October 2019 Newsletter

Next Meeting: October 16
  Doors Open: 6:30PM for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30PM

Location: Innis Town Hall

October Guild Meeting Speaker & Vendor

Image of The Knit Cafe Logo
We are delighted to be hosting The Knit Cafe with a Brooklyn Tweed trunk show as our October Meeting vendor and speaker. Located on Roncesvalles Ave in the West End, the Knit Cafe is a cozy spot for yarns and classes, and boasts yarns from Julie Asselin, Shibui, Quince & Co, Drops, and, of course, Brooklyn Tweed, as their Canadian flagship. 

They will be hosting a Brooklyn Tweed Trunk show, and will showcase a selection of garments from BT collections, as well as yarns from the American brand. 

Models Needed! If you're interested in modelling any of the BT garments, please get in touch with Cheryl De Ville, Programme Coordinator, by Tuesday, October 15th. 
Adoption of Guild By-Laws
During the October Guild Meeting we will vote to adopt the Guild By-Laws that were sent to members by email September 16th, 2019. You must have paid for your TKG membership for the 2019/20 year by 7:30 PM on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 to have a vote. Find the proposed By-Laws via the link in the blue box below. If you have any questions please contact Guild President Carol Mather-Miles at
Click here to review the Guild By-Laws.
Looking for a few friendly Greeters!
We're looking for a few good people during upcoming Guild meetings to assist with orienting and welcoming people from 6:30 - 7:30 PM before meetings. One or two are needed per meeting, and Greeters will receive a raffle ticket as a thank you for their time. If you're interested in helping out, get in touch with Ali Moenck, Guild Newsletter Editor at
September Meeting Recap
Group of colourful yarns laid out on a table.
September's meeting was a fantastic kick-off of the new Guild year! Our vendor and speaker Christa Wales from Lake Knit Yarns, spoke to us about the history and traditions of making in her family, starting from the construction of her family home to her passion for quilting and sewing. 

A multi-talented maker, Christa also shared more about starting her fibre business, Lake Knit Yarns, how she finds colour inspiration, and the joys and challenges of running her business. She brought many scrumptious yarns in vibrant hues and squishable bases, which are also available online. Her enthusiasm for working with her hands inspired us all to branch out and try something new!
September Raffle and Show and Tell
Many thanks to all the supporters of the September Raffle. We hope members will support the organisations that make this possible! 
  • 'Mystic Shawls' book by Anna Dalvi, donated by Sheeps Ahoy! Won by Hannah Phoenix. 
  • Neon Gaucho Ruana Prism Yarns Kit, donated by Signature Yarns. Won by Linda Karlinsky. 
  • 4 skeins Elitespun fingering weight yarn in 'Passion' colourway. Won by Monika Hepner
  • The Cozy Knitter 'Bliss' sock yarn set in 'Guilded' colourway, donated by The Cozy Knitter. Won by Margrete Wallace. 
  • 'Gradient Wave' Sock Blank by Lake Knit Yarns, donated by Lake Knit Yarns. Won by Alli Campbell. 
Woman holding colourful knitted shawl.
September Show and Tell pictures to come! 
Join the Fall Colours Yarn Crawl!

From September 15 - November 15, 2019, join the Fall Colours Yarn Crawl, hosted by Sheldridge Yarns, and 7 other LYS'. Pick up your Fall Colours Passport from any of the eight participating shops, while taking in the gorgeous fall colours in nature. The passport includes knitting and patterns for a fall hat and scarf / cowl sets. Click below to learn more!

Click here to learn more about the Fall Colours Yarn Crawl!
Member Dispatches: Hannah Phoenix at the New England Fibre Arts Summit
Images of sheep on a farm, blue fabric drying.

Guild Member Hannah Phoenix attended the New England Fibre Arts Summit in Vermont this past August and was kind enough to share more from her wonderful fibre-y weekend! Thank you, Hannah!

Tammy White is a shepherdess, natural dyer, farmer, and all around Excellent Human Being, as well as the owner of Wing and a Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Each year she also runs the New England Fiber Arts Summit, which I was lucky enough to attend at the end of August.

We kicked off the weekend with a little party planned by the event's sponsors, Taproot Magazine, which included block printing, snacks, and, of course, knitting. And from that moment, we were surrounded by the magic of this little slice of heaven.

We took amazing classes from the likes of Bristol Ivy (@bristolivy), Sylvia Watts Cherry (@withcherriesontoptoo), Marce Smith (@heybrownberry), Anne Choi (@anne.choi), Annie Rowden (@byannieclaire), and Hannah Thiessen (@hannahbelleknits). But more than that, we spent time together on the farm talking, laughing and knitting. We met Princess Peppermint, the pig who gets all the table scraps and lives in the dye garden. We ate farm-to-table meals together at long tables in the barn, and occasionally were dropped in on by Thelma, the elderly angora goat who has free run of the farm.

We fed the alpacas and snuggled some lambs and threw sticks for Ness, the herd dog. We sat knitting and talking in rocking chairs on the farmhouse front porch, and ate fresh-baked pie with ice cream. We slowed down. We reconnected. For four days in the hills of southern Vermont, we came together and fully immersed ourselves in this slow, creative, earthy, sheepy thing we love to do.

Verona Knitting Retreat with Sandra Redford
Sandra Redford spoke for a short time at the September meeting about the knitting retreats she offers in Verona, Italy. Here is a short description from Sandra, click the link below to view her website. 

What makes my knitting retreat different? I live in Verona several months per year. I am of Italian heritage. I speak Italian. I am connected to the textile community and the locals so I can provide a truly authentic perspective and experience. The trip is a cultural experience, an immersion in the everyday life of Italians. It’s a perfect mix of travel, vacation and knitting. My group is very small, I am taking only 10 knitters. The 2020 tour dates are May 15 - 24, 2020.
Learn more about the Retreat in Verona!
Celebrating the Joy of Yarn. 
Have a suggestion for the newsletter? Get in touch with Ali Moenck, TKG Newsletter Editor at
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