Friday, March 09, 2007

Cactus Needles Knitting Guild

"A song a day keeps the blues away." (Edward Hays in Chasing Joy: Musings on Life in a Bittersweet World)

Immediately after arriving in Phoenix on Monday night, I went with my mother to the Cactus Needles Knitting Guild, where she was the program presenter on the topic of "Knitting with beads." That's here teaching a bunch of knitters how to use a crochet hook to knit with beads, so you don't have to string them all on your yarn. She also showed a bunch of lovely things she has made with beads. You can see them all at her blog. Her presentation was great (but then she is a retired teacher, so I'm not surprised).

The Guild is like a Stitch 'n' Bitch meeting--about 20 women (and one man!) sitting around knitting while talking and learning about knitting. They had a show-and-tell where members could show what they were knitting or had finished. They did charity knitting as a group. And one woman brought a bunch of old knitting magazines in that she was getting rid of, and I scored a bunch from the 60s. We went out to dinner beforehand and the women were really nice.

I don't belong to the Knitting Guild Association (which is a national organization) but I probably should. Membership is $27 and includes a magazine, online patterns and classes. The local chapter, the Windy City Knitting Guild, looks pretty active from its website.

Do any of you belong to the Guild, Stitch 'n' Bitch groups, or similar craft coffee klatchs?

P.S. A correction from a few posts ago: I did not knit the Jesus and Last Supper. Just posted to the photo to show you the pattern was available.

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