April 2013


Stitchin’ Times


Publication of the Cactus Needles Knitting Guild

May 2013




   Letter from the Editor

 In April, I stepped in for Martie to host the program. I decided to keep it light-hearted and we did a Spring Cleaning theme. Everyone brought in their gently-used crafting treasures to exchange for with fellow knitters.

As we go into the next fiscal year, we have yet to have anyone accept the position of Vice President. The VP is also the program designer. In the interim, a few of us will be coordinating programs for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

We need your help. What kind of programs would you like to see? What would you like to learn?

Is there something that you would like to share? We have a lot of talented people in this group and would love for you to spend a half an hour sharing a technique that can help us hone our craft.

Please send any ideas to: newsletter@cactusneedlesknittingguild.com.

Thanks so much to everyone for your support. Without it, there would be no CNKG!!

Barb Hahn, Editor




Local Learning

By: Regina Esposito

On April 13, 2013, Southwest Trading Company hosted a workshop, Cast Ons for Shawl Knitters. by Melissa Deutsch Scott.

We learned three (3) cast Ons that will get our shawls off to the right start. There were two cast ons to learn for a circular shawl, Emily Ocker's crochet loop method & Belly Button, temporarily open center method.

The third was a top-down cast on.  This one is a provisional cast on BUT with a NEW (for me) idea making this cast on much easier to do.

I highly recommend attending any workshop given by Melissa.  She' a world class facilitator.  I had trouble with Emily Ocker's method & she practically held my  hand (crochet hook & all) through the process.

I urge you to visit soysilk.com to sign up for newsletters. Melissa may be back before we know it. I hope she'll do workshop for shawl bind- offs.  



To the uniformed, knitting is a hobby for those of us of a certain age with nothing better to do. We know better! Knitting enhances everything we do and is not just for bored grandmothers.

I came across an website (craftgossip.com) that has addresses this topic - Knitting: Not just for Stay-at-Home Moms. The sight also has a couple of other articles you might find of interest, such as"

Finishing: four common problems with our knits. . .

What's the right way for a man to wear a scarf?

A story about men knitting that is not hysterical.

If you can put down your knitting long enough, click here to view the website.



Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/29/4806818/younger-knitters-are-in-it-for.html#storylink=cpy 






 "Really, all you need to become a good knitter are wool, needles, hands, and slightly below-average intelligence. Of course, superior intelligence, such as yours and mine, is an advantage." ~Elizabeth Zimmerman


Stitch n Pitch 2013


The Cactus Needles Knitting Guild had more fun than the Diamondbacks on Saturday April 13th --Stitch -n- Pitch evening at Chase Field.  While the D'backs lost to the LA Dodgers, the Guild had an opportunity to gain exposure, reach out to potential members and  strengthen our ties to Project Linus. 

 Francine, Harriet and Jo-Ann shared responsibilities for the CNKG table on the upper concourse where Stich -n- and Pitch tables were located.  Of the six tables there, three represented Project Linus, one was for an individual displaying her wares and attempting to increase Facebook likes, one was from Downtown Phoenix and we were the other.  Downtown Phoenix's thrust was signing up members for a downtown yarn bombing to be scheduled for October.

 Other Cactus Needles Knitting Guild members were present.  Just look for Stitch-n-Pitch totebags at the next Guild meeting and see who was there.



 The Pragmatic Knitter:  Online Yarn Shopping

by Georgia K. Green

This month we address a very pragmatic topic indeed:  Shopping for and purchasing yarn online.  More and more of us, and more and more of our purchases, are online today and are projected to continue …

This is emphatically not an endorsement of online purchases over supporting your local yarn store and should not be taken as such. It is rather a recognition of the reality that e-commerce coexists in the yarn marketplace today with more traditional bricks-and-mortar shops.  In fact, this coexistence is more closely intertwined than many of us are aware; for example, the successful Reno, NV, "local" yarn store Jimmy Beans Wool reports that just 15% of its sales occur in the shop, while 85% come via the online web site.

To permit a reasonable comparison across a variety of web sites, we will shop for a popular yarn in a quantity required by a pattern that many knitters have on their needles now:

·         Our yarn is Cascade 220 (from which more than 100,000 projects have been made and posted to Ravelry.com).

 ·         Our project (in which we will join over 12,000 other knitters) is the February Lady Sweater by Pamela Wynne in Size 44, which requires 1,150 yards for completion, or six (6) skeins.

 The web sites we will visit are:

·         DBNY

·         Jimmy Beans Wool 

·         Knit Picks 

·         Loopy Ewe 

·         WEBS 

·         Yarn Market 

Click here to read the article






Upcoming Events



May 20 – Fry's Marketplace knit-together – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

June 3 – CNKG Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM* 

June 8 – Worldwide Knit in Public Day 

June 17 – Fry's Marketplace knit-together – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


*Dinner for Hungry Knitters – 5:00 Streets of New York.


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