Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ch-Ch-Changes


Sock Yarn purchased at the Toronto Mary Maxim last year.

They say nothing is as constant as change and that is as true in our knitting community as it is anywhere. Here at The TTC Knitalong we have been growing and changing over the years, responding to your needs and feedback. For example, many of you told us that a weekday registration conflicted with your jobs so registration is on a Saturday this year. We will also be trying automated registration for the first time. (Stay tuned for details). Most importantly, Knitalong volunteers have been working hard to reduce operating costs and increase sponsorship with the goal of raising even more money for our wonderful charity Sistering

There have been a few changes for our retail friends too. Many of you already know that longtime Knitalong participant, The Knit Cafe, has moved. After eight years in the West Queen West neighbourhood, they have re-located to 55 Roncesvalles Avenue, just north of Queen. It's a lovely neighbourhood with lots of great shopping and specialty food stores. The store is a few stops from Dundas West subway station on the 501 King streetcar.

Markam Street's Eweknit has undergone some major growth this year. They've added a room and carry even more stunning yarn. Now they also have an entire room of beautiful fabric and thread for sewing and quilting. Multi-talented crafters will definitely want to check it out.

Some changes are sad. The much loved Toronto Mary Maxim store closed its doors at the end of April. The lease on their Yonge/Eglinton store was not renewed. Mary Maxim filled a unique shopping niche and they are missed. According to their most recent Ravelry posts, they are trying to find a new location. We all have our fingers crossed for them.

Happily, we have some new retail friends on our route this year whom we will be profiling this coming week, and all our other 2013 participants are doing well and are returning in 2014. Even Sistering has had a momentous year with a recent grand re-opening after a major kitchen renovation. More on Sistering in our next post.

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