September 2017 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: September 20  |  Doors Open: 6:30 | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

September Guest Speaker 
Julia Grunau of Patternfish

Julia Grunau of Patternfish, the Toronto-based online knitting pattern store, will give us a Fashion Forecast and report on yarn trends for the coming season for this first meeting of the Toronto Knitters Guild 2017/18 season.

Vendor: Bobbi Jo of Yarnsomniacs will be bringing yarns of Wollmeise, Rhichard Devreize, Three Irish Girls, Badass Yarn, Colinette, Cottage Craft Angora (the Qiviut), and some Anny Blatt (angora rabbit). She will honour the 10% Guild discount and although the Qiviut is usually excluded, she will include it for the meeting.


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. Guild members will be on site by 6:30 p.m. on September 20th to start accepting payments and distributing membership cards.

Message from the President

Hello, and Welcome to the 2017/18 Guild Year!

I am thrilled to be kicking off my first season as guild president. The Board and I are hard at work creating an inspiring and fun program. We have great things in store for the coming year!

Last year we kicked off the season with a bit of Trend forecasting and I am excited to have Julia Grunau of Patternfish return again this year to begin our season. 

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 to help out? We’re looking for people to sell Raffle Tickets at our meetings, assist the Registrar or other board members, or other small tasks throughout the year. If you think you might be able to help, please speak with one of the Board members. We’re all wearing pink nametags!  

Yours truly, 

Carol Mather Miles  
Luxury Coach to Fleece Festival in Woodstock 
Saturday, October 14

Would you like to go to the Fleece Festival in Woodstock, Ontario, but don’t have a car or don’t want to do the 2-hr drive from Toronto? The Toronto Knitters Guild has booked a Luxury Coach to take us! There is a luggage hold under the bus to put your packages in. 
Cost per seat is set at $40*

Be at the Finch TTC/GO Station by 7:45 am, absolute latest
We should arrive at Woodstock approximately 2hrs after departure
We will leave Woodstock at 3pm, returning to Toronto approximately 2hrs later. 

Get Your Ticket: 
Pay for your seat in person at the September 20th Toronto Knitters Guild meeting OR
Online purchases will be available later this week, subject to availability. Check the Guild website for details.
We only have space for 54 persons, so get your ticket right away! 

This offer is being made to Guild Members and Guests first through our September Newsletter and at the September 20 meeting. On Thursday September 21, the day after the meeting, we will announce this trip to the general public through usual Social Media channels: Ravelry, Facebook, Instagram. 

*If we sell more than anticipated, we will refund any excess over $10pp in increments of $5.


Destash/Trade/ISO Ravelry Discussion

Have too much wool? or looking for an extra ball for a project? Join the discussion!  Make sure you check the pinned post at the top for the rules. 

Knit for a Cure

In August, Patrick Madden and Guild president Carol Mather Miles visited the Princess Margaret Cancer Care facility to drop off all the Knit for a Cure items our members have knit this past year. The Guild’s donations included 1 Shrug, 2 cowls/capelets, 15 hats, 8 scarves, and 11 shawls.

Thank you to everyone who knit something for Knit for a Cure this year. We will continue to support Knit for a Cure through the Princess Margaret Cancer Care Centre. The scarves, shawls, and hats we knit are generally given either to outpatients, or to inpatients when they check out.

There is also a great need for bed slippers, fingerless mitts, and lap blankets that will keep inpatients warm as they go through their treatments. 
Other Charitable Works

During the summer, the Guild was contacted by a lady who has recently moved here from Montreal. She loves to knit for others, and gave us 2 large kitchen-type plastic bags stuffed with handknits, from Slippers to Fingerless Mitts to Scarves and Cowls to Hats, all in very brightly coloured yarn. This was just 6 months of knitting for her! And this is when we realized we have dropped the ball as far as charitable knitting is concerned. Some of these items were sent to Princess Margaret Cancer Care and others to Streetknits. But we know there are other organizations that would be happy to receive warm or fun/funky handknit items. We will update you as we expand our list of the places our knitting can go, and what they need.

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

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. 

2016/17 Season in Review

We have lots in store for our upcoming season, but here is a look back at some of the highlights from last year:

Thank you to all of our guest speakers for helping us grow our craft - Patrick Madden, Julia Grunau, Kate Atherley, Katherine Matthews, Amy Singer, Emily Foden, Cindy Loo Bennett, and to all our skill exchange instructors. 

We hosted some wonderful vendors, who help to populate our stashes and put dents in our wallets. Thanks to Porch Swing Yarnsomniacs, The Knit Kabin, Passionknit, Signature Yarns, Stix & Stones, Stitch Please, Indigodragonfly, The Cozy Knitter, Viola Yarns, and Studioloo.

Wonderful raffle prizes. 

One amazing Frolic!

And many thanks to our guild members, who over just one season, have knit many a yard of wool!

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: $8

September 20 — Fashion Forecast with Julia Grunau Patternfish
October 18 — Gaynor Homestead
November 15
December 13 — Note this is the 2nd Wednesday of the month
January 17
February 21 — Sweater Fitting with Kim McBrien Evans of Indigodragonfly
March 21 — Nuno Felting with Lesley of Rosehaven Yarns
April 18
May 16
June 20

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