November 2009

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Cactus Needles Knitting Guild

Meeting – November 2, 2009

In Attendance:

Cindy Adams

Judie Agee

Jane Berezin

Penny Celmins

Eve D’Alleyrand

Velvet Dishon

Francine Ebersman

Regina Esposito

Fran Frazin

Larry Frazin

Marsha French

Lesley Fry

Dawn Goetz

Yvette Goldstein

Georgia Green

Barb Hahn

Harriet Lawrence

Cathrine McClure

Darlene Ong

Elizabeth Rees

Mary Schirtzinger

Donna Sherrill

Betty Smith

Lisa Spaich

Cara Summerfield

Jackie Taylor

Martie Warden

June Whisel

Jennifer Wujcki

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m., and Cara greeted the attendees. 


June acknowledged members with birthdays in September, October, and November.

Cara has been sending reminder e-mails to members regarding knit togethers, the posting of meeting agendas and minutes.  If you are not getting these e-mails, please let Cara know.

Secretary’s Report

A correction to the October minutes was requested.  The Tempe knitter who passed away was erroneously referred to as Mary, her name was Marge Gale.  There was a motion by Cindy which was seconded by Marsha to approve the minutes as corrected. 

 Committee/Chair Reports


Velvet reported that the membership knit 78 scarves for veterans, and it took four flat rate mailing boxes to send them all.  Great job everyone!   

 She reminded everyone to keep knitting blankets and squares for the holiday party.  There will be a new altruistic project announced at the January meeting.   

Valley Events

Betty told the membership about sales, specials, and happenings at various local yarn shops.  Phoenix Knits invites everyone to stop by.  Knitting in Scottsdale is having a sale on all yarn.  Tempe Yarn and Fiber currently has a Holiday Mystery Knit-Along going, they also host a charity knit night on Mondays.  In January, Joan Schrouder, a nationally-recognized instructor and designer will be teaching four classes at TYF – contact the store for more details.  Knit Happens is offering knit and crochet classes, they will also have a big sale the day after Thanksgiving.  Jessica Knits anniversary sale will be November 4 – 15.  Bonnies is offering 40% off Noro Silk Garden.  They also always have a sale basket with yarns marked 40 – 50% off.  Arizona Knit and Needlepoint is offering lots of classes. 

Stitches West will be February 25 – 28 in Santa Clara, CA. 

Hobby Lobby by PV mall is now open. 

The Yarn Place & Gallery is struggling, and would love people to drop in. 


Lisa noted that more people have paid their dues since the last meeting 

Old Business

The November knit together will November 14, hosted by Penny at The Farm at South Mountain. 

There are six guild members attending the Fashion Show in Tucson. 

The Holiday Party will be December 7 at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  Please have your checks to Francine by November 29.  Doors will open at 5:30, with the party officially beginning at 6:00.  Barb and JoAnn will MC the festivities and there is a fun activity planned.  There will be an optional gift exchange.  If you want to participate, please bring a new, wrapped knitting related gift with value of approx. $15.  Please include your name in the package, so the recipient knows who to thank.

Please keep knitting 10 x 10 inch squares and bring them to the holiday party.  All squares should be made with yarn that is machine washable and dryable.  The squares will be assembled for Project Linus blankets.   Prizes will be awarded at the January guild meeting for two categories:  1) quantity, and 2) Creativity.

New Business

None discussed.


The program this month was the annual yarn exchange.

Show and share concluded the meeting. 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

Submitted by

 Dawn Goetz, Secretary