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July - August 2006

 


IN THIS ISSUE

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

 

1. COMMENTS FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Dear Fellow CNKG Members and Friends:

It’s officially summer and our guild meetings are a bit more relaxed and casual. July and August “Help at Hand” meetings are a good time to do just that, get or give help. Bring your technique or design questions and the roomful of “experts” -- or so we like to think! -- will offer suggestions and input. It’s a great time to complete scarves and caps for Kelli Donley to take to Mozambique, weave in ends on your Project Linus afghans, or just sit and knit with friends.

If you’re so inclined, it’s definitely not too early to start working on a State Fair (October) submission or an item for the November 11 Old Pueblo Knitters Fashion Show. The latter has been a popular event with CNKG members and we will have a presence this year as well. It’s a great opportunity to renew friendships with our “big sister” guild and admire their incredible handiwork.

We have implemented another great idea - a monthly knit together. At our June meeting, Jackie Taylor circulated a “plan a knit together,” with one spot per month. Ladies, and Larry, we’re fully subscribed, as there’s been a volunteer for each month to plan where and when to meet. Last night was the first one, an evening get together at PV Mall, organized by Betty Jensen, a former member who has rejoined the guild. July promises lots of optional calories and is being organized by Judie Agee. Details will follow.

Thanks to Joan Robbins for agreeing to step in as treasurer upon hearing the news that our dear member, Judy Santini, is planning a move to Idaho. Knitting up north, anyone?

It may be 110 in the shade, but it’s not too hot to knit. We have activities all summer and great plans for the fall with fresh new ideas - along with the oldies but goodies - for programs and altruistic projects. Your input, as always, is welcome.

Happy Knitting,
Francine

 

 

2. WHO’S WHO AT CNKG

Officers:
President - Francine Ebersman
Vice President & Program Chairman - Marsha French
Secretary - Mary Schirtzinger
Treasurer - Joan Robbins

and committee chairmen:
Membership - Jackie Taylor
Altruistic - Cathrine McClure and Jo-Ann Mullen
Newsletter - Lesley Fry

 

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Farewell to Our Friend Judy Santini

Judy and Dave have been married for 15 years and have two children, Taylor 10 and John 9. They have lived in Phoenix for 13 years and before that, they lived in Chicago for 2 years. Judy grew up in New York City in a small rent controlled apartment that her Mom still lives in. They are currently, "stay at home parents". Dave designs orthodontic offices from a home office, and Judy is a disabled anesthesiologist. hey both enjoy spending time with their children and taking care of their many animals - 2 dogs, 2 cats, 12 birds, and a dozen or so fish. They really stay pretty busy.

Have you ever been employed? If so, in what field?
I was an Anesthesiologist. Specifically, a pediatric-neuro anesthesiologist. I did all kinds of cases, but that was my love. I worked mostly at Barrows Neurological and Phoenix Children's hospital. I put babies to sleep and maintained their anesthesia during brain surgeries and some spine surgeries. Many babies went to surgery the day they were born if they were born with spinal bifida and their spinal cords were exposed.

What brought you to Arizona?
While I was in Medical school I did a rotation at the County hospital here in Phoenix. It was the month of November and I remember the warm weather and beautiful sunsets. When I was done with my residency, I wanted to live somewhere where it was warm. I looked in California, but the cost of living was much better here, so I applied for a job with a group here in town. I was the first woman in a group in downtown Phoenix.

How did you find the Cactus Needles Knitting Guild?
I took a class on the west side of town with Kaffe Fassett. While on break, I spoke to a few women and they told me about the guild and handed me a pamphlet. I didn't do anything with it. One day I was looking at The Knitting Guild Association web site, and I came across the CNKG e-mail address and decided to look into it. After e-mailing Jackie a few times, I decided to go to a meeting. I was a bit nervous and it took awhile, but now I feel comfortable with the group.

Have you and do you belong to other knitting guilds?
I have not belonged to any other knitting guilds. I am a member of a sewing guild and a polymer clay guild, but CNKG is by far the friendliest.

What could CNKG learn from your other guild experiences?
I just hope CNKG stays warm and friendly. My sewing guild turned into a mini business with monthly reports and an out of control president. I don't see that happening to our guild, because Francine is president.

Do you have ideas for future programs for CNKG?
If I did, I would have taken the job as vice president!

Who taught you how to knit?
My mother taught me how to knit when I was about 10. I started with a scarf that I worked on little by little. I think I was about 14 when it was done!

What is your first knitting memory?
I don't remember actually learning how to knit. I do remember working on a sweater while I was in high school. It had cables and a celtic design. What possessed me to do it, I have no idea. All I remember is struggling to keep from losing stitches. I still have the sweater, and I can probably find the one mistake I made in it. My mom sewed it together and she had to take in a lot since the sleeves were too wide. I doubt I could still fit into it. When my daughter stops dropping food on her clothes, I may give it to her.

What is your involvement with knitting?
My knitting is mostly a hobby. I am starting to get more involved in the guild and I would like to learn how to teach. Design is another interest I have. So far, I have found patterns that I like, but I think I will try to design a shadow knitted sweater for my son. I enjoy making the blocks for Project Linus, and once I accumulate some yarn, I hope to make a blanket for them.

Who do you knit for?
I mostly knit for my family. I have been doing Project Linus blocks and when I get a stash together, I hope to make a full blanket. I knit a lot for myself, which is unusual for me. Normally, the kids and the husband come first. One day, I hope to complete some of the sweaters. I have two sweaters that are done except they need to be put together. You can't wear them in pieces.

Why do you knit?
I had a car accident when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter. She was fine, but my back wasn't. After 3 back surgeries, I was left in a lot of pain. I went into a chronic pain program. One of the ways to keep my mind off of pain is to keep busy. So, I picked up my knitting needles. My friend was having a baby, so I knitted a cute little sweater. After that, I was hooked. For me it is very meditative. One thing I have to be careful about is knitting for too long. I am in my "Zen" and forget about the pain, but then I stop and realize I have been sitting for too long and then the pain is even worse. I set a timer that reminds me to get up and walk around so that doesn't happen.

What are you knitting now?
I am working on a few projects. I am making an Oriental Jacket and another jacket from Rowan wool in a book that I picked up in New Zealand. I am also doing a needle case out of wool that I need to felt.

How long have you been knitting?
I started knitting when I was 10 and made a few projects in high school, but didn;t have much time in college and medical school to knit. I picked up my needles again about 3 years ago.

How did you learn so much about knitting?
I learned the basics from my mother and then I took a few classes at The Fiber Factory. I have learned a great deal from books and from the guild.

What fibers do you prefer to use?
I haven't worked with too many fibers. I like wool and acrylics. I am working with silk right now and it isn't too bad. Everyone has made me deathly afraid of working with cotton, so I haven't tried it yet, but once I read a bit about it, I may give it a try.

What is your most valuable knitting technique?
I think my most valuable technique is two handed Fair Isle knitting. I love complicated techniques. It keeps my brain from getting cob webs.

What is your favorite pattern (mindless or intense)?
My favorite patterns are intense. I always like challenges and things I can learn from.

Do you have a favorite knit-along pattern for knit togethers or gatherings?
When I am knitting with others, I have to do mindless knitting. I make way too many mistakes otherwise.

Do you have a favorite knitting book or magazine?
I like a book called The Principles of Knitting. Every time I have a question, I can find the answer in that book.

What type of needles do you prefer?
I prefer to use circular needles. I like ones made from all different materials. I guess it depends on the yarn I am using.

What fibers do you absolutely not like?
I don't like frilly yarns. I can't see the stitches and it is hard to pick up a stitch if you lose one.

What is the worst thing you ever knit?
The worst thing I ever knit was a hat. I like it, but my family thinks it looks pretty bad.

What knit item do you wear the most?
I probably have worn a shawl I made most often. It was the first project I was working on when I joined the guild.

What other fiber related activities do you like to do?
I quilt and sew. I am learning how to needle felt, which is a lot of fun. I would really like to learn how to spin, but I don't think I could convince my husband that I need another hobby.

Have you made lasting friendships because of your knitting?
I hope to make some friends through the guild. In a few years I hope to have a friend like Francine' friend "Judy from New Jersey who taught me how to knit".

What else do you do?
My family laughs at how many things I am into. I try to keep myself busy, so I knit, sew, quilt, sculpt, make jewelry, fuse glass, do puzzles, and bake. I also play on the computer sometimes. I try to do all of the above when I am not being a mother, teacher, housekeeper, therapist, and taxi driver, for my husband and kids. My life sure isn't boring.

Future plans & interests?
My husband and I have been trying to find a place that is safer to raise our children. We really wanted to move to New Zealand, but because of my medical problems, they didn't want us. It would be nice to raise our kids in a place where you don't have to worry about them going outside and in a place where they can go to their friends' houses without having a scheduled play date. We are planning to move to Boise, Idaho this summer. Hopefully, it has the qualities we are looking for. Our fingers are crossed that we sell our home here - even St. Joseph is buried in the back yard! We will try almost anything. I will miss you all!

Saying "good bye" is difficult to do, especially since Judy Santini has become such a great friend. We will miss her smile, her courage and her knitting expertise. Above all, Judy is a really nice person and we will miss her. Shall we plan a Knit-Over in Boise?

 

 

3. NEWS TIDBITS

 

A Special Message From Penny

What a bargain !!!! Only twenty-four dollars [$24]....and what do our dues cover?

 

  • Our monthly meeting room expenses
  • Our special programs
  • Our very special friends
  • Our free knitting instructions
  • Our many monthly knit-ins
  • Our very special friends
  • Our National Guild dues
  • Our birthday party
  • Our very special friends
  • Our wonderful newsletter
  • Our Linus Project Meetings and contributions
  • Our very special friends
  • Our fabulous winter holiday party!
  • Our guild holiday awards
  • Our guild charities
  • And, of course, our very special friends!!!!

Mail your check (made out to Cactus Needles Knitting Guild) to me:


Penny Celmins 5034 E. Berneil Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

 

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Mark Your Calendars Now!

Although the meeting schedule for the next two months is included at the end of this newsletter, this is a SPECIAL reminder to take out your calendars NOW and make a note of these normally first Monday of the month meeting dates for the rest of the year. Some have been changed due to holidays.

July 10 - second Monday due to Independence Day Holiday
August 7 - first Monday
September 11 - second Monday due to Labor Day
October 9 - second Monday due to Yom Kippur
November 6 - first Monday
December 4 - no regular meeting - Holiday Party, time and place to be announced later.

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Cherokee Fourth Graders Learn to Knit with help from CNKG Volunteers

 

Imagine facing 110 rambunctious and enthusiastic fourth graders eager to learn to knit. All four classes were introduced to me near the end of April and after the first lesson, I knew they all needed more individual hands on help than I could give them in two hours for the next twenty days.

That is when I put out a call for help to guild members. The only prerequisite was teaching the English method of knitting. Marsha French, MaryLu Metz, Sandi McDonnell, Lesley Fry, Cathrine McClure and Sarah Calvin came to my rescue. To the children's delight, these wonderful teachers found the time to come back several times.

 

As the days went by, the children completed headbands and wristbands and it became obvious that many of them wanted to knit something for Mother's Day. Small change purses, cell phone purses, scarves, and bookmarks began to form before our eyes. The rush was on to get finished.

 

The classes came to an end, but the knitting did not. During the last weeks of school, children could be observed knitting everywhere -- behind the book they were supposed to be reading in class, under the desk while watching a video, knitting on the playground, and knitting in art, physical education and music.

 

Teachers have reported that some of their most difficult children enjoy knitting and have calmed down considerably. They are amazed at the transformation. I am not. It always happens.

I am thankful for the help given by Cactus Needles Knitting Guild Members. This includes members who donated many bags of yarn and needles. Our guild can truthfully say that they have fulfilled one of the most significant purposes in our by-laws and that is to provide education and communication about the world of knitting.

Thank You.

 


Jackie Taylor

 

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Lesley Buys Aran Isle Yarn at the Source


I recently took a trip to Ireland and was lucky enough to get to the Aran Isles. These are photos I took at the largest Aran Isle sweater store on Innishmore, the largest of the three inhabited Islands. Most of them are machine made! When I asked where I could buy yarn, they told me "In Galway. Everyone buys their yarn in Galway." Ha! How dumb did she think I was? Near the center of the Island I found a small store selling handicrafts made by the island's residents and there was a basket with some local yarn in packages of three kilos (which is how many yards?). The saleswoman said there was enough for a sweater larger than the one she was wearing, so I bought a package in a tweedy medium blue color. Eventually you will get to see it in a sweater.

 


A thatched roof house on Innishmore and the new friend I had to leave behind.

 

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Another yarn shop in the East Mesa area?

Rumor has it there is another yarn store in Mesa. I called the phone number on a Tuesday afternoon to get the address but there was no answer . Maybe they haven't opened yet, but the information I have been given is:
The name is Skip One Purl Too.
The owner is Denise Baumberger.
The phone number is 480-539-7353.
Denise's e-mail is Denise@skiponepurltoo.com
There is a web site listed on her business card of www.SkipOnePurlToo.com, but it's not operational yet.

 

Dutch Company in Battle Over Ads on Sheep

A Dutch Internet hotel bookings company said it is doing its best to make the mayor of a small town look sheepish after he threatened a ($60,000) fine if the company doesn't remove advertisements on livestock in his district. Hotels.nl began what it thought was a humorous campaign blanketing sheep with its logo along highways near Amsterdam, Leiden, Groningen and The Hague on April 1.But when mayor Bert Kuiper in the northern town of Skarsterlan noticed the advertisements on sheep in his district, he said they violated a local ordinance against advertising along freeways.

Hotels.nl Chief Executive Miechel Nagel said the company would respond by increasing the number of sheep it uses in Skarsterlan to 60 and changing the statement on their blankets to "Thank You, Mr. Mayor." "Now it's a freedom of speech issue," said Nagel. He added the local economy also was getting a boost as farmers were being paid ($18-$25) per sheep per month to wear the advertisements. Their value as lamb-kebabs is around ($75).

"It's very creative and we're absolutely not cranky about this, but it has been our policy for years that we don't want advertisements along our roads," Kuiper was quoted saying. "What's next, cows and horses?" Kuiper said.

Nagel said Hotels.nl plans to distribute free horse blankets to 700 people in Skarsterlan bearing the company's logo if it loses the case. He estimated that 80 percent of the town would be willing to use the blankets and back the company, rather than the mayor.

The Hotels.nl campaign was conceived up by a company called "Lease-a-Sheep."

 

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Clover now has Knit Lite lighted knitting needles. Truth be told, only the tips on these single-pointed straight needles are illuminated. They come in sizes 6 through 15, each with its own distinct color. Yes, they're a gimmick, but they may come in handy if you knit at the movies or during a nighttime car trip (but see the warning in section five.).

 

 

4. SHOW AND TELL

 

Here's Maggie modeling her new "side-by-side" sweater. She claims she designed it as she went along, but it sure looks like she worked it all out before she even cast on the first stitch. Good job, Mags.

 

5. KNITTING ON THE WEB

Do you like to knit the classics? Really classic? From 1922? Some of these are a hoot! The ones I looked at gave no sizes and I can't tell if they are for an adult or a baby! Enjoy.
http://www.agoodyarn.net/PT_Main.htm

Sent to Lesley by a friend in Australia

If you are having trouble sewing sleeves onto a sweater body, this page is for you. Lots of photos accompany the how-to stuff. http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATspr06TT.html

shared by Francine Ebersman

Here is a web site with lists of tips and helpful articles.
http://www.chicknits.com/tipsarch.shtml

 

shared by Harriet Trobman

Do you knit while in a moving car? Better read this and think about it.
http://www.knittersreview.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58381

If you want to make your own intarsia designs, this page has a free, on-line graph maker. Just plug in your guage numbers, hit the button and print!
http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/KnittersGraph.html

Gobs of patterns for toys!!!!
http://www.bsu.edu/web/jmsutton2/cr/

shared by Maggie Kiehl

For those of you without a ball wainder, here are illustrated directions on how to wind a center pull ball. http://goddess1.typepad.com/i_hide_yarn/2005/06/how_to_wind_a_c.html

shared by Harriet Trobman

Here's a nicely illustrated article on Knitting History 101
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEAThistory101.html

Ever wonder how to repair your knitwear?
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATrepairs101.html

shared by Francine Ebersman

Ever wonder about the 10th century "knitting" term "nalbinding"? Read all about it here:
http://genvieve.net/sca/nalbound-socks.html

Here is a humongous list of knitting links. This will keep you busy for years!
http://www.myhq.com/public/t/w/tweezle/links.html

shared by Maggie Kiehl

 

6. HINTS AND TRIVIA

When knitting with two different yarns, put them in plastic bags to keep them from tangling. Poke a hole in the bottom of the bag and feed the yarn through the hole so it doesn't get caught in the ziplock of the bag.

shared by Barb Hahn

When knitting a baby blanket, dust your hands with baby powder so that the blanket catches the smell.

shared by Barb Hahn

Frogging is an expected part my knitting, I've come to accept it and expect it!!! Sooooo.......I keep a size one or size two circular needle with EACH of my knitting projects........then, when I must rip back several rows, I use the smaller needles, (size one or two) to pick up the stitches and put them back on the needles. It's easier and I don't find myself pulling the yarn out of the "yet to be picked up stitches" They will transfer, or knit, nicely back to the original needle you were working with, with no dropped stitches!

shared by Maggie Kiehl

ORGANIZING HINTS
1) Rather than keeping dozens of knitting magazines, I remove only the picture & directions for those items I would like to make. Toss the magazine & insert the selected future projects into their own sheet protector and keep them in a binder.

2) I pick up a business card from every yarn shop I visit. They are placed in a clear page for business cards (or baseball cards) and keep them in a binder.

3) Plastic buckets (or totes) work great for dividing up your yarn stash, one or more for worsted, one for sock yarn, and one for bulky.

4) Keep all parts and tools of a project together in zippered plastic bags from new sheets, pillowcases or comforters. Ziplock bags work fine too.

5) Try to keep a knitting journal or your completed projects. This can be a large scrapbook or small notebook, it can contain photos or drawings, color or pen. Tape or glue yarn strands used for the project, # sts cast on, size needles used, size of the item, who it was for and the date completed. Remember, this is your knitting memories book.

6) Too much stash? Separate into piles of keeper's, maybe's and no's by asking yourself if you really think you will ever get to use this; which items mean the most to you and what can you "let go".Our knitting group would be happy to receive any yarn for the altruistic projects, so you know they would find a good home. Or, if there is enough of one yarn to make something, you can bring it to the Holiday Party for the yarn swap.

 

shared by Betty Jensen

 

 

7. THE BOOK NOOK

Inspired Cable Knits
by Fiona Ellis
$35.00 hardcover, 144 pages.

With names like Putting Down Roots, Ripples in Time and Beach Combing, this collection of 20 creative designs for sweaters, hats, scarves and shawls draws its inspiration from nature. Her cable patterns are swerving, soaring and sinuous. Knitters who are looking for a new take on traditional stitches will enjoy these artistic cable-knit projects, which include directions and explanations of how each design evolved, whether it's a cable to look like the bark of a tree or the twists and turns you take in life.

Her sweater patterns are feminine and graceful, she knits them in unexpected colors, and sometimes adds bits of lace. They range from intermediate to advanced in skill. Each pattern is prefaced by words of how life and nature inspired each design and concluded by words of knitting mindfulness, a beautiful flowing circle. Patterns are both charted and written out.

Knitting Rules! : The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks
by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
$12.95

Meet Stephanie and get your copy autographed. See details in the calendar for July 26.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee just might be the most likeable knitter in print today. She's really one of us. She's knowledgeable. She's never afraid to admit when she screws up and laugh about it. And she's there to pass us a soothing beverage when it's our turn to cry. She knows what it's like to be surrounded by non-knitters who don't get it. Did I mention that she is hysterical? She'll keep you in stitches while you drop them from laughing so hard!

Going beyond her usual witticisms, this time Stephanie shares her knitting tricks with us, too. You know the stuff you'd want to call your personal knittng guru about at 2 A.M., but don't want to get yelled at for waking him or her up? Like just how wide should a man's scarf be? Do I have enough yarn for ______? How do I turn this cache of alpaca into a circular shawl without having a word-for-word pattern?

There's tons more. Years of knitting experience is condensed into charts and how-tos. Stephanie gives you short cuts but she'll also tell you when they won't cut it. The book won't yell at you at 2 am when you need an answer. In fact, this book would pull up a chair with you and keep you company.

 

 

8. JUST FOR FUN

 


Knit Motorcycle

This knit motorcycle was exhibited at the Gorgia Museum of Art recently. For more "masculine" items knit by this crafty female, Therea Honeywell, go to http://flickr.com/photos/extremecraft/sets/72057594113179598/ You can click on the photos there to see larger viiews.

 


Tank Wrapped in Pink Knitting

A knitted, pink tank from the Danish Army. Part of an art exhibition and created by Marianne Joergensen plus appr 1000 volunteer knitters from around the world who knit the squares 15 x 15 cm which Ms. Joergensen then stitched onto the tank. Now, if we could only get all the world's armies to do this, maybe there would finally be world peace.

 

 

9. KNITTING FOR OTHERS

 

 

Over 300,000 Sweaters and Still Counting...

Knit for Kids is a volunteer effort that connects individuals from all over the world through Guideposts. Knit for Kids creates a caring bond between people from many walks of life who send in beautifully knitted or crocheted sweaters and the thousands of children in need who receive their gifts.

HOW IT BEGAN
What began as a story about a Guideposts editor’s heartfelt reminiscence about her childhood has grown into a global movement that has donated more than 300,000 sweaters to needy children all over the world.

In March, 1996 when that story about knitting sweaters for refugee children appeared, it prompted a stream of letters from readers wanting to know how they could help. Hundreds requested patterns and those who couldn’t knit, donated yarn or sent contributions to help fund the project. Before long, handmade sweaters started to pour in and boxes began to stack up.

Now, as they enter our 10th year of Knit for Kids, Guideposts receives a steady stream of sweaters - nearly 4,000 per month! When the packages arrive at the Carmel office, the sweaters are counted and repacked into larger boxes, which are then sent all over the world.

Guideposts has partnered with many leading organizations including, World Vision and Feed the Children to clothe needy children here in America and around the world in places like Romania, Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Kosovo to name a few. The joy that Knit for Kids creates for the children who receive their sweaters is immeasurable, as is the joy experienced by the caring people who knit them.

Guideposts, founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, is not a religious organization but is committed to communicating positive faith-filled principles for people everywhere to use in successful daily living.

http://www.dailyguideposts.com/help/knitforkids.asp

 

 

10. CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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.

ALL EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
July

7/3
MEETING POSTPONED TO NEXT WEEK
due to July 4th holiday.

7/10 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: HELP AT HAND - NAME of our SUMMER MEETINGS
Stuck on a Knitting Problem?
An informal opportunity to bring your comments and questions to the rest of the "experts" in the room.
Help is at hand and at no charge. That's a deal!

Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 PM
la Madeleine near 32nd Street on Camelback

LAST COLLECTION FOR CHILDREN IN MOZAMBIQUE

7/11
Tuesday, Knit Together Needlers' Nest
5:30-8:30 pm
12133 W. Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, AZ 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

7/14
Friday, "Your Own Knitting Event"
The Sugar Bowl in downtown Scottsdale
11:30 a.m.
Judie Agee - Sponsor
Meet Judie at the Sugar Bowl for an afternoon of knitting.
While you are there enjoy lunch or dessert or both!
RSVP Judie no later than Thursday, 7/13
judie.agee@fastq.com

7/15
Saturday, Happy Hookers, Westminster Village
CANCELED FOR JULY AND AUGUST - will resume September 16

7/17
Monday, Knitters Knit Night, Fashion Square Food Court
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Center area of Food Court near la Madeleine
Check with Jackie.

7/24
Monday, Knit Together, Mountainview Coffee Company
6:00 P.M.
Albertson's Shopping Center
43rd Ave and Bell
Glendale
Check with Regina Esposito

7/25
Tuesday Knit Together, Needlers' Nest
5:30-8:30 pm
12133 W Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, Az 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

7/26
Wednesday, Book Signing at Fiber Factory, 6 - 8 p.m.
Meet Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, author of KNITTING RULES
Other books by Sephanie Pearl-McPhee:
AT KNIT END, YARN HARLOT
Also published in Cast On, Spin Off and Interweave Knits
Book Signing Event is sponsored by Changing Hands and Fiber Factory

AUGUST

8/7
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: HELP AT HAND
Stuck on a Knitting Problem? Bring your knitting questions and find
a guild member to help you at NO CHARGE!! Now that's a deal.

Dinner for Hungry Knitters - 5 PM
la Madeleine near 32nd Street on Camelback.

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

8/12
Saturday, Blanket Bee with Judie Agee
9 am - 4 pm
Fountain Hills Community Center
13001 N. La Montana Dr., Fountain Hills
Please bring a sack lunch.
Soft drinks, bottled water and coffee will be provided.

8/19
Saturday, HAPPY HOOKERS, 1-3 p.m.
Canceled for August - will resume September 16
8/21 Monday, Knitters Knit Night, Fashion Square Food Court
5:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Center area of Food Court near la Madeleine
Check with Jackie.

8/22
Tuesday Knit Together, Needlers' Nest
5:30-8:30 pm
12133 W Bell Rd # 102
Surprise, Az 85374
phone # 623 583 4411
Check with Maggie Kiehl.

8/28
Monday, Knit Together, Mountainview Coffee Company
6:00 P.M.
Albertson's Shopping Center
43rd Ave and Bell, Glendale
Check with Regina Esposito

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OTHER KNITTING ACTIVITIES AROUND THE VALLEY

Knitting for the Needy
Meeting Dates: 1st Monday of the month, 3rd Wednesday of the month.
1 -3 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale Senior Center
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 Time: 2:00 P.M.
Location: Borders Books, Tempe, 699 S. Mill Avenue
Park below in parking garage.
Free parking on Sunday.
Knitting group meets near Cafe Espresso in store.
Knitters of all persuasions and skill levels. Get together to gap, compare projects and swap patterns.

Stitch n' Bitch
Meeting Dates: vary month to month
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 P.M.
Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe
Log onto web site and search under events for times and dates.
Changing Hands Bookstore
or write to stitch-n-bitch-az@cox.net

 

Submitted by Jackie Taylor

 

 

 

Jackie's students think knitting is neat!

NOW GO KNIT!