September 2016 Newsletter
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Dedicated to advancing the art of knitting through the sharing of ideas and techniques, education and community involvement.


Get Involved! If you are interested in joining the TKG Executive team, we are still looking for a member to serve as our Programme Coordinator. Contact Debra for more information.

The Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers would like to invite all Knitters Guild members to the Central Region Seminar - Nordic Journeys - on Saturday, September 24, at the Ontario Science Centre. For more information and to register go to

The USW1998 Human Rights Committee invites you to join – STEELWOOL ‘Warming all people of all genders, age, sexual orientation and abilities.’ They are seeking 132 volunteers to make 132 scarves to recognize Bill 132, the September amendment of Bill 168 to include anti-sexual harassment policy in the workplace -  ALL knitting/crocheting skill levels! See the full event details.

Knitting for Fort McMurray. Calling all knitters! Anyone willing to knit or crochet hats, mitts, or scarves/cowls for the people of Fort McMurray, please read! We are looking for completed items by the end of September.
Get Your Membership Now!
Get your 2016/17 Guild membership now! Enjoy great speakers, time with fellow knitters, and discounts at the best yarn stores. More info about membership benefits.

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. Cheque should be payable to Toronto Knitters Guild. Guild members will be on site by 6 p.m. on September 21 to start accepting payments and distributing membership cards.

Message from the President

“Do not ask what your Guild can do for you; ask what you can do for your guild . . .”
When I joined the Guild 7 years ago, I found the meetings so inspiring and wonder filled. Wow – look what people can do with knitting needles or a crochet hook! Last year Bree introduced us all to the ͞slow cloth movement, and the Fibreshed, Ontario farm fibre, and a resurgence of the appreciation of craft. Wow – look what a young girl named Peggy Sue can do with some alpaca fibre grown in Ontario! Wow – look what Monica can do with a knitting machine! So interesting, so eye-opening, so inspiring.
When I took on the role of President last year I thought it would be all about structure, accountability, and getting us all organized. What I realize now is that our guild should be all about inspiration. Bringing people together, sharing common interests, and promoting our handy skills.
In this, our 20th anniversary year, I look forward to the continued sharing of inspiration, and encourage members involvement and suggestions for raising the bar over the coming season.

Knittingly yours, 

Debra Rowland, TKG President

September Meeting

We have fantastic speakers in store for the 2016/17 Guild season, including our 20th anniversary celebration! And, of course, we are all looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on. Be sure to bring your projects for the show and tell portion of our meeting.

Save yourself some time and renew your membership online! Planning on renewing your membership at the September meeting? Guild members will be on site by 6 p.m. on September 21 to start accepting payments and distributing membership cards. Make sure you come a bit early.

Autumn-Winter 2016/17 Yarn & Fashion Preview

Patrick Madden will present highlights from the new autumn-winter collections of Toronto yarn distributors Americo Original, Diamond Yarns, Estelle Yarns.

Julia Grunau of Patternfish, the Toronto based online knitting pattern store, will report on yarn trends and forecasting for the coming season.

Show and Tell

Bring those summer projects and show them off to the guild! 

September Meeting Vendor: Porch Swing Yarnsomniacs. 

Toronto’s newest yarn store, Porch Swing Yarnsomniacs, will be setting up shop at the September meeting.  Bobbi Jo will be bringing a selection of yarns from Three Irish Girls, Colinette, Crystal Palace, Manos Del Uruguay, Mirasol, and Qiviut from Cottage Craft Angora. Cash, credit and debit cards accepted.

If you are interested in booking a vendor table at one of our monthly meetings, please contact

October Preview

From the Designers Needles to Yours: How Patterns Get Published

Please join us at our Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 meeting featuring a guest lecture by Kate Atherley.

Ever wonder about how a pattern actually gets written? Want to know why there's so much fuss about grading, and what these strange creatures known as "technical editors" do? This presentation is all about giving you an insight into how patterns are developed, and the work that goes on behind the scenes, before they are made available to knitters.

2016/17 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: $8

September 21, 2016
October 19, 2016
November 16, 2016
December 21, 2016
January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
June 21, 2017

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

TKG Knit for a Cure

We continue our support of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre with donation knitting of hats, scarves, cowls, blankets and shawls.

Knit For The Cure donations are given to Laurie Tucker, Coordinator of Patient Outreach at Princess Margaret. Laurie distributes these to in-patients and those in need of a knitted hug at one of the many hospital clinics. Princess Margaret has a special need of blankets for adult in-patients going through treatment. Blankets can be knit, crochet or made from fabric.

Patrick Madden will provide donation yarn at our monthly meetings for members to sign out and return as knitted accessories. We welcome donation yarn from your stash. Please give this to Patrick or Debra at the meeting. Patrick reminds us that we need all varieties of fibre content for donation knitting as some people may be allergic to wool and others may be allergic to acrylics. So please donate a variety of yarn blends and thicknesses. The most important factor is that the yarn be soft. We gladly accept any and all donations and are most grateful for your support.

Thank you.
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