October 2018 Newsletter

Next Meeting: October 17
  Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

Knit for Charity - Win a prize!
Any attendee who donates charity knitting to one of our partners at the October or November meetings will have their name entered into a draw to win a prize. You must attend the November meeting to win.

Time to put those needles to work!
Visit the TKG Charity Knitting Page for Partners and Project Ideas
October Speaker and Vendor
Songbird Fibres Image

Vicki Ryder of Songbird Yarn & Fibres in Sebringville, Ontario will be our featured Speaker and Vendor in October. Vicki has combined two of her passions, knitting and bird watching, to create her fledgling indie yarn dyeing business. Inspired by the beautiful colours of birds, Vicki dyes yarns and fibres in vivid colourways. Gouldian Finch, Northern Cardinal and Anna’s Hummingbird are but a few of the gorgeous birds whose colours have been translated into yarns. Each colourway includes fun facts about the specific bird featured, and as a passionate conservationist, Vicki donates $2 of every skein to Bird Studies Canada to help with their efforts. As an avid birdwatcher and lover of nature, Vicki will talk to us about birds that we can see in Ontario.

We’ll see photos, hear bird songs and pick up a few interesting facts to encourage us to take notice of birds the next time we’re enjoying a walk. After the lecture, you can shop for the bird-inspired colourways on several bases. The most popular is her 80/20 SW Merino/Nylon Sock base, a soft, plump fingering weight yarn. Vicki also has a 100% SW Merino Worsted weight, a Lace weight, a sparkle sock yarn, and some combed tops.

If you’d like to ensure that Vicki brings a specific colourway to the meeting, please message her ahead of time and she will do her best to accommodate your request.

September Meeting in Review

There were 126 people to kick off the first meeting and listen to our first seaker of the year. 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 knitted designer garments with her annual fashion update.

Julia looked at the Pantone colour forecast, knitwear and silhouettes on the runways, knitwear specialists, and what we can knit at home to be in style this season. 
Trends to watch this year
  • Pantone colours for Fall/Winter 2018 include a bold palette of autumnal hues such as oranges, browns, and yellows, complemented by some more unexpected shades such as Limelight (neon yellow) and Crocus Petal (light purple). 
  • Some of the more obscure knit trends on the runway include big balloon sleeves, leaving the ends dangle out of the sweater, not sewing up the inside seams on sleeves, balaclavas, wearing your sweater inside out, really really long sleeves, and body suits. 
  • Trends that you can use in your own knitting include Intarsia, dropped shoulders, big 80's silhouettes, stripes of all colours and widths, fringes on your neckwear, mohair, and neckwear.
  • tracks fashion in real life and all the cool kids are wearing something around the neck. Try PurlSoho's Bandana Cowl for a quick and easy project that will make everyone happy!

September Show and Tell

Chris (ChrysalisChris), Maura, Kirk, Susan (su-sew), Alison (coilycurly), and Hanna each presented projects completed since the June meeting. 
More pictures! More patterns! More yarns! Click Here!
Prize Draw
Field Guide to Knitted Birds 
Bottle of Eucalan Wrapture
2 balls SugarBush Itty Bitty and book
1 skein Knitwit Sport

Thanks to our generous donors!

Kathleen Theriault
Suzie Larouche
Barb Rutledge
Lydia Trzoch

See More at TKG Flickr Site
Save the Date!
The Knitting Loft Grand Opening
Celebrate the Grand Opening of Toronto's newest LYS and knitting café at The Knitting Loft, on October 14th, 2018! Along with complimentary refreshments, you can expect several prizes and contests, as well as an exciting grand prize for one lucky winner to receive Clinton Hill Cashmere's Winslow Kit (, valued at almost $700CAD!  
The Knitting Loft is female-family owned and operated with the mission to help more people experience the health benefits of knitting and routine creativity. Providing TKG members 10% off regular priced items, the shop is a must see! 
Address: 672 Wilson Ave., Toronto Ontario
Phone Number: 416-631-0060


Girl Guides will be at the October meeting selling Chocolate-mint cookies for $5/box. No food or drinks in the auditorium though - you will have to take them home to eat them! 

Conscious Consumption: Focus on Local Linen
Wednesday November 14, 6-7:30 pm

In 2017, artist Amanda Rataj (Toronto) undertook a year-long investigation into historical craft, contemporary making, and materiality to produce a handwoven coverlet in a project entitled Two Sides of the Same Coin. Amanda will speak about the significance of the linen and wool fibres used in the project, including linen from TapRoot Fibre Lab, based in Port Williams, Nova Scotia. The founder of TapRoot Fibre Lab, Patricia Bishop, will speak about growing and processing flax into fibre, creating a ‘Made in Nova Scotia’ line of linen garments, and the innovative ways that artists and makers are using TapRoot products. Learn More

Buy Your Membership Now!

2018/19 Guild Memberships Available Now

Great speakers, time with fellow knitters, and discounts at the best yarn stores. Find out more about membership benefits.
Meeting Schedule Detail Here
Members: Free
Guests: $10

September 19, 2018 — Speaker Julia Grunau / Vendor Gaynor Homestead
October 17, 2018 — Speaker and Vendor Vicki Ryder of ​Songbird Yarn and Fibres
November 21, 2018 — Speaker Universal Yarn / Vendor Yarns Untangled
December 19, 2018 —Speaker TBC / Vendor ​Signature Yarns 
January 16, 2019 — ​Speaker TBC / Vendor​ Stix and Stones
February 20, 2019 — ​Speaker and Vendor Lynn Melluso of
March 20, 2019 — ​Yarn Indulgences
April 17, 2019 — Speaker and Vendor Sharon Trent ​​Alpacas from Eighth and Mud
May 15, 2019 — Speaker TBC / Vendor Dragon Strings
June 19, 2019 — TBC
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. 
We will take a few minutes at the beginning of the October 17 General Meeting to address a few Guild-related business items including the presentation of the 2017-18 Financial Report and the findings of the member survey.
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