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Need Help with Crochet? Join the CGOA?

Crochet Guild of AmericaNo matter your level of crochet, you can always learn more. A great organization for that is the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). Complete with an online discussion group, in-person conventions, and free patterns, the CGOA offers some great membership perks.

The 2016 CGOA convention will be held this year in South Carolina. I’ve had the opportunity to attend one of these annual events and it was great! Picture several days of nothing but crochet classes, get-togethers, yarn shopping, and of course friendship! It was an awesome event and I highly recommend everyone attends the convention at least once.

As part of your membership, you get a subscription to Crochet! magazine, discounts from many different retailers, free patterns just for members, and much more. Many areas even have local guilds for in-person meetings. There are also several committees to volunteer with.

So if you would like to join a great community, National Crochet Month is the perfect time to join the CGOA!

Announcing the Craftsy Blogger Awards 2013!

Hi everyone. I have a completely self-serving favor to ask from my readership. This October, Craftsy will celebrate creative bloggers who have inspired their readership with the first ever
Craftsy Blogger Awards.

So now on to the self-serving favor. If you have enjoyed reading my blog, I would ask that you consider nominating me for a Craftsy Blogger Award.

This is something that would mean a lot to me. If you like my blog, enjoy reading it, and have learned something from me, please nominate me and consider passing along the nomination form to others.

Fingers crossed and thank you!

National Crochet Month Blog Tour – My Turn

As I mentioned in a post in February, Crochetville’s Amy Shelton organized a great blog tour. Each day one (and in some cases two) crochet artists, designers, and enthusiasts do a post specifically to celebrate crochet. I decided to share a free pattern with all of you – a kitchen scrubbie.

Crochet Kitchen Scrubbie

crochet kitchen scrubbieAnyone who does dishes by hand knows that a little texture to go along with elbow grease goes a long way! Well, this kitchen scrubbie will certainly help get your dishes clean.

Yarn: Lily Sugar & Cream
Hook: Size “H” hook (5.00mm)

Foundation: Ch 10, join with sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: *Ch 5, sc in ring,* rep from * to * 35 times total.
Round 2: *Sc in next ch 5 loop, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 7 dc in same ch 5 loop (for a total of 8 dc), rep from * to * around all ch 5 loops, join with sl st to base of original ch 3.
Finishing: Ch 12, sl st at base to form a ring as a hanger, weave in ends.

Abbreviations:
ch: chain
sl st: slip stitch
rep: repeat
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet

I know many people who also use these as shower puffs. The best part is that you can just throw them in the washing machine to bring them back to life.

I hope you enjoy this pattern as well as reading all the other posts! Tomorrow is Joy Prescott and Donna Childs. I hope you will also consider signing up to receive my newsletter that is sent out once or twice a month. Finally, if you love crochet as much as those of us participating in the blog tour do, please consider joining the Crochet Guild of America. It is a wonderful organization!

All Aboard for the Crochet Tour!

March is National Crochet Month and a real treat has been planned thanks to Amy Shelton of Crochetville. She has organized A Tour through Crochet Country during the entire month! Each day one (or on some days two) crochet bloggers will have a special post just for National Crochet Month.

List of Stops Along the Tour

Click on any designer’s name to go directly to their blog.

March 1 Jenny King Shelby Allaho
March 2 Ellen Gormley Nancy Nehring
March 3
Phyllis Serbes Mona Muhammad
March 4
Amy O’Neill Houck Akua Hope
March 5
Mary Jane Hall Lindsey Stephens
March 6
Edie Eckman Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
March 7
Jennifer Cirka Annette Stewart
March 8
Andrea Graciarena LeAnna Lyons
March 9
Dawn Cogger Angela Whisnant
March 10
Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten Renee Rodgers
March 11 Joy Prescott Donna Childs
March 12 Pam Daley Deb Burger
March 13 Tammy Hildebrand Marty Miller
March 14 Jocelyn Sass
March 15 Andee Graves
March 16 Laurinda Reddig
March 17 Brenda Bourg
March 18 Rhonda Davis
March 19 Julie Oparka
March 20
April Garwood
March 21
Alaina Klug
March 22
Erin Boland
March 23
Margaret Hubert
March 24
Bonnie Barker
March 25
Kim Guzman Susan Huxley
March 26
Susan Lowman
March 27
Marie Segares
March 28
Kathy White
March 29
Amy Shelton Donna Hulka
March 30
Linda Dean
March 31
Karen C K Ballard Gwen Blakley-Kinsler

A special way to participate

Those of us who are participating have also decided to support a charity during this special month. Project Night Night is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children. Each package consists of a new sturdy tote bag with a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal. These comfort objects help to reduce the trauma of homelessness for the children served by Project Night Night. Both the handmade blankets and stuffed animals provide the children with objects of love and security.

You can help Project Night Night by making and sending in a new crocheted blankets (50” x 60” or smaller) and/or making a financial donations. I hope you will consider supporting this organization as part of our celebration of crochet.

So I hope you will hop on the train for the tour and enjoy all these wonderful artists, designers, and bloggers have to say! And if you would like, please spread the word to other crocheters. All aboard!

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Now Contributing to AllFreeCrochet.com

I have some exciting news to share! I am now a Contributor for AllFreeCrochet.com. For those of you not familiar, AllFreeCrochet.com is a huge community of bloggers, designers, and other stitching professionals who all work to share their love of crochet with their readership.

AllFreeCrochet.com’s parent company, Prime Publishing, is a member of The National Needle Arts Association and The Craft and Hobby Association. You can check out my profile page to see my latest articles and patterns. Currently, I have two patterns online – an adorable baby pumpkin hat, and a kitchen scrubbie. I hope you will check in from time to time to see what is new on the site.

All About…About.com

Over the years I have tried to share useful websites and other interesting fiber-art-related information. Well today I have an announcement I am very excited to share. I am now an official contributor to the crochet section of About.com!

For those of you not familiar with About.com, they provide great information on a wide variety of topics – including crochet and knitting. The crochet guide for About.com is Amy Solovay and I am excited and humbled she has asked me to be a part of such a great source of information for crocheters of all levels.

My two latest articles review two different bamboo crochet hooks: the ChiaoGoo bamboo crochet hook and the Clover Takumi bamboo crochet hook.

I hope you will check out all About.com has to offer and I look forward to hearing your feedback on my articles!

Knitting Daily Goes High-Tech

knitting dailyThis week, Interweave announced that Knitting Daily, has officially gone high-tech! The magazine now has an official app that can be found at the Apple Store. It is available for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch. The app will also work on the iPad.

This new (and free!) app will allow loyal Knitting Daily readers the option to access their great web content remotely. The app includes knitting lessons, tips, knitting and interviews. It keeps you full of knitting goodness!

“We are excited to have yet another platform that brings our dynamic content to life. The iPhone application allows us to bring knitting enthusiasts a unique combination of editorial content and video,” said Senior Vice President and Publisher John Bolton. “It’s a whole new way to experience Knitting Daily.”

You can also look up knitting terms and has options for sharing favorite items on Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail.

Sadly, I do not have an iPhone or iPod Touch, so I can’t check it out first-hand. If you do and decide to download it, make sure to share your thoughts!

New Crochet Pattern on Knitpicks

KnitPicks spring basketweave crochet scarfI am happy to announce my latest pattern is now available for purchase on Knitpicks! This is a basketweave scarf that just says spring! The scarf is made using Comfy Worsted Yarn in a new color called Honey Dew. The flowers are made in the same yarn using Peony. The flowers are attached using yellow thread for a little contrast.

I have always loved the basketweave pattern and I thought it was just great for a spring scarf…it makes me think of an Easter basket!

I really enjoyed developing this pattern and I know you will enjoy making it!