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Happy New Year to each and every one of you! I hope the holiday season was good to you.. And now it is finally cool enough to wear all our fabulous sweaters and socks! I love editing this newsletter and now I will also be in charge of getting it up on the web. This will take a lot more time, but it will also enable me to post a lot more graphics, something we all enjoy. So now I have a request to make: PLEASE send me things to publish. It can be a book report, a news item, something you saw on the web, hints for knitting, etc. How about some photos of things you have made, like one of your grandchild modeling her new wallaby? Just send them to me in or attached to an e-mail. If you can't get them into your computer, just give the photos to me at a meeting and I'll give them back at the next one.

Your editor,
Lesley Fry

 

IN THIS ISSUE

1. Comments From Our President
2. Who’s Who at CNKG
3. News Tidbits
4. Knitting on the Web
5. Knitting Hints and Trivia
6. The Book Nook
7 Just For Fun
8. Knitting For Other
9. Calendar of Events

1. COMMENTS FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Dear Fellow CNKG Members and Friends:

I write this between holiday parties: in my neighborhood, at work, and with friends. No doubt everyone has been busy, busy, busy! Fortunately I only had a few knitted gifts to complete, so I was able to do them without lost sleep. Hope the same was true for you!

We’ve had a wonderful autumn. In November, two hearty carloads of CNKG knitters hit the I-10 (complete with a flat on the way home but that’s another story) to meet with our “big sister” guild at the Casa Grande Holiday Inn. Old Pueblo Knitters were there from Tucson and there were fifteen of us all together. It was a fabulous day of knitting and relaxing, trading ideas, and making new friends and resuming existing friendships. The birdhouses were a big hit, thanks to Erika Verley and all the participating knitters. Each OPK attendee went home with a birdhouse distributed “yarn exchange” style! Everyone present wants to reprise this event. Mary Lu Metz, your hard work was worth it.

Is it possible that this year’s holiday party was the best one yet? They seem to get better each year; many of you have written to thank Regina Esposito and Jackie Taylor for the great evening. Rock Bottom served up some very good food -- and drinks! And Jackie made her "garment" cookies for desert. We had our annual Secret Santa (with a devilish twist from Regina), recognition gifts, a loud chorus of the “Dreidl Song” sung to our dearly missed member Harriet Trobman, presentation of what seemed like dozens of blankets to Judie Agee on behalf of Project Linus.

And there’s something else. What could it be? Everyone’s favorite -- the yarn exchange! There was more stealing than usual and even our guests were picked on more than their fair share. But everyone went home with a bundle or two of yarn and who knows what will reappear next year? Special mention to Larry and Fran Frazin for their very creative yarn exchange idea!

In January we continue our entrelac lessons - hope I don’t get in trouble with teacher Marsha French because I am BEHIND! In February we will meet Kelli Donley whose topic is “African Knits - Bringing Domestic Arts to Orphans in Africa.” Don’t miss this one.

Au revoir to Lorna Spencer who leaves us for a professional opportunity in Yuma. Lorna, during my tenure you have served as secretary and VP; you and your zippy one-liners and thorough reference materials will be missed. Visit often and do stay in touch!

So much to do! And knit! And learn! On a personal note, let me wish each of you health and happiness with lots of knitting time!

Happy Knitting,
Francine

 

2. WHO’S WHO AT CNKG

Officers
President - Francine Ebersman
Vice President - Lorna Spencer
Secretary - Mary Schirtzinger
Treasurer - Penny Celmins

Standing Committee Chairs
Membership - Jackie Taylor
Altruistic - Vita Deeds
Newsletter - Lesley Fry
Nominating Committee - ErikaVerley
Immediate Past President - Erika Verley

Ad Hoc Committee Chairs
Holiday Party - Regina Esposito
State Fair - Erika Verley
Workshop - Bev Walker

 

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IRENE HARRIS - KNITTING IS HER SALVATION

Irene Harris moved to Arizona while working for American Express. After a long career in publicity and accounting, Irene retired only to find a much different retirement position. She and her husband have invested in It's A Grind Coffee House at 43rd Avenue and Bell. While Arizona is now home, she has three daughters living in New York, two of whom are identical twins.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KNITTING MEMORY?

When I was six or seven years old I remember watching my Aunt Polly knit the most wonderful baby sweaters. She always seemed so happy and content when she was knitting. I thought it was fascinating and used to play with her needles. Aunt Polly taught me to crochet.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST KNITTING EXPERIENCE?

When I had my first child, my landlord taught me to knit. At that time, I didn't have much money to spend and my child needed warm clothing for winter. My landlord took me to a wool factory where I bought a cone for $1.50. It was a red and white blend of wool, cotton, and mohair. I knit a sweater, jacket and leggings for my little one.

WHAT DO YOU PREFER KNITTING?

I like to knit something for a specific person - something they will love. At this point I have only knitted sweaters and one hat/scarf set, so I would have to say clothing.

WHY DO YOU KNIT?

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and must rest a lot with my feet up. Knitting helps take my mind off of the pain and keeps me from going stir crazy. Working on something soft and creating something pretty make sme feel productive. Knitting something pretty while in pain in my salvation.

WHO DO YOU KNIT FOR?

For years I have knit for my daughters and others. Now, I have been knitting for myself. It's two for me and one for them, but they don't know it, and that is okay.

HOW HAVE YOU LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT KNITTING?

My aunt was my inspiration to want to learn more about knitting. My first landlord was really my first teacher and believed anyone could knit. She was close by and was very good at showing me what to do. After that I always went to the local knitting shop, if I required help. I still go to local shops for help. I have also learned from the members of both the knitting group at Cotton Fields and Cactus Needles Knitting Guild.

DO YOU HAVE A SAYING OR QUOTE YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON TO OTHER KNITTERS?

Adia, the Knitting Maven from Cotton Fields Quilt and Knit, was helping me start my first cable pattern and one of the first things she said to me was "Learn to read your work on your needles. Your work will go faster with fewer mistakes and it will be more fun".

It is also fun to join Irene to knit at It's a Grind Coffee House, because it is a cozy and inviting place. Who else do you know who has a complete line of coffee drinks immediately available for your pleasure? Irene does, because she's the boss! For now, knitting is a hobby for Irene as it is a way to help her take her mind away from pain. Her knitting friends hope to be playing a small part in her salvation too.

 

3. NEWS TIDBITS

 

 

A GRAND TRIP TO CASA GRANDE AND A NOT SO GRAND TRIP BACK

The six of us who went to Casa Grande car pooled in two cars and I drove one. On the way home, halfway between Casa Grande and Phoenix, a big, noisy truck drove up next to me. When it pulled ahead, the noise didn't go with it. I said "Uh oh" and pulled over. The left front tire was extremely not round.. I pulled over some more and as we pondered what to do, the other Cactus Needles car, which luckily had been behind us, pulled up in front. Between the 6 of us, I had a jack and spare tire, two had cell phones, and at least one belonged to AAA. We called them for help. but even with making us a priority it would take them about 90 minutes to get to our location somewhere between here and the back-of-beyond.

So we started changing the tire on Rte.10 with monster trucks zipping by us at 75 mph. Two gals stood behind the car waving hysterically at motorists to stay away from us on the shoulder. And amazing at it seems, the gal who produced a sun shade to kneel on and an actual tool kit with slots for every tool and was the first to work on the tire, was the one blonde among us - Erica Verley! So much for stereotypes. I promised her no more dumb blonde jokes - for a while at least.

Then, refuting stereotypes again, a car FINALLY pulled up in front and someone got out to help. Was it a big, burly macho man come to rescue these poor maidens (all middle aged or older) in distress? Nope. It was a young, slender gal in heels - and SHE was the one who finally changed the tire and refused to take any money for her help. "Just pass it on" she said, just like in the movie. We did remember to call AAA back to cancel their truck. So with the spare tire on (never checked but still inflated after 15 months), and my blinkers blinking and the other car following, we drove at 50 mph to where I turned off onto Rte. 60 and they went their own way. But the saga doesn't end there. We must have hit every single street construction site in Phoenix and Scottsdale on the way home. Amazingly, the trip home took only an hour longer than the trip down.

Not only was it great to be with all these women, but it was actually very funny much of the time and I wish I had thought to take some pictures. I have since found out that a great many people I know belng to the I-10 Flat Tire Club, including Mary Lu Metz who joined the club while scouting for a meeting site and Jackie Taylor who joined the very next day on her way back from Tucson.

shared by Lesley Fry

 

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HONORING AN UNSUNG HERO

Our own Judi Agee has been chosen to receive an Award of Merit presented by a program sponsored by the City of Scottsdale, General Dynamics and the Tribune/East Valley. This program recognizes unsung community heroes - people whose service to others embraces the sense of community in Scottsdale. well done, Judie, and well deserved.

 

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LORNA SPENCER IS ON THE MOVE.

Our Vice President, Lorna Spencer, is moving on to bigger and better things. Well, the city of YUMA isn't bigger, but she has accepted a position there which is a big step up in her career. We all wish her the very best, but not necessarily goodbye. She is keeping her house in Phoenix as a rental so will be back every so often. We hope she will not forget her friends in Cactus Needles and will stop in to say hello.

 

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CLEAN SWEEP BY CACTUS NEEDLES!

On October 29th we had our best Project Linus Blanket Bee ever! We spread ourselves out over two ballrooms at the Fountain Hills Community Center. There was lots of good food, door prizes and a quilt raffle. Best and most fun of all, we had a challenge - to make blankets with a "cat" theme - and we had some beauties! All blanket bee attendees voted on the best entry in two different categories: Quilted/Sewn and Knitted/Crocheted. The guild was well represented with two entries. And, drum roll please, our guild members won first and second place prizes! First place went to Francine Ebersman, Lesley Fry and Jackie Taylor for their adorable "Cat Smiles" afghan. Second place was awarded to the CNKG for the "Cats in Silhouette" group project. Well done, knitters!

By the way, Francine also won the quilt raffle! The winning ticket was selected by the lady heading up the Maine Coon Cat Rescue booth next to us at the Fountain Hills Fair. Congratulations, Francine!

 

Judie Agee
Project Linus, Phoenix/East Valley AZ Chapter

 

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THE PASSING OF A FRIEND

Margaret Gugle lived at Westminster Village and was the founder of the knitting group called Happy Hookers. Margaret introduced our guild to Project Linus and it soon became one of the guild's most important altruistic projects. Margaret called us "Her Girls" and always made a point of taking roll and checking on each person's life. Services for Margaret Gugle are over, but her legacy with Cactus Needles Knitting Guild will not be forgotten.

 

Jackie Taylor

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2005 ARIZONA STATE FAIR WINNERS

Lesley Fry won two blue ribbons this year for a child's sweater and a man's pullover. In 2000 there were 8 members who won ribbons and maybe more who entered. Last year there were ribbons for the two people who entered. Let's see if we can get more members to enter next year. Hey guys, it's easy! And we have some really great knitters in the guild!

 

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THE HOLIDAY PARTY

 

4. KNITTING ON THE WEB

The Red Sweater is kind of a knitting encyclopedia with all sort of lessons on almost everything.
http://www.theredsweater.com/tips.shtml

Like to knit ponchos? How about 324 free poncho patterns? This should keep you busy for awhile even though some are crochet!
http://faerycrafty.blogdrive.com/archive/199.html

 

shared by Francine Ebersman

Here are over a dozen animated instructions on various techniques such as how to do a short row, duplicate a stitch, etc. Easy to follow and you can play them over and over.
http://www.yarnware.com/web/yarnware/yarnware.nsf/Frames!OpenPage

Have you ever found a mistake in a published pattern? Who hasn't! Here is the most complete page yet on where to find corrections to patterns. It lists them by designer/company and book.
http://knitblog.com/errata.htm

shared by Maggie Kiehl

And here's another page of corrections.
http://www.interweave.com/knit/books/corrections.asp

If you have found a yarn you love but wonder how it will be to knit, wear and wash, look no further than Knitter's Review where every month she reviews a new yarn and adds it to her list.
http://www.knittersreview.com/yarn_manufacturer.asp

This site offers you FREE interactive sweater pattern generators. You provide a few items of information (e.g.size and knitting gauge information) to generate the patterns.
http://www.knittingfool.com/index.cfm

shared by Harriett Trobman

If you travel by air you might want to check these sites first as well as the one for the airline you are using.
http://www.tsa.gov/public/display?theme=177
http://www.tsa.gov/public/interapp/editorial/editorial_1252.xml

Do you think you are the only left handed knitter in the world? Yahoo has a group just for you.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gnittink-for-lefties/

An article for left handed knitters.
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/FEATmirror.html

And there is also a web ring on the internet for left handed knitters!
http://q.webring.com/hub?ring=lefthanders

A free knitting magazine on the web? Yes, it is KnitScene from Interweave Press, and this issue has 12 of its 44 patterns free on the site. It will come out twice a year.
http://www.knitscene.com/default.asp

 

 

5. KNITTING HINTS AND TRIVIA

Cheap Stitch Markers
Round sequins can make great stitch markers. Get out your hole punch and make holes in the larger sew-on sequins - et voila! - instant markers! They work really well, too, being so thin that they don't take up any room on your needle.

The tinier sequins (1/4") would work VERY well on sock needles. The hole punch would make too large a hole, of course, but a heated tack or nail, or an awl, melts a hole in that plastic very handily, making perfect-sized holes!

The little white beads with letters on them can be attached to coilless safety pins and used as stitch markers. Use beads lettered in alphabetical order if you need to indicate the order of something.

Want some really cheap stitch markers? Take a pair of scissors and snip thin rings from plastic straws - these are flexible, don't take up space and cost almost nothing. You can use whatever size straw you want.

Of course you can always make loops of yarn in a contrasting color. They'll fit on any size needle and don't take up much space. And, when you drop one, you don't have to frantically search for it.

If you save money on making needles, markers,and other petty stuff, you will have more money to spend on yarn..He! He!

 

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Do you have an itchy woolen sweater that you just can't bear to wear? Try adding some hair conditioner to the rinse water. Let the sweater soak and then drain. You may wish to rinse the sweater again if you want to reduce the scent or to remove the excess. Your sweater will feel like lamb's wool. While you are at it, you can also use your shampoo to wash the sweater, too. It's hair too!

 

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If you have a soft covered pattern book that won’t stay open or is hard to make copies from, take it into Kinko’s and for about $4 they will cut off the spine, punch holes, add a clear plastic cover and insert a coil to hold it all together. I did this with my new sock book and now I think all pattern books should come this way. Just make sure they use the coil and not the plastic thing that looks like a curled comb.


shared by Lesley Fry

 

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Measure your index finger from tip to joint and total. That way you will always have a ruler handy.

 

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Here’s a super tip for those who would like to do intarsia "in the round" - the pattern is worked back and forth in rows as usual, but on circular needles or dpns, so that the turning thread at the beginning of the row can be worked together with the last stitch of the row. R1 (RS): YO, knit in pattern to last stitch, work SSK with last stitch and YO from beginning of row. Turn. R2 (WS): YO, purl in pattern to last stitch, work p2tog with last stitch and YO from beginning of row. You are not actually knitting around and around but your end result is the same.

 

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Keep an inventiry of your needles in your purse so when you are shopping for yarn you will know if you already have the right size for the new project. If you can make a computer spread sheet, have lines for the sizes and columns for the types such as DP, circ, etc. You might also want to indicate the needle length.

 

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Knitting together smooth yarns in contrasting colors results in a tweed-looking fabric.


Knitting smooth yarns that are close in tone results in a fabric that has a more mottled appearance.


Mixing yarns of similar colors but different textures produces subtle, rich-looking fabric.


Mixing eyelash yarns can result in unexpected color combinations.


Experiment with combining colors that you wouldn't normally. It's unpredictable and totally unlike mixing paint or other yarns.

 

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Choosing a needle size for a single yarn is easy: check the manufacturer's recommendation on the label and start from there. Combining yarns can make it more difficult to choose a needle, however. A simple guideline: add the measurements (in millimeters) of the suggested needle size for each yarn and then use the needle that is closest in size to that number. For example, for a swatch of two strands of Wool-Ease Chunky, add 6.5 mm plus 6.5 mm to get 13 mm. The closest needle size is 12 mm, which is a U.S. 17. The rule also works when combining yarns of different gauges. Lion Brand Watercolors is knit with a U.S. 11 (8 mm) needle. Glitterspun is knit with a U.S. 8 (5 mm); 8 mm plus 5 mm equals 13 mm, so a U.S. 17 (12 mm) could be used with this combination as well.

 

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How did the Kitchener stitch get its name? Kitchener Stitch is called after Lord Kitchener of Khartoum, British military hero of the Boer War and WW I. He associated himself with a Red Cross plan to dragoon US womanhood into knitting 'comforts' for the men in the trenches, and contributed his own sock design, which included a squarish 'grawfted' toe. Hence the Kitchener Sock; hence Kitchener Stitch.

 

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Roman conquerors had woolly socks The sartorial elegance of the Italians has been shattered with news that woolly socks helped their ancestors' conquest of northern England.The evidence has emerged among archaeological objects found in the River Tees at Piercebridge, near Darlington in County Durham. Among the items was an unusual Roman razor handle, made of copper alloy and in the shape of a human leg and foot.The 5cm high foot is wearing a sandal with a thick woolen sock underneath.

According to Philippa Walton, a finds liaison officer at Newcastle University's Museum of Antiquities, the Romans may well have been putting comfort before style. She said: "It is quite funny really that the soldiers were wearing these thick woolly socks. It could have been the fashion for a Roman soldier or it could have been because of the tough northern cold."

Ms Walton said that other discoveries from the period also appear to prove that style was the last thing on a Roman's mind or foot while on duty in the North East. "There was a letter found at the Roman fort at Vindolanda, on Hadrian's Wall, from a soldier writing home asking for more socks," she said."This may suggest the soldiers were more concerned about keeping out the cold."

 

6. THE BOOK NOOK

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep: A Yarn About Wool
by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
$15.99

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep, is a whimsical, brightly colored romp through the life of a farmer and his mischievous sheep.

He rises one day, checks his calendar, and sees that it's time to shear the sheep. "Clip-clip, buzz-buzz, he took their wool and left their fuzz." But the sheep are chilly and confused—they want their coats back.

They follow him to Mr. Greene, who washes and combs the fiber. They follow him to Mr. Peale, who spins it into yarn. They follow him to Mrs. Muller, who dyes the yarn. That's where they stage their coup to take the yarn back—unsuccessfully.

Seeing how cold they are, Farmer Brown takes them home, gets comfortable in his favorite chair (with a steaming pot of tea by his side), and begins to knit. When he's done, they're brought back into the house to try on their new sweaters.

It's an adorable story in which fantasy mingles with reality and gender roles are tossed out the window. The illustrations by Nadine Bernard Westcott are marvelous, peppered with fine details such as jars of preserves on the kitchen shelves, a surprised cat peeking out from under a checkered tablecloth, a rubber duckie by the kitchen sink.

 

from http://knitty.com

 

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Classic Knits for Real Women; Versatile Knitwear Designs for Plus Sizes
Martin Storey & Sharon Brant
128 pages, in color, soft cover
$24.95

By popular demand this book is in response to the many women who have been asking for great designs in larger sizes. With more than 35 designs to choose from, this collection of jackets, cardigans, sweaters, tops and accessories caters to different shapes, sizes and ages. The garments are designed to comfortably fit from bust size 36 to 46.

 

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Harry Potter and Knitting
Muggle Knitting Patterns

What's a Muggle? If you are a Harry Potter fan, no explanation is necessary. If not, Muggles are us non-magic folks. And while reading the new Harry Potter book yesterday I discovered the passage below from chapter 4 of the book.

'Oh, there you are, Albus,' he said. 'You've been a very long time. Upset stomach?'No, I was merely reading the Muggle magazines,' said Dumbledore. 'I do love knitting patterns.'

There are plenty of references to knitting in the Harry Potter books. Mrs. Weasley knits sweaters for her entire family each year and I fondly remember when Harry received one his first Christmas at Hogwarts.

 

from http://dailyknitter.com/blog.

 

7. JUST FOR FUN

 

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Here is the answer for last issue's Word Find puzzle. Did you find all of them?
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Here is something you absolutely will not believe even as you see it - The Knitted Wedding! You will have to copy and paste this link into your browser as my web program refuses to make it a link. Go to
http://www.castoff.info/album.asp
When you finish looking at the photos, take a look at the rest of the web site including the invitation which explains it all

 

shared by Arlene Corelli

 

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My #1 knitting resolution for the new year is to:

Buy less yarn.
Buy more yarn
Clean out my stash
Finish some of my half-done projects
Start something new and exciting
Teach someone else to knit.
Learn a new technique
Volunteer more at Cactus Needles
Enter a project in the State Fair
Design something myself
Knit more for charity
Knit more!

 

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Has your stash outgrown your hiding placees? Trying to keep the size of it a secret? Here are some suggestions from Lily Chin:

Tape a bag of yarn to the underside of a chair. (One with a skirt, I imagine.)
Put a slipcover over a bag of yarn to make a decorative pillow.
Hide it behind books on a deep shelf.
Put it inside that unused soup tureen or coffee pot.
Put it in a large box, cover it, and use as a table.

 

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Ode to My Socks
by Pablo Neruda (translated by Robert Bly)

 

Mara Mori brought me
a pair of socks
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder's hands,
two socks as soft as rabbits.
I slipped my feet into them
as if they were two cases
knitted with threads of twilight and goatskin,
Violent socks,
my feet were two fish made of wool,
two long sharks
sea blue, shot through
by one golden thread,
two immense blackbirds,
two cannons,
my feet were honored in this way
by these heavenly socks.
They were so handsome for the first time
my feet seemed to me unacceptable
like two decrepit firemen,
firemen unworthy of that woven fire,
of those glowing socks.

Nevertheless, I resisted the sharp temptation
to save them somewhere as schoolboys
keep fireflies,
as learned men collect
sacred texts,
I resisted the mad impulse to put them
in a golden cage and each day give them
birdseed and pieces of pink melon.
Like explorers in the jungle
who hand over the very rare green deer
to the spit and eat it with remorse,
I stretched out my feet and pulled on
the magnificent socks and then my shoes.

The moral of my ode is this:
beauty is twice beauty
and what is good is doubly good
when it is a matter of two socks
made of wool in winter.

 

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The knitting forecast is good to excellent

When the National Trust for Scotland advertised two properties to let on Fair Isle, the most remote inhabited island in Britain, they were expecting the usual dozen or so applicants. Fair Isle is a pretty spot, a rocky outcrop between the Orkneys and the Shetlands, but it is not for the faint-hearted.

You have only to listen to the BBC shipping forecast, in which Fair Isle plays a starring role, usually lashed by force-eight gales, to realise that this is Hicksville, North Sea. Fine for birds, bird-watchers and people on the run from the Inland Revenue, but a bit short of the kind of amenities that keep the rest of us going.

The island is three miles long and a mile wide, with 70-odd residents, one shop, one bar and a small primary school. The nearest Starbucks is probably in Norway. So why the sudden flood of interest from the United States, with 9,000-odd inquiries and more than 90 applications? Go to this web site to find out.
http://www.fairisle.org.uk/property.htm

 

 

"She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13

 

8. KNITTING FOR OTHERS

Warm Woolies

Warm Woolies is a non-profit organization whose volunteers knit warm clothing for poverty-stricken children who would otherwise suffer from cold. Their mission is to provide the very neediest children with wool vests, hats, mittens, and slippers.

In 2005, they are knitting for children living in orphanages in Russia, Kazakhstan, and China, and on tribal reservations in South Dakota. Their goal for 2005 is to knit 1,500 pieces of warm wool clothing for these children!

Many orphanages in Eastern Europe and China are very poorly heated. Some do not have hot

running water. The children share what few warm clothes there are. Often, the felted slippers we send serve as their only shoes.

The Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations in South Dakota have the lowest per capita incomes in the United States. An Indian Country Today article reported that 29% of the people on the Rosebud Reservation are homeless, and 59% live in housing that is substandard. Warm children's clothing is scarce, both because of expense and because the reservations are geographically isolated.

What a difference a warm wool vest, hat, mittens or slippers can make for these children!

They welcome volunteer knitters of all skill levels. More information can be found on their web site.
www.warmwoolies.org

 

 

9. CALENDAR OF EVENTS

JANUARY

1/2 Monday
no meeting due to Holiday
See January 9

1/3 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers' Nest
12133 W. Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, AZ 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

1/9 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
602-840-8400
Program:
Share your Entrelac Samplers and NEW Projects.
Receive additional help/suggestions from Marsha French.
Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 PM
laMadeleine's near 32nd Street on Camelback.

1/10 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers' Nest
12133 W. Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, AZ 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

1/16 Monday
Knitters Knit Night, Fashion Square Food Court
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Area near laMadeleine's
Check with Jackie

1/17 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers' Nest
12133 W. Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, AZ 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

1/21 Saturday
Westminster Village, 1-3 PM
101 and Cactus in Scottsdale
Lunch: Mimi's on Shea, 11:30 AM
RSVP Jackie by Friday

1/24 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers'Nest
12133 W Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, Az 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl

1/27 Friday
It's a Grind Coffee House
Last Friday of the Month, 1-4 PM
Albertson's Shopping Center 1:00 - 4:00 PM
43rd Ave and Bell
Look for Irene Harris from It's A Grind!

1/30 Monday
Knit Together, It's A Grind Coffee House
NOTE: AS OF THIS DATE MEETING CHANGED TO LAST MONDAY OF THE MONTH
Albertson's Shopping Center 6:00 P.M.
43rd Ave and Bell
Check with Regina Esposito.

1/31 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers' Nest
12133 W Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, Az 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

FEBRUARY

2/4 Saturday
Project Linus Blanket Bee
Fountain Hills Community Center
13001 N. La Montana Dr.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Blanket Challenge for February: dogs! Since our last challenge was "cats" we wanted to give equal time to dog lovers! Make a blanket with a dog theme and bring it to the Blanket Bee. If you cannot attend the Blanket Bee and want to make arrangements to have your challenge blanket picked up, please call Judie at 480-837-6323 on or before January 28th.

2/6 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
602-840-8400
Program: TBA
Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 PM
laMadeleine's near 32nd Street on Camelback.

2/7 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers' Nest
12133 W. Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, AZ 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl

2/14 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers' Nest
12133 W. Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, AZ 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl

2/18 Saturday
Westminster Village, 1-3 PM
101 and Cactus in Scottsdale
Lunch: Mimi's on Shea, 11:30 AM
RSVP Jackie by Friday

2/20 Monday
Knitters Knit Night, Fashion Square Food Court
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Area near laMadeleine's
Check with Jackie

2/21 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers'Nest
12133 W. Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, AZ 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl

2/24 Friday
It's a Grind Coffee House
Last Friday of the Month, 1-4 PM
Albertson's Shopping Center 1:00 - 4:00 PM
43rd Ave and Bell
Look for Irene Harris from It's A Grind!

2/27 Monday
Knit Together, It' A Grind Coffee House
Albertson's Shopping Center 6:00 P.M.
43rd Ave and Bell
Check with Regina Esposito.

2/28 Tuesday
Knit Together, 5:30-8:30 pm
Needlers' Nest
12133 W Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, Az 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

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OTHER KNITTING ACTIVITIES AROUND THE VALLEY
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Knitting for the Needy Meeting Dates - 1st Monday of the month and 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 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 website and search under events for times and dates.
stitch-n-bitch-az@cox.net

 

I sometimes wish I were an octopus. Think of all the knitting projects I could work on at one time.

THE END

NOW GO KNIT!