September 2018 Newsletter

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

Next Meeting: September 19
  Doors Open: 6:30 for social knitting | Meeting Starts: 7:30  
Location: Innis Town Hall

2018/19 Guild Memberships Available Now

Enjoy great speakers, time with fellow knitters, and discounts at the best yarn stores. Find out more about membership benefits.

Sign up and pay for your memberships through our website until 11:59 PM on September 18th and your membership card will be available at the meeting. Buy it at the meeting by credit card, debit (tap only), or cash. Exact change is always appreciated! If you plan to purchase at the meeting, please read the Guild Rules of Conduct before you arrive. The membership table will be open at 6:30 pm for prepaid membership pickup and membership purchases. Memberships can be purchased through our website again starting at 9 AM September 20th.   
Buy Your Membership Now!

September Speaker

Julia Grunau of Patternfish, the Toronto-based online knitting pattern store, returns to give us a Fall/Winter Fashion Forecast and report on yarn trends from the runways in Europe. Julia will also present the new Pantone Colours so that you can plan your projects in style!

September Vendor

The Gaynor Homestead

Tara & Brendan Gaynor of The Gaynor Homestead in Dorchester, Ontario return in September and will be bringing their 2018 harvest of Rambouillet Merino fibre, yarn, honey, and farm-made goods: lip balms, hand creams, vapour rubs, and soaps. 

Cash, Visa, Mastercard and AmEx will be accepted. 

Message from the President

Welcome to the 2018/19 Guild Year!

I am so very excited about the coming Guild year! We have a great executive and board who have lots of ideas and lots of energy to implement those ideas. And of course, there’s all of you – our wonderful Guild Members! I’m excited to see all of you in just over a week!  

We’ve got an exciting lineup of vendors, programs, and speakers for the Guild’s monthly meetings and are beginning preparations for the Frolic. Stay tuned for more details as we develop our ideas.  

In an effort to plan Guild direction and activities for the upcoming year, we are asking everyone to complete a short survey. It is completely confidential, just 10 questions, and your answers will help as we go forward with our planning. Results will be presented at the October meeting. Please be as honest as you can; we really want to know what you think.

Carol Mather Miles  
Complete the Survey Now


October Speaker, Vicki Ryder of Songbird Yarn & Fibres,  wants to know what you want her to bring for the meeting! Check out her site and send her a message; she will take care of the rest.
There's a new kid in town! 
Say hello to The Knitting Loft, Toronto’s newest local yarn shop and knitting café, opening on September 15th. TKG members get 10% off regular priced items!

The shop has been designed with a very specific vision in mind: create an interactive shopping experience and a space where imaginative-souls can gather together in a relaxing environment, which facilitates creativity and meaningful connection. Stay tuned to hear about their Grand Opening Day give away!

672 Wilson Ave Toronto Ontario
Phone us: 416-631-0060
Visit us:
Email us:

Charitable Knitting

Thank you to everyone who donated items for Streetknit, Princess Margaret Cancer Care, and Mount Sinai hospital. Since March Guild members have donated at least 19 shawls, 7 hats, 2 cowls, 1 poncho, 2 Vests/Cap-sleeved cardigans, 7 PICC Line covers, 8 pairs of Knitted Knockers, 2 Tiny Angel gowns, 1 scarf, and 2 pairs of mittens. These were collected by the Guild but many more Guild members donate directly to various organizations.  

Last year, we received a donation of $500 worth of yarn, all acrylic, from Not many Guild members were using the yarn so we donated most of it to Streetknit, along with a large quantity of yarn donated by Guild members. Streetknit knits a variety of items provided to people who are homeless or otherwise live on the street.  

We did keep a small selection of white yarn that is suitable for Tiny Angel Gowns or similar baby items. We will bring this yarn to each meeting.  

Get ready for November when we will collect charitable knitting for Distribution in December. There will be:

A special prize draw for donors! 
A display of items! 
More details to come…
Bottom line – Start knitting for someone who really needs it!

Get your Girl Guide Cookies at the October 17 meeting! A few Girl Guides will be selling the Chocolate Mint cookies for just $5 per box.  

Worldwide Knit In Public Day
On June 9, we hosted a gathering for Worldwide Knit In Public Day at the Wychwood Barns during the Farmers Market. We had an excellent turnout and had so much fun that we hosted several more Knit In Public Days right through the summer!  

Work of Our Hands

June 2018
Visit the Guild website to see more masterpieces, pattern names, selected yarns and the talented Guild knitter who created them!
Work of our Hands Group
clothesline with knitted objects
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.
2018/19 Meeting Schedule

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. 


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