Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy New Year: January 3rd Meeting

Happy New Year!! Our first meeting of 2017 will be held on Tuesday, January 3rd, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 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.  

This meeting will be a social knitting night...a great time to relax after the busy holiday season!  Bring your knitting and show-and-tell projects.

Here's a handy checklist of what to bring to our meeting:
  • $2 door entry fee
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Your knitting projects and any to show-and-tell
  • Any donations that you have knit for Out of the Cold, the Linus Project, Knitted Knockers or Twiddle Muffs.
First time guests are welcome to attend one regular meeting without paying a membership fee.  The $2 door entry fee still applies.

Also, don't forget to sign up for our special outing to Johanne's Knit N Stitch on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  This knitting store is located at 2049 Mount Forest Drive, Burlington, in the Mount Royal Plaza not far from the Burlington Costco.  We encourage you to make your own carpool arrangements.

Johanne is welcoming us to her store at 11:00 am, where she will warmly greet us with coffee and snacks.  She will give a brief presentation and will be offering 15% off most items you wish to purchase.  

We need a minimum of 20 people for this outing.  Please reply to atbkguild@gmail.com to register, or you may also sign up at our upcoming January meeting.  Guests (non-members) are also welcomed!

We encourage you to RSVP to atbkguild@gmail.com ASAP!

 


Monday, November 28, 2016

December 6th Meeting: A "Giving" Meeting!

Our December meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 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.  

This meeting will feature our Silent Auction, with the proceeds going to a charity selected at the meeting.  We are also asking members to bring any knitting supplies that they no longer need, for learn-to-knit programs in the isolated, aboriginal community of Attawapiskat, Ontario.  Lastly, we will be decorating and finishing Twiddle Muffs, either the one you made, or others that will be supplied. These will be donated to the Alzheimer's Society for distribution.  This is truly a "Giving" meeting!  We hope to see you there!

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

  • Your Twiddle Muff, if you made one
  • Wool, needles, patterns and knitting accessories, etc., for our Silent Auction
  • Small bills/change for the Silent Auction
  • Knitting supplies to donate to Attawapiskat
  • $2 door entry fee
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit for Out of the Cold, the Linus Project, Knitted Knockers or Twiddle Muffs.

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Announcing a Special Outing!

We are planning a Special Outing to Johanne's Knit N Stitch on Saturday, January 14, 2017.  This knitting store is located at 2049 Mount Forest Drive, Burlington, in the Mount Royal Plaza not far from the Burlington Costco.  We encourage you to make your own carpool arrangements.

Johanne is welcoming us to her store at 11:00 am, where she will warmly greet us with coffee and snacks.  She will give a brief presentation and will be offering 15% off most items you wish to purchase.  

We need a minimum of 20 people for this outing.  Please reply to atbkguild@gmail.com to register, or you may also sign up at our upcoming December and January meetings.  Guests (non-members) are also welcomed!

We encourage you to RSVP to atbkguild@gmail.com ASAP!

 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

P.S. November Meeting Special Guest!!

We are fortunate to have Jennifer from Eucalan attend our November meeting where she will be doing a brief presentation!   

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

November 1st Meeting: Social Knitting

Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 1st from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 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.  

Along with Social Knitting, our Program Chair, Michele, will be handing out patterns for Twiddle Muffs for knitters to knit and bring to the December meeting for decorating.

If you haven't yet renewed your membership, please do so at this meeting, as afterwards, non-members will be deleted from our membership and email lists.

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

  • 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 for Out of the Cold, the Linus Project, Knitted Knockers or Twiddle Muffs.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

October 4th Meeting: Latvian Knitting

Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 4th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 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. 

Our presenters, Sarmite Vilks and Zinta Enzelins, will speak to us about Latvian knitting patterns and techniques.  Latvian knitting is known for its intricate, multi-coloured designs, especially for mittens. Looking forward to seeing what these ladies have to show us!



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

  • 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 for Out of the Cold, the Linus Project, Knitted Knockers or Twiddle Muffs.

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

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Socks Anyone?

Announcing a new Sock Group!  The group will meet at different locations on the third Thursday of every month, beginning Thursday, September 22nd at 7 p.m.  It is for those looking to knit socks, socks and more socks!  If you are interested, email atbkguild@gmail.com and you will be put in touch with the host for details and directions.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

Just a reminder to mark your calendars for our first meeting of the year, which will be held on Tuesday, September 6th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Check out our website for all the details:  www.atbkg.blogspot.ca ! We are still in need of a Membership Chair...so keep that in mind as well.  See you soon!!

Friday, August 12, 2016

September 6th Meeting

Welcome Back to the Around the Bay Knitting Guild 2016-2017 Season!  This is a reminder that our first meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday, September 6th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 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, the Linus Project, Knitted Knockers or Twiddle Muffs.

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

Michelle, our Programming Director, will be doing a presentation about Knitting Gadgets!  We look forward to sharing our plans for the year ahead with you!  

Friday, August 05, 2016

Mid-Summer Gauge Check!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  In between holidays and relaxing under shady trees (while knitting of course), the ATBKG Executive has been busy planning for our upcoming season!  Watch for a Fall meeting schedule real soon on our webpage.

In the meantime, while you are counting stitches and rows, please consider the position of Membership Chair.  This role on the executive consists of orienting new members, assisting the Treasurer with dues collection at meetings, printing membership cards and name-tags, and maintaining current membership lists.  For further details please visit The ATBKG Terms of Reference.  What a great way to meet many, friendly knitters!  Not to mention...we need your help!  If interested or if you need more information, please email: atbkguild@gmail.com.

Happy August!


Friday, July 01, 2016

Twiddle Muffs!

Visit the Donations tab on our Website for new information about making Twiddle Muffs.  

Friday, June 24, 2016

P.S. Thank you!

Shortly after the last blog post, I received a big thank you from the Linus Project coordinator!  After I dropped off the last donation of blankets, she called to tell me that over the past Guild year, our Blanketeers have knitted up 30 blankets for children in crisis.  She is most grateful for everyone's generosity of time, skill and heart and soul.  Thanks so much!!!!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Greetings!

Passing along some summer knitting tidbits:

  • Knitting in the Park:  Beginning Tuesday, June 21st, Knitting in the Park takes place at the Dundas Driving Park in Dundas, every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the Summer. Enter the park to the right and drive about 3/4 of the way around the oval.  Look for the group near the stairs on the right.  Bring your lawn chair and of course your knitting!
  • Charity Knitting:  If you would like to use some of our donated yarn for any of our charity knitting projects, contact Ali by emailing atbkguild@gmail.com.
  • Our new executive has been elected for the 2016-2017 year.  Welcome to Susan (our new VP). And thank you to Gayle who will look after our 50-50 draws. A warm thank you to Jane (past VP) and Dana (past Membership Chair) for their support and service to the Guild, and to Gay who has looked after our 50-50 draw for us.  We currently are looking to fill our vacant Membership Chair position!
  • Our next meeting is September 6th, 2016: Stay tuned for more details!
Have a wonderful, safe, relaxing Summer!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Reminder: No meeting June 7th

This is a reminder that there will not be a meeting on June 7th!  The meeting will be held instead on Tuesday, June 14th.  Please see the last Blog Post for all the details!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

June 14th Annual General Meeting: Silent Auction, Social Knitting and Elections

This is a reminder that our June meeting will be held on June 14th, and not on June 7th.  Our June Annual General Meeting features a Silent Auction, Social Knitting and Elections of our Executive members.  Currently there are no nominees for the position of Vice President.  Please consider this volunteer opportunity to work with a great group of fellow knitters!  For more information about the position of Vice President, please see page 3 of the Terms of Reference.  

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 the charities selected at the May meeting.  

Here's a handy checklist of what 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
  • Money for 50-50 Draw tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit for "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. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

May 3rd Meeting: "Finishing" where we left off!

Back by popular demand and because there just wasn't enough time(!), Patrick Madden will be coming to our May meeting at our usual Fortino's location to help us with "Blocking".  For those of you who missed the April meeting, Patrick is a knitting instructor, teaching both hand and machine knitting. He has taught at many local yarn stores across Ontario. Patrick currently owns and operates Signature Yarns.

Please bring:
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Locking stitch markers
  • Straight pins
  • Clear plastic ruler
  • Knitting projects that you would like to show and share
  • Money for 50-50 Draw Tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit for "Knitted Knockers" or the "Linus Project".
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. Reminder that non-members need to pay a $5 entry fee.  The $2 entry fee for members is waived for this meeting.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Upcoming Trunk Show!

Rhichard Devrieze will be visiting Spun Fibre Arts in Burlington for a trunk show on April 16th...see the details!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Reminder: April 5th Meeting is NOT at Fortino's!

This is a reminder that our April 5th meeting will NOT be at Fortino's! Please see the Blog entry about this meeting posted March 11th (below) or visit our website:  atbkg.blogspot.ca for all the details. Hope to see everyone there!

Friday, March 11, 2016

April 5th Meeting: Blocking and Finishing with Patrick Madden

THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE AT FORTINO'S!

Our April meeting will feature a special guest instructor, Patrick Madden.  Patrick is a knitting instructor, teaching both hand and machine knitting. He has taught at many local yarn stores across Ontario. His family was involved in sewing and knitting and his mother influenced his choice to pursue a career in textiles. He attended Sheridan College and studied Fashion Design, majoring in knitwear. He has worked in various knitting mills both in entry level positions and management. Patrick currently owns and operates Signature Yarns and will be bringing some merchandise with him that we can purchase at a discounted price.  Accepted payment is cash, Visa and MasterCard.

The meeting will be held at the Hamilton Mennonite Church at 143 Lower Horning, Hamilton. The driveway is on the left side and parking and meeting room are at the back.

Please bring:
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Darning needle
  • Locking stitch markers
  • Straight pins
  • Clear plastic ruler
  • Knitting projects that you would like to show and share
  • Money for 50-50 Draw Tickets
  • Any donations that you have knit for "Out of the Cold", "Knitted Knockers" or the "Linus Project".
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. Reminder that non-members need to pay a $10 entry fee.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM WARNING: March 1st Meeting: Member Skill-Sharing

CANCELLED DUE TO WINTER STORM WARNING:  Our March Meeting features member skill-sharing in a fun way. Three members will be sharing their skills with us!  In the meantime, here is an interesting article about the health benefits of knitting: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/the-health-benefits-of-knitting/article28785450/?click=sf_globefb

Here's a handy checklist of what to bring to the meeting:
  • Your current knitting project
  • Two circular needles any size
  • Yarn in two different colours
  • 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. 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

February 2nd Meeting: Social Knitting

Our February Meeting features social knitting...with a special, surprise twist. A nice activity for a cold winter evening! 

Here's a handy checklist of what 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.