March 2014


Stitchin’ Times


Publication of the Cactus Needles Knitting Guild

March 2014


   Letter from the President

What a wonderfully giving group Cactus Needles Knitting Guild is! Over the last few months we have given hats to Children’s Hospital, booties, hats and sweaters to Arizona Helping Hands, sent scarves to The Red Scarf Project, and donated blankets to Linus! Now we have a new project thanks to the efforts of Francine and Jo-Ann…The Centennial Group Blanket Project. See the article in this newsletter or contact Francine or Jo-Ann for more information.

Guild members are giving in other ways too. We have had some wonderful programs this year because of our members who share their talents through the program at our meetings. We have learned relaxing exercises for knitters, found out about the Master Knitter Program, had a Brioche knitting lesson and learned how to stream line a pattern through the use of 3 x 5 cards.

March is the month when we start the process of electing the officers for our next year that begins in July 2014. Dawn Goetz is heading up the Nominating Committee for this year. If you are contacted by a member of that committee please be open to the opportunity to help our guild grow and be successful. If you are new and are interested in holding a position within the Guild please let Dawn or me know. There are many ways to share your talents!

Thanks for everything you are doing to make Cactus Needles Knitting Guild such a wonderful organization!!

Happy Knitting





The Pragmatic Knitter:

Outlaw Knitting  

This is not an article about subversive yarn bombing, underground yarn storming, guerilla knitting, Kniffiti, urban knitting, or graffiti/street knitting activities.

It is an article regarding copywriting and how it applies to the knitter.

 For the full article, click here.




What is a Wallaby?

In a short word it's a Hoody!  It’s a hooded sweater that's a lot of fun to knit. If you like to knit in the round, this is the project for you.

You like fair isle? Try it on this without steeks! You like stripes? Get rid of that stash yarn!  Want to try intarsia?  Pouch of wallaby &/or hood are ready! You got a BIG guy? You got a tiny girl? This pattern will accommodate.

If there is enough interest, the Guild will have a program on the basics of knitting the Wallaby presented by Regina Esposito, Wallaby knitter extraordiare in May. Whether you want to learn from scratch, sharpen your skills or lend a helping hand to help someone else learn, we need your feedback.

Please reach out to Regina Esposito (information in the membership directory) if you are interested in participating and need her to purchase a pattern for you.




Did you know that during the Second World War the Office of Censorship banned people from posting knitting patterns abroad in case they contained coded messages? Talk about knitting secrets!

To learn more about this and other knitting trivia, click here.

 Thanks, Lesley!


Program Highlights 

In February, Mali presented instructions on Brioche knitting. This is a technique that uses a combination of stitches to create a thick double-sided garment. This technique can use either one or two different color yarns for diversity. Mali, thanks for the informative presentation!

The March meeting featured Marsha French explaining how she takes any project regardless of the difficulty and turns it in to a take a long project.

She has an “index card” secret that makes any pattern easier to read. Take each row of a pattern and write it on an index card then takes all the index cards and put them together on a binder ring. You can easily flip the cards when you have finished a row. This also helps keep track of which row you are on in the event that you forget to use a row counter. 

If the card system is a little overwhelming to you another way to follow the pattern easier is to take a copy of the graph; using different colored pencils of highlighters color code the graph. This will make the pattern stand out more and make the graph easier to read.

Thanks Marsha for sharing your card system with us! We all enjoyed the program and look forward to knitting on those more difficult patterns.

Be sure to join us in April when Velvet will be presenting a program on the Mobius Knitting technique. 



 The Award Blanket Yarn Has Arrived!

Our closets are stocked with lots of yarn in southwestern colors and Arizona team colors.  Please join in this campaign to knit large blankets for Project Linus. The original idea was for each blanket to be knit by a team -- but if you prefer to go solo, that's ok too.

Each group-- or individual-- is encouraged to create designs or to use the basic patterns that will be available on our website.

Each blanket should measure at least 40" X 60" and be completed in 3 months.

Please contact Francine (febersman@cox.net) or Jo-Ann (jmullen2@aol.com) when you're ready to take a yarn kit. The yarn is high quality acrylic and it makes a great summer knitting project.





Upcoming Events

April 7 – CNKG Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM*

April 21 – A Second Look Knit-Together – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

May 5 – CNKG Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM*

Mary 19 –  A Second Look Knit-Together – 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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

Don’t forget to Host Your Own Knit Together! Refer to the “Latest News” under “Members Only” for a list of available months.