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July - August 2007

 

 


IN THIS ISSUE

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

 

1. COMMENTS FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Dear Fellow CNKG Members and Friends:

It’s finally happened - writing this President’s Report is my last official act as president of CNKG! Serving as president of the guild for the last three years has been (mostly!) a labor of love, and the time has flown. Because of you, I’m leaving CNKG in a stronger place, and that is a tribute to the commitment of our members to make our guild survive and thrive. The resurgence of knitting, a meeting room large enough to accommodate our growing membership (wish we could be geographically convenient for everyone, but as I like to say, it’s a Big Valley!), and the continued variety of teaching, altruistic, and social experiences we offer all contribute to our longevity.

I’ve learned not to press people into service, but generally if you ask someone face to face to do a job that is appealing to her, the answer will be yes. Our new board is a great blend of long-term and new members, and a group who all said yes! Based on their first board meeting, the guild will be in great shape. Betty Jensen ran a tight meeting while covering all the bases, Cara Summerfield, our newbie, has the programming year mapped out, Barb Hahn has written her first minutes, and Larry and Fran Frazin have the financial records organized and understood.

There are many people who have made a difference during my presidency, many who are still active members, a few who’ve decided other activities are better for them right now, and several who have left the area and are missed. I appreciate each of you. I’m opting not to list everyone who has helped me because I know I’ll inevitably leave someone off by mistake! But I am compelled to thank the three members who have been my “Cabinet” and who have stuck with me through thick and thin, guild and personal: Lesley Fry, Regina Esposito, and Jackie Taylor. You three always say yes to me, without fanfare, without desire for recognition, and it has not gone unnoticed. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Those of you who know me know that I’ve just reached my maximum sentimentality level. Thank you all for the great send off, the perfect gifts, and the gracious wishes. I’ll see you at whatever events our guild holds but I won’t have that gavel, oops, I mean crab mallet, in my hand!

Happy Knitting,
Francine

 

 

2. WHO’S WHO AT CNKG

Officers:
President - Betty Jensen
Vice President (programs) - Cara Summerfield
Secretary - Barb Hahn
Treasurer - Fran and Larry Frazin

and committee chairmen:
Membership - Jackie Taylor
Altruistic - Francine Ebersman and Jo-Ann Mullen
Newsletter - Lesley Fry
Birthday Wishes - Bev Walker

 

Getting To Know WHO HAS A LOVE FOR YFY!

Who has a love for YFY and a friend in New Jersey? We all know the answer is Francine Ebersman, our scintillating past president of Cactus Needles Knitting Guild. What about YFY? Could this be a trick question? Read on.

Francine, tell me where you grew up and something about your family.
I grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ, which is in the NY metropolitan area, and other than college, lived there until I moved to Arizona in 2000.

Are you currently or have you ever been employed? If so, in what field? Please provide a brief description of your job duties
I'm over employed! Recently I accepted the position of CFO of the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center. It's more than the part-time retirement job I want!

What brought you to Arizona?
Love of the land. It may sound corny, but as a visitor, I felt "at home" with my first glimpse of the desert landscape and kept coming back vacation after vacation. I never thought I'd leave NJ, but when all the right factors lined up, it just felt right.

What is your first knitting memory?
Before I was born, my mother made a cable afghan that was absolutely off limits. It hung in our tiny coat closet and my brother and I were forbidden to touch it, making me think knitting was some secret craft. I have that afghan now and still keep it hanging in a closet, never to be spilled on or pulled or covered with feline fur. Funny the taboos of our childhood!

Who taught you to knit and how old were you?
This will surprise most of you. My mother taught me to knit as a youngster and we made a five-strip afghan of garter stitch and seed stitch. I did the easy stuff, she put it all together. I didn't knit again until I was in my 30's recovering from minor surgery. At that time, "my friend Judy from NJ who taught me to knit" reminded me of the basics and taught me the complicated stuff; casting on and off, cables, how to read a pattern, etc. She was available to me ALL THE TIME. It's Judy who taught me to be a knitter.

Do you have a memorable knitting project?
I love to bitch and moan with every project; too boring, too easy, too complicated, yarn too slippery, etc! The one that stands out was a tedious rib poncho for my stepdaughter that I accidentally cut a hole in as I was weaving in the ends. Fortunately, Roberta of Knitting in Scottsdale rescued me. I was tempted to set the whole stupid thing on fire!

What do you prefer knitting and who do you knit for?
I've been on a blanket kick for the last couple of years, but I miss sweaters. I mostly knit as gifts and for Project Linus.

What is your favorite pattern?
I enjoy cables and Aran knitting. That is a definite influence from NJ Judy.

Do you have a favorite "knit- along" pattern for knit togethers or gatherings?
Any sort of simple pattern in a Project Linus square or strip.

Do you have a favorite yarn?
t's not my favorite, but Plymouth Encore is my mainstay. Can't beat the quality for the price! Baby Alpaca is luscious.

What are your top three colors?
Orange, purple, red - not necessarily together! What type of needles do you prefer?
Circulars for sure. Skacel's Addi Turbos are my primary inventory, but as I need to fill in, I've been switching to the Addi Naturas. I'm a loose knitter and the bamboo keeps my stitches more consistent.

What fibers do you absolutely not like?
Rough acrylic - don't make me name the brand but you all know which one I mean!

What is the worst thing you ever knit?
Probably the tri-color afghan for a friend. It was chocolate brown, coffee, and raspberry. The raspberry put me over the edge. Two strips were a very SLOW popcorn stitch and one strip was a cable with a bobble in another color, making the annoyance factor very high. For the record, I picked the pattern, but my friend picked the colors and seems to sincerely like the finished project.

What knit item do you wear the most?
I rarely knit garments for myself, but my drop stitch poncho is a big hit. It's in a great orange with pre strung beads. I get a lot of compliments on it.

What is your most valuable knitting technique?
Gotta go with everybody's favorite - the three-needle bind off.

What is your involvement with knitting?
I love the guild. When I moved here from NJ, my friend Judy suggested I look up the local guild. She found the contact information for me. The rest is history!

Have you made lasting friendships because of your knitting?
Absolutely. I consider many CNKG members among my personal friends - too many to list here. You know who you are! The guild has been an important part of my desire to stay in Arizona.

Why do you knit?
HUH?

How long have you been knitting?
Seriously for eight years. I send Judy a card every year on our "Knit-anniversary" - it's August 20 in case anyone is interested!

How do you continue to learn so much about knitting?
I attend all guild events, schedule permitting, and subscribe to several knitting magazines. Since many of my friends are from the guild, that's what we talk about.

Have you been active in other guilds before joining CNKG?
No, but I did attend a meeting or two in NJ.

What could CNKG learn from your other guild experiences?
Personally, I think CNKG offers a lot. I've compared our activities with those of other guilds and we're great! Of course, I'm biased. I'd like the guild to utilize more fully the experiences and expertise of members for programs, committees, and board positions so that we can continue to flourish. Us "old timers" need new blood!

Do you have ideas for future programs for CNKG?
Yes, I maintain a running list of program ideas to pass on to our program VP each year. There are lots!

What type of program could you present to CNKG? Hmmm - no idea. Teaching's not my thing. But I do maintain a folder for every project and would enjoy a program on how to make my records a little sexier without going into full-scale scrap booking.

Do you have any sayings or quotes you would like to share?
In the words of NJ Judy, "don't worry about it!"

Future plans & interests?
I'd like to have more play time. I miss lunches and coffee with guild friends.

Please add additional information our readers may find interesting.
My two cats, O'Neill and Zimmer, make me melt. And I love the New York Yankees. So my big three: cats, knitting, and baseball!

In her spare time, Francine collects Inuit (Eskimo) Sculptures. In addition to cats, knitting and baseball, she enjoys theater, movies, and reading. Since completing her third term as president of CNKG Francine has volunteered to share our guild's altruistic responsibility with JoAnn Mullen, "Her friend from Colorado". That is why Francine has YFY - YARN FOR YOU! - or maybe YFY refers to Francine's love of Yarn, Felines, and Yankees!

 

 

3. HAPPENINGS OF NOTE

 

 

Francine, our outgoing president, was presented by Regina with a gift from all the members to show their appreciation for her three years of outstanding leadership. The knitting bag, custom made for her in her favorite colors and embroidered with her name and a meessage from the guild, was a huge and perfect surprise as she had admired one at the knit-in held by incoming president Betty Jensen. We know she will enjoy using it for many years. Happy knitting, Francine!

 

This is Francine's month as she also hosted the "Host Your Own Knitting Event" for June at her beautiful Cave Creek home. Yes, we are all beautiful, but sorry, there are not too many photos this time as I do NOT publish photos which are unflattering. Watch how you sit if you want your photo here!

On the other hand, O'Neill was very happy to pose even though he wasn't happy about not getting his share of the refreshments! (Zimmer refused to pose.) Those of you who don't attend these knit-ins are missing out on a lot of fun and yummy eats!`

 

 

 

4. SHOW AND TELL

 

May was a very productive month as you can see from these photos of all the work displayed at our June meeting.

 

Marsha and Jackie show off a scarf Jackie put together from afghan squares that were too large or small for the intended afghan. More hats from Mary and Cathrine has more yarn to pass out for another Linus Project blanket.

 

Mystery Person, please sign in? This is new member Cara, also our new VP, showing off the needle case she made for her DP needles. She also made one for her long needles. Marsha is finally finishing her entrelac vest and Regina made a charity hat with a twisty top.

 

Judie's made another blanket for you know which charity. Velvet Dishon, a visitor from the west side of town who found us on the internet, is making a baby sweater, and we all know who that is with her signature striped blanket! Peek-a-boo, Penny.

 

Barb has a sweater for the back to school colelction, Joan models her lovely, lacy shawl, and Cathrine has croched yet another blanket.

 

Darlene is making a fish blanket for her new grandchild and this is Carol (with a blanket), friend of Judie and the seamstress of Francine's new and beautiful knitting bag.

 

 

Marilyn and Fran are both making blankets while Larry critiques, and Carole shows off her almost completed mobius.

 

 

5. KNITTING ON THE WEB

This is about a movie, not something on the web, but we don't have a movie section, so....
The 1937 film "The Edge of the World" is about the dwindling population of crofters on one Scottish Isle and the eventual desertion of it (actually true for many islands). One scene, to my delight, had six women, all dressed in heavy, dark clothing, sitting on a cliff, staring out to sea, and all were KNITTING! I just wish there had been a closeup of their work.

shared by Lesley

Something we all love - free patterns.
http://www.craftown.com/knit.htm

Guess what they have at Knitting Help?
http://knittinghelp.com/

Have you been asked to kntt a dog sweater? A sweater for a dog, that is. Here's just the site for you!
http://thedietdiary.com/cgi-bin/chart_dog.pl

If you like old patterns, this is the complete list, to date, of the books, magazines and articles scanned and uploaded into the online Antique Pattern Library "Card Catalog" These books have patterns for crochet, knitting, tatting, embroidery, needle lace and other kinds of needlework (but mostly not knitting). The scans are in the form of PDF files – to download them, click on “PDF”.

shared by Harriet Trobman

http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/completelist.htm

If you like to knit dolls, their sweaters and stuffed animals, you can order a number of her pattern books at only $7 each from Betty Lampen at
http://www.bettylampenknitbooks.com/store.php

Free Patterns at The Irish Ewe in Norway, Maine.
http://knitting.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ/Ya&sdn=knitting&cdn=hobbies&tm=76&f=10&su=p445.92.150.ip_&tt=14&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//www.theirishewe.com/

Here are 3 ways to make buttonholes in your knitting.
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/FEATsum07TT.html

 

 

6. HINTS AND TRIVIA

If you are doing ribbing at the beginning of a sweater part, use a cable cast-on and knit/purl your ribbing right from the start. It looks nice.

If your needles seem to be dragging, coat the tips with hand cream and then wipe off with a tissue. This works best on wooden needles.

If you keep your swatches for future reference and want a way to remember what size needles you used, just make a YO, K2tog, K2 on the second or third row of the swatch. Repeat for as many times as the needle size. Size 8 needles would mean 8 repeats - and 8 holes!

If you are binding off with a crochet hook or want to use the same diameter hook as knitting needle, you can use a regular knitting needle sizer OR remember this: A size H hook equals an 8 needle, so just remember, If you close the top and botttom of the H you have an 8. Now you can just go up or down the alpabet to get the correct size: i.e. an I = 9, a G = 7.

To prevent a cast on edge from rolling up, do K1P1 across on just one row. The purl stitches won't show and will help prevent the roll.

shared by Marsha French

To make an easy double-sided I-cord head band, cast on 12 sts, K9, bring yarn to front and slip the last 3 sts. This technique could also be used on any edge to make a same color I-cord edging.

shared by June Whisel

 

the next four are from Lily Chin on a Knitty Gritty broadcast.

If you'd rather knit your sweater body in the round, don't forget to omit the 4 stitches that would normally be inside the side seams. Leave out the first and last stitch of boththe front and back, but don't forget you have 2 fewer stitches on each side when you bind off for armholes.

Here's a trick for creating YOs that result in smaller holes. Rather than doing the yarn over in the row it shows on the chart, wait until the next row and lift the bar between the two stitches where the YO should have been and work the lifted loop as a stitch. Of course you need to remember to do that, so it would probably help if you put a marker where the YO is supposed to be made.

 

A number of knitting terms come from folk traditions around the world.

Aran -- A classic style from the knitters in the Aran Isles of Ireland. These "fishermen's" sweaters are highly textured with multiple cables, bobbles and twisted stitches. Traditionally, they are knit in natural off-white wool, but today are available in many colors.

Fair Isle -- From Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland. Knit entirely in the round with wool on small needles, the Fair Isle technique may employ many colors, but never more than two per round. Traditional garments typically use geometric designs, with both the background and the foreground changing colors as often as every round. Extra stitches, called "steeks" are used where armhole and front openings will be, and then later cut and finished off.

The term "Fair Isle" has come to mean the technique of stranding yarn across the back of a piece of knitting, while working two or more colors on that row/round. This method is also known as jacquard, stranded or two-color knitting.

 

Icelandic -- The sheep of Iceland provide a long stapled wool that can be loosely spun to provide great warmth. Lopi is the Icelandic term for unspun roving. The traditional Icelandic sweater is seamless and knit in the round in natural colors with a design on the yolk, and around the cuff and hip. But, like the Aran Isle sweaters of today, they also come in a rainbow of dyed colors. The body and sleeves are knit separately, bottom up, in the round, then put together for the yoke to be added. The only seams are a few stitches under the arms.

 

Cowichan -- From the Cowichan Indians of North America. These sweaters are made of thick handspun yarns, typically with a V-neck shawl collar and a mix of motifs both geometric and pictorial. For the full story, go to http://communications.uvic.ca/edge/v1n07_2000.pdf

 

Gansey/Guernsey/Jersey -- From the Channel Islands of Britain, the term traditionally meant a fisherman's sweater. In modern day Britain, it means a pullover sweater. Following a cast-on using yarn doubled for strength, garments are knit in the round to the underarm, then divided for back-and-forth knitting. The area from that point up is typically decorated with knit/purl patterns and sometimes cables. Sleeves are picked up and knit down to the cuff.

 

 

 

7. THE BOOK NOOK

I just finished the hot-off-the-press "Back on Blossom Street" by Debbie Macomber. This is the third in her series about a yarn shop in Seattle. In each book, shop owner Lydia Goetz offers a knitting class and the story spins around herself and her students.

This time Lydia and her pupils are making a prayer shawl, a beginner's project for her newbies, and a more intricate pattern for her experienced knitters. Patterns are included. Lydia is a newlywed, Alix Townsend, a recurring character, is about to be married, and a new character, Colette Blake who works at the flower shop across the street, has her own romantic story.

As with the last two books, Debbie Macomber introduces several serious plot lines -- the declining health of aging relatives, the effects of a carjacking on Lydia's teenage niece, and the unlikely theme of human trafficking. The heavy topics don't go very far, and as I'm reading I assume the stories will have happy endings, but the interplay of romance and more topical subjects does add some substance to these otherwise light novels.

Knitting has a place of reasonable importance in the books, and each chapter has a quote from a knitting expert. One quote is from Rebecca DeGraaf, of Arizona Knit and Needlepoint, the "little yellow house" in downtown Scottsdale. Another is from our friend Joan Schrouder. Many of the other names are recognizable as well.

Although not very deep or thought provoking, I find these books very entertaining, and this one more so than "A Good Yarn," the previous novel in the sequel. This is "chick lit", no doubt, but with just enough knitting to capture my interest. Take it on a plane, to the beach, or curl up in your favorite chair and enjoy. Coupled with a few days of insomnia, I breezed through "Back on Blossom Street" and suspect you will as well.

Weird Use of Knitting Vocabulary

I've just finished reading The Final Solution by Michael Chabon and found some interesting new uses of knitting words in it:
".... he brushed the sweat from his brow with the back of a cardiganned arm."
and
".... or to replace the lost tiles of the roof, which five years of occupation by the Research Dairy had transformed from a stately defile of chimneys to an upset knitting-basket of aerials and wires.
and
"Bruno could hear......the clack of a pair of knitting needles."
I wonder if the author's wife knits?

Charmed Knits: Projects for Fans of Harry Potter
by Alison Hansel
Paperback
List price $14.99
176 pages

This unique book features 30 patterns that celebrate popular Harry Potter characters and places. Knitters can create "initial" sweaters for Harry, Ron, Fred, and George; sweaters, scarves, mittens, hats, and socks in the house colors of Hogwarts; themed items such as cloaks, robes, stuffed toys, and a blanket; and more. A bonus craft project lets readers "magically" hold a work in progress. Easy-to-follow patterns and color photos showing the finished projects inspire both beginners and experienced knitters. Special stitch pattern and design elements, too, are illustrated clearly to help knitters work their magic.

The Natural Knitter
by Barbara Albright, photos by Alexandra Grablewski
hardcover
192 pages
Publisher: Potter Craft
List price $32.50

You can tell that this book was lovingly created by people who adore fiber: the book is full of eye-candy shots of both the living things that produce the fiber.

The book begins with an introduction extolling the virtues of natural fibers; discussing what makes a fiber "natural" and "organic"; demonstrating the benefits of going organic; and giving a playful pattern for some little doll-like creatures. The meat of the book begins, though, with the middle sections, organized by type of fiber: first, wool, then other animal-derived fibers including buffalo, camel, angora, mohair and llama, and finally, plant fibers which feature cotton, linen, hemp and pineapple fiber.

The selection of patterns is good overall, with a mix of a few simpler items for newer or time-crunched knitters and a few complex ones to challenge knitters. There is also a mix of sweaters and accessories, with a couple of men's and child's patterns thrown in.

One nice feature is the book's focus on producers (mainly small) of natural fibers, with an emphasis on those using environmentally-conscious processes. Each of the more than twenty patterns in The Natural Knitter has been created using some of the most beautiful and luxurious artisan fibers by some of today's top designers. The patterns included here are not only made out of special yarns but many feature unique construction as well.

The Natural Knitter is Barbara Albright's final publication and is a fitting tribute to the significant contribution she made to the craft she loved. Her passing in 2006 was a significant loss to the knitting community.

 

 

8. LYS REVIEWS

 

Hey guys, this is your newsletter, so send in a review of your favorite local yarn store.

 

 

9. KNITTING IN ART

 


Moma Knitting by Christopher Garko

Aesthetic Statement on the artist's web site
Garko evokes the harmonies and tensions found in the relationships between the natural and the man-made. Vague veils of color and light reveal forms of landscape fragments, people, and other familiar objects. Manifestations are made through glazes of oil color, abrupt swathes of acrylic, and raw canvas.

He refreshes an established formal language with a vocabulary of his own, culled from the fascination with nature and light. The resulting images are radiant compositions of known objects pushed outside the boundaries of realism to reinvigorate the familiar assumptions. In doing so, Garko questions the ineffable relationship between the sensation of truth and the epistemological.

Translation by your editor
I have no idea what this means and I normally do not like modern art, but this painting really caught my eye. There are only three recognizable objects - his mother's head, the needles, and the chair. Omit any one of these and the picture wouldn't make any sense. But what is she actually doing with the two needles sticking up at that weird angle?

 

 

10. JUST FOR FUN

Yarn Graffiti is sweeping Stockholm, Sweden. If you run out of ideas for things to knit, here's a new idea, but you may have a hard time finding a place for it in Phoenix.
http://maskerade.blogsome.com/2007/05/20/our-new-favorite/

shared by Rachel, Lesley's friend in Australia

 

 

11. KNITTING FOR OTHERS

Whether you are a Repuiblican or Democrat, or whether you think we should stay in Iraq or get out now, those are still OUR soldiers over there who need our help and support. One way you can do this is by knitting. Soldiers stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo are exposed to winds and bitter cold during the winter months. Riding in open trucks and humvees, they often encounter sub-zero wind chills. The military head gear issued to the soldiers today is made of synthetic material which is not as warm as wool. Volunteer knitters are needed to make these wool caps for our Soldiers and all the information you need is on this web site:
http://www.operationhomefront.org/Community/knitters.shtml

 

 

12. CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

*****Regularly scheduled monthly meetings for the next year. Mark your calendars NOW!*****

2007:
July 2
August 6
September 10 (September 3 National Holiday)
October 1
November 5
December 3 (Holiday Party!)

2008:
January 7
February 4
March 3
April 7
May 5
June 2

 

CACTUS NEEDLES KNITTING GUILD
Members and Friends
ACTIVITY CALENDAR

 

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, non members are asked to activate their membership by joining CNKG.

ALL EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
CALL A FRIEND IF IN DOUBT

JULY, 2007

7/2
Monday, CNKG Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
4027 Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
602-840-8400

Program Erika's Skinny Scarf Project, an altruistic CONTEST for July!
Complete a scarf at the meeting or bring one with you. Skinny Scarves should be no wider than 3" and from 36" to 46" in length. These colorful fashion statements should be appropriate for girls from kindergarten through high school age. Erika's Skinny Scarf Project is a contest for our meeting. Who will win the prize? What prize? Can you guess?
All scarves will be collected at the meeting and will be donated to BTS for distribution.

Back To School - BTS The July meeting marks the deadline for this year's contribution to Back to School (BTS). The BTS program is for boys and girls. As always, they are particularly in need of items for boys.
Judy Agee has been collecting our sweaters, scarves, mittens, and hats for this year's BTS distribution.

Help at Hand - a relaxed time to bring your knitting problems, share your knitting expertise and give a helping hand to other knitters.

Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 p.m.
Streets of New York
NE corner of 44th and Camelback

7/16
Monday NIT NITE, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Borders, across from Paradise Valley Mall
4555 E. Cactus Rd (South side of Cactus)

7/21
Saturday, Westminster Village, 1 - 3 p.m.
Happy Hookers and CNKG knit for Project Linus

Westminster Village
12000 North 90th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Lunch for Hungry Knitters
Mimi's on Shea, 11:30 a.m.
RSVP Jackie by Friday a.m.
480-948-3329
ovooyo@aol.com

AUGUST, 2007

8/4
Saturday, Judie's Own Knitting Event, 1 p.m.
Ice Cream Time with Judie Agee!
Mary Coyle's Ice Cream
5521 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix
602-265-6266
Please RSVP Judie Agee
480-837-6323
judie.agee@fastq.com

8/6
Monday, CNKG Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
4027 Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
602-840-8400

Program
For the August meeting, we are going to do a fast and easy project that everyone can take home with them. We are going to do knitted flipflops. If people do not want to knit them for themselves, or people they know, I would encourage them to knit for the Back to School project for Judie.Cara will give instructions and says they are pretty easy.

Everyone will need:
1 pair Flip Flops
1 Skein yarn (make if fun!)
Size 8 needles
1 tapsetry needle

Also:
Help at Hand - a relaxed time to bring your knitting problems, share your knitting expertise and give a helping hand to other knitters.

Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 p.m.
Streets of New York
NE corner of 44th and Camelback

8/20
Monday NIT NITE, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Borders, across from Paradise Valley Mall
4555 E. Cactus Rd (South side of Cactus)

8/18
Saturday, Project Linus Blanket Bee, 9 a.m. to 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.
Please contact Jackie for carpool arrangements.

OTHER KNITTING ACTIVITIES AROUND THE VALLEY

Knit/Crochet-In, 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
www.tempeyarnandfiber.com
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
480-312-5810
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 gap, 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.
stitch-n-bitch-az@cox.net

 

 

NOW GO KNIT!