April 2024 General Meeting


Saturday, April, 1–4 PM
(check-in begins 12:30pm)

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street, Manhattan

GUEST SPEAKER: Courtney Kelley, Kelbourne Woolens (yarn wholesaler, distributor, and retailer)

Guests Welcome!

Kelbourne Woolens was founded in 2008 by friends Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn, who met while working at a local yarn store in Philadelphia, PA. They created Kelbourne Woolens at Kate’s kitchen table and have been collaborating ever since. Initially, Kelbourne Woolens operated as a distributor and worked closely with the brands it represented, designing knitting patterns for the yarns these companies
produced. While the pattern line was successful, Courtney and Kate were eager to focus on creating quality, affordable yarn. And in 2017, they did just that, designing natural fiber yarns in a variety of colors that are luscious to touch and a pleasure to knit with.


We will hear how Kelbourne Woolens, a little yarn company from Philadelphia, got its start and how it
reintroduced the iconic American-made Germantown yarn to the marketplace. (First produced in the early 1800s, this incredibly versatile yarn now comes in three dozen colors!) Kelbourne Woolens yarns—created by knitters for knitters—are sold online and at local yarn shops. You can read more about Kelbourne Woolens’ Germantown yarn in a recent Billy Penn article (Billy Penn is the newsletter of WHYY, the Philadelphia NPR station).

There will be samples, a trunk show of hats, giveaways, and yarn for sale.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell is so much fun to watch! Bring what you have been knitting (one item, only!) and show it to an appreciative audience. Don’t forget to note the name of the designer, pattern, and yarn. And remember that photos from Show and Tell are archived on our website.

Bring a Guest
Guests are welcome! A guest’s first visit is free. Subsequent visits are $10, which may be applied to annual dues if paid on the meeting day.

Charity Table
Drop off the knitting you have done for charity since last we met or sit and knit at our Charity Knitting table with Charity Chair Barbara Beckley. Here is a list of our Charity Knitting partners and the kinds of items they need. Which will inspire you? See also BAKG’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

NOTE: BAKG general meetings, workshops, or other BAKG-sponsored events, whether in person or virtual, may be photographed and/or recorded by audio and/or video. By your in-person or virtual participation at these meetings, you consent to the photography and/or recording and to the use of your image and/or recording in print and social media.