January 2010

For a printable version of these minutes, please click here.


Cactus Needles Knitting Guild

Meeting – January 4, 2010


In Attendance:

Judie Agee

Jane Berezin

Penny Celmins

Francine Ebersman

Regina Esposito

Lesley Fry

Dawn Goetz

Georgia Green

Sandy Grunow

Barb Hahn

Nancy Herron

Harriet Lawrence

Kay McCartney

Cathrine McClure

Sandra McDonald

Darlene Ong

Doreen Saferstein

Mary Schirtzinger

Donna Sherrill

Betty Smith

Lisa Spaich

Cara Summerfield

Jackie Taylor

Bev Walker

Martie Warden

June Whisel


The meeting was called to order at 6:36 p.m., and Cara greeted the attendees. 



June welcomed Doreen Saferstein, a guest of Lesley Fry, and new members Nancy Herron and Sandy Grunow.   She also mentioned that at a future meeting, we will have a meet and greet to allow members to get acquainted with each other.


Program (part 1)


As members entered the meeting, there were two boards featuring squares from the holiday party contest.  One board showcased five squares, which were eligible for the grand prize; the other board featured ten squares which were eligible for first prize.  Francine noted that 64 squares were collected and 12 members participated in the challenge.   She and Jackie showed two blankets that have already been assembled from the squares.  Jackie passed out ballots for the members to vote for their favorite grand prize square, and two first prize squares.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge.


Secretary’s Report

There was a motion by Georgia which was seconded by Donna to approve the minutes as posted to the guild website.    


Committee/Chair Reports



Regina noted that she and Velvet will soon be announcing the next project – possible intarsia squares.   


The members were reminded to keep knitting Back-to-School hats and scarves. 


There is a Project Linus blanket bee this Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00 in Fountain Hills. 


Judie brought in yarn which had been donated to Project Linus to distribute to members.  This yarn could not be used for Project Linus projects due to wool content.  The yarn is ideal, however, for back-to-school projects.


Valley Events

Betty told the membership about sales, specials, and happenings at various local yarn shops. 


Knitting in Scottsdale continues to offer 25% off everything, and has a lot of new arrivals.  Their theme for January is pillows.  Knit Happens may be having a sale at the end of January – keep an eye on their website for details.  Phoenix Knits invites everyone to stop by.  The Fiber Factory is offering a lot of classes.  Jessica Knits is distributing customer appreciation cards which will entitle their customers to a 5% discount.  She isn’t planning to have a big sale event like prior years, but will offer periodic sale items – watch their website for additional information.  Arizona Knit and Needlepoint is open Sundays 12:00 – 4:00 and is also offering a lot of classes.  Bonnie’s has afghan kits at20% off, and also has a basket of odds and ends for $1.00/ball.  The Yarn Place has some sale items.  Tempe Yarn and Fiber is hosting Joan Schrouder, a nationally-recognized instructor and designer who will be teaching four classes at TYF – there are a few spots left in some classes - contact the store for more details.



Lisa noted that the holiday committee came in under budget. 


Old Business

January’s knit together is January 23rd from 11:00 – 2:00, and will be hosted by Lisa.

Harriet will host the February knit together – date to be announced. 


Cara noted the calendar on the website has been fixed.


New Business

Cara discussed the possibility of a retreat for guild members.  The ranch, located in the Agua Fria National Monument, approximately 20 minutes from Prescott (a former dude ranch) is still available. There are beds for up to 20 people and room for air mattresses if more people are interested.  The tentative dates are March 26 – 28, March 19 – 21, or March 5 -7. 


Program (part 2)

Francine and Jackie tallied the votes and announced the holiday party square challenge winners.  The grand prize (a knitting book and $10 JoAnn’s gift card) was awarded to Harriet.  The prize for most squares submitted (also a knitting book and $10 JoAnn’s gift card) went to Dawn.  There was a three-way tie for first place between Georgia, Lesley, and Regina.  Each of the three first prize winners was awarded with a knitting book. 


Francine went on to explain that the challenge is continuing.  The knitters of the four winning squares will each lead a group to design and knit a blanket featuring the winning design.  The members counted off into groups of four and met with their assigned leader to plan a blanket consisting of either a 20 or 25 10 inch squares.  Yarn was distributed to each group for the challenge.  The squares or assembled blankets should be completed by the May guild meeting.


Georgia handed out the following program reminder for the February meeting: 


February’s program is an interactive workshop-style introduction to basic two-color reversible double knitting, led by Georgia Green!  Remember to bring your knitting needles (straight or circular, any size you like), two balls of yarn that are the same weight (any weight you like) but different (high-contrast) dark and light colors (for example, dark blue and bright yellow), and your glasses/contacts if you need them to see … 

 [FYI only:  Georgia will be using Size 8 or 9 circulars, most likely, and one ball each of bulky-weight ebony and ecru yarn; she will definitely be wearing her gradient trifocals, too.]

The meeting was adjourned at 7:59 p.m.


Submitted by

 Dawn Goetz, Secretary