Saturday, September 5, 2015

The Final Count. Wow.

The yarn dust has settled and the math has been done. We are thrilled to announce that the 
2015 TTC Knitalong raised a record $2900.00 for Sistering!!!! 

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making the day so special. We hope you all had fun. A huge thank you to all the sponsors, donors, & volunteers who were so generous. 
Please visit our participating sponsors and stores often and let them know how great we think they are!

 Qiviat Level Sponsors

Merino & Cashmere Donors

Friday, August 21, 2015


In the grand prize basket this year:
  • 5 skeins of Classic Elite Solstice & the Fall 2015 issue of Knitscene donated by The Purple Purl
  • 2 craft books donated by
  • Lavender hand cream donated by Lazy Cat Oils
  • 3 skeins of Shelrige Farms merino and a Namaste needle case donated by your captains
  • 1 hat and mitts kit donated by Diamond Yarns
  • A Yarn Crush monthly subscription box and row counter donated by Yarn Crush
AND Featuring:
  • A hand woven table runner donated by Spun at Sistering
  • A hand crafted pottery coffee mug donated by Inspirations Studio at Sistering
The estimated retail value of the basket is $250.00!!
We also have secondary raffle prizes and random team prizes donated by Wellington Fibre, LadeeBee, The Knit Cafe, Knitty, The Purple Purl, Diamond, Yarn Crush, Lettuce Knit, Romni, Americo and more!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

2015 Registration is Now Open!

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EIGHT fabulous routes criss-cross the city.

This year's TTC Knitalong will be on Saturday, August 22 from 10:30am - 7pm

  • 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 $2,000 for this amazing organization, this year our goal is to do even better!
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:
    New route! We are thrilled to add an eighth team to the event this year, and 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!

    Register with a Friend - Everyone is entitled to register for 2 tickets at a time. We know you want to travel with your BFF!

    Firkin Time - we've outgrown our old closing venue, the Rivoli. This year we'll be rounding out the KAL at the brand new Firkin on Bloor, near Yonge & Bloor.

    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.

    Looking for more info? Check out:

    Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Passionknit: LYS 2015

    The Passionknit storefront
    The folks at Passionknit are always so welcoming to The TTC Knitalong. They were one of the earliest participants signing on in 2006. For the past two years they've unveiled a brand new original pattern on the day and offered it as a special kit. 2013's pattern the TTC Mitts by the store's Patti Waters, was a huge hit among several of the Knitalong captains (I wear mine all the time!)

    Once inside this lovely knitting boutique, the stunning array of store samples are sure to inspire any knitter. The Passionknit team all have crazy skills and awesome colour sense. They make great in-store kits often using their extensive stock of Koigu as inspiration. Other yarns carried include Queensland Collection, Mirasol, and Malabrigo. There is also online shopping available on the website. 

    The store offers a wide variety of classes to take from beginner techniques to more advanced techniques such as cabling and magic loop. They also offer project specific workshops. They have a lively Ravelry group you can look up for more details.

    Passionknit is the Knitalong’s most northerly destination. It’s  on a lovely section of Yonge Street, north of Lawrence where many pretty shops make for a nice stroll. They moved to their current address six years ago but the store has existed in the neighbourhood since 1993.

    Closest TTC: Walk six blocks north from Lawrence Station or transfer to the 320 Yonge bus.

    The Purple Purl: 2015 LYS

    A Knitalong team at the Purple Purl
    “Purple is the best colour in the world!”.  says Miko, who along with Jennifer, founded The Purple Purl over seven years ago. 

    “The Purl” as it is known, is a home away from home for many knitters. Delicious coffee, tea and baked goods and comfy armchairs make this east side LYS a great place to drop by during a day of strolling in the Leslieville neighbourhood. Their stitch night is Tuesday and weekend afternoons are informal drop-in occasions as well. Many of you may already know the Purl from their fantastic booth at the annual Knitter's Frolic or as the hosts the now sadly retired Yarn Roundtables.

    They proudly stock many Canadian hand dyed yarns like Dye-Version, Sweet Georgia, Indigo Dragonfly and Tanis Fiber Arts alongside stand bys like Cascade 220. Their great Purly Points rewards program will help you acquire more yarn faster. Unique classes are on offer and there are Friday morning project help sessions as well.

    The Purple Purl is a favourite Knitalong spot and a generous sponsor of our event. There are snacks and prizes and a friendly welcome. Three teams will stop there this year.

    Closest TTC: The 83 Jones bus from Donlands station stops right around the corner and the 501 Queen car has a stop directly in front of the store.

    LadeeBee: 2015 LYS

    Ladee Bee on the 2014 Knitalong
    In the heart of the Dundas West strip known as The Junction, surrounded by cafes and other great shopping, sits LadeeBee.  2014 was this beautiful shop's first time with the Knitalong and everyone was delighted with it.

    On the airy, sun filled, first floor you will find a lovely yarn selection that includes  Briggs & Little, Ella Rae, and Fleece Artist. Spinners will be happy to hear of the roving available, dyed by Manos, 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, buttons, and jewelry making supplies. Classes and workshops are held there on crafts as diverse as beading and candle making. There is ample seating on both floors to sit 'n knit.

    We were also delighted to see they carry ceramic items created by Sistering's Inspirations Studio alongside lovely jewelry created in-store.

    The Junction is a family friendly neighbourhood and the store has responded by holding classes for both adults and children. Owner Melissa McColl hosts birthday parties, fundraisers and summer craft camps. It's a true community. Check out the website and Facebook page for contact and booking details.

    Closest TTC: The #40 Junction from Dundas West Station passes very frequently with a stop at Quebec Ave. right in front of the store.

    Lettuce Knit: 2015 LYS

    The Lettuce patio last summer.
    Kensington Market is one of Toronto's most eclectic neighbourhoods for shopping and eating. At the heart of this international bazaar, for more than twelve years now, Lettuce Knit has been selling beautiful yarn on Nassau Street. Once again, they are part of the TTC Knitalong. They have been one of our most generous sponsors over the years and we are thrilled to have them back. Four teams will visit Lettuce this year.

    Sylvie and Ange purchased Lettuce Knit on July 1st 2012 and weren't quite sure what to expect when the first team of the TTC Knitalong arrived that year.  Well they got the hang of it fast! There are always prizes, snacks and discounts. The patio is so comfortable for a sit'n'knit and the area's lunch options abound.

    Lettuce offers a variety of classes and hosts a lively social knit night each Wednesday. They also have many fantastic special events. Their recent Gay Sweater project garnered tons of media attention. A point of particular pride is their mandate to support Canadian indie dyers. Julie Asselin & Riverside Studios to name a few, are in stock. Sock knitters will be thrilled to hear that the shop has also just received a new shipment of Socks that Rock.

    To get more of a feel for this vibrant knitting community, go to the Facebook page.

    Closest TTC: The market area is easy to find. It's bordered by the 506 Carlton streetcar on the North, 510 Spadina on the East, the 505 Dundas car on the South and 511 Bathurst to the West