Sunday, November 04, 2012

Knit night! November 6th

Our next Guild meeting is November 6th, and it promises to be a colourful night. Victoria Pearce will be on hand to present a session on colour design and selection. It should be a fun and informative evening of learning how to choose colours for your various projects.

Also, a dry and wet felting workshop is being offered at Alpacas from Eighth and Mud. You can read more about the course via this link.

See you on Tuesday! And don't forget to bring your finished or in-progress projects for show-and-tell.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Meeting October 2nd + knitting with beads

Hello knitters! Our next meeting is tomorrow, October 2nd, at 7pm at the Marlatt Family Centre. Also, we have a guest speaker who will be teaching us how to knit with beads, so please remember to bring $5 to pay for the kit.

If you would like to attend our October 2nd meeting as a guest, the fee is $10 + $5 for the knitting with beads kit.

See you at the meeting!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Scarf and cowl patterns

Hello all,

Sorry for the delay in posting this, but here are some patterns for scraves and cowls for those who are knitting for kids in the Out of the Cold Breakfast Program in Hamilton.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to post the patterns Fran sent, but have found a few other options.

Easy scarf or cowl

Really cute "Incognito" scarf, thanks to Hayley

Hat, neckwarmer and mitten set

Quick cabled children's cowl

Seven Easy Scarves and Cowls to Knit this Fall

Scarf patterns from Martha Stewart

Canadian Living's Top 6 Scarf Patterns

40 Cowl Patterns

And there are plenty of patterns at

Happy knitting all! And we'll see you on October 2nd.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

A New Knitting Season + Sales! Sales! Sales!

I hope you've all had a lovely summer. One more week until school begins, and that also means the start of a new season for the Around the Bay Knitting Guild. Our first meeting of the new session is Tuesday, September 4th at 7pm at the Marlatt Family Centre. New members are welcome! Visitors are welcome to attend one meeting free of charge ($5 fee if we have a guest speaker). We hope you'll join us.

The approaching autumn knitting season also means some great sales, so now is the time to stock up and build that stash! Here are the major knitting sales I'm aware of at the moment:

Needle Emporium - tent sale runs Monday, August 27- Wednesday, August 29 at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. For hours and more details please visit Julie's blog.

Mary Maxim's annual tent sale - this sale has deals for all crafters and ends September 4th at 75 Scott Street in Paris.

Autumn is also the time to sign up for classes at your favourite knitting shop. So be sure to check out your favourite store, or scroll through our list of fav shops in the list of links to the right.

See you in September!

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Knitting in the Park - August 7th

Our next evening of knitting at the Dundas Driving Park will be held August 7th, starting at 6pm. It's a great night to attend as the Dundas Concert Band will also be performing one of their final free concerts in the park that night. So bring a chair and a project and enjoy a lovely night of knitting outside.

Also, join fellow yarn lovers for a night of knitting at the Dundas Public Library on August 15th.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Knitting in the Park: Part Deux

Knitting in the park was such a success that we're doing it again on Tuesday, July 10th. Takes place at the Dundas Driving Park from 7pm to dusk. Added bonus: the Dundas Concert Band will be playing in the park that night, providing our knitting soundtrack; )

See you there! And don't forget that we'll be knitting at the Dundas Library later in the month. More info to come!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Knitting in the park

Hello knitters! Our very first evening of knitting in the park will take place Tuesday, July 3rd at the Dundas Driving Park. Knitting starts at 6pm and will continue until dusk. Washrooms are available on site, however if you're feeling peckish please be sure to bring your own snack and drink. Another night of knitting in the park will take place on Tuesday, August 7th. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Knitters do it in public ;-)

Saturday marks the start of World Wide Knit in Public festivities, so please come out and proudly share your love of needlecraft by knitting in public at the Dundas Public Library.

The Dundas branch is located at 18 Ogilvie Street, just up from the Carnegie Gallery. The Knitting in Public event will take place Saturday, June 9 in the library's lower level from 10am to 2pm. All are welcome, just bring along a knitting project and share your purls of wisdom.

Please note that the library opens at 10am.

Hope you'll all be knitting pretty!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Next meeting June 5th!

Tuesday will be our final meeting of this season, so it's a great time to bring all of your completed projects for show-and-tell. Also, please be prepared to share your feedback on the year. Did you have fun? Did you enjoy the trips? The classes? Anything you'd recommend? Thanks all, and see you on Tuesday, June 5th!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Alpaca farm - May 26th

In addition to the Fleece and Fibrefest event on May 27th, some guild members will also be visiting an alpaca farm on Saturday, May 26th. The Alpaca farm visit offers two options for a tour -10am and 1pm - take your pick for a time slot. Guild guests are welcome. You might want to bring money/credit as there is a farm shop. You can find out more by visiting the farm's website: Alpaca's from Eighth and Mud. Have fun!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Fleece and Fibrefest May 27

Hello Knitters!

I hope you were all able to enjoy the fabulous long weekend weather. A little knitting in the sun perhaps?

Well, next weekend you can again combine the art of knitting and the great outdoors at Silmaril Farm's Fleece and Fibrefest. There will be plenty of events including a shearing demonstration, animal displays, a spinning event as well as a marketplace to shop for some lovely alpaca or cashmere. The Fleece and Fibrefest is held Sunday, May 27 from 10am to 5pm at Silmaril Farm, 144 Russ Road in Grimsby.

For more info please contact Michelle Seaborn at 905-945-7963 or

Have fun!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

May 1st meeting reminder

Hello all, Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 1st at the Marlatt Family Centre. Julie Schilthuis from The Needle Emporium will be our guest speaker this month. This session is open to anyone, but PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A $5 FEE FOR NON-GUILD MEMBERS who attend. Julie will be giving a workshop on the linen stitch and there is HOMEWORK to be done for this lesson (very quick and simple homework). You can find the homework by clicking on this link. See you at the meeting!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Road trip!

This weekend some of our Guild members travelled to Toronto to visit the Distillery District and The Purple Purl (also known as a little piece of heaven). Here are a couple of pictures they took along the way. Leave it to our crew to make a trip on the GO Train look fun and exciting!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tips from Kate + Homework from Needle Emporium + Knitter's Frolic and more!

Wow! What a busy month!

It was great to have Kate Atherley visit us for our April meeting. Kate had many great tips and suggestions for achieving a proper and flattering fit and I've posted them all here for your convenience. You can order Kate's book, Beyond Knit and Purl, via The Needle Emporium or via Kate's website.

And speaking of The Needle Emporium, Julie has provided the homework for the Linen Stitch lesson she'll be teaching at our May meeting, which you can find here.

Julie will also be at the Knitter's Frolic happening April 28-29 at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto. The Frolic is great fun with lots of vendors and classes, and you can find all the information you need right here.

And if that's not enough knitting action for you, the CreativFestival is also taking place April 27-28 at the International Centre on Airport Road in Mississauga.

So many knitting events, so little time. Enjoy!

Linen stitch workshop - homework

This is the homework sent by Julie from the Needle Emporium for the Linen Stitch workshop she'll be giving at our May 1st meeting:

Please use worsted weight (Cascade 220, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Filatura di Crosa Zara Plus) or thicker yarn

-Solid colours

-Easy to see colours-no black, navy, dark brown


Cast on 20 stitches (it doesn't matter which cast on you use) before coming to class. Please bring at least one stitch marker with you.

Wise words from Wise Hilda's Kate Atherley

Here is the list of tips, books and websites Kate mentioned in her chat with us at our April meeting. But first, and most importantly, here is a link to Kate's blog.

First: knit a swatch! Here is Kate's handy guide to knitting the very necessary tension swatch.

Ann Budd Knits: All of Ann Budd's books are listed on this site, but Kate made particular mention of The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, which you can find at Chapters/Indigo and through the Hamilton Public Library.

Amy Herzog - Fit to Flatter: here you can find helpful tutorials on finding the best fit and she even uses REAL women as models! This is just one of the tutorials available.

Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti: this book will help you create the proper fit. It's available through Chapters, but as with any knitting book you can check to see if it's in stock at The Needle Emporium and support a local shop:) is a great yarn directory, particularly useful for vintage yarns.

And for vintage patterns, try A Stitch in Time by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford.

Happy knitting and fitting everyone!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Next meeting April 3rd

Hello knitters!

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 3rd at the Marlatt Family Centre in Dundas.

This month we have a guest speaker - Kate Atherley. Kate is a brilliant knitter who teaches throughout the GTA. She'll talk with Guild members about sizing in knitting. So if you have a pattern that is causing you difficulties size-wise, please bring it in and Kate will do her best to help.

See you on Tuesday!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Next meeting March 13th

Just a reminder that our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at the Marlatt Family Centre in Dundas.

This month we have a presentation by Jacqueline Sava, the President of Soak. This meeting will be awash with fun!

Also, don't forget to bring in your completed projects. We all want to see what you've been working on. And for inspiration, here are some photos from our February meeting.

See you on Tuesday!

Friday, February 24, 2012

IMPORTANT! Date change for March meeting!

Please note that our March meeting has been moved and will now be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm at the Marlatt Family Centre on King Street in Dundas.

Please pass this update along to any knitting/guild friends.


Sunday, February 05, 2012

February meeting

Our next Guild meeting is Tuesday, February 7 from 7-9pm at the Marlatt Family Centre in Dundas.

Pam will kindly be giving a demonstration on the i-cord cast off with button holes, so if you'd like to learn this technique please prepare a swatch at least 30 stitches wide with 4.5 or 5mm needles. Do not cast off, as this will be done during the learning session.

Also, don't forget to bring your finished projects or projects in progress to share with the others in the group. In other words, please proudly show off what you've been working on.

See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hat patterns + The Yarn Harlat + What we've been working on!

For anyone looking to knit baby hats for charity, or for family and friends, Warm Up America has some great patterns for hats and other items to knit for charity.  Just scroll down their page a bit and you'll find hat patterns to knit and crochet.  This link also includes patterns for pneumonia vests and baby caps.  And if you're interested in knitting for specific charities, I highly recommend the book Knitting for Peace.  It has really nice patterns and contact information for various organizations. Happy knitting!

For those who follow The Yarn Harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is visiting London this month:

Friday, January 20 at 7pm - "An Evening with Stephanie"
Cotton-By-Post.  21581 Richmond St. North, London, Ontario. Phone for more details at 519-518-6134.
She's also teaching classes that weekend, but she's so popular they've sold out.  

And finally, here's what we've been working on (well done, everyone!):

Our next meeting is February 7th at 7pm.  See you then!

Monday, January 02, 2012

January meeting - time to learn and to declutter!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a good holiday.  Our next guild meeting is January 3rd, which makes for a great way to start the new year.

At our January meeting a few members will share their knitting skills with us. We'll have short sessions on different ways of casting on, the Kitchener stitch, seaming and needle felting.

Also, January is a great time to declutter and thin out your stash.  We've had a request from a women's shelter in Brantford asking for any spare knitting supplies.  So, if you have any yarn, wool, needles or other supplies that you'd like to donate to the shelter please bring them to our January meeting and we'll send them off to be used at the shelter.  Apparently, the shelter offered a knitting class to their residents and it was a huge success (naturally).  So now the women are looking for more supplies to keep their hands busy.

Thanks everyone, and see you January 3rd!