Publication of the Cactus Needles Knitting Guild
Letter from the President
Dear Fellow CNKG Members,
I can’t believe it’s already September; fall is rapidly approaching – at least on the calendar, if not in temperature. Football season is finally here, and before we know it, it will be the holiday season!
Speaking of the holidays, our Holiday Party Committee is working on planning another fun gathering for us – I can’t wait to find out what they come up with this year! As always, we will be collecting blankets for Project Linus at the party. I am looking forward to seeing another huge pile of blankets ready to be donated.
As the weather gets cooler (I’m sure it will, eventually), it seems easier to get excited about knitting larger projects like blankets. After having recently completed a Double Ten Stitch blanket, I know I’m anxious to do another one – it will be great football knitting. My goal is to have at least one done in time to be donated at the holiday party.
I’d like to challenge everyone to set some knitting goals – you decide what is right for you – learning new techniques, contributing more to altruistic efforts, knitting holiday gifts for friends and family – the sky’s the limit! I went on record here with mine – who’ll join me?
Stitch n’ Pitch 2012
By: Francine Ebersman
Kristen Leetz joined the Diamondbacks recently and brought her expertise and the enthusiasm from the
As soon as we heard about the date, our guild jumped on the chance to participate. We had a prime spot to meet new friends and potential members and share our business cards and shop cards. In addition, we had a giveaway: glitzy yarn that had been donated to the guild which we labeled with our logo.
Best of all was the great display for our blanket. All day people admired it, including Donna Sherrill’s daughter who I assumed was fibbing, or at least mistaken, when her friend declared “I know someone who knit one of those squares.” So much for my
Other highlights included a group of crocheters who insisted on being photographed with our afghan and a young man who made a short video on his cell phone so his fiancée could pick exactly what giveaway yarn should be hers. He scooted off with a ball or two of pink yarn!
Numerous people signed up to get to know us better and two new friends attended our next guild meeting in August.
Thanks to all our CNKG volunteers for lugging and chatting and setting up and cleaning up and doing everything else to make it a great day. And for those of us who were too busy to focus on the game, the Diamondbacks beat the Mets 6-3!
Kristen Leetz is already planning for next year to be bigger and better and bring more “vendors” and attendees to the event. We’re already looking forward to it…
The Psychology of Color
By: Martie Warden
If you missed it…we had a very interesting guest speaker at our August meeting. Colleen East from Conjoined Creations in Cave Creek put together a wonderful PowerPoint presentation titled “The Psychology of Color.” The presentation examined how different colors affect us and how color is used every day to influence what we buy and how we feel about products and services. Colleen’s presentation also highlighted the presence of different colors in nature and why some colors cause us to use caution. Thanks Colleen your presentation was great. Also a big thank you to Jennifer Wujcik’s husband, he was our tech guy for the evening!
What is on the program calendar for next month? We are going to discussing the Cactus Needles Knitting Guild website. How to update your profile, were to find information about up-coming meetings, and who to notify of problems and more. If you have any questions about the website you would like addressed please send them to me by September 8 at email@example.com.
Those of us who are members of the Knitting Guild of America (TKGA) opened our August/September edition of Cast On magazine to find an article highlighting our Centennial Blanket.
You can get more information on the blanket by going to "Centennial Blanket" link on our website. You can view pictures of the website and learn the history of the design and a list of all of the contributors. It is the most significant project I have participated in my six years as a member of CNKG.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of this project and for all of your contributions to the our Guild. You are truly appreciated.
Barb Hahn, Editor
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Contributed by: Judie Agee
DISHCLOTH DIVAS UNITE!
By Jackie Awerman
I don’t know how it happened but it’s the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the dishcloth truth: I’m devoted to knitting dishcloths. I might call them other names--dollhouse rugs, afghan squares, washcloths, drink rugs, nursery mopsies—but a dishcloth by any other name is still a dishcloth. I love ‘em. The world loves ‘em.
Any time that I need a quick gift, I knit up a stack of dishcloths, tie the stack with some pretty ribbon (or left-over yarns) and abracadabra! Gifted!
Dishcloths are capable of conveying thanks, love, care, sympathy (you had how many people over and did the dishes until what time in the am??) and relax, take-it-easy—gimme a dishcloth. Yes, dishcloths evoke all kinds of positive emotions from the simplest delight that you made these for ME! to the complexities of a new romance. Hear that, Cousin Cookie! MAKE DISHCLOTHS!
I think that it’s downright amazing that you can get all of this emotional swag from a couple of hours of needle clicking, yarn swinging fun. Your family, blood or choice, will adore you. Your mother will be extremely impressed that finally, at last and after all of these years, you learned to give PRACTICAL GIFTS! Of course, your mother will not have read my secret instructions for turning 4 dishcloths into a bikini! Don’t ask.
But there’s even MORE going on with dishcloths. Let me tell you a handful of knitted dishcloth secrets.
Secret #1. There’s no rule about how many dishcloths constitute a stack. Just know that a stack is more than one. So you are in charge. Think pancake stacks in your favorite pancake palace: short stack, long stack and stack attack! You decide.
Secret #2. You can’t kill a dishcloth. You can throw it, jump on it, smack it around, vent! vent! vent! A dishcloth will still be there, ready for next move, your deepest dishcloth need. Yes, a good dishcloth is impervious to mood swings as well as hot and cold water and high temperature dryers. A dishcloth is about forever, amen.
Secret #3. No one, not even you-know-who-makes-you-a-teensy-bit-jealous has too many dishcloths. Some might be showing off in the kitchen, a few might make it as substitute hot pads on Momma Sandi’s heirloom dining room table; and then there are the ones you threw in the diaper bag, just in case. Oops! I forgot the ones in the laundry and the bath and the golf cart…
Secret #4. A stack of dishcloths will not break the budget, force you to sell shares of stock or get a third job to make the yarn budget. If you need a third job to fund your yarn stash, you’re already in trouble and you just can’t blame it on dishcloths. Then again, if you make them 24 x7…awe, forget it; it ain’t the dishcloths. In fact, they just might SAVE you. The pun is intended!
Secret #5. The best dishcloth is a simple one is a knitted one is an easy one! There are a bazillion dishcloth patterns out there. You can find them on the web, in dishcloth books and as project sheet freebies in most craft stores. Some of the patterns are so complicated that you might as well resign yourself to starting a dishcloth of the year club. I am advocating that you don’t get caught up in the Six Cable Wonder or the
So, here is my all time favorite dishcloth pattern. It calls for cotton yarn. Pretty dishcloth PLEASE use one hundred percent cotton. Be kind to yourself and stick with worsted weight yarn. Go crazy with color, not with pattern. Just knit ‘em, friend. Just knit ‘em. Then dishcloth the world!
Jackie’s Favorite Dishcloth Pattern
1 skein of 100% cotton yarn such as Lily Original Sugar & Cream
Size 9 or 10 knitting needles
About 7 stitches equal 2 inches but it’s not all that important in dishcloth knitting
What to do:
Starting at a corner, cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 3 rows.
Row 4: K2, yarn over, knit to end.
Repeat Row 4 until the side edges measure about 10 inches, ending with 48 stitches on the needle.
Next Row: Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of the row.
Repeat this row until there are 3 stitches left.
Knit 3 rows.
Last Row: Knit 2 together, knit 1. Bind off.
That’s it! That’s one. And now, with the NEXT ball of yarn…repeat until!
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September 10 – CNKG Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM*
Spetember 17 – Fry's Marketplace knit-together – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
October 1 – CNKG Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
October 15 – Fry's Marketplace knit-together – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
*Dinner for Hungry Knitters – 5:00 Streets of
Don’t forget to Host your Own Knit Together! Refer to the “Latest News” under “Members Only” for a list of available months. Enjoy the pictures from our events from the last couple of months!
UNTIL WE KNIT AGAIN!!