May 2011


Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Meeting – May 2, 2011
In Attendance:
Velvet Dishon                         Francine Ebersman                  Regina Esposito                     
Lesley Fry                               Sue Garber                              Dawn Goetz
Georgia Green                         Sandy Grunow                        Barb Hahn
Joanna Irvine                           Harriet Lawrence                    Cathrine McClure
Jo-Ann Mullen                        Darlene Ong                            Liz Rees                                 
Mary Schirtzinger                   Donna Sherrill                         Betty Smith
Lisa Spaich                              Martie Warden                       



The meeting was called to order at 6:30pm by Barb Hahn.
Marty welcomed one visitor, Janine May. We have seven May birthdays – Carole Byrne, Bev Walker, Sandi McDonald, Sandy Grunow, Martie Warden, Donna Sherrill and Erika Verley. There are no new members. 
It was decided that Jo-Ann Mullen would send an email to all members before each month with a list of birthdays for that month so that members who choose to can acknowledge a birthday.
Secretary’s Report
Regina made a motion, seconded by Jo-Ann to approve the minutes as amended.
Committee/Chair Reports
Altruistic – Velvet Dishon & Cathrine McClure: Cathrine reported that Dawn is collecting our knitted goods for Japan. We continue to knit for the Navajo project. If you have patterns to share, send them to Cara who will have them posted to CNKG’s Altruistic site. Don’t hesitate to contact someone else in the Guild if you need help. Navajo goods are due before October. We have pictures from last year with the children wearing the sweaters we knit, but they have not been posted to our site as yet. Project Linus is accepting blankets for teens that will be sent to Japan.  In the Fall we will be knitting Special Olympic scarves in blue and red for the 2012 Special Olympics.
We talked about having instructional knit-togethers where Guild members with specific skills will teach others who wish to learn a new skill. Please email Velvet or Cathrine with any ideas you have. Regina suggested that we could incorporate what we knit at these knit-togethers into squares for altruistic projects. Georgia suggested that we have a skills inventory of members and offered to work with Cathrine to prepare a database. 
Treasurer’s Report – Lisa Spaich: Lisa reported that she has received 3 membership renewals for 2011/2012. Our current balance is $2,920.09. The next fiscal year begins in July, therefore dues are due by the end of June.
Old Business
Knit-togethers -- Barbara Avrin, Hillary Guberman and Carolina Martinez will host a knit-together on May 14 at 1:00pm at Barbara’s home in Gold Canyon. Please RSVP to Barbara Avrin.
Monthly Knit-togethers:   Regina said that the monthly knit-together at Walden Books at Bell Rd. & 3rd was very successful. There was plenty of food available in close proximity to Walden Books. The next one is Tuesday, May 10, 6:00pm to closing. Harriet spoke with Knit Happens on Indian School, just East of Hayden, and they would be very happy to have us come there to knit. They are open until 9:00pm. The best day would be Thursday. Cathrine checked with Paradise Bakery on Tatum and Shea and we can meet on their patio. They are open until 9:00pm, but would appreciate a phone call ahead of time. 
Everyone agreed that it would be nice to have knit-togethers on different days of the week and in different parts of the Valley.
Southwest Trading Co. has relocated from Tempe to Deer Valley, north of Rose Garden off  I17. We could have a knit-together there. Georgia and Francine visited and said we can tour the warehouse and they will show us yarn samples. They are trying to set up something in June.
New Business
When you send something to Jane to post to the CNKG calendar, please compose what you want posted so that she can cut and paste it exactly as written. Also, please give her contact information.
Program –– Liz Rees
Liz passed out two charts, one to use for Intarsia knitting and one for Fair Isle. Using the first chart, Liz gave us instructions on how to do Intarsia knitting. At the next meeting she will show us how to do Fair Isle.
Show and Share followed the meeting.
Submitted by
Harriet Lawrence, Secretary