Nov - Dec 2007




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




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

and committee chairmen:
Membership - Mary Schirtzinger
Altruistic - Francine Ebersman and Jo-Ann Mullen
Newsletter - Lesley Fry
Holiday Party - Regina Esposito
Birthday Wishes - Bev Walker




This edition's Interview features Regina Esposito, a charter member and founding mother. Regina is a very knowledgeable and experienced knitter. She has presented many programs at our meetings and always has a minute to help those with a question or knitting problem. On a personal note, when I sent the questions to Regina, she filled them out and returned them to me within 2 days. As my husband remarked, "Wow! She's got my vote for getting things done". --Mary

Tell me where you grew up and something about your family.
Brooklyn NY, 2 Parents and 1 brother, all deceased.

Are you currently or have you ever been employed? If so, in what field?
Employed full time - Insurance

What brought you to Arizona?
When my husband was a Project Manager for NYNEX (the old NY Telephone Co.) we visited Phoenix many times on business. We both liked it and thought it would be a good place to live and retire.

What Is your first knitting memory?
I was about 6 or 7 years old, making a scarf (probably on size 1 needles). I had dropped a stitch and my father's sister, who was a world class knitter, found the drop and was able to pull it up to the needle, She made a point of telling me "what a job that was". I was so embarrassed that I didn't knit again until I had a grandchild 40 years later. As an adult I can understand what a job it was, but I still remember that little kid who was so proud of her knitting and felt so badly about dropping a stitch.

Who taught you to knit and how old were you?
I must have been about 6 or 7. I'm not sure who taught me. I remember my mother and her sister, another world class knitter, discussing how I should be taught. I remember that when I inserted my needle in the back of the knit stitch my Aunt said it was alright to do it that way.

Do you have a memorable knitting project?
Several. One was the sweater I made for my first grand child. It was a pattern ftom my Aunt for a sweater she had made for my first child. It was a zig zag pattern and I had to really pay attention to the row I would stop at. I've never done that sweater again!

What do you prefer knitting and who do you knit for?
No real preference. I'm just starting to knit for myself. Usually for the grandchildren.

What is your favorite pattern - mindless or intense?
Yes! Depends upon how I'm feeling.

Do you have a favorite "knit along" pattern for knit ‘togethers or gatherings?
Anything mindless.

Do you have a favorite yarn?
Anything but angora.

What fibers do you absolutely not like?
Anything that has hairs that fly, ie.: Angora

What are your top three colors?
You ask this of a color deaf person? I usually ask the person I'm knitting for what color they would like.

What type of needles do you prefer?

What do you knit?
Sweaters, blankets, hats, socks, mittens, shawls. Wallabys! I've got a felted bag in my "to complete" bag.

What is the worst thing you ever knit?
I made that drop stitch shawl in a variegated cotton yam. It came out too small so I thought I could add on. Oy Vay! Don't ask! Had to rip off the add-on and give the shawl, meant for my daughter, to a tiny person who worked in my office.

What knit item do you wear the most?
Well, I'm just starting to knit for myself so depends on the time of year. I have that dropped stitch shawl and a vest that I made.

What is your most valuable knitting technique?
How to rip out using a smaller needle inserted below the error. You insert the needle and rip away. The inserted needle prevents any stitches from being lost.

What other fiber related activities do you like to do?
Crochet, sew.

What is your involvement with knitting? (teach, design, altruistic, guild, hobby, work)
Hobby, guild.

Have you made lasting friendships because of your knitting?
I hope so.

How long have you been knitting?
Ha! I started at 6; if I tell you how long you'll know how old I am. Lets say over 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 years (pick one).

How do you continue to learn so much about knitting?
The Guild, watching knitting shows on TV, reading knitting books & magazines, going to knitting events, Stitches etc.

How did you find Cactus Needles Knitting Guild?
I'm a founding Mother of the Guild! I was a shopper at Jackie Awerman's shop and it was she who pushed her shoppers to get together to form a Guild in Phoenix. I was the first Secretary.

Have you been active in other guilds before joining CNKG?

What type of program could you present to CNKG?
I'm doing a Wallaby Redux! - Basic Wallaby for those who never did one and some ideas on how to "bump it up" with designs for those of us who want "something else."

Do you have any sayings or quotes you would like to share? Your own or from someone else.
Elizabeth Zimmerman's quote, "Knit on, with confidence and hope, through all crises "

Future Plans and interests - occupation, travel, hobby, favorite movie, food, books, etc.
I'd like to retire or at least reduce my work hours from full time to 4 days per week then to 3 days etc.







The September Host Your Own was sponsored by Cynthia Peplinski at her lovely Phoenix home. Your editor left her brain and camera at home but luckily, Jackie had hers with her and we managed to get some photos, but not before that beatiful food display in the dining room was ravaged by hungry knitters. Maybe more members would attend if they could see what good cooks we also have in our guild! Thank you, Cynthia, for hosting this event.




Margaret Google, who resided at Westminster Village, was a huge supporter of Project Linus. When Margaret passed away she left this yarn and the beginning of a stole. I [Regina] volunteered to finish the stole. This came at a time when I was making a Wallaby (hooded sweatshirt) sweater for my Grandson Joe who is over 6 feet tall and very skinny. The Wallaby is knit in the round. Just plain knitting. Joe wanted the Wallaby to be VERY large, so I made a man's 46. Joe kept telling me to make it bigger. I finally finished the Wallaby and wanted to finish Margaret's Stole. Needless to say, I just couldn't do just plain knitting. I had seen the pattern for this shawl as Marsha and Judy Santini (former member of CNKG) had both made it so I thought I'd try my hand on lace knitting. This shawl is now up for auction for the proceeds to benefit Margaret Google's pride and joy, Project Linus.



The annual Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Holiday Party will be held on Monday, December 3rd.
Mark this date in your calendar NOW!
Rock Bottom Restaurant, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Desert Ridge, 21001 N.Tatum Blvd (Loop 101 & Tatum)
Dinner served at 6 p.m.
Cash Bar Available

Cost for members: $25.00, Non members (guest): $31.00
Includes: Appetizer, house salad, soft drink, coffee or tea.
Choose from one of the following entrees at time of party:

Chicken Genovese Pasta, Seasoned, shaved chicken breast tossed on a walnut pesto cream sauce with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, Parmesan cheese & penne pasta

Pub Tips, Choice pan-seared beef tips slow-simmered in a rich Brown Ale sauce with woodland mushrooms. Served over White Cheddar mashed potatoes with crispy fried onions & seasonal vegetables

Alder Smoked Salmon Alder wood takes this fresh salmon fillet to another level. Grilled and served with mango salsa, white Cheddar mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Special Menu Requests: Please contact Regina at work 602 381 2902 or at home 602 942 7622.

Plan to join in the fun.
You may participate in one or all of the following activities:

1. Yarn exchange - Have a quantity of yarn you are willing to part with? Tie it together and have fun exchanging it for someone else's treasure.

2. Grab Bag - Bring a knitting related gift ranging from $10 - $15. Wrap the item and put your name inside.

3. Project Linus Blanket - Bring a blanket to donate to Project Linus. Reservations with your choice of entree and check payable to Regina Esposito by November 19th you may pay at the November (11/5) meeting or mail it to Regina.




I know that I speak for everyone when I say if you did not attend the Cottonwood Retreat, you missed a great time! It was more than just a weekend. It was a “retreat” in every sense of the word. New friendships blossomed, tips and techniques were shared, and a relaxing, fun time was had by all.

Some of us arrived at the Cottonwood Best Western too early to check in on Friday, so we went straight to Alley Cat yarn and bead shop in old town Cottonwood. Of course, we couldn't leave without making a purchase. Darlene Ong purchased some beautiful yarn to crochet a sweater. This project was to become her mission. We returned to the hotel, checked in, grabbed our knitting and sat by the pool. After everyone arrived, we went to dinner down the street at a nice place called Murphy’s Grill and returned to the hotel. There was a breakfast room next to the lobby where we assembled to knitted, chatted, sipped and nibbled until bedtime. This room became our personal knitting haven for the weekend.


Saturday's adventures started after everyone got up and enjoyed the complimentary continental breakfast that the hotel provided. Midmorning, we headed into Jerome and visited the Knit 1, Bead 2 Shop owned by Erica Raspberry. It was a beautiful shop that was very visually appealing. Everything was color-coordinated with some of the most beautiful, luscious yarn that many of us had seen or felt. As an extra added touch, everybody who made a purchase (and plenty of us did!) were given a pretty gift bag with yarn, matching accessories and a stitch marker. This drove several of us to make a purchase just for the gift!


We had a few minutes to wander the town before we had to head back to Cottonwood for lunch; that gave us just enough of a taste to want to come back another time when we had more time to linger in the shops that Jerome has to offer. Those who didn’t wander sat outside the shop and knitted, attracting several people to stop and observe. They did their best, but they couldn’t convince a group of bikers to find their gentler side and take up knitting. All the while, Darlene kept up her furious pace in her quest to finish her sweater in time to get back to the Alley Cat that afternoon.


After having lunch at the Tavern Grill,


we paid another visit to the Alley Cat shop two doors down. After knitting and shopping and visiting with the owner, Conrad, we headed back to the hotel. As we were leaving, Marilyn Howden, a founding member of the CNKG, met up with us in the shop. We were able to persuade her to join us at the hotel by the pool, where everybody again gathered to knit and relax before dinner.

Dinner was in old town Cottonwood at Nic's, an Italian seafood restaurant. We were lucky enough to have a room all to ourselves, so we didn’t have to be on our best behavior! After a great meal, (for 14 on one check which required the services of our financial whizzes Erica and Francine) we went back to the hotel and commandeered the breakfast room in order to sip, nibble, and knit for the rest of the evening. It was quite an interesting dichotomy - a room full of women knitting and watching the World Series - Our very own Pitch 'n Stitch event!


On Sunday morning, we couldn’t resist one more chance to sit and knit together after breakfast. Darlene was on yet another mission - to get rid of her leftover cheese and crackers that we hadn’t finished on Saturday. When we didn’t polish it off, she began walking from table to table, offering it to the other hotel patrons. The finishing touch was when we all threw our balls of yarn into a large ceramic bowl that we were sitting and knitting around, like a large “knitting salad”. This attracted some of the patrons who stopped to chat. I am sure some of them must have thought, “I should take up knitting again; they look like they are having so much fun”!


What a great weekend! The retreat never would have taken place without the planning, commitment and energy of Erika Verley. She planned every detail and made sure that everything went smoothly so that all we had to do was show up and have fun. Thank you, Erika, for all that you did.

reported by Barb Hahn


More photos inside Knit 1 Bead 2 can be seen here:




Some of the finished items displayed at the September meeting included a teaching scarf by Jackie to help new knitters follow a pattern, another Linus Blanket by Donna who will share her pattern with you, a Christmas stocking for her new grandson by June, and a fan stitch blanket by Linda. There were a few other photos as well but your editor made a boo boo and they accidently went to digital heaven. I'll be more careful next time.




Two excellent reference sites for knitters
Yarnndex, a yarn directory, has all you want to know about yarn. It covers texture, weight, gauge, yardage, shades, etc. of almost every yarn out there - even if it's been discontinued. This is the place to go when you are looking for a substitute yarn or need to know more about that old skein you've had for 5 years.

The other site is Knitter's Review which is a free online magazine with honest opinions of yarns, needles, patterns, books, etc. You can also get on the mailing list and every few weeks receive a review of a new yarn which always includes what happens after the knit sample has been washed.
2 sites shared by Francine

A good article on Knitter's Review has many good suggestions on what to do when you are in a knitting slump.

Knitter's Review also has a list of where to find inexpensive yarn. Not necessarily "cheap" yarn, just better prices .

Free patterns on the net from Interweave.

Hundred! Thousands? of free patterns and I can't remember who sent this in! Thank you, whoever you are.

Woolen Care
Woolen care takes just a little knowledge and it is certainly worth while to care for those hand knit items you slaved over.
shared by Harriet Trobman

A Finely-Crafted Example of Transformation Geometry (Shaped Knitting)
shared by Maggie

Here is a Yahoo knitting group you can join to discuss knitting (daily e-mails) and there are loads of free patterns. The great thing is that you do not have to join the group to see and use the patterns!
shared by Francine

Shaun the Sheep's Mega Knitted Picnic in the U.K.
And a few patterns to get you started.

It is a bit late in the year to show you a page with all the year's knitting events, but you can mark it and look again in 2008 to see what's happening. Maybe you will be able to attend an event when you are on vacation - or make a special trip. http://www.knittersreview.com/upcoming_events.asp#sep




Knitting has been used in therapy and support groups for agoraphobics (people who suffer from a fear of open spaces). The rhythmic and calming motion of knitting mollifies people freaked out by sitting in airports, restaurants, or even in their own cars, and helps them relax their way into being in new spaces.

During the mid to late 17th century, knitted silk stockings for men were still all the rage in Europe, although the flashy fashions of the previous century had yielded to hosiery in single colors. One's hose just had to match exactly the rest of one's outfit, and the matching was done at tailors' shops. In Paris, stockings were available in over 50 colors with names like "Amorous Desire," "Sad Friend," and "Mortal Sin." Ooh la la!

While Edward Vlll is most famous for abdicating thr British throne in order to wed American divorcee Wallace Simpson, the knitting world celebrates him for popularizing the Fair Isle sweater when he was still the humble Prince of Wales. He wore one to play golf at the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in 1921, ostensibly because he had heard that farmers were facing troubled times. With the royal stamp of approval, the colorfully patterened knits were soon all the rage, and they still drive knitters wild.

3 trivia items from the Stitch and Bitch calendar shared by Francine.

All yarns are made of spun fiber regardless of whether they are natural or synthetic or a combination of the two. Spinning twists the fibers together and makes for a continuous, strong yarn. An example of a single ply would be Reylold's Lopi. Plying two or more singles together makes two-ply, three-ply, etc. BUT THE NUMBER OF PLIES DOES NOT DETERMINE THE WEIGHT OF THE YARN and single ply Lopi is a good example as it is used mainly for Icelandic sweaters. You can also buy very thin yarn in multiple plies. More accurately, yarn comes in those 6 catagories we know as fingering (or baby) weight, sport, DK (double knitting), worsted, chunky and bulky.

Place an ID tag similar to a luggage tag on your knitting bag so it can be returned to you if lost. After all, some of us would actally prefer to loose luggage than our almost completed knitting project!

After finishing a garment, insert about 12" of yarn into each side seam with a small amount of contrasting color thread. This will be available for repairs later if needed.

Knitting For Kids
Kids want creative and fun clothes but most kid's patterns are made with basic yarns. Here's how to zap up that drab pattern: 1. Substitute the basic yarn with a variegated or novelty yarn of the same gauge.
2. Use color blocks. Made the separate parts of different colors. Use unusual color combinations and pull them together with a striped or corrugated ribbing. Work just the sleeves on a ddifferent color. Make stripes. Do the ribbing in a differnt color. Use imagination.
3. Add pockets in contrasting colors. Put them on the sleeves as well as the front. Make triagular pockets or attach them at an angle. Make the pockets shaped like fish, flowers, hearts.
4. Don't make all the buttons the same. try different colors of the same design or alternate the colors or buy fancy buttons shaped like animals.
5. Make the collar from faux fur or chenille.
6. Replace chunky yarn with several strans of lighter weight yarn mixing different colors and textures.
7. Replace the button band with a great big zipper.

A picot bind-off will provide a decorative finish and works well with shawls. The picots can be made on every stitch to create a fluted edge or they may be spaced as needed to make the edge lie flat. Here's how:
Insert the right hand needle into the first stitch on the left hand needle (LH) and knit a stitch but do not slip it off the LH needle. Slip the new stitch onto the LH needle, then make a second new stitch as before. Cast off four stitches, then slip the remaining stitch back onto the LH needle. Repeat along the row making two stitches and casting off four each time.

If your bind-offs are too tight or uneven, try using a crochet hook of a slightly larger diameter than your knitting needle. The shank of the hook will maintain evenness and the larger hook will create a looser edge.

When binding off and cables are involved, knit the center stitches of the cables together before binding off, or K2tog two or three times. This prevents the bound off edge from being wider than the piece of knitting.

Leave a tail the length of the desired finished fabric and you will know when you reach that point.
Jackie Taylor likes to write ruler markings on the edge of her pattern so she never has to hunt for her tape measure.




The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn
by Clara Parkes
256 pages
Publisher: Potter Craft (October 16, 2007)
List Price: $30.00

Not all yarns are alike. Some make our hearts and hands sing, some get the job done without much fanfare, and some cause nothing but frustration and disappointment. The gorgeous pair of socks that emerged from their first bath twice as long as when they went in. The delicate baby sweater that started pilling before it even came off the needles. The stunning colorwork scarf that you can’t wear because the yarn feels like sandpaper against your neck. If only there were a way to read a skein and know how it would behave and what it wanted to become before you invested your time, energy, and money in it. Now there is! With The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, you’ll learn how to unleash your inner yarn whisperer.

In these pages, Clara Parkes provides in-depth insight into a vast selection of yarns, giving you the inside stories behind the most common fiber types, preparations, spins, and ply combinations used by large-scale manufacturers and importers, medium-sized companies, boutique dye shops, community spinneries, and old-fashioned sheep farms. And, because we learn best by doing, Parkes went to some of the most creative and inquisitive design minds of the knitting world to provide a wide assortment of patterns created to highlight the qualities (and minimize the drawbacks) of specific types of yarns.

The Knitter’s Book of Yarn will teach you everything you need to know about yarn: How it’s made, who makes it, how it gets to you, and what it longs to become. The next time you pick up a skein, you won’t have to wonder what to do with it. You’ll just know–the way any yarn whisperer would.

About the Author
CLARA PARKES left her career in the booming high-tech industry to pursue her love of knitting. She lives on the coast of Maine in a farm house full of yarn. She is the publisher of KnittersReview.com and a contributing editor to Interweave Knits.

Martha Moth Makes Socks
by Cambria Evans
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
List price - $16.00

Not exactly a knitting book, but it involves knitted items and would make a nice holiday present for a child, especially if you give this along with something you've hand knit and a warning about moths!

Preparing for her birthday party, Martha Moth purchases all sorts of goodies with moth appeal, including shrunken sweaters, itchy socks, and other woolly treats. However, Martha can't resist sampling her purchases (especially that tasty-looking polka-dot scarf), and by the time pals Flit and Flora finally appear, only the socks remain on the menu. No matter; the friends bring a birthday gift of dust, and they all enjoy "a lovely dish of socks with dust gravy"--except Martha, who can't eat another bite. Evans' stylized, quirky artwork, dominated by soft teals, lavenders, and oranges, manages to build a genuinely appealing story around creatures typically regarded as household pests; her tastefully garbed, roly-poly moths are appealingly silly. Readers unfamiliar with the dietary habits of moths may need adult help to fully grasp the humor, but they'll instantly respond to the whimsical pictures and reassuring cooperation story.

The Close-Knit Circle: American Knitters Today
by Kerry Wills
168 pages
Praeger Publishers
Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.9 inches
List Price $39.95

With the persistence of an investigative reporter and the passion of a Ph.D. candidate, Wills walks us through her own snapshot of the contemporary knitting world, primarily through interviews with dozens upon dozens of knitters, from knitters to shop owners, prominent knitbloggers, designers, and authors. She goes all over the place, from the influence of Elizabeth Zimmermann to Kate Gilbert and her famous Clapotis. She ends her book with a quote from Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, from whom the book's title was taken.

Wills does an admirable job of capturing our ever-shifting knitting world. The textbook feel is enhanced by the book's formal black-and-white layout and the fact that it doesn't come to us from a knitting publisher at all. Rather, it is part of Praeger Publishers' American Subcultures series.

Other Reviewers Say:
"For the knitter who is also an armchair traveler, this book offers an utterly fascinating behind-the-scenes journey through centuries of knitting development, and then invites the traveler to mingle intimately with the people, elements, discoveries, media, and methods that are energizing and inspiring today's knitting renaissance. Who knows where it will all lead? Years from now this book may be seen to have shown the way." - Cat Bordhi, author of A Treasury of Magical Knitting

"What a great book! Kerry Wills has tirelessly rooted through thousands of sources to unearth stats and testimonials concerning the current state of hand knitting, and how we got here. Her enlightened observations reinforce and augment what we knitters know and love about our craft; a riveting read." - Meg Swansen, author of the book, A Gathering of Lace



Your editor, an avid reader, seems to find knitting in many of her books and they are not even "knitting" novels.
From Small Island (which I loved!) by Andrea Levy:
"After the meal she had helped me pack. Then warning me of rationing and the cold of England, she disappeared and returned carrying a blanket she had knitted during the war. She explained, "You see, Mrs. Jospeph, I had no time to get it to a cold soldier. I started knitting this blanket from when the King first announce to the Empire that we were at war. And I finish the thing as they all dancing in the street in joy of the conflict over. I am not a fast knitter but this was not taken into account". She pressed her war blanket into my hand. Squares of brightly colored uneven knitting sewn together to make a blanket big enough to shelter a platoon. I had room in my trunk so I took it graciously."

Not from a book, but from the new TV show Pushing Daisies, comes this quote from the narrator:
"In fact, Emerson Cod [a private eye] had finished knitting a sweater vest and two handgun cozies in the week since Chuck's return." Later in the show he opened a drawer filled with hand knit green socks to put away his current project - another green sock.





Casting On

"Casting on a new hand-knit sock, with tea in a fine china cup, and a new ball of Opal sock yarn... what could be nicer?
These paintings combine my love affair with knitting (ok, maybe it's more of an obsession) with my new love affair with watercolours."

Denise Sutherland has many years' experience with fine arts - it is something she has always studied, throughout her schooling. In 1993 she discovered papier mâché and collage, and hasn't looked back since. Her work has been exhibited in Boulder, Colorado and Canberra, Australia. Many of her works are held in private collections in America and Australia. Since mid-2006 she has taken up watercolour painting more seriously, as well. Denise accepts commissions, licences images, and has a collection of works for sale. The painting shown above, and others in a similar vein, are available as greeting cards, journals, posters, and even, yes, tote bags! http://www.cafepress.com/knittingart


An Update

In the May-June issue the Knitting in Art painting was Manonna with Yarnwinder and I mentioned this:
" 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."

"Betty Friedan and Knitting"
Fiber artist Katharine Cobey will give a presentation titled "Betty Friedan and Knitting" at the meeting of the Midcoast Maine branch of the American Association of University Women on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Rockland, Maine Public Library.

Cobey is a self-taught artist, a knitter and sculptor, one of an innovative group of contemporary knitters who use their skills for art as well as craft. As a feminist, she encourages the study and use of knitting, a belittled discipline, as a serious creative act used to express and honor the craft traditions of the past by developing them anew.

“I began knitting sculpturally when I realized that knitting was not only a way to make useful clothing, but that it could make things that are expressive symbolically — whether worn or not," Cobey said. "When I knit I can construct clothing, or boats, heads or abstract forms — whatever my audacity and skill and appetite impels me to make.”

Cobey’s hand-spun, hand-knit installations and plastic pieces have been shown in galleries and museums across the country and abroad. Her 30-foot installation "BOAT WITH FOUR FIGURES" http://www.katharinecobey.com/boat.html was first exhibited in 1999 at Maine’s Portland Museum of Art. From there it traveled to the Houston’s Center for Contemporary Craft, Lehigh University's Zoellner Gallery in Pennsylvania and back to the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

Cobey teaches in her Maine studio and gives workshops at museums and craft schools. “I knit because this skill can hold much of what I want to say,” she said.

Make sure you look at her web site. WOW!



Recently the painting was found in Glasgow and 3 men from England and one from Scotland have been arrested. The painting had been listed on the Art Loss Register's list with a value of $65 million.




The world's biggest stash?
shared by Maggie who said "This broad is my idol! Let's go shopping...I didn't realize how far behind I am!"

Fat Free (Knit) Food

More Yarn Grafitti, this time with `fiber-tagging' in Sweden.

The Yarn Harlot Crossword!

Signs of Knitting Addiction
Yarn speaks to you and you answer.
You experience withdrawal symptoms if you have less than 3 projects going at once.
You have already planned your next 3 projects. You don't understand people who JUST watch TV.
Every time you need a needle, it's already in a project.
Your mantra is "just one more row".
You spend more time packing knitting than clothes for your vacation.
You own three cedar chests and five dressers and still don't have enough room for all your sweaters.
You've considered building an addition to the house to store all that yarn.
You plan ahead for vacation by finding out what yarn stores are in the area.
The dog looks at you with pitiful eyes, begging you to take her for a walk.
You're eyes are so blurry you can't see the pattern, but you keep on knitting anyway.
You own more yarn than you can possibly knit in a lifetime.

Ode To My Wife

She learned to knit on Monday,
Her stitches were so fine,
She forgot to thaw out dinner,
So we went out to dine.

She knitted socks on Tuesday,
She says they are a must,
They were really soft and warm,
But she forgot to dust.

On Wednesday, it was an afghan,
She says the knitting is fun,
What colors! What patterns!
But the laundry wasn't done.

Her sweaters were on Thursday,
Green, yellow, blue and red,
I guess she really was engrossed,
She forgot to make the bed.

It was dish cloths on Friday,
The wave stitch she adores.
It never bothered her at all,
The crumbs on all the floors.

I found a maid on Saturday,
My week is now complete,
My wife can knit the hours away,
The house will still be neat.

Well, it's already Sunday,
I think I'm about to throw a fit!
I cursed, I raved, I ranted.
The maid has learned to knit!

Author Unknown.


And now, just in time for Christmas,



here are the directions for a mini Holiday Stocking!

25 yards red sport yarn
10 yards white sport yarn (fuzzy would be nice)
#2 needles
safety pins or small stitch holders
metalic cord for the tie
green yarn or ribbon for embellishment.

Gauge: 8 sts = 1"

With white, cast on 22 sts. Starting on WS, work in garter stitch for 7 rows (4 garter ridges). Cut white, leaving a tail to sew the seam.
Attach red and work in stockinette stitch for 14 rows.
Shape instep (RS):
K8, slip to holder, K6, slip remaining 8 sts onto 2nd holder. Work center 6 sts (instep) in st.st. for 7 rows ending on a wrong side row and fasten off.
Slip 8 sts from first holder onto left hand needle, attach red and K these 8 sts, pick up and K7 along side of instep, K across center 6 sts, (P1 row, K 1 row) twice, P 1 row.
Dec. row: K2tog, K13, K2tog, K2, K2 tog, K13, K2tog.
P 1 row. Bind off.
Sew seams.
Decorate as desired with yarn bow or add a tiny jingle bell, buttons, tiny package ornaments, etc.
Note: the photo is NOT of the knit stocking so the shape will be slightly different.






Although we encourage creativity, this challenge is about quantity! The Back to School Distribution group has put out a challenge to collect 2,000 caps by the end of June 2008. Let’s see how many of those Cactus Needles Knitting Guild can donate!

Prizes will be given out at the July meeting based on a points system for 1) total girls’ caps, 2) total boys’ caps, and 3) total caps. The calculations are based on one point for each girl’s cap and two points for each boy’s cap. Remember that these kids vary in size and range up to high school age so adult sizes are fine.

We will be keeping a count, so if you hand your caps directly to Judie Agee, please let one of us know so we can include it in the tally.

Happy Knitting!
Jo-Ann and Francine



Our seasonal WORLD WAR II MUSEUM VETERAN’S KNITTING is an opportunity for scarf knitting that goes not only to WWII veterans, but those who served in other wars in US history. Most recipients are men so blues, greens, and browns have been requested as preferred colors. There aren’t any pattern or yarn content restrictions so tap that creativity gene! Give your completed scarves to Francine by October 15 and they will be mailed to New Orleans, in time for Veteran’s Day, at guild expense. Tag your scarves with your name so the museum will know who specifically to thank.



Some of you are knitting blankets with Plymouth Dreambaby yarn in small groups for PROJECT LINUS. Others are working independently. Either way, let’s make a big splash and overwhelm Judie Agee at our annual Holiday Party. If you’re working on blankets, gear up for December 3 with your completed projects. Project Linus has a critical year round need, so we’ll keep on knitting, but that is a great way to let the kids know we’re pulling for them at holiday time. When Jo-Ann gets back in town we’ll come up with more group projects than you can shake a proverbial stick at. If you have ideas for guild afghans, let us know!



Knit for Esperanca any time you like. NO item, yarn, or pattern restrictions! Kelli Donley is always traveling somewhere!

Questions? Ideas?

Join Us in Knitting for Others,
Jo-Ann and Francine





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.

Newsletter Address: http://members.cox.net/cactusneedles/
For more information --- luvwool@qwest.net

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


11/5 Monday
CNKG Monthly Meeting
6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix
4027 Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Program - Shop Talk with Terry and Fred from Tempe Yarn and Fiber: Learn how shop owners Terry and Fred got started with their successful Tempe store.

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

Penny’s Own Knitting Event
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
THE FARM AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN - an out door restaurant and working farm
32nd Street - between Baseline and Southern

This is an adorable spot - an oasis in the desert - where you will want to bring all of your out-of-town guests after seeing it. Penny's daughter Bethany had her wedding at the Farm!

There are no reservations, but Penny will get there early and save the proper amount of tables. We can knit for awhile, then buy lunch, then continue knitting . They will allow us to stay as long as we want.

Carol Steele started this restaurant [remember C Steele's on Indian School?] and it has continued to be a quality eating spot. There is a gift shop where they sell some of their products which they grow.

Directions: From Northern suburbs travelling south -SR 51 or RTE 17 to RTE 10 [driving towards Tucson]
Exit 32nd Street right [University] and drive to Southern.
Staying on 32nd Street, Start looking for the Farm on your Right - parking will be on the left.
If you get to Baseline, you have gone too far.

101 south can also reach RTE 10 by way of route 60. Bear right at the junction onto 10 North and get off at the next exit which is Southern. Take Southern West to 32nd St. and turn left. The Farm will be on your right.

From southeastern suburbs - RTE 10 towards Phoenix.
Exit Baseline and drive west to 32nd Street - turn right on 32nd - and watch for the Farm on your left - parking on right.
If you get to Southern, you have gone too far.

Carpools can select a meeting place...
32nd and Shea has a big parking lot on the northwest corner [Second Time Around store]
Jackie's house is between Shea and close to the 101.
WESTERNERS AND SOUTHERNERS can pick their own spots - I don't know the areas.

Anyone who wants to go early, can ride with me.
RSVP - Penny Celmins [480] 948-0022 or pcelmins@hotmail.com by Thursday, Nov. 8th

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

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


Monday December 3rd
Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Holiday Party
Rock Bottom Restaurant, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Desert Ridge, 21001 N.Tatum Blvd (Loop 101 & Tatum)
Dinner served at 6 p.m.

Cost for members: $25.00, Non members (guest): $31.50
Includes: Appetizer, house salad, soft drink,, coffee or tea.
Choose from one of the following entrees at time of party:
Chicken Genovese Pasta, Pub Tips, Alder Smoked Salmon
Cash Bar Available

Plan to join in the fun.
You may participate in any or all of the following activities:

1. Yarn exchange - Have a quantity of yarn you are willing to part with? Tie it together and have fun exchanging it for someone else's treasure. But watch out - you might - or might not - not get to keep your new treasure.

2. Grab Bag - Bring a knitting related gift ranging from $10 - $15. Wrap the item and put your name in the inside.

3. Project Linus Blanket - Bring a blanket to donate to Project Linus.

Reservations with your choice of entree and check payable to Regina Esposito by November 19th you may pay at the November (11/5) meeting or mail it to Regina.

Saturday, 1 - 3 p.m. Westminster Village
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.

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

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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 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.

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.





Happy Holidays and lots of yarn to all.
Now go knit!