October 2017 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: October 18th  |  Doors Open: 6:30 | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

October Guest Speaker & Vendor 
The Gaynor Homestead

Brendan and Tara Gaynor are the proprietors of The Gaynor Homestead, a small 68 acre farm in Dorchester, Ontario, outside London. The Gaynor Homestead follows a ‘simple, small, slow’ approach to Ontario agriculture traditions and the family works all-year towards producing an annual batch of hand made and locally grown goods. Together with their flock of well-loved Rambouillet sheep (French Merino) and buckfast honeybees, the Gaynor’s produce some of the finest wool grown in Ontario and a delicious assortment of goodies made from the farm.

A word from Brendan and Tara about what they are bringing:
We will be bringing our home grown undyed yarns including: a white worsted weight, fingering weight, and a dyed 2-ply sport weight in a unique multi-colour variety we call Knit-wit. For those who spin their own yarns, we will be bringing our much loved combed tops. And we will also be bringing our honey plus home grown goods including: lip balms, hand creams, vapour rubs, and soaps. All made by us.

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

Raffle Teaser: Rib Magazine, Issue 2

Thank you to guild member Eric Lutz, publisher of Rib Magazine for the raffle prize donation. Eric will be our guest speaker in January. Check for a list of local stockists where you can get your copy of this current issue.

Watch out for Issue 3, debuting soon.


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. 


Would you like to go to the Creativ Festival for Free?

The Toronto Knitters Guild has booked a Booth at the show, and is looking for volunteers to fill 3- to 4-hour shifts to knit, answer general questions about the guild or knitting, demo a knitting-related technique, and/or teach a mini skill  workshop. All volunteers will receive free admission to the show and be entered in a special Prize Draw.

Dates: Thursday, October 26 to Saturday, October 28
Show Times: Thursday and Friday 9am-6pm; Saturday 9am-5pm
Location: International Centre, 6900 Airport Road in Mississauga, Ontario
Regular Admission: $16 for a single day or $30 for a 3-day pass

If this is of interest to you, please send a message to or sign up at the October meeting.

Get Your KNIT ON at the Stop's Farmers Market

Wooly Shop and Swap
Saturday October 21, 8 am - 1pm
Wychwood Barns
601 Christie St.

Featuring workshops on hand spinning with Leslie Ordal, Cabling with Beryl Tsang, Stranded Colours with Rachel Wells. A swap table, fab fleeces, a riot of roving, all weights of wool and more. It's a Fibre Festival of Fun alongside the best farmers market in the city.

If anyone wants to book a table to destash or sell anything they can contact Cookie at

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
Knit for a Cure & Other Charitable Works

Won’t you pull a neglected skein out of the bottom of your stash and knit something to keep someone warm or make them feel special?

Charities we are linked with include:
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Care Centre – Fingerless Mitts, Bed Slippers, Lap blankets, Chemo caps, Scarves & Shawls. These items help to keep inpatients warm and remind patients that someone is thinking about them. Drop off your donated items at any Guild meeting.
  • Street Knit Toronto is looking for warm hats, mitts, scarves, and socks, with the highest demand for men's items, although women and children also end up in shelters. Street Knit also donates handmade toys at Christmas. All items are donated to homeless outreach programs. Donations can be dropped off at Knitomatic or The Purple Purl. Or you can stop by any of Street Knit's meetings at the Annette Public Library on the last Tuesday of each month, from 6:15-8:15pm.
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  • Street Knit also supports the Street Health Nursing Program. This organization provides client-centred health services and education to homeless and impoverished individuals. If you would like to donate directly to the Street Nurse project, Porch Swing Yarnsomniacs accepts donations.

Dr Knit will be at our meetings this year. If you have a project that you’re struggling with, speak with Dr Knit either before or after the meeting for assistance. 

The Girl Guides will be at our October meeting, selling their mint cookies! $5/box. The Guides ask that if you plan to purchase more than 4 boxes, please let Carol Mather Miles know in advance so they know to bring extras. 

September Meeting in Review

Our 2017/18 season kicked off with just under 100 people in attendance, a great vendor, an inspiring speaker and some great raffle prizes.
Show and Tell

Thank you to our participants Judi, Nelia, Denise, Pat and Trish for sharing their knits with us – visit the guild site to see the projects (there is a sock monkey!)

This months winners were:
  • Grand River Yarn, Island Worsted - Patricia Galinski
  • Queen Anne’s Lace Pattern (Anne Corcoran) &  2 skeins Fantastic Knitting Zephyr - Denise Powell
  • Fleece Artist Brenna - Marilyn Brady 
  • Badass Yarn, Save Your Sole - Beverley Ambler
  • Badass Yarn, Save Your Sole - Jill Cameron 
Thank you to our vendor Porch Swing Yarnsomniacs for their donation of the Badass Yarn to the September raffle and for bringing yarn that would be a great addition to anyone's stash. 

September Guest Speaker

The first guest in the fall TKG speaker series was Julia Grunau, who tweaked our fashion curiosity with a terrific montage of runway models sporting designer knitted garments with her second annual fashion update.
Julia looked at current fashion trends and real-world applications that won’t go out of style in a year… garments that will be interesting and beautiful in the years ahead.
2017 trends we have moved from fitted clothes to oversized, 1980’s styles. This includes drop shoulders and dolman sleeves. There are numerous seam embellishments, drawing attention to the structure of the garments. Unexpected combinations of materials, colours, and textures are found across the board. Scarves made of long sleeves, cowl scarves and tabards – long, sleeveless sweaters with or without a turtle or funnel neck (think giant vest) are all popular this year.
Trends to watch this year
  • Chanel – featured tunics, seam lines delineated (trim, buttons, embroidery). There were ribbed headbands, sleeves differing from the rest of the garment (material, style – some were oversized balloon). Trends included: cables, turtlenecks and funnel/standup necks, and lots of vests.
  • Brunello Cicinellli – Soft textures, mohair and metallic, brushed yarns.  There was a baseball jacket with mohair sleeves in contrast to the fabric body, a cape with sleevelets, as well as various funnel necks and turtlenecks.  Items were layered.
  • Michael Kors – This designer has very wearable garments – we looked at gathers on the shoulders of his sweaters and rutching on the sleeves. There was a large jacket with a fur collar over a brioche sweater that was cropped. He also used big funnel necks.
  • Missoni – Julia noted that this designer formerly sold knitting yarn (no longer). The garments we saw included mismatched stripes on the sleeves, asymmetric patterns, elongated shapes, sleeveless tops, and geometric gloves. There was a bright coloured shearling fun fur vest.
  • Edun – Featured cables, asymmetric sweaters.
  • Max Mara – Velvet and chenille were popular materials in this collection. There were also vests with oversized cowls and in cable patterns with large turtlenecks.
  • Hermes – Provided the only example of a standard vest over a high turtleneck. There were contrasts in textures, for eg. with knit sleeves on fabric jackets.
  • Louis Vuitton – This designer had an unusual sweater, which had a front slit below the chest to the bottom hem. This allowed the model to leave half untucked. Stitches were emphasized on the pants and funnel necks were repeated in garments.
  • Haider Ackermann – There was a brioche stitch pullover with a funnel neck, and a fabric jacket with large furry arms in contrasting material.
  • Burberry – Featured asymmetry, extreme colour changes, and lots of cables in sweaters for men and women. 
  • Calvin Klein – This designer had an unusual ribbed sleeve which seemed to pull on over clothing. It may have connected in the back, this was hard to determine.
  • Tory Burch – Norwegian and fair isle patterning in bright colours were a recurring theme. One sweater featured an inside out yoke, with the bottom of the sweater in stocking stitch.
  • Prada – Julia described this designer as an intellectual, who doesn’t actually sew. She dictates her designs and her staff produce the images. Her clothes are not overtly  “sexy.”  Two dresses were streamlined, with a large bottom rib flounce hem and we saw a large mohair patterned cardigan.
Trends for Accessories
  • Prada – Featured a knitted (garter stitch) bra, a scarf with the tails hanging down the back, another with feathers on the end.
  • Chanel – This designer made wristlets with a ribbed cuff. Julia noted that Katya Frankel has a similar pattern on Patternfish to make your own for a mere $5.49 with a ball of dk!
  • Tory Burch – Used a boiled wool patch on a large oversized cardigan. Julia suggested you could do the same by cutting up an old sweater (after washing and felting) for the patch.
  • Michael Kors – Created a sleeve scarf and showed models with long gloves – the cuff reached past the elbow.
  • Prada – Created bulky garter stitch scarves. These were long Garter-stitch scarves knit in 2 colours (colour change at the half-way mark), then embellished with Feathers or Fur as the Fringe. $1200-$1400 US!
How To Incorporate These Trends Into Real Clothes That You’ll Actually Wear!
Julia examined sweaters by designer Fabiana Filippi and suggested ways of creating a similar style. Many of the sweaters designers feature this fall are simple knits made with brioche or shaker stitch.
Fabiana Filippi created sweaters using one stitch on one side of the front and a different one on the other. Julia mentioned that making two left or right sides then turning one to the wrong side would do the trick for a similar effect. They can be assembled with reverse stocking stitch showing on the public side of the garment. Barbara Khouri made a two-sided sweater pattern that would be useful (see Patternfish) – she knit one side and used garter on the other. These dual fronts can be made with contrasting wool for a more dramatic effect.  
Julia suggested that in order to make our knitting fashion forward, we could knit ruched wristlets, fingerless gloves, use metallic or contrasting yarns in garments, focus on over-stitching such as blanket stitches (in glittery yarn), add interesting trim. And if your fingers tire of flashing needles, you can always duck into a thrift store, grab a couple of old sweaters, cut them up and re-assemble together in a wild mix of colour and shape!
Many thanks to Julia for helping us channel our inner fashionistas … informed yarn designers ready to whip up stylish winter delights!

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

October 18 — Gaynor Homestead
November 15 — Sharon Irving, 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

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