What a great meeting! Monica MacFarland was the mastermind behind the Needle Tasting. At the morning meeting we started with 40 women sitting in front of paper plates. The plates were full of yarn and needles. We had 1.5 minutes to check out the needles then pass them on. We passed the plate to the person to our left. There were 49 plates in all. Even though there were not 49 participants it still worked out. There were knitting needles of all types and we each had a needle rating sheet with a number and a description on them. There were circular needles with the beginnings of hats on them. There were double pointed needles with a premie hat already started on them. There were cotton dishcloths started with straight needles attached. All we knitters had to do was knit. No purling. There were needles made of metal, wood or plastic. All of the circular needles were a size US 6 with a 3.5 or 4 inches needle attached to a cord of some sort. Kim Kulasa was the time keeper. Lynn McCown, Monica and Kim donated all of the different needles that were used. Monica had started all 49 projects. The hats had all of the ribbing done. It was quite a great feat. I’ve never heard so much praise for a meeting before. I liked it so much that I came back for the evening meeting. There were only 14 of us for that meeting but Monica and her husband Andy had figured out another arrangement. They had 3 long tables set up. Table #1 had the circular needles. Table #2 had the double pointed knitting needles. Table #3 had the straight needles. We all sat at table #1 passing the plates every minute and a half until we had tasted every needle. Then we moved to table #2, then table #3. We completed it all in an hourlong time frame. Andy was the time keeper at the evening meeting. We could grade the needles using the needle rating sheet with all of the descriptions. You could put a star or a smiley face next to the ones you liked or mark on the paper the ones you didn’t like and why. These papers were for you to use. No one else was going to be the judge of the needles you tasted. You could decide which style of needle you preferred. I thought it was an excellent exercise. Monica also gave us a pattern to make a hat. Kudos to Monica for one of the best DKG meetings ever.
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