Past Meetings

 Wednesday,March 19, 2014

Fiona Ellis – The Origins of Paisley
Give it a swirl, give it a whirl, hear the story of the Paisley unfurl. Join designer Fiona Ellis as she explores the roots of Paisley designs. It’s a story that takes us from the warm lands of eastern promise to the cool highlands of western Scotland, with many twists and turns along the way. Fiona will show you how they writhe and twist their way from the reign of Queen Victoria into contemporary knitwear design!

 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mini-Skills Workshops
February brings the return of our annual Skills Exchange Mini Workshops. You’ll have the opportunity to learn a number of useful new techniques in short 15-minute sessions. It will be a fun and social evening, with many valuable skills being shared by our volunteer teachers.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jonathon Leonard
Jonathon Leonard of Romni Wools has vast experience and expertise as a yarn retailer, spinner, and producer of house brand yarns. He will share his knowledge of yarn including the composition and properties of various fibers and how they are best utilized in a knitting project, and will bring examples drawn from his huge yarn inventory. He will talk about the history of various fibers and spinning. He will then move on to the history of Romni Wools and the evolution of the business.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Work of Our Hands Fashion Show
This is the meeting when member’s get to strut their stuff – showing off their fabulous knitted or crocheted garments. And what an exhibition of talent it is. Dozens of members will model fabulous vintage, traditional or modern sweaters, skirts, shawls and accessories for us to admire. This is the time when we showcase ourselves, the knitters, at our annual Work of Our Hands Fashion Show. It will blow you away!

Come cheer on your fellow knitters and admire their creativity and technical skills. Then stay on to nibble sweets and drink holiday cheer at our December celebration.

 

2013-2014

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Yarn Store Panel
At the November meeting, we will have a panel of GTA yarn shop owners well known and loved by guild members: EweKnit, Linda’s Craftique, Purple Purl and Mary’s Yarns. The panel members will discuss their experiences with owning a yarn shop, including challenges and joys, and advice for anyone who may want to open their own yarn shop.

They will also talk about trends in knitting, how they decide what stock to carry, and a variety of other yarn- related matters.

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Anne Blayney – ColourRIOT: Making and using your personal colour palette in knitting and beyond!

Knitting designer Anne Blayney (AnnieBeeKnits) has a passion for colour and textiles. She knows just how exciting — and overwhelming — a shopping trip to your local yarn shop or a visit to your favourite online retailer can be, and she’s here to help you find the colours and projects that will fit into your wardrobe instead of languishing in your stash or closet.

Anne will start with a basic review of colour theory, and look at how to combine colours to get energetic or calming effects. Then,she’ll help you identify what colours you are drawn to and what colours make you sing, gathering inspiration from everyday life and from useful tools in the real world and online. She’ll discuss how to pull those colours into a cohesive palette of colours that are most ‘you’.

Next, she’ll apply that colour palette and colour theory to yarn, moving beyond solid colours to the world of hand-paints, kettle-dyes, self-striping, and variegated yarns that are so enticing in the skein but can prove more challenging to use effectively. She’ll help you learn which types of yarns will work best with a variety of techniques for colourwork, lace, and cables, so that you can put your special yarn purchases to their best use.

Anne Blayney is a conference planner by day, and a knitting addict at all times. Her most recent published design, the Hue and Value Shawl, is a perfect chance to play with colour combinations. She is also a former President of the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild, and the grateful recipient of the 2012-2013 Sally Melville Award, granted by the Guild to the knitter its members vote most inspiring.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Twist Collective Fashion Show
We are very excited to have Twist Collective, an Online Magazine, as our guests. Fiona Ellis, a designer for Twist Collective, will host the evening which will include samples of the garments for a combined trunk show and fashion show. It will feature the latest designs from the 5th anniversary fall issue. We are still looking for models so if you or someone you know fits the samples size (approximately 32-36” bust size) and would like to volunteer at the September meeting, please contact Fiona Ellis at fiona.ellis@sympatico.ca.

It’s going to be such a fun evening so re-new your membership and pull out your projects made from Twist Collective patterns to wear to the event.

Since this event is likely to attract quite a crowd to the small auditorium at Innis College, seating priority will be given to returning DKC members, then new members, and finally non-members. The doors will open for returning DKC members at 6:30 p.m. New members will be admitted from 7:00 p.m. and then non-members.

To speed things up renew your membership right now online. At the September meeting simply pick up your new membership card and walk right into the auditorium.

 

2012-13

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lara Veerasammy
An accomplished crocheter that will tell and show how her love for yarn and craft is enriching her life.

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Robin Hunter
Robin is a Toronto based knitter, knitwear designer, teacher, blogger and a DKC member since its inception. Robin’s patterns are available online on Ravelry and Patternfish. She teaches in the Toronto area and this fall will have workshops at Vogue Live Chicago. You can check out her blog How to Become a Professional Knitter.

One of Robin’s many interests is knitting for flattery and fit. This is a theme in some of her workshops, in a pattern collaboration with Cabin Fever and in blog postings. No wonder Patternfish announced last February that the number one selling vest pattern in its history is Robin’s very flattering Prudence Crowley Vest.

Over the last years, Robin has made a career transition from the corporate office to professional knitter and knitwear designer. As part of that journey, she showcases an interview with a new designer each week on her blog, discussing with them their design inspirations and business models. What a unique and interesting way to meet new designers and understand their esthetic.

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Skills Mini-Workshops
In April the DKC will have its annual Skills Exchange Mini-Workshops. This is when guild members share techniques they love with other guild members. The set up is like musical chairs, except no one is ever left out. The skills are taught concurrently in 15 minute sessions at several learning centres. After completion of each session, the bell rings prompting you move on to another centre. In advance of the meeting the list of skills/techniques on the roster is posted with any homework requirement. You choose what interests you.

This meeting is always a highlight; it is so much fun. What a great way to learn new skills and meet more knitters.

 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Michelle Porter
Michelle is a young Toronto area knitter and knitwear designer that hails from the East Coast. Taught by her grandmother as a youngster, Michelle has broad experience in the knitting industry which has helped her develop her signature style and understand what her customers want. She currently designs for both a yarn company, Diamond Luxury Collection, and under her own label, Fondle Patterns. You can see her designs at local yarn stores and online at Ravelry and Patternfish. 

Michelle is known for her beautiful designs with modern shaping. To learn more about Michelle check out these interviews with her on The Diamond Yarn blog and on the How to Become a Professional Knitter blog.

 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Glenna C
Glenna is a Toronto area knitter, knitwear designer, blogger and teacher. You can catch her innovative and creative workshops at many local yarn stores in Southern Ontario and beyond. You can check out her schedule (she even has one on making your personal dressmaker’s “Judy”from duct tape to help you fit all your knitwear) and her interesting and informative blog Knitting to Stay Sane. Her patterns can be found on Ravelry and Patternfish as well as other sources.

Glenna will be sharing with us her thoughts on knitting in the information age.

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Janelle Martin (Antheras on Ravelry)
Janelle is a knitter, knitwear designer, blogger and book reviewer based in Waterloo. Janelle’s patterns are available on Ravelry, Patternfish and her blog Ecclectic Closet. We are so lucky to have Janelle back with us this year to help us unravel Ravelry. Her depth of knowledge of this knitter’s database and social network is legendary and she has the innate ability to make it all seem easy for even the most digitally challenged.

This meeting is a “must see” for anyone wanting to use Ravelry to the max. Watch for more information as the date approaches.

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Work of Our Hands Fashion Show
This is the meeting when member’s get to strut their stuff – showing off their fabulous knitted or crocheted garments. And what an exhibition of talent it is. Dozens of members will model fabulous vintage, traditional or modern sweaters, skirts, shawls and accessories for us to admire. This is the time when we showcase ourselves, the knitters, at our annual Work of Our Hands Fashion Show. It will blow you away!

Come cheer on your fellow knitters and admire their creativity and technical skills. Then stay on to nibble sweets and drink holiday cheer at our December celebration.

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Amy Singer
Amy is the editor, publisher and founder of Knitty.com, an innovative, creative online knitting magazine. She describes her inspiration on the Knitty site: “In 2002, it came to her in a dream while sitting on the living room couch that she should start an online knitting magazine to feature the knitting talent she’d been seeing on blogs all over the world in one tidy, professional-looking website. The rest is happy history.” Check out the current edition of Knitty, the Knittyblog, and Amy’s personal website. You will find lots of interesting features, knitting news and great patterns.

We are pleased to welcome Amy back to the DKC to help her celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Knitty. What an inspiration and what a gift to knitters all over the world.

And from Toronto you say? Yes!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Spectacle of Shawls – Farooq Ikram (Textile Museum, Toronto)
Farooq Ikram is a textile artist who holds degrees in Textile Design from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and Fashion Design Pattern Making from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. He creates one-of-a kind fashion accessories and scarves using non representational forms with varied and vivid colour palettes. His designs are hand rolled and executed on high quality silk, giving a beautiful finish to his line. The accessories are not just functional pieces of fabric, but wearable art. He has worked as an Associate Professor at the National College of Arts and is now employed at the Textile Museum in Toronto. He continues to create and sell his line of one-of-a-kind, hand-painted fashion accessories throughout Canada and the United States.

Audience members are encouraged to bring knitted shawls with them to the meeting, and let Farooq help you display the beauty of the work of your hands. Farooq also encourages everyone to bring fabric shawls and scarves as well– he likes combining colours and textures in his demonstrations.

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Celebration of Yarn
In the finest DKC tradition, we proudly kick off our 2012/ 2013 season the best way we know how-with a celebration of yarn. This year we’re proud to showcase two of our favourite “indie” yarn brands: Dye-Version and Indigodragonfly. Each company has its own unique approach to fibre and colour, and both will have vendor tables at the meeting (cash preferred).

Catch up with Dye-Version and see what the girls have been working on this summer. They have some new yarn weights, exciting new colourways and several new patterns to offer. Plus, we’ll visit with old friends and see some of the new and limited edition colourways that are available this fall. Also, there will be an exclusive look at a new yarn that will be launching in the Spring (just in time for the Frolic!)

Well known for her yarns, colors, yarn names and her attitude, Kim McBrian is the soul and founder of the indie dyer company Indigodragonfly. Her yarns are delightful to knit with, and the names make us smile and feel good. Kim will introduce her new yarns and supporting patterns.

2011-12

June 20, 2012

Meghan Erin
Ryerson Fashion Design graduate Meghan Erin will share with us her Autumn/Winter collection, Willomyne, at our June meeting.

Born and raised in Edmonton, AB, Meghan has been developing herself as a designer for the past five years. An intrinsic love of the arts and all things beautiful led her to first discover her passion for sewing while making her own dance costumes in high school.

After earning a diploma in design from Marvel College in her home town, she decided to broaden her experiences and left home for Toronto at the age of 18. Since then she has been attending Ryerson University for Fashion Design, where she has just completed her fourth and final year.

For their graduating thesis, each student was required to create a collection of five outfits. Meghan’s collection incorporates the use of locally-reared alpaca products to provide the customer with warmth, luxury and style.

Despite being a creative soul at heart, Meghan’s approach to design is methodical and technically-based. She takes inspiration from the most intimate parts of herself, including her personal experiences, desires and dreams.

What inspired the outfits in Meghan’s collection? What steps were taken in developing and refining the collection? What process was used in creating the individual pieces, in particular those that were hand knit? What challenges were encountered along the way? What was learned?

Meghan will answer all of these questions, and share with us where she sees her future in the fashion world.

 

May 16, 2012

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
We are pleased to welcome back author and knitting rock star Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, the Yarn Harlot. Stephanie’s last DKC appearance, believe it or not, was back in 2005. What’s she been up to since then? Not much. Just maintaining her insanely popular blog (which averages about 17,000 visitors per day), jetting around the world making appearances and teaching workshops, raising over $1,100,000 via her charitable initiative Knitters Without Borders, designing patterns, founding the Knitting Olympics, and writing New York Times bestsellers.

Stephanie’s topic will be “This is your brain on knitting” which is all about what goes on in your brain while you’re knitting. What sorts of neurotransmitters are released, how knitting is training your brain to be better, and essentially how great knitting is for you. It all sounds fascinating, and we’re looking forward to spending the evening with Stephanie.

 

April 18, 2012

Carla Canonico
Our guest speaker at the April meeting will be Carla Canonico, editor of A Needle Pulling Thread, the quarterly magazine devoted to Canadian needle arts: quilting, fibre art, knitting, crochet, rug hooking, cross stitch, beading, creative sewing and embroidery.

As a child, Carla was always fascinated with her mom’s sewing, and was close by every time the sewing machine was on. Her mother had a passion for sewing from a young age, and because of her, Carla developed an appreciation for sewing with beautiful fabrics. Carla was also intrigued by her grandmother, who could whip up any kind of garment that fit like a charm! But being busy with school, learning classical piano and swimming, Carla hardly had any time to get involved in needlework.

That all changed in 1990, when she was introduced to cross stitch, and started stitching on the GO train to fill the time on her 45-minute commute. Once she started A Needle Pulling Thread magazine, she discovered other forms of needlework and delved into rug hooking. Most recently, she has also picked up knitting.

Carla believes that anyone can achieve their goals if they set their minds to it. A Needle Pulling Thread is a magazine that reflects this with every fibre artist she brings together in every inspiring issue. The magazine also reflects the fact that life is just better with needlework! We know Carla will have some interesting stories to share with us at the April meeting.

 

March 21, 2012

David Armstrong
Our March meeting brings a different kind of guest-an expert on the construction and restoration of fibre related tools. David has been woodworking and restoring antiques for over 25 years (ranging from pianos to rare books and, yes, spinning wheels). He has been knitting for equally as long, and spinning for the last seven years, usually with tools he has constructed himself. He and his son have recently launched an online storefront (www.finefibretools.com) where they sell their beautiful handmade tools-drop spindles, stitch markers, needle cases, darning eggs and shawl pins to name but a few, looking to historical artifacts and forms found in nature for inspiration.

An experienced public speaker, David is looking forward to sharing some of that expertise with us. What are the best materials for fibre tools? What’s the best way to finish and maintain them? He’ll answer these questions, as well as discussing restoration and minor repairs, and will of course bring some of his samples to look at. For anyone who truly appreciates the beauty of fine craftsmanship (and what knitter doesn’t?) it’s bound to be a fascinating evening.

 

February 15, 2012

Skills Exchange Mini-Workshops
February will see the return of our annual Skills Exchange Mini-Workshops. You will have the opportunity to learn a number of new skills in short 15 minute sessions taught by guild members.

Nine learning stations will be set up around the auditorium. Members who wish to participate will gather at a particular station, learn the skill presented and then move to the next station. It is a fun evening out, with many fun and valuable skills being shared by DKC Members.

 

January 18 2012

Carol Tomany
Carol Tomany, a.k.a. Anne Corcoran of Queen Anne’s Lace Knitting, has created a dynamic power point presentation on the design process in knitting. Featured in the presentation are the ten scarves from her Forest Scarves Series.

Carol says, “Because I am often asked where I get the ideas for my lace designs, I decided to put together a presentation with photographs from nature showing how I have translated various aspects of the forest, for example-trees, leaves, ferns, flowers etc, into lace.”

This is a great opportunity for knitters to see and discuss how a knitting pattern is developed, from something as seemingly insignificant as moss, into a pretty lace scarf.

The power point presentation lasts about 45 minutes, with time for discussion after the presentation.

Feedback from these presentations has been wonderful. As one knitter said, “I didn’t realize that I was surrounded by so much design that could be used in knitting. I now see knitting patterns in brickwork, tiles, almost everywhere.”

 

December 14, 2011

Work of Our Hands Fashion Show
It’s a celebration of our creativity! We’ve knitted and knitted and done countless rows of stocking stitch; some of us have ribbed, cabled and, felted too. It’s time to showcase us, the knitters, at the annual Work of Our Hands Fashion Show. And what a show it will be! Come cheer on your fellow knitters as they have fun strutting their stuff on the runway. It’s a party, so after the models have cleared the runway, we’ll pat ourselves on the back and celebrate our creativity with an assortment of treats.

If you are interested in the details from the fashion show you can download the program here

 

November 16, 2011

Jacqueline Schiller
Our presenter will be Jacqueline Schiller, a knitter and textile artist. Jacqueline is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design, where she majored in drawing and painting. Her work has been shown in both solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad. In 2007, she spent a year studying in Florence, Italy and is heavily influenced by the traditional processes and incorporates them into contemporary practice. Though only 24, she has been knitting for 20 years. She currently lives and works in Toronto.

 

October 19, 2011

Shirley Anne Scott
Shirley Scott (Shirl the Purl), author of Canada Knits — Craft and Comfort in a Northern Land descends from a long line of knitters. All of her ancestors came from parts of Ireland and Scotland, and hand knitting was in their blood. She considers herself a “heritage knitter” and particularly enjoys recreating the patterns of the past. She will give us a glimpse into the history of Canadian knitting and will talk about today’s living and knitting in Newfoundland.

 

September 21, 2011

New Yarns Kickoff
In the finest DKC tradition, we proudly kick off our 2011/2012 season the only way we know how—with a celebration of yarn. Our favourite reps will showcase the most exciting new fibres, colours, textures and trends from their new fall collections. See (and touch) colour cards, test garments and pattern books usually available only to those in the knitting industry. As of press time, we have confirmations from Diamond Yarns and Kertzer.

It’s a very fun and social meeting, also a great opportunity to catch up with fellow knitters you haven’t seen in a while. Let’s welcome the start of knitting season!

 

 

2010-11

June 15, 2011

Alisa McRonald and Tamara Krievins – Stylish Knitted Skirts (they don’t need to be dowdy or droopy!)
Subtitle: Exploring thoughtful and creative fibre choices, meticulous gauge determinations, and best practices for professional-looking garments.

These two DKC members generated quite a lot of interest when they modeled their skirts at our fashion show last December. In tonight’s Power Point presentation, they will share their skirt-making explorations with us – their successes, as well as their “learning experiences”.

Alisa and Tamara’s discussions will include: combining yarns and fibres in order to achieve desired fabric and gauge, fun and flattering colour choices, appropriate silhouettes for various body types, and technical tips for garment construction and care.

Alisa McRonald has been crafting since she was born. Making tube dresses for her Barbies and using her little brother and cat as dress models for her creations were some of her favorite activities as a young child (or at least until her little brother got bigger than her)! She has been teaching and exhibiting her work in North America and abroad since 1995. She currently maintains her blog (fibreperson.blogspot.com) and further develops her fibre fixation by immersing herself in the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Guild handspinning programme.

Tamara Krievins has been fibre-crafting since the sixties… (yes, she even made macramé plant hangers). She has been the manager of the yarn shop Passionknit since 2009. Recently she submitted all of the hand-worked samples and lesson plans, as well as logged the volunteer teaching hours required to receive her Teacher Certificate in Crochet from the Craft Yarn Council of America.

 

May 18, 2011

Sally Melville – Making the Most of Your Yarn Collection
Sally will introduce ideas that knitters can employ to use, manage, and replenish a yarn collection! She will discuss the problems inherent in using multiple yarns and colours, show which stitch patterns will accommodate different weights and colours best, and talk about how to arrange a yarn collection to make the most of it.

 

April 20, 2011

Janelle Martin – Ravelry Road Map
New to Ravelry and wondering what all the fuss is about? Have an account but not sure how to make the most of it? Janelle will guide you on a tour of Ravelry, providing you with a “road map” through the features and benefits of this essential site. This presentation will introduce you to the main features of the site such as forums, groups, “friends,” adding projects and stash, and using the advanced search features to figure out just what you can do with those leftovers or impulse purchases in your stash.

Janelle Martin has been an avid knitter for the past 27 years and has recently started designing patterns. Her shawl Cartouche was published in the Winter 2011 issue of Knitty. She lives in Waterloo, ON but makes her knitting home at Shall We Knit? in New Hamburg. She rarely goes anywhere without a book and her knitting…

You can find her designs on www.eclecticcloset.ca and on Ravelry.com (username Antheras).

 

March 16, 2011

Robin Hunter – Confessions of an Obsessive Knitter
Join Robin in an exploration of why we are addicted to our knitting. Why do we invest the time, effort and money to do something that most non-knitters see as a waste of resources. Robin will be examining our diverse motivations which include our health, our sense of community, artistic expression and much more.

Robin began knitting garments in her teens and designing in her 20′s. She also has a strong background in sewing, tailoring, and millinery which has had an enormous influence on her knitting. She has been teaching in the Toronto area for 25 years. Last spring she launched her full-time career as a Knitting professional. Her patterns can be seen on Patternfish and you can read about her adventures at her blog.

 

February 16, 2011

Julie Schilthuis – Tips and Tricks for Knitters/Old Mill Knitting Company
February’s meeting welcomes Julie Schilthuis from the Needle Emporium as well as the Old Mill Knitting Company. Julie has been involved in the Knitting industry for 23+ years. Her experience and knowledge of the industry has made her one of the most valuable retailers out there. Have a problem, want a challenge – visit Julie.

Julie’s presentation on “Tips and Tricks” for knitters will definitely peak the interests for all levels of experience.

Old Mill Knitting Company will be joining Julie for the evening to present to us the newest additions to their yarn lines.

 

January 19, 2011

Elizabeth Zimmermann – Knitting Genius
Since 2010 was the 100th anniversary of EZ’s birth, this seems like a good time to take a look at her life, her designs, and her influence on modern knitters and knitting designers. Denise Powell will present a slide show and talk about her.

 

December 15, 2010

Work of Our Hands Fashion Show
It’s a celebration of our creativity! We’ve knitted and knitted and done countless rows of stocking stitch; some of us have ribbed, cabled and, felted too. It’s time to showcase us, the knitters, at the annual Work of Our Hands Fashion Show. And what a show it will be! Come cheer on your fellow knitters as they have fun strutting their stuff on the runway. It’s a party, so after the models have cleared the runway, we’ll pat ourselves on the back and celebrate our creativity with an assortment of treats.

 

November 17, 2010

Skills Exchange Mini-Workshops
November will see the return of our annual Skills Exchange Mini-Workshops. You will have the opportunity to learn a number of new skills in short 15 minute sessions taught by guild members.

Nine learning stations will be set up around the auditorium. Members who wish to participate will gather at a particular station, learn the skill presented and then move to the next station. It is a fun evening out, with many fun and valuable skills being shared by DKC Members.

 

October 20, 2010

SOAK & Elise Duvekot
We have an exciting double-header coming up for the October meeting—we will be joined by Jacqueline Sava, entrepreneur and creator of SOAK wool wash, and Elise Duvekot, knitting innovator and author of Knit One Below.

First up is Jacqueline Sava, the mastermind behind SOAK fibre wash. Since creating her first business plan as a high school project, she has had a passion for entrepreneurship and business. Launched in Canada in 2005, SOAK enjoyed immediate success with everyone from knitters to quilters to fashion-conscious clothing shoppers. Now, SOAK can be found in Boutiques and Department Stores (intimate apparel sections) in North America, the UK, Japan and beyond.

Elise Duvekot is a knitwear designer and author of the book Knit One Below – One Stitch, Many Fabrics, published by XRX Books in 2008. Elise’s enthusiasm for novel techniques led to the completely new approach presented in this book. Her inspiration comes from geometrical patterns and from the many beautiful colors and yarns that have become available in recent years. As far as the style of her work is concerned, it can best be described as traditional in workmanship, while modern in color and design. She divides her time between the Old World (The Netherlands) and the New World (Canada). In addition to knitting strands of various yarns together as a designer, she knits words of various languages together as a translator. Knitting and translating both provide ideal environments in which to be creative and productive; the best of both worlds.

 

September 22, 2010

New Yarns Kickoff
We can’t think of a better way to start the knitting season— a sneak preview of what’s new and exciting in the world of yarn! At what is always one of our most popular and fun-filled meetings, yarn representatives will showcase the most exciting new fibres, colours, textures and trends from their new fall collections. As of press time, Louet, Diamond Yarns and Kertzer are confirmed for the September meeting.

It’s time to look, touch, dream, and start planning all those fall and winter projects to come. Let’s celebrate the start of another fantastic knitting season!