Friday, July 11, 2014

Grand Prize Announcement

Photo isn't even doing justice to how awesome the grand prize is this year! #TTCKAL2014 #ttcknitalong

This photo doesn't even come close to showing off the awesomeness of this year's grand prize. This basket is packed with over $250 worth of gorgeous knitting supplies, including:
  • Soakbox, contributed by Knitomatic
  • Skeins of laceweight Diamond yarnd (contributed by Diamond)
  • An amazing notions kid from LadeeBee
  • 3 craft books from Knitty
  • A Namaste needle holder from Creative Yarns
  • A hand-dyed Indigodragonfly skein from Indigodragonfly
  • Some Cascade Magnum contributed by Wool-gathering
  • AND FEATURING an absolutely beautiful hand-woven wool shoulder bag, made at the Spun studios at Sistering and generously donated to our event
(And folks... this is just the grand prize. A raffle ticket gets you chances to win not only this but several other amazing prizes from all the yarn stores and other contributors!)

So don't forget to buy your raffle tickets! Captains will have these for sale and you'll also have the chance to purchase them again at the Rivoli. Single tickets are $5, 3-pack for $12 or a 6-pack for $20. No limits on how many you can buy!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Announcements: Route Change & Waitlist Update

Well folks, the big day is just a week away and our team of volunteers is working busily away at all the final details that go into making this event happen! We have a couple of important announcements about the upcoming event:

ROUTE CHANGE
Due to a scheduling conflict we have had to make a route adjustment. The new route for TEAM ENTRELAC (red line on the map) is:

Americo > LadeeBee > Knit Cafe > Purple Purl

We apologize for the late notice on this. People wishing to cancel from this team because of this change, please let us know as soon as possible.

WAITLIST UPDATE
For those of you on the waitlist, we are currently working on cancellations and updates. The latest people can cancel (without penalty) is 10am on Wednesday morning and we will do our best to match up spaces as they open up with waiting participants!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Registration Update

Wow, what a whirlwind! We are thrilled to announce that this year's TTC Knitalong registration has been a huge success. 4 Teams are full:

FULL

Garter Stitch
Entrelac
Lace
Stockinette

And the remaining teams have just a few spaces left on each, so please sign up soon if you're going to!

ALMOST FULL

Cables
Fair Isle
Intarsia

Saturday, June 14, 2014

TTC Knitalong 2014: Registration Begins!!

Registration is now open!


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Seven fabulous routes criss-cross the city.

This year's TTC Knitalong will be on Saturday, July 12 from approximately 10:30am - 7pm


WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR REGISTRATION FEE OF $15:
  • a couple of intrepid volunteer captains who will guide you and your team through a yarn-filled day of adventure
  • discounts between 10-20% at all participating yarn stores plus special sale items, refreshments and other fun activities at many of the stores
  • a cute TTC-Knitalong tote bag filled with coupons, freebies and other cool knitting swag
  • the chance to win some incredible prizes at the closing ceremonies
  • and last but not least... the majority of your participation fee will go directly to Sistering, our charitable partner here in Toronto. Last year we successfully raised over $1600 for this amazing organization, this year our goal is to do even better!
NEW THIS YEAR!
Every year we try to improve the TTC Knitalong, making it a better adventure for knitters and a more productive fundraiser for our charitable cause, Sistering. Some of the new changes for this year:
The chance to visit new stores! We are thrilled to announce that 2 new stores have been added to our routes! Look closely at the schedule and maps as we've 'shaken up' past colour schemes and routes to send knitters via TTC to even more yarn-y corners of the city.

Raffle Ticket Packs - We are delighted to offer raffle tickets for some of our amazing grand prizes. Buy one for $5, three for $12 or get a six-pack for $20 (best value and most chances to win!). Please note that you can purchase these in advance or at the KAL, however, you must attend the closing event in order to win!

Registration streamlining - to make registration simpler and more fair, we've changed our registration procedure just a bit. We've automated the system with an online event registration service and we've also enabled people to sign up in pairs for the teams of their choice, to ensure that you all get to travel with your BFF :)

Waitlist Policy - because of the automated system we're using this year, we have had to adjust our waitlist policy slightly. If you don't get a spot on the team you want, please register for a "Waitlist" ticket using the registration system. You will be asked for your first & second choice teams when you sign up for this. Please note that you cannot register for a team AND the waitlist. We will remove people from the waitlist if they are already on a team.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ladee Bee Lands in The Junction

photo courtesy of LadeeBee on Facebook

In the heart of the Dundas West strip known as The Junction, is another new stop on the TTC Knitalong. Thank you for joining us LadyBee.

This latest LYS had been operating as part of another retail establishment at this location.. They recently took over the whole of the two floor corner shop.

On the airy, sun filled, first floor you will find a lovely yarn selection that includes harder to find items like Ella Rae Lace Merino and Sakura Cotton. Spinners will be happy to hear of the roving available, hand-dyed by Turtlepurl and LadeeBee herself. They also carry cross stitch, embroidery and needle felting supplies. On the lower floor is a large table surrounded by a huge selection of beads and jewelry making supplies. There is ample seating on both floors to sit 'n knit.

The Junction is a family friendly neighbourhood and the store has responded by holding classes for both adults and children. Owner Melissa McColl hosts Crafty Kids Saturday afternoons on a drop in basis. Check out the Facebook page for deets on the weekly projects. The store is also occasional host to other arts and crafts events such as the upcoming June 21 Summer Solstice Fair.
LadeeBee looks forward to welcoming you on July 12. Those of you choosing a team with a midday stop there will be happy to find many great lunch and coffee options nearby.

Closest TTC: The #40 Junction bus between Dundas West Station & the Runnymede Loop passes very frequently with a stop right in front of the store.


Knitters West! Welcome to Wool Gathering

Detail of one of the rugs created by Wool Gathering. Photo courtesy of  Wool Gathering.

After heading bravely into Scarborough for the first time last year (Creative Yarns is back this year! Yay!), it only seemed right to give Etobicoke its due. It’s been a few years since the Knitalong hit Kipling Station, so we are very happy that Wool Gathering  has recently opened to fill that void.

Wool Gathering is Toronto’s newest yarn and knitting store. They have a lovely yarn selection and several comfy chairs in which to knit with it. What sets them apart is that  they also specialize in traditional rug hooking, selling the fabric strips and supplies you need to create your own beautiful rugs.  A beginner? Don’t worry – there’s a class for that! There are also specialized knitting classes available such as the upcoming one on thrummed mittens.

 “The store is set up so it is welcoming to come and sit and knit or hook for an afternoon or an evening.  I want people to be comfortable coming for an extended period of time.” says owner/manager Jo-Anne Harris.  Jo-Anne has been busily building up her inventory and class offerings according to what her customers want and is always open to suggestions regarding what you’d like to see at your LYS.

Currently the shop is on reduced summer hours getting ready for a busy fall. However, Joanne is often in the shop working and is happy to accommodate requests to visit outside of posted hours. Visit the website for details. Stop by on your own or as part of a Knitalong team to see the gorgeous rugs on display.


Closest TTC:  Located on Advance Road at Kipling, just three stops from Kipling station on the 44 Kipling South bus.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sistering & The Knitalong: A Brief History


When The TTC Knitalong began in 2005, our community was much smaller. There were fewer shops   and fewer participants. Each year, as Toronto’s knitting community grew, so did the Knitalong.  About 5 years ago we found ourselves, for the first time, with a little registration money left over after covering event costs. It was decided to donate the surplus to charity – but which charity? We wanted something local, something that served women & hopefully, something that somehow related to yarn. Sistering was chosen by unanimous vote.

For more than 33 years, Sistering has been providing support services and encouragement to socially isolated women. The organization is central to their lives. It is their community where they receive basic necessities we all take for granted. The drop-in centre provides hot meals (144 000 last year!), clothing, washrooms and laundry facilities. Programs include informal counseling, employment readiness, peer harm reduction and access to healthcare. Most importantly, Sistering is a place to meet friends – women in similar circumstances.*

Spun Studio, a Sistering project, is a textile micro business incubator. They teach and create knitting, sewing and weaving, providing women marginalized from main stream economic opportunity with a sense of belonging and self esteem. Many of you will recall the beautiful hand woven placemats, donated by Spun, which formed the centre piece of last year’s Grand Prize raffle. Happily, Spun is able to donate another prize this year!

The TTC Knitalong is proud to have raised $1600 for Sistering in 2013 through registration fees, raffle ticket sales and supplier sponsorship. Thank you all so much! Please continue to support our sponsors and don’t forget to get your raffle tickets when you register.

*Much of this paragraph is reprinted with permission  from the Funny Girls & Dynamic Divas programme.