January 2011

Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Meeting – January 3, 2011
In Attendance:
Judy Agee
Barbara Avrin
Janet Buchanan
Carole Byrne
Penny Celmins
Velvet Dishon
Francine Ebersman
Fran Frazin
Lesley Fry
Dawn Goetz
Georgia Green
Sandy Grunow
Hilary Guberman
Barb Hahn
Harriet Lawrence
Cathrine McClure
Joann Mullen
Liz Rees
Donna Sherrill
Betty Smith
Lisa Spaich
Cara Summerfield
Erika Verley
The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm by Barb Hahn.
Martie had prepared a report, but since she was not there, Joann Mullen gave the report. We welcomed Erika Verley, who has re-joined CNKG. We had several visitors: Sharon Brody, who brought yarn from a friend who can no longer knit; Terry Neal and Nancy Pimentel from Tempe Yarn & Fiber; and Barbara di Jeannene, who was presenting our program. Joann acknowledged both December and January birthdays. She mentioned the success of the holiday party and how excited Natalie Gupton, the new Project Linus coordinator, was with all the Project Linus blankets.
Program – Yarn Dying
Barbara di Jeannene presented a fascinating program on yarn dying, using acid dyes on animal fibers, such as wool and silk. She brought wonderful examples of her work. She teaches classes at Tempe Yarn & Fiber and I’m sure she’ll see a few of us at her classes.
Secretary’s Report
Francine made a motion, seconded by Liz Rees, to approve the November meeting minutes as posted to the guild website.
Committee/Chair Reports
Altruistic – Velvet Dishon & Cathrine McClure – Velvet distributed instructions for a pie-shaped blanket for Project Linus. She had some soft worsted yarn for us to use to get started and suggested that we use yarn of similar weight from our stash to complete it, such as Simply Soft & Red Heart Soft. She asked that all log cabin blankets be turned in. We are still collecting for Esperanca for Spring. They will take anything – hats, scarves, sweaters, etc.
Cathrine mentioned that we need someone to work with Natalie, the new Project Linus coordinator. Natalie works near the airport and we need someone to bring the completed blankets to her. We are also looking for more people to get involved with the women at Westminster Village. They need yarn for Project Linus blankets.
Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Spaich – We have a balance of $2,783.21 in the bank. $300 was donated to Project Linus. Lisa received checks from 2 new members.
Old Business
Barb mentioned that she will be planning a Committee Meeting soon.
The next knit-together will be a garage sale on Saturday, February 5. It will be held at Francine’s. Light snacks will be served.
Liz Rees mentioned that she is looking for people to help with the design for the blanket for Arizona’s Centennial celebration. She asked people to let her know by Friday if they want to help.
New Business
Dawn was contacted by the Tucson Guild asking if we wanted to join them in underwriting the cost of getting a national speaker to talk to each of the Arizona guilds. We have money in the treasury that can be used for this. She said she would get more information.
Our program at the February meeting will be the yarn exchange. Bring enough yarn to complete a project from your own stash that is in good shape but you don’t plan to use. Put it in a see-through bag and label it with the total yardage. We will then hold a mock auction. You can only bid on yarn if you have contributed yarn.
Show and share concluded the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.
Submitted by
Harriet Lawrence, Secretary