ABOUT US


The Big Apple Knitters Guild

The Big Apple Knitters Guild (BAKG) is an organization of knitters in the New York City area and beyond.  We are individuals with one common passion: knitting!


BAKG was founded in 1991 by a small group of knitting enthusiasts.The guild usually meets on the second Saturday of the month. Meeting dates and locations appear in each issue of CITY PURLS and on our website. Members also receive a separate meeting notice by email or snail mail. Please be sure to check these for updates and official meeting notices.

 


Our mission is:

To preserve and support the art and craft of knitting;

To educate all interested in learning or perfecting their knitting skills;

To awaken awareness to knitting in particular and fiber arts in general, and foster appreciation

and respect for their inclusion in the arts community;

To provide a harmonious network among knitters;

To share with society the products of our craft.


 

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

BAKG welcomes all knitters, from beginners to expert. We learn from and inspire each other.  

Membership has its privileges!  Annual dues are: $35

 

Member benefits include:

  Free attendance at monthly meetings;

  A subscription to CITY PURLS, the guild's bi-monthly newsletter;

  Discounts at BAKG organized workshops, annual luncheon, retreat, and various events

   held throughout the year;

  Discounts at participating yarn shops in and around the NYC area & with online venders

A discount to the fall luncheon

{    Access to the guild's library of knitting books and videos;



MEETING LOCATION: (click for GOOGLE map)

Pearl Studios

500 8th Avenue  or  519 8th Avenue    

Between 35th & 36th Streets

New York, NY   10018

212-904-1850

 


HOW TO CONTACT US:

Website: www.BAKG.org

E-mail: info@BAKG.org 



MONTHLY MEETINGS

BAKG meetings are usually held in the afternoon of the second Saturday each month from

September through July. 

*Members and guests gather together to share their love of knitting and exchange ideas, techniques,

and fellowship.

*Meetings typically include a President's Address a brief review of guild business,

*Show and Tell and a presentation by a guest speaker or a mini-workshop. 

*Some past speakers have been Lily Chin, Jane Elliot, Nicky Epstein, Melanie Falick, Melissa Leapman,

Trish Malcolm, Shirley Paden, Candace Eisner Strick, Lizbeth Upitis, and Leigh Witchel.

*BAKG-organized workshops are held throughout the year.

 

SHOW AND TELL

Members participate in Show and Tell, displaying their latest works to an appreciative audience. 

This provides an opportunity to show fellow guild members our skills as knitters with finished or

un-finished projects (UFOs).  Many knitters find this inspiring as they gather ideas for their own

projects, learn from fellow members and guests, and congratulate each other on their accomplishments.

 

NEWSLETTER

City Purls: A quarterly newsletter informs members of guild activities, meetings, area shows and

other items of interest.

 

ANNUAL LUNCHEON

Each Fall, members celebrate the return of cool weather at the annual luncheon held in a fine restaurant.  

There is a fashion show, guest speaker, and plenty of wonderful prizes and goody bags for every

attendee!

 

WORKSHOPS

BAKG offers workshops across a variety of skills levels, led by local and distant instructors, many

known to the knitting community. Some recent workshops were taught by Lily Chin, Nicky Epstein,

Barbara Kerr, Arlene Mintzer, Melissa Leapman, Judy Pascale, and Tatyana Mirer.

  

MINI WORKSHOPS

Come and learn a new technique from a fellow knitter who graciously share their talent.  These informal

lessons are given on an as available basis by knitters.

 

YARN AUCTION

New or lovingly used books and knitting notions as well as yarn and knitting-related items

are auctioned off to the highest bidder.  It is an exciting meeting where bargains and

hidden treasures abound. The yarn auction is usually held in January.

 

CHARITY KNITTING

One of the guild's missions is to share with society the products of our craft. The guild is involved

in a number of charity projects and dedicates two special meetings a year towards charitable efforts

can be reached by bus

M5 - 5th & 6th Avenues 
M7 - 6th & 7th Avenues
M11 - 9th & 10th Avenues 
M20 - 7th & 8th Avenues
M16 & M34 - 34th Street Crosstown

or by subway

1,2,3 to 34th St-Penn Station/7th Avenue
A,C,E to 34th St-Penn Station/8th Avenue
B,D,F,M,N,Q,R to 34th St-Herald Square/6th Avenue

       HOME

     ABOUT US

     BOARD OF

     DIRECTORS

     CALENDAR

     CITY PURLS

     E-NEWS

    PAST EVENTS

     LIBRARY

     RESOURCES