email one of the Board members. At the meetings, we’re all wearing bright nametags.  Some available tasks/roles include:
  • Sell Raffle Tickets at a general meeting
  • Assist the Registrar or other board member
  • Help plan the Guild’s World-Wide Knit in Public Day event!
  • Have your say in whether to re-design the Guild website
  • Other small tasks as they come up

2017/18 Guild Memberships Available Now

Get your 2017/18 Guild membership now! Enjoy great speakers, time with fellow knitters, and discounts at the best yarn stores. More info about membership benefits.

Save Time, Buy Online

Pay online with secure payment through our website with PayPal. This allows for payment by credit card even if you do not have a PayPal account, or use your PayPal balance.

Alternatively, you will be able to pay in person at a meeting by cash or cheque. Cheques should be payable to Toronto Knitters Guild. 

October Meeting in Review

October's was another great meeting, with over 100 guild members and guests there to enjoy knitting and be entertained by a great speakers. 

Show and Tell

Thank you to our participants Cindy, Pat, Kim, Sue, Renata, Carole and Pat for sharing their knits with us – visit the guild site to see the projects.

Show and Tell Spotlight: Pat's Scarf

Pattern: Adaptation of My Favourite Things Infinity Scarf
Designer: Jill McGee

A few words from Pat about the project:
I started knitting this scarf in January of 2016, following Jill McGee’s free basic recipe - “My Favourite Things’ Infinity Scarf.”  When I checked the web site in the fall of 2016, looking for new charts, I saw that Jill had posted another scarf of her own, this one called “Remembering Jude, stitch by stitch”.  And I read the sad news that her son Jude had died of the flu. Two years, three months and 20 days old. Learn more about her advocacy for flu vaccinations at  Please get your flu shot. You may save a child’s life. Maybe the child of a knitter you don’t even know.


This months winners were:
  • Red Sock, Blue Sock Yarn. Comfort sock "Schools Out" & Woodstock bag - Dorene Jenna
  • Rib Magazine, Issue 2 - Nadine McLeod
  • Barefoot Yarns, Magenta & Woolstock bag - Sarah Adams 
  • Gaynor Homestead: 2 skeins fingering natural, a jar of honey, pumpkin patch soap and popping corn - Pam Righton-Tubman 
Thank you to our vendor Gaynor Homestead for their donation to the October raffle and for bringing a fantastic array of products. 

October Guest Speakers

Our guest speakers Tara and Brendan thrilled us with tales from Gaynor Homestead. Their journey to owning a 64 acre farm started humbly with a 4 acre farm. They started with chickens, then the addition of bees, and a venture into goats. While the goats seemed fun, Tara enlightened us to their true nature as trouble makers.

While thinking of what would make a good fit for their small farm they started thinking about being able to produce product. Chickens lay eggs, but difficult to make enough volume to turn a profit. They looked for creative ways to produce which led them to bees and . . . sheep. The bees would support the pasture, and the pasture would support the sheep. 

After some research they decided on Rambouillet sheep, which are very soft with fine fibre and a large yield of 8-18 lbs of fleece yearly. They had to head out to Alberta to find them. Once they had them on the farm there was a lot to learn about fencing, care and lambing! There are lots of great days, but there are bad days too. 

The fibre is washed at the farm, but then sent to the U.S. to be processed. The fine fibres of the wool requires special equipment and there isn't anyone local that has the ability to process it locally. 

Tara and Brendan are still adjusting to their new 64 acre farm, but they brought wildflower honey, handmade creams, mini corn for popping in addition to their fantastic wool. Not much was left by the end of the night! Thank you to Tara and Brendan for a inspiring and transfixing talk.

2017/18 Meeting Schedule

Location & Times:
Innis College Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave.
7:30 - 9:30
Doors open 6:30 p.m. for social knitting

Members: Free
Guests: $10

November 15 — Denise Powell, Yarn Indulgences
December 13 — Skills Exchange & Social  (2nd Wednesday)
January 17 — Eric Lutz, publisher of Rib Magazine
February 21 — Sweater Fitting with Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly
March 21 — Nuno Felting with Lesley of Rosehaven Yarns
April 18 — Knitwear Designer Fiona Ellis
May 16
June 20

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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