Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January 5th Meeting: Member Skill-Sharing - Speed Dating Style

Our January Meeting features member skill-sharing in a fun way.  Members are encouraged to think about the skills they are willing to share!

Here's a handy checklist of what else to bring to the meeting:
  • Your current knitting project
  • Knitting projects that you would like to show and share
  • $2 door entry fee
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit for "Out of the Cold", "Knitted Knockers" or the "Linus Project".
Our meeting location is Fortino's at 1579 Main Street West in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Select the Meetings tab on the website for more details. Remember:  No outside food or drink is allowed in our Fortino's meeting space.  Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Knitted Knockers of Canada

Knitted Knockers are hand-knit, soft, comfortable prosthetics, made with love by volunteers, for breast cancer survivors.

More information can be found on the website:

www.knittedknockerscanada.com

Here is a link to a pattern which uses double-pointed needles:

http://knittedknockerscanada.com/-patterns--videos.html
You will also find tutorials and other patterns based on skill levels.

There is a need right now for size D.  The i-cord nipple is optional; there is a greater demand for prosthetics without them. Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima is recommended for softness and comfort as these prosthetics are worn for many hours at a time.


Your help is greatly appreciated as you are making a difference in someone's life...one knocker at a time!




Sunday, November 22, 2015

December 1st Meeting: Silent Auction and Social Knitting

Our December Meeting features a Silent Auction and Social Knitting.  Members are encouraged to bring any stashed yarns, needles, accessories, pattern books, etc., that they would like to donate to the auction.  The proceeds will be donated to Hamilton Food Share which was selected at the November meeting.  In addition to our Social Knitting, the Tea Cozy Knit-Along group will be sharing the progress on their projects!

Here's a handy checklist of what else to bring to the meeting:
  • Small bills/change for silent auction purchases
  • Your current knitting project
  • Knitting projects that you would like to show and share
  • $25 in cash or cheque for your membership fees if you haven't already joined
  • $2 door entry fee
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit for "Out of the Cold" or the "Linus Project".
Our meeting location is Fortino's at 1579 Main Street West in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Select the Meetings tab on the website for more details. Remember:  No outside food or drink is allowed in our Fortino's meeting space.  Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

November 3rd Meeting: Quick Christmas Knit-Along

The November 3rd meeting will feature a quick Christmas Knit-Along.  There are four items to choose from.  At the end of the night, you should have a completed or almost-completed project.  Your choices are:

1.  Buttoned headband:









Supplies:  
20 g of DK yarn
Medium size knitting needles
Darning needles
Decorative button


2. Small Christmas Tree

 

Supplies:
3mm needles
20 g of DK yarn red
20 g of DK yarn green
20 beads
Darning needle

3.  Teddy Bear (no Picture available)

Supplies:
3mm needles
10 g DK Baby yarn
2 -10 mm craft eyes
Black embroidery thread for nose and mouth


4.  Wall Hanging











Supplies:
60 yds Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick
35 yds of Lion Brand DK
5 yds of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted or equivalent of above yarns
8 mm and 12.75 mm needles
8 mm crochet hook
Darning needle
24" -1/2" wooden dowel or copper pipe

NOTE:  Stuffing for the Christmas Tree and Teddy Bear will be available.

Our meeting location is Fortino's at 1579 Main Street West in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Select the Meetings tab on the website for more details. Remember:  No outside food or drink is allowed in our Fortino's meeting space.  Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. 

In addition to supplies for the Knit-Along, here's a handy checklist of what else to bring:
  • Your current knitting project
  • Knitting projects that you would like to show and share
  • $25 in cash or cheque for your membership fees if you haven't already joined
  • $2 door entry fee
  • $10 entry fee for Non-Members
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit for "Out of the Cold" or the "Linus Project".
Other Updates:
  • See information about our upcoming workshop on November 21st by selecting the "Special Events" tab on the website. The deadline to register is November 10th!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tea Cozy Knit-Along Update

Jean kindly hosted the Tea Cosy Knit-Along group at her house.  Members showed off their progress and shared hints for problem solving.
It was interesting to see all the different combinations of colours and yarns used.

Such a great afternoon: knitting, chatting, tea, coffee, baked delights, laughter.  Doesn't get better than that!!

Sheila even had her cosy finished.  Lovely!
And she has a second cozy underway in a new colour scheme.

We meet again in a month, hopefully to show off completed to near-completed projects.

Editor's Note:  Everyone is looking forward to seeing these tea cosies at our December meeting!






Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October 6th Meeting and Other Updates

The October 6th meeting will feature our guest speaker, Glenna C, who will talk about "Knitting in the Round".  She will have a general "knitting-in-the-round" discussion and will be demonstrating basic practice and tips for:
  • knitting in the round; 
  • knitting with double-pointed needles; and,
  • knitting Magic Loop.
Glenna suggests that we bring:
  • at least one set of double-pointed needles;
  • a short circular needle, e.g. 16"; and,
  • if desired, a long circular needle of 36-40" for a Magic Loop Demo.  
The needles don't all need to be the same size.  Bring along some yarn in a weight that is appropriate for your needle sizes. 

Visit glennaknits.com to learn more about Glenna and her knitting expertise.

Our meeting location is Fortino's at 1579 Main Street West in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Select the Meetings tab above for more details. Remember:  No outside food or drink is allowed in our Fortino's meeting space.  Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. 

In addition to Glenna's list, here's a handy checklist of what else to bring:
  • Your current knitting project
  • Knitting projects that you would like to show and share
  • $25 in cash or cheque for your membership fees if you haven't already joined
  • $2 door entry fee
  • $10 entry fee for Non-Members
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit over the summer for "Out of the Cold" or the "Linus Project".
Other Updates:
  • See information about our upcoming workshop on November 21st by selecting the "Special Events" tab above. 
  • An updated 2015-2016 Meeting Schedule is available by selecting the "Meetings" tab above.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Announcing a Fun Knit-Along!

Announcing a fun, new Knit-Along Group (KAL) featuring Kate Davies' "Sheep Carousel" tea cozy! What a great way to learn steeking on a small project!  The goal is for the project to be completed for the December 1st Guild meeting for voluntary show-and-tell.  Ideally, the KAL will meet 1-2 times to touch-base, knit, and drink tea before a final celebratory meeting.  Meetings may rotate between homes, cafes, or wherever the group chooses.

For members interested in this group, the kick off is Sunday afternoon, October 4th from 1-4 p.m.  Come prepared to cast on.  Refer to the link above for the pattern, material requirements and to purchase the pattern.  It's very important to use yarn that is non-treated (avoid superwash yarn as there are more steps involved in steeking).

Kick-off location is at Cindy's home.  If you are interested, email atbkguild@gmail.com and more details will be forwarded to you!

Monday, August 24, 2015

September 8th Meeting

Welcome Back to the Around the Bay Knitting Guild 2015-2016 Season!  This is a reminder that our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and not on Tuesday, September 1st.  Our meeting location is Fortino's at 1579 Main Street West in the 2nd Floor Community Room. Select the Meetings tab above for more details. Remember:  No outside food or drink is allowed in our Fortino's meeting space.  Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. 

Here's a handy checklist of what to bring to our first meeting of the year:

  • Your current knitting project
  • Knitting projects that you would like to show and share
  • $25 in cash or cheque for your membership fees
  • $2 door entry fee
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit over the summer for "Out of the Cold" or the "Linus Project".

First time guests are welcome to attend one regular meeting without paying a membership fee.  The $2 door entry fee still applies.

We look forward to sharing our plans for the year ahead with you!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Our New Webpages are now LIVE!

We hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Our new webpages are now LIVE!  We hope you enjoy perusing the information.  Let us know if we've missed anything or if there is anything else you'd like to see.  

We are already planning for the 2015-2016 season. IMPORTANT to note:  Normally our meetings are the first Tuesday of the month, however, ONLY our September meeting will be held on the 2nd Tuesday. Therefore, our first meeting of the 2015-2016 season will be held on Tuesday, September 8th. Check out the Meetings webpage for a full schedule and more details about locations and topics.  Stay tuned to the Blog for more information.

Enjoy these lazy, hazy days of summer...and knit projects that are small enough to stay off your lap!

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Coming Soon! Changes to the Look of the Blog!

In the upcoming days and weeks, you will begin to see some changes to the look of our Blog.  We are looking to make it function more as a website, with information provided about the Guild, meetings and special events, donations, resources and our sponsors.  We are also working to improve the readability of the Blog. You will still see the same great feature of the Blog itself with updates provided about knitting in the news, cancellations, meeting summaries, and more. We hope you like these changes and we welcome your feedback!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Updated Information: Memorial Service for Louise Duthie

An update to the time of Louise's memorial service:  It will be held at:

Trinity Anglican Church, 12 Blair Road, in Galt (Cambridge) on July 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. (and not 4:oo p.m. as previously noted).  Refreshments to follow the service.

Louise was one of the original members of the Around the Bay Knitting Guild.  She was a skilled crafter and had many friends in knitting, crocheting, beading and quilting groups.  At meetings, Louise was always willing to help with knitting or, in fact, any crafting questions. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to her favourite charity, Gifts of Hope, or a charity of your choice.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Knitting in the park

Although the Around the Bay Knitting Guild doesn’t meet in the summer time (the next meeting is in September), there are lots of opportunities to knit together socially.  

One of our favourites is Knitting in the Park; every Tuesday evening (from June 16th through to September 1st). Some of us will bring a folding chair and sit and knit in Dundas Driving Park (specifically: under the trees, by the stone staircase which is across from the Tennis Court).  We usually begin to turn up around 6 pm, and go on until it is too dark to knit! Hope you can join us—just show up with a folding chair and your knitting and have fun.

The Hamilton Public Library website also lists several other craft and hobby groups (including knitting groups), which meet at their branches and in the community: http://www.hpl.ca/events/adults/games-%26-hobbies
  
Enjoy the summer!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

June 2nd meeting

Around The Bay Knitting Guild is where people from the Hamilton area meet to knit together, hear speakers, and plan interesting outings related to knitting.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 2nd, beginning at 7 pm.  We will be meeting in the 2nd floor Community Room of the Fortino’s store, 1579 Main St W,  Hamilton,  L8S 1E6 (off Rifle Range Road): $2.00 at the door, $5.00 for non-members. 

BUT, PLEASE REMEMBER, WE MUST NOT BRING IN ANY OUTSIDE FOODS OR DRINKS TO FORTINOS!

Here’s what’s happening at the June meeting:

  • charity auction (members only).  Please bring yarn, books, needles, and/or other knitting/crochet-related items for silent auction
  • election of a new ATBKG executive (Fran will NOT be continuing)
  • quick summary of member survey
  • finalizing draft by-laws/terms of reference presented at the April meeting (and available online at May 7th blog post: http://atbkg.blogspot.ca)
  • draw for knitting books, donated by Glenna C
  • TWO (2) door prizes!

Please note the following additional information:

Membership: Membership dues will remain at $25.00 for the next year in addition to door entry fee ($2 per meeting). Guests are welcome to attend one regular meeting for free. Otherwise, guests are required to pay $10.00 for a meeting with a special speaker or lesson, and $5.00 for the second and subsequent regular meetings. Guests are not eligible for the door prize draws. Presentation of membership card has possibility of 10% discount at various knitting shops: such as The Needle Emporium (http://www.needleemporium.com) in Ancaster and The Purple Purl (http://thepurplepurl.com) in Toronto. 

Location: Meetings normally take place on the first Tuesday of each month from September to June, at the Fortino’s Main Street West upstairs Community Room. Check BlogSpot for meeting dates, particularly during inclement weather. atbkg.blogspot.com

Door Prizes: One door prize per meeting. Members will have their names entered into the draw upon payment of dues. When a member wins a prize, their name comes out of the pot.  A member must be present at the meeting to win. If the guest speaker donates additional prizes, all in attendance will have a chance to win.


Donations:  remember, you can bring hats, scarves, mittens, etc. to any ATBKG meeting for donation to Out of the Cold. In addition, knitted or croched "Linus blankets" may be donated to  Project Linus Canada

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Draft Terms of Reference/By-Laws for Knitting Guild

This is a draft of the Terms of Reference/By-Laws which have been proposed for the Around the Bay Knitting Guild.  We will be voting on them at the June meeting; so please read through them before this meeting, and note down any comments or questions:

Around the Bay Knitting Guild
Introduction
These bylaws have been drafted to assist the Around the Bay Knitting Guild by providing guidance in knowing who is responsible for which duties and when particular activities are generally accomplished. 
It is intended that the running of the Guild will involve many members so that everyone’s talents can be used and no one member is overburdened by Guild responsibilities. 
When situations arise that are not specifically covered by these bylaws, it will be understood that common sense will be the guiding factor and that the President, in consultation with the Executive, will make sound decisions on behalf of the Guild.
Article 1: Name
This organization is known as the Around the Bay Knitting Guild, also known as the ATBKG, and sometimes referred to as “the Guild.”
Article 2: Purpose
Around The Bay Knitting’ Guild is where people from the Hamilton area meet to knit together, hear speakers, and plan interesting outings related to knitting.
The Guild is a non-profit organization and as such: 
  • any Guild profits will be used in promoting the Guild’s purposes
  • in the event of dissolution, the Guild’s assets will be distributed to a local organization whose purposes are similar to the Guild’s
  • no funds shall inure to the benefit of any Guild members
  • no Guild activities or events or resources shall inure to the financial benefit of any Guild members
Article 3: Membership
Any person who is interested in Guild activities may become a member upon completion of a membership form and payment of dues, regardless of race, creed, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion or political affiliation.
The Guild may not form a cooperative in order to obtain a business license or tax number for buying knitting supplies at a wholesale price.
Individual members of the Guild may not sell items for personal profit or promote their own interests during Guild meetings without the prior approval of the Executive. 

The Executive shall have the power to suspend or expel any member for 
  • nonpayment of dues or other indebtedness to the Guild
  • violation of any Bylaw
  • conduct, which, in the opinion of the Executive, is improper or prejudicial to the welfare, interest and character of the Guild. 
A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive is required to expel a member. 
Any member so suspended or expelled, other than for nonpayment of dues, shall 
  • be notified by electronic written communication within forty-eight (48) hours 
  • have the right to appeal to the Executive by an electronic written communication notice within ten (10) days after notice of the rendered decision
  • receive notice of time and place set for the appeal hearing
  • be given an opportunity to be heard. 
A vote of not less than two-thirds (2/3) of the Executive shall be final.
Use of the membership roster for other than Guild business is not permitted unless permission is given by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Executive. This shall be on a case-by-case use only.
Article 4: Executive
The governance of the ATBKG is vested in an Executive composed of seven (7) executive officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair, Program Chair, and Webmaster. 
These officers, operating as the Executive, are responsible for planning, conducting and evaluating the activities of the Guild as authorized by the purpose and spirit of the Bylaws.
Vacancies on the ATBKG Executive shall be filled by the appointment of the President, with the approval of the remaining directors of the Executive.
4.1 Officers and Duties
The officers of the ATBKG consist of a President, a Vice-President, a Secretary, a Treasurer, a Program Chair, a Membership Chair, and Webmaster. 
Terms of the office for each officer shall be for one (1) year. Officers may be re-elected to the same position. No officer may hold the same position more than three (3) years in a row, except in the absence of a suitable candidate.



The President:
  • presides at all meetings of the membership, all meetings of the Executive, and is an ex officio member of any committee established by the ATBKG
  • appoints special project committees and chairs with the advice and consent of the Executive
  • maintains contact with the Guild’s meeting site representatives
  • keeps records of their procedures and make recommendations on tools and templates they use or develop for the purpose of Guild activities
  • is the official liaison with other knitting guilds
  • provides editorial content for the web/blog

The Vice President:
  • assists the President and serves in the absence of the President
  • assists in Guild activities as needed
  • works with other Executives to develop procedures and make recommendations on tools and templates for the purpose of Guild activities
  • maintains the Bylaws
  • provides editorial content for the web/blog

The Secretary:
  • keeps minutes of all decisions in meetings of the membership and the Executive
  • keeps records of their procedures and make recommendations on tools and templates they use or develop for the purpose of Guild activities
  • provides editorial content for the web/blog

The Treasurer:
  • collects dues with the assistance of the membership chair
  • develops an Annual Budget
  • reviews the budget every six (6) months or at the discretion of the Executive
  • receives and disburses all monies and presents a statement of the current financial condition at all meetings of the Executive and at the monthly general meetings
  • presents written quarterly accounts receivable/accounts payable report to the Executive 
  • maintains and balances the Guild’s account
  • keeps records of their procedures and make recommendations on tools and templates they use or develop for the purpose of Guild activities
  • provides editorial content for the web/blog
The Membership Chair:
  • provides an orientation to the Guild to new members
  • accepts dues and submits same to the Treasurer 
  • maintains up-to-date lists of names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of current paid members
  • maintains up-to-date-lists of members who fulfill special roles and functions at Guild events
  • produces and distributes membership cards
  • provide name tags for the members at meetings
  • keeps records of their procedures and make recommendations on tools and templates they use or develop for the purpose of Guild activities
  • provides editorial content for the web/blog

The Program Chair:
  • coordinates the assessment, planning, organization, delivery and evaluation of 
    • educational activities for general meetings
    • special retreats or workshops or other educational activities
    • with approval of the Executive, determines cost (if any) to membership for programs activities
  • keeps records of their procedures and makes recommendations on tools and templates they use or develop for the purpose of Guild activities
  • provides editorial content for the web/blog

The Webmaster:
  • maintains the Guild’s website and/or blog for the primary purpose of communicating with members such as announcing future meetings and events
  • maintains the Guilds digital resources and archives
  • works with others to use social media and other web resources
  • keeps records of their procedures and makes recommendations on tools and templates they use or develop for the purpose of Guild activities
The Webmaster is not responsible for creating the editorial content of the website or blog. 
Website and blog editorial content may include but is not limited to:
  • notes from meetings, activities or events
  • information and supplies needed for upcoming meetings and activities.
  • contact information for officers of the Guild
  • information about the times and locations of meetings
  • links to other sites that may be of interest to Guild members
Dues
The ATBKG Executive shall establish annual dues for its members. Dues are for the period of September 1 – August 31 and are due at the September general meeting. 
Other monies may be levied from time to time with the consent of the membership.
The Treasurer collects fees with the assistance of the membership or program chair as appropriate.
Finances
Monies that are received and disbursed by the Guild may include: annual dues, payments for other miscellaneous Guild activities, and funds from various fund raising activities and donations.
All payments over $100.00 will require two (2) signatures, one (1) from the Treasurer and one (1) from the President or Vice-President.
All payments over the amount of $1,000.00 require approval of the Executive.
Article 5: Meetings
5.1 Executive Meetings 
The Executive shall meet at such times and places as the President shall direct, or at the call of any two (2) other members of the Executive.
A majority of the ATBKG Executive shall constitute a quorum for transactions of business at any meeting. An officer can participate in a meeting by electronic means.
There shall be at least two (2) meetings of the Executive during the calendar year.
5.2 General Meetings
The Executive has the authority to set a schedule for general meetings on a monthly or more frequent basis. Generally, membership meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month from September to June from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. 
General meetings may consist of, but are not limited to an educational component, information exchange, show and share, social knitting.
5.3 Annual General Meeting
The June meeting serves as the Annual General Meeting and Elections. At the Annual meeting, the Treasurer presents an interim Financial Report with the Annual Report given in September so that it would contain the financial information for the Guild year.
Thirty percent (30%) of the members of the ATBKG currently in good standing shall constitute a quorum for a regular meeting of the members for the purposes of decision-making.

Guests 
Guests are welcome to attend one (1) regular meeting for free. Otherwise, guests are required to pay $10.00 for a meeting with a special speaker or lesson, and $5.00 for the second and subsequent regular meetings. Guests are not eligible for door prize draws. Guests are not allowed to vote.
Door Prizes
There is one (1) door prize per meeting. Members will have their names entered into the draw upon payment of dues. When a member wins a prize, their name comes out of the pot. A member must be present at the meeting to win. If a guest speaker donates additional prizes, all in attendance will have a chance to win.
Article 6: Elections
The President shall appoint a nominating committee in February for the purpose of nominating officers of the ATBKG for the next annual term and such nominating committee shall be prepared to present its proposed slate of officers no later than the May general meeting. The election shall be held at the June meeting. New officers will begin their term at the end of the June meeting.
6.1 Committee
Nominations for Executive positions on the Executive and other Guild roles are managed by two (2) members appointed by the Executive from those members not seeking elected positions. This committee manages the nomination and election of the Executive and other Guild roles for the next year.
6.2 Process
  1. Executive appoints the Committee in February.
  2. Committee creates an April web/blog post to announce election process and request nominees for Executive Members for the next year. The post should include position descriptions, qualifications, nomination and election processes and forms, and deadlines. The process is also announced at the April General Meeting.
  3. Interested members complete nomination form and submit to nominating committee by the published deadline.
  4. Nomination committee reviews the nominations, notifies the candidates of their eligibility via email, and publishes the nomination results in the May web/blog post and at the May meeting.
  5. Nominees are permitted a 400-word post in the web/blog to support their candidacy.
  6. Nomination committee prepares the ballots and conducts the election at the June meeting subject to quorum requirements.
6.3 Voting
  1. Each member in good standing member is eligible to vote at the June meeting. 
  2. At the beginning of the meeting, the nominees are presented; each has three (3) minutes to address the meeting. 
  3. Ballots are then distributed to members in attendance. 
  4. The vote is conducted in secret; ballots placed in a sealed ballot box. 
  5. The ballots are tallied at the meeting, and reported by the committee before the end of the meeting. 
  6. The nomination committee seeks a motion to destroy the ballots.
  7. The results are published in the meeting minutes and on the web/blog.
Article 7: Maintenance And Revision Of Bylaws
The Vice-President is responsible for maintaining the Bylaws. The Vice-President will review the Bylaws each year to determine if any changes are needed.  Any member may present a proposal for a change in the Bylaws to the Vice-President. Any proposed amendments approved by a majority vote of the Executive shall be presented to the membership via the website/blog to be voted on at the Annual General Meeting. A majority of the members present must approve any change to the Bylaws.
Article 8: Other Guild Activities
8.1 Charity and Fundraising
Individuals or groups, with approval of the Executive, on behalf of the Guild, may perform these activities: 
Identify charitable organization(s) and be the contact person with the organization(s).
  • inform the membership of the types of items that may be donated and deadlines for collection.
  • arrange for delivery of items to the charity
  • organize fundraising activities to support stated charitable organizations or Guild activities
  • deposit profits with the Treasurer
Charity and Fundraising activities may include, but are not limited to:
  • knitting projects
  • auctions of goods and services donated by, or solicited by members
  • draws for goods and services donated by, or solicited by members 
8.2 Hospitality
Individuals or groups, with approval of the Executive, on behalf of the Guild, may perform these activities: 
  • arrange for refreshments at meetings, events, activities
  • greet members, guests, etc. at any Guild activity
  • thank guests and supporters in person or in writing
8.3 Liaison
Individuals or groups, with approval of the Executive, on behalf of the Guild, may liaise perform with these contacts: 
  • local media
  • community groups
  • library knitting groups
  • Ravelry or other social media
Liaison activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • publicizing guild activities
  • co-sponsoring activities
  • recruiting members
  • supporting other knitters or guild sub groups

Friday, April 17, 2015

May 5th meeting

Around The Bay Knitting Guild is where people from the Hamilton area meet to knit together, hear speakers, and plan interesting outings related to knitting.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, May 5th, beginning at 7 pm.  We will be meeting in the 2nd floor Community Room of the Fortino’s store, 1579 Main St W,  Hamilton,  L8S 1E6 (off Rifle Range Road): $2.00 at the door, $10.00 for non-members. 

BUT, PLEASE REMEMBER, WE MUST NOT BRING IN ANY OUTSIDE FOODS OR DRINKS TO FORTINOS!

This meeting is open to everyone.  We look forward to seeing you there!

HOMEWORK: The speaker at the May 5th meeting will talk about knitting short rows. In order for you to get the most out of the speaker’s demonstration we recommend that you:

• knit and bring one (or more) swatches on knitting needles. We suggest the usual, 20-odd stitches wide, 4 inches long. Use heavy enough yarn and needles to see what you are doing. That usually means worsted weight and 4.5 mm needles.   Don't bind off; keep the swatch(es) on the needles.  (You might want to have a few sets ready to practice with).  Also bring stitch markers; they help with some styles of short rows.


Please note the following additional information:

Membership: Membership dues will remain at $25.00 for the next year in addition to door entry fee ($2 per meeting). Guests are welcome to attend one regular meeting for free. Otherwise, guests are required to pay $10.00 for a meeting with a special speaker or lesson, and $5.00 for the second and subsequent regular meetings. Guests are not eligible for the door prize draws. Presentation of membership card has possibility of 10% discount at various knitting shops: such as The Needle Emporium (http://www.needleemporium.com) in Ancaster and The Purple Purl (http://thepurplepurl.com) in Toronto. 

Location: Meetings normally take place on the first Tuesday of each month from September to June, at the Fortino’s Main Street West upstairs Community Room. Check BlogSpot for meeting dates, particularly during inclement weather: http://atbkg.blogspot.ca

Door Prizes: One door prize per meeting. Members will have their names entered into the draw upon payment of dues. When a member wins a prize, their name comes out of the pot.  A member must be present at the meeting to win. If the guest speaker donates additional prizes, all in attendance will have a chance to win.

Donations:  remember, you can bring hats, scarves, mittens, etc. to any ATBKG meeting for donation to Out of the Cold. In addition, knitted or croched "Linus blankets" may be donated to  Project Linus Canada


Upcoming event in 2015:


Late May weekend stay in B&B in Elora.