May - June 2007

1. Comments From Our President
2. Who’s Who at CNKG
3. Happenings of Note
4. Show and Tell
5. Knitting on the Web
6. Knitting Hints and Trivia
7. The Book Nook
8. LYS Reviews
9. Knitting in Art
10 Just For Fun
11. Knitting For Others
12. Calendar of Events



Dear Fellow CNKG Members and Friends:

We’ve had a very successful winter, although according to the weather, it’s been winter, summer, and now finally spring. Isn’t Phoenix great? Our “Money Committee” Chair Erika Verley morphed into our retreat Chairperson, and along with Larry and Fran Frazin, has selected Cottonwood for our October retreat. Everyone who’s been to one (before my time) has raved about what a great getaway it is, and how much fun it is to build relationships, and knit and gab all weekend. Let Erika know you’re coming and she’ll take it from there.

Thanks to Erika, Joan Robbins, and Mary Schirtzinger for serving on the nominating committee. Their proposed slate was accepted unanimously at the April meeting -- see the "Who's Who at CNKG" section below for the list of new officers. Help the new board by offering to plan a meeting or knit together or work on one of our committees. There are jobs of all sizes and you can help have CNKG be the guild you want!

We’ve had two more great programs in March and April. Mary Schlumpf presented KNITTING WITH BEADS, demonstrated two primary techniques, and brought lots of samples, practice pieces, and tools. Her enthusiasm, expertise, and lovely personality made it a delightful evening. Earlier this month long-time member Cindy Adams shared her experiences in a program we called A NIGHT WITH AN AUTHOR. Cindy was approached a couple of years ago to design an afghan and the rest is history. We got a behind the scenes look at how pieces are submitted and then - voila! - there they are in print. Not quite as easy as that per Cindy…

Our Happy Hooker friends are knitting crazy knitted afghan strips - dare I say it - like crazy -- and Jackie Taylor is working overtime to put them together. CNKG followed suit with the winter white yarn sent by founding “mother” Jackie Awerman. Cathrine McClure and Jo-Ann Mullen have been thinking seasonally for our current projects - “red robin’s” nearing completion and May will bring springy yellow and purple. We’re getting blankets to Project Linus kids as fast as our fingers can knit. (Don’t forget the May 19 Blanket Bee.) And keep our other projects in mind: Esperanca and Back to School. Details? Ask Cathrine or Jo-Ann.

Jo-Ann coordinated a Happy Hour “Knit Together for Thirsty Knitters” and gave each of us a “Likes to Knit While Slightly Lit” button! Great souvenir! Then we had a lovely Saturday afternoon at Erika’s home with desserts, wine (is this a theme?), and great conversation - not to mention a feline in attendance! May and June are set, but we have the long, hot summer ahead…so come up with your own idea.

See you at Wally’s, the church, Borders, Mimi’s, Westminster Village, a knit together, or over coffee. CNKG ROCKS!

Happy Knitting,





President - Francine Ebersman
Vice President & Program Chairman - Marsha French
Secretary - Mary Schirtzinger
Treasurer - Joan Robbins

Committee Chairs:
Membership - Jackie Taylor
Altruistic - Cathrine McClure and Jo-Ann Mullen
Newsletter - Lesley Fry
Birthday Wishes - Bev Walker




Elections were held at the last meeting and we are proud to announce the new slate of officers who will take over in June. Congratulation to all. We know you'll do a terriffic job.

President - Betty Jensen
Vice President (programs) - Marsha French AND Cathrine McClure
Secretary - Barb Hahn
Treasurer - Fran Frazin AND Larry Frazin


Getting to Know JUNE WHISEL

Tell us where you grew up and something about your family.
Perry County, PA is on the west bank of the Susquehanna River across from Harrisburg. I grew up with one older brother and my parents on a small farm.

Are you currently or have you ever been employed?
I am retired, but worked as a loan officer at State Farm Employees C.U. where I was responsible for maintaining all records and preparing for annual Federal audits.

What brought you to Arizona?
My husband transferred here with his employer.

What is your first knitting memory?
At age sixteen, while recuperating from Mono, I was learning from a child's knitting kit. After teaching myself to knit, I taught my Mom.

As a new knitter, what was your first knitting experience?
Knitting slippers.

Do you have a memorable knitting project?
My best project was the purple Tiger Swallowtail Shawl from Needle Beetle. Brenda Zuk, the owner, is wonderful to work with and the site has a lot of beautiful patterns. She also has nice free patterns available on her site.

What do you prefer knitting and who do you knit for?
I prefer to do anything for babies or for children.

What is your favorite pattern?
I like anything lacy or with cables or both.

Do you have a favorite "knit- along" pattern for knit togethers or gatherings?
I would choose the DNA scarf...the pattern is free on the internet.

What are your top three colors?
Purple, red, and cream.

What type of needles do you prefer?
Denise (new to me this month)

What fibers do you absolutely not like?
Cheap acrylic

What knit item do you wear the most?
The purple butterfly .

What is your most valuable knitting technique?
Short row wrap.

What other fiber related activities do you like to do?

What is your involvement with knitting?
I design for my own home and relax with altruistic knitting.

Tell us about your involvement with Tempe Yarn and Fiber Shop.
I started this group last year about a month after the shop opened. It only has a few regular attendees and anyone walking into the store is invited to join us each Wednesday morning from 10:15 to 12:15. We call ourselves Knitters and Fiberholics. Tempe Yarn and Fiber celebrated their one year anniversary the first week of March and their inventory continues to increase. The owners, Terry and Fred Neal, are easy to work with.

Have you made lasting friendships because of your knitting?
Recently, Bev Walker.

Why do you knit?
For my own well being.

How long have you been knitting?
45 years.

How do you continue to learn so much about knitting?
Reading Knitu and Knitlist.

How did you find Cactus Needles Knitting Guild?
I have been interested for years but did not have the time for myself.

Do you have any sayings or quotes you would like to share?
"The hurrier I go, the behinder I get."

Future plans and interests?
I am praying for more grandchildren. I absolutely love the one I have.

Please add additional information our readers may find interesting.
I am first generation American. My father was born in a little village in Austria and he and his sister had tickets on the Titanic but missed it.


Getting to Know Kelli Donley




Tell me where you grew up and something about your family.
I was born at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital (now Scottsdale Osborn) and grew up in Mesa. I attended NAU for undergrad and U of A for graduate school. I've lived in Mexico and Africa, but have always returned to the Valley. There is something about the desert that is part of me.

Are you currently or have you ever been employed?
I work as a public health practitioner for Esperanca -- a small international helath nonprofit. I manage health projects in four countries and love my job.

Who taught you to knit and how old were you?
I learned to knit two years ago, but come from a long line of British knitters.

What do you prefer knitting and who do you knit for?
My prefered knitting are hats or baby items. I rarely keep anything I knit.

Do you have a favorite yarn?
My favorite yarn is Noro, hands down. Love the colors!

What are your top three colors?
Turquoise, purple, lime

What type of needles do you prefer?

What is the worst thing you ever knit?
Where to start? Many of my projects have been, shall we say, learning experiences.

What knit item do you wear the most? How about a picture of it!?
A shrug I knit out of Manos. (See photo above)

What is your most valuable knitting technique?
Don't drink wine while knitting. You'll spend the next day picking up stitches and aspirin.

What other fiber related activities do you like to do?
I love to sew.

What is your involvement with knitting?
Just a hobby!

Why do you knit?
I knit because it furthers my bond with my mom and grandma. Both are life-long knitters and it was important to them that I learn. My grandmother grew up in London during WWI and remembers learning to knit on sticks because they didn't have any spare needles. They would knit wool socks for the soldiers.

Please add additional information our readers may find interesting.
Today I love to knit, sew and bake because it makes me feel tied to a culture of domesticity and sustainability. It is more than just being a feminist and wanting to know how to do things on my own; it is about preserving a simple way of life, where the small things are appreciated and the mass-produced junk is cast aside.

I am sorry I am not more active in the guild. My work keeps me out of the country about 9 weeks a year and I'm training for a triathlon. So when I'm not behind my desk, I'm usually in the water or on my bike. That said, I hope to be around more this Spring!





Wally's, at 44th and Camelback, is our new restaurant for hungry knitters before the montly meeting. About 10 people showed up in April including some new and prospective members. Wally's has a rather extensive menu providing all types of dishes at reasonable cost, so we will meet there again next month. Come on out and join us!




Likes to Knit While Slightly Lit


Yes, that's what was printed on the little button pins passed out by Jo-Ann Mullen at her March "Host Your Own" knit-in held at El Torito, in Scottsdale. Margaritas seemed to be the beverage of the day. From the smiles in the photo it appears the event was a resounding success! And no one is admitting to any frogging after the event




Behind the Roses



April's "Host Your Own" knit-in was held at Erika's lovely home with blooming rose bushes across the front and a lush garden with flowers and fish pond in the back. We got to see her "yarn room" as well as sample wines, cheese, fruit and more. Oh yeah, we did some talking and knitting, too.

photos by Erika




April's program was a presentation by CNKG member Cindy Adams about her adventures in getting her crochet blanket patterns published. You DON'T just send a pattern to a magazine or a half dozen to a book publisher! And you certainly need a lot of patience as well as creative talent. Cindy even passed around samples of submissions that were rejected. Too bad they didn't tell her why as we thought some of them were lovely!



Jackie Awerman, one of our founding mothers and now residing in Florida, has a knitting column in her local newspaper. Here is a link to one published in February about the resugence of knitting. Nice writing, Jackie





At the March Meeting


Sweater (and vest) by Irene Reed..........Bag (pre-felting) by Bev Walker......................Sock by Heidi Schlumpf



Child's sweater by Darlene Ong................Lace scarf by Marsha French........................Scarf by Jo-Ann Mullen



Bag and sweater by Martha Reith............Linus Blanket by Cathrine McClure


At the April Meeting - it looks like Blanket Month!


Another creation by Penny............................Mary's basket weave



Jackie assembled all our squares...............a Penny bear for Project Linus.................Francine's for her twin granddaughters




If you have an itch to dye your own yarn, here's a great site with lots of photos on how to do it with Kool Aid. It goes into great detail and has even gotten me to think about trying dyeing.

Do you enjoy knitting podcasts? Don't know what they are? Find a bunch right here:

If you want to learn how to make cables WITHOUT A CABLE NEEDLE, this web page has photos which show, step by step, how easy it really can be. Of all the pages I've viewed with some sort of instructions for doing this, Grumperina has the best method yet. Try it. You'll like it!

Here's another fab web site, this one on how to weave in ends AS YOU KNIT! Why didn't I see this page BEFORE I knit my Julia Roberts sweater with 600 multi-colored ends to weave in?

Here's how to make your own end caps for skinny, double pointed needles; i.e. for sock knitters. You can also use pen caps without the pocket holder thingie: poke holes in the ends and thread elastic trough the holes. Tie the elastic with a bead at each end for a fancy look. http://lunastrixae.blogspot.com/2006/08/diy-double-point-holders.html

More free patterns:

And still more - from Crystal Palace. If you change the year in the URL you can pull up free patterns from previous years.

And still more, including some socks.

Maybe, for some occasion I cannot fathom, you need to knit a Lady’s Fourteenth Century Style Knitted Hood with Lirripipe. Well, you are in luck, for here is a page of antique knitting patterns in chronological order for history buffs who knit.

And there is another site with Victorian patterns.

If you love Japanese knitting patterns as much as I do and are lucky enough to have a Japanese pattern, here is a web page with all sorts of information to help you actually read that pattern. It shows you numbers in Japanese, explains their needle numbering system, thickness of yarns, etc. and even has a link to a Japanese - English knitting dictionary. Now if I could just figure out how to order magazines from Amazon.com in Japan! http://www.tata-tatao.to/knit/japanese/e-index.html

Here is a site all about knitting in Japan, and the site is in English!

And one more - on reading Japanese charts.

Short row shaping and how to find your correct sweater size are only two of the many lessons on this web site.

shared by Maggie

Have you ever wondered about all the different ways you can buy yarn? There is everything from loose yarn you have to wind yourself to skeins that are wound so tightly, usually acrylic, you have to knit from the outside. Learn all about the different forms and why they come that way. Also, if you look at the right hand side of the web page you will see a whole list of interesting reference sites created by this blogger.




Copyright Laws and Guidelines for Fiber Arts Enthusiasts and Others

If you buy the book or magazine, you may make copies for your own use.

1. May copy if pattern states it is in the public domain.
2. May not copy it for charity purposes - even for not-for-profit.
3. Contact the author or publisher for permission to copy it for group projects including altruistic projects.
4. Internet - give a friend the URL link to copy her (or his) own pattern.
5. Out of print patterns - contact publisher or author.
6. Basic stitch patterns are not copyrighted

An excellent source of copyright information can be found at the following address:

shared by Jackie Taylor

Last month we learned how to easily do beading with a crochet hook. Well, you can use the same method to add buttons with shanks to your sweater placket as you knit it. MUCH easier that having to sew on all those buttons!

If you have finished the button placket without knitting in the buttons, use this method for easy placement. Take a piece of flat elastic about one inch wide and about twenty inches long. With a Magic Marker, make lines evenly apart about every inch or so on the elastic. Then all you have to do is decide how many buttons you want to have and stretch the part of the elastic with that number of buttons over the placket and mark the placement.

If you are knitting with ribbon and come to the end of the skein, sew that end with thread to the start of the next skein making sure you overlap the edges. No ends to weave in and no lumps in the knitting.

the last three from Lily Chin on Knitty Gritty

One way to use up leftover yarn is to knit afghan squares with an identical number of stitches and rows, then assemble them by using a contrasting yarn and the 3 needle bind-off method to join the squares together. Much faster than crocheting. Of course this means knitting somewhat to gauge!

from a knitting calendar


Older knitting patterns use now obsolete terms for common techniques. "Plain knitting" was knitting every row, while "narrowing" meant decreasing, and "widening" meant increasing.

The Art of Knitting, published by Butterick Publishing Co. in 1892 gave instructions for knitting capes, shawls, fascinators, petticoats, drawers, leggings, belts, hunting caps, suspenders, counterpanes, doilies and toys. This book has been reprinted as Knitting Essentials, Knitter's Historical Pattern Series Volume One, Pastime Publications

The next time you see a raglan cardigan sweater, you may be thinking of the famous poem The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Why? This military campaign, which took place during the Crimean War, was led by Seventh Earl of Cardigan, who was ordered to attack by the British commander, Lord Raglan. These men are perhaps better known for the fashions they introduced than for their military expertise.

His Majesty the Prince of Wales popularized Fair Isle knitting around 1921 when he wore a Fair Isle sweater at the St. Andrews Golf Club. By the end of the decade, traditional Fair Isle garments were all the rage among the fashion-conscious

shared by Judie Agee

Two more history tidbits
Saboteurs were named for industrial protestors who complained when the old knitting machines they were skilled at began to be replaced with ones that it required less skill to use, thus cutting into their earnings. The sabots refer to their wooden clogs!

Although sweaters were not commonly worn in non-coastal areas of the US before the late 1800s, some of the mountain men who trapped beaver in the wilds of the intermountain west came to appreciate them. Osborne Russell, one of the well documented trappers who worked this area, is on record for having bought a sweater at Fort Hall.


shared by Maggie Kiehl



Good new for Debbie Macomber fans - she has written a new book. Back on Blossom Street brings in new characters via a flower store opening up next to A Good Yarn in Seattle. Do we have a volunteer to read it and write a book review?



Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky

Reviewed by Cathrine A. McClure

I recommend this book. Ms. Delinsky is a good writer – the dialogue was authentic - and I was caught up in the family drama. We are compelled to think about what might be hidden in our own family tree and the devastation of keeping secrets from those we love. The element of knitting in this book makes it of interest to knitters but the story stands well on its own. When the main character worked on her knitting, I itched to get to my own projects. However, I didn’t want to put the book down and read it quickly to know how it all turned out. This book was a delight, and by the end, I wanted to own my own yarn shop.

Itty-Bitty Hats: cute and cuddly caps to knit for babies and toddlers
by Susan B. Anderson (Author), Photography By Liz Banfield (Author) Spiral-bound
38 patterns
List Price: $17.95

Beautifully rendered, heartbreakingly adorable, and wonderfully wacky knitted caps for newborns and toddlers. The baby hat is the perfect project for knitters of any level, with enchanting patterns that are easy enough for rank beginners but also interesting enough for the most accomplished needle wielders, in yarns that range from silk and linen to cashmere and mohair.

Here are 38 irriesistible designs for infants and toddlers—fun, hip, creative patterns with decorative flourishes that are witty, whimsical, and undeniably unique. The projects are arranged by order of difficulty and accompanied by beautiful photographs, instructive how-to illustrations, and utterly clear instructions. Anderson also provides an indispensable introductory section on stitches, materials, equipment, terminology, and techniques, allowing even the most inexperienced knitter to get started confidently.

Made for boys and girls, by parents and grandparents, aunts and even uncles, and, of course, best friends, the handmade hat is the perfect shower or birth or birthday gift—and Itty-Bitty Hats is the perfect gift for any knitter.

Wedding Knits: Handmade Gifts for Every Member of the Wedding Party
by Suss Cousins
160 glossy pages
List Price: $32.50

The book is divided into three sections: "For the Bridal Party," "For the Bride," and "For the Wedding Night and Honeymoon." The first section, "For the Bridal Party," is by far the most successful part of the book. It includes many patterns for small items which would make lovely gifts for a loved one's wedding and the clutch purse and the shrug could be used for any formal occasion.

The book gets progressively sillier with the "For the Bride" section. Yes, there is a knitted wedding dress. It's a form-fitting gown with V-neck and lots of ruffles, knitted in various viscose blends. However, if your bust measurement exceeds 35 inches, you're pretty much out of luck, for the dress comes only in measurements of 31, 33 and 35. Besides, you'd be hard-pressed to find many women who are willing to forgo the bridal-gown-shopping/princess fantasy.

Even siller are the veils. The long one is reminiscent of Guinevere, and the short one looks oddly nun-like. Next up are three wraps: one is a feather-and-fan stole, one is a bolero with lace trim (cute but the trim is sewn-on, not knitted), and the third is a shawl made with eyelash yarn. A garter (which would perhaps be a good gift for a friend's wedding), some small bags, a pair of long fingerless gloves and a "jewel keeper" round out the chapter.

The last chapter, "For the Wedding Night and Honeymoon," is a mixed bag. Of course there's lingerie, consisting of a simple robe a "sexy nightie" with butterfly appliques and an angora camisole and shorts set. Iif it's hot enough for shorts, won't angora be too hot? If it's cold enough for angora, won't tap pants be too cold? This chapter ends with a monogrammed throw, a striped bikini, a "his and hers vacation scarf" set, a simple cotton sweater, and a wraparound skirt.

Overall, the patterns are on the basic side with lots of stockinette stitch and nothing really complicated in the way of construction. Not much was particularly original or groundbreaking; you can find a gazillion shrug patterns and simple purses with a simple Google search. If you're up for knitting lingerie, White Lies Designs comes in a much wider range of sizes and has some truly gorgeous and innovative designs.

All of the patterns feature schematics, but the white printing on light-colored pages makes the diagrams hard to read. Can't you just visualize Bridezilla stomping into her LYS with swatches of seafoam green taffeta, insisting that she's going to knit fifty table runners that exactly matched her "colors", dammit, then bursting into tears that "the biggest day of my life will be ruined" if she cannot find her perfect shade of seafoam green yarn.




Knitting in Scottsdale
7116 East Mercer Lane
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Phone: (480) 951-9942
Order Line: (888) 355-9942
E-mail: knitinscotts@aol.com
To get there: On Scottsdale Road, turn West onto Mercer Lane just one light north of Shea Blvd.

This is actually a yarn store web site review. If you haven't looked at Knitting In Scottsdale on the web lately, take a look at it. WOW! Not only does Roberta Rosenfeld list all her yarns, she includes photos of all the colors each one come in (even if she has to special order it) and all of the important data like yardage and recommended needle size. All of her needles are listed in easy to read charts and she has sections on tips and techniques, workshops and events, and tools of the trade. If you want to visit in person, her summer hours are Tues through Sat. from 10 to 5 except on Tuesday when she is open until 6.





The Madonna of the Yarnwinder

I came across this painting quite by accident and it was actually the title that piqued my interest as I thought that was a cross in the picture. But look just above Mary's left hand. This painting is sometimes called Madonna of the Spindle or the Madonna with the Distaff. After reading about it I decided to start this new section on knitting in art because there are so many paintings of knitters. Suggestions from CNKG members are always welcome.

The Madonna of the Yarnwinder (c. 1501) by Leonardo da Vinci, is the subject of several oil paintings after a lost original by Leonardo da Vinci. The accepted story is they depict Mary with the baby Jesus, who looks longingly at a yarnwinder (also called a nostepinne) which the Virgin is using to spin some yarn. The yarnwinder, in Jesus' embrace, has been understood by some as both a symbol of the Virgin's domesticity and a prefiguration of the crucifixion.

Others have tentatively suggested that the yarnwinder may allude to the spindle of the Three Fates, and should thus be regarded as a metonymic symbol of death--a classical counterpart to the cross. According to Greek mythology, the Fates Lachesis and Clothe command the spindle, from which their sister, the Fate Atropos, cuts off the thread of life. Yet curiously --and perhaps significantly--Leonardo has neglected to wind any yarn around the spindle, so that the entire shaft is exposed. While his intention may have been to make the yarnwinder appear more cross-like, he quite possibly had another, more subtle, reason for representing it in this manner.

An interesting note is this from the F.B.I.'s web site:
" In August 2003, two men dressed as tourists taking a public tour of Drumlanrig Castle, Scotland, overpowered a young tour guide and stole Leonardo Da Vinci’s, Madonna of the Yarnwinder. Accompanied by two accomplices, the men escaped in a white Volkswagen Golf, abandoned nearby. Considered to be one of Da Vinci’s masterpieces, the value of the painting has been estimated at $65 million."




Famous Quotations

Sign in a yarn shop window - We don't sell yarn in this store: we sell little bags full of dreams.

"Learning how to knit was a snap. It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck

"If you don't swatch, you get what you deserve." Rick Mondragon

"I feel sorry for men who don't knit, they lead empty lives." J. Pierpont Finch, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying



What kind of a knitter are you: an adventurer, guru, novice or apprentice? Take this on-line quiz and find out.


Is your 2007 yarn budget shot already? Do you have a dog who sheds? Read all about someone who did something about it!
Look on this page under Sunday, February 25, 2007.

Think you know all about knitting socks? Take this short quiz and see if you can pass the test.

Is your yarn stash stable? No, that doesn't mean it would fill up a barn. It just means Stash Accumulated Beyond Life Expectancy.

What could possibly be any more fun that taking a knitting cruise or tour? Here's what's happening this year. Just copy and past the addresses into your browser.

June 9 - 26 Finland & Sweden Northern Lights Textile Arts Tour

July 8 - 21 Andean Summer Adventure through Bolivia and Peru

July 9 -16 Navajo Rug & Basket Workshops

July 14 - 26 Fabulous Fiber Art and Creative Embroidery Cruise to Alaska

July 21 - 30 Guatemala Weavers and Craft Tour

Aug 2 - 12 Baltic Knitting Cruise

Aug 14 - 25 Romania & Ukraine Fiber Femmes Tour
Fiber Femmes Travel Adventure

Sept 8 - 21 Vogue Knitting Tour of Australia and New Zealand

Sept 21-26 Vogue Knitting Tour optional extension to South Island, New Zealand

Nov 6 -14 Vietnam Cultural & Culinary Odyssey





The Snuggles Project


Animals at the Arizona Humane Society awaiting "forever" homes.

The Snuggles Project is an exclusive project of Hugs for Homeless Animals. Its primary purpose is to give physical and psychological comfort to the animals awaiting new homes in the shelters. Most shelter animals are kept in areas with stainless steel braces and hard plastic flooring or even bare concrete floors. The Snuggles would allow them to have a little reprieve from the coldness of the pen they are kept in. If we derive a secondary purpose of good feeling in our work on this project, that makes it so much the better. Their web site has all the information you need including patterns and newsletters, and the Arizona Humane Society has two locations in the valley.








Our membership year will end June 30, 2007. Dues for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2007 are still $24. Membership entitles you to participate as a voting member of CNKG, take advantage of program discounts, receive the membership address book, and attend monthly and other meetings and events sponsored by CNKG.
Please send your check, payable to Cactus Needles Knitting Guild, to Jackie Taylor, Membership.
Questions? E-mail Jackie at ovooyo@aol.com


Members and Friends

Other Knit Events are scheduled throughout the month. Check your e-mail for additional dates and knitting together locations. Look for updates throughout the month from this correspondent.
After two activities we ask that you activate your membership by joining CNKG.


MAY 2007

5/6 Sunday
AZ Diamondbacks' Stitch 'n Pitch

5/7 Monday
Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm - 8:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
4027 Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Please bring the red squares for Cathrine.
Please bring scarves and hats for Kelli.

Program: Jessica of Jessica Knits
You know you love to touch the yarn! Ever wonder what it would be like to be around yarn all the time? Here's your chance to hear from a local yarn shop owner about operating our favorite kind of store. Jessica of Jessica Knits (10401 E McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd #7 Scottsdale) will be with us to discuss everything from opening her store, to selecting yarns and yarn companies, to what she sees in the future for knitters. Come one, come all!

Last month we went to Wally's Restaurant and discovered that in order to better accomodate us we need to have a tentative reservation. Soooooooo- Please try to RSVP to Jackie by Sunday evening.

Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 p.m.
Wally's Restaurant
NE corner of 44th and Camelback
RSVP Jackie by Sunday evening

5/12 Saturday
Betty's "Host Your Own" Knitting Event
Join Betty Jensen at her home from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
4356 E Hearn Rd, Phoenix
RSVP Luvwool@qwest.net

5/19 Saturday
Project Linus Blanket Bee, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fountain Hills Community Center
13001 N. La Montana Drive, Ftn Hills
Lunch plans: Bring your own brown bag lunch.
Liquid refreshments will be available.
Members of Happy Hookers will be joining us for part of the day.

Blanket Challenge for knitters or crocheters: Knit or crochet a blanket in the colors of a jungle animal.
Blanket Challenge for quilters: Sew a blanket with a jungle theme.

Knit Nite, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Borders, across from Paradise Valley Mall
4555 E. Cactus Rd (South side of Cactus just West of Tatum)

JUNE 2007

6/4 Monday
Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm - 8:30 PM
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
4027 Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Program - Knitters Helping Knitters - a relaxed time to bring your knitting problems, share your knitting expertise and give a helping hand to other knitters.

Please bring the purple or yellow squares for Cathrine.

Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 p.m.
Wally's Restaurant
NE corner of 44th and Camelback
RSVP Jackie by Sunday evening

6/9 Saturday
Francine's "Host your Own" Knitting Event
Join Francine at Home at10 a.m.
6017 East Dale Lane
Cave Creek
RSVP and ask for gate code

6/16 Saturday
Westminster Village, 1 - 3 p.m.
Happy Hookers and CNKG knit together for Project Linus
Westminster Village
12000 North 90th Street
Scottsdale , AZ 85260
Use the G-1 entrance and follow signs to Saguaro Room on 2nd floor.

Lunch for Hungry Knitters
Mimi's on Shea, 11:30 a.m.
RSVP Jackie by Friday a.m.

6/18 Monday
Knit Nite, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Borders, across from Paradise Valley Mall
4555 E. Cactus Rd (South side of Cactus just West of Tatum)




5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday

Needlers' Nest

12133 W. Bell Rd # 102

Surprise, AZ 85374

phone # 623 583 4411

Call the store for information

Knitters and Fiberholics
10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Wednesday
Tempe Yarn and Fiber
For information - June Whisel at june.whisel@cox.net

Knitting for the Needy
Meeting Dates: 1st Monday of the month, 3rd Wednesday of the month.
Location: Scottsdale Senior Center 1 -3 p.m.
10440 East Via Linda
Knitting for the Needy knits slippers and caps for homeless in Phoenix area.

Meetup Knitting Group
Meeting Dates : 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2 p.m.
Location: Borders Books, Tempe, 699 S. Mill Avenue
Park below in parking garage.
Free parking on Sunday.
Knitting group meets near Cafe Espress in store.
Knitters of all persuasions and skill levels get together to gab, compare projects and swap patterns.

Stitch 'n Bitch

Meeting Dates: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Log onto web site and search under events for times and dates.

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Last but not least, in keeping with the new section on art, we present "Whistler's Mother?".