March is National Crochet Month

I recently joined the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). Why?

There are several reasons. One is that I’ve wanted to for a while, but I assumed the dues would be out of my price range. I found out that isn’t so. It’s $35USD a year for individuals.

A second has to do with plans I have for the near future. I want to teach some classes at a local store and I thought it would look better for me to be a CGOA member. (I also discovered they have a certified instructor program that would be good to do too.)

Third is I’m really interested in some of the events coming up. For example, they have a conference in July. I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to go or not, but it’s good to know. The website is also why/how I discovered March is National Crochet Month.

With all this, if you’re a crocheter, you might be interested in membership benefits. From the welcome email:

CGOA membership offers great inspiration and connection with other crochet enthusiasts as well as the following member benefits:

  • Annual free subscription to Crochet! Magazine
  • CGOA Member newsletter “Chain Link”
  • Bi-monthly eNewsletter
  • FREE Patterns
  • Quarterly Crochet-A-Longs
  • Educational Opportunities:

– Discount on Craft Yarn Councils’ Certified Instructor Program

– Discount on Master of Advanced Stitches and Techniques programs

  • Access to a teacher contact list for CGOA chapter workshops
  • Networking

– Join or start a CGOA chapter to connect locally – there’s even a cyber chapter

– Volunteer for one of the many committee opportunities

  • CGOA Annual Conference benefits:

– Class discounts

– Free entry into the Marketplace

– Meet top teachers in the field of crochet

– Members free or reduced rates on ticketed events

– Members-only Design Competition

– Attend Professional Development courses

There are some other benefits, but instead of showing everything here, click the link above to go to the website.

A Tale of Two Shawls

Two shawls, one in jade green on top of one in gray and mint greenIt’s no secret I like yarn. (And beads, ink, paper, stationery, etc.)

I don’t usually have more than one crochet or knit project going at once, but, well… I do now. You can see part of both of them in the picture here. Here’s how they came about.

Yesterday, I had an appointment. I didn’t know how long (or even if) I would have to wait. I didn’t take anything to work on. That’s unusual for me. I bought some yarn (Lion Brand Mandala in Echo Caves) and a size J/10 5.75mm hook. (Now I have a spare J hook since I gave my other spare away.) I started what is known as the “Virus Shawl.” It works up fast and is pretty no matter what type or color of yarn you use. (Here’s a link to the pattern’s Ravelry page if you’re interested. It’s easier than it looks. The hardest part is counting to 10.)

Then today I got to go to a JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts (the closest one to me is at Sooner Mall in Norman, Oklahoma). I shopped there a little while my mom and brother were with my niece to get her eyes checked and get new glasses. I had taken my new project with us and worked on it on the way up, but I left it in the pickup (it wouldn’t fit in my purse). Instead of going out to the pickup to get it–you guessed it!–I bought yarn and a crochet hook. This time, the yarn was Lion Brand’s Shawl in a Cake in the color Jade Pool. I bought a size K/10.5 6.50mm hook (now I have a spare of that one, which I didn’t before).

With this yarn, I’m making a variation of this shawl. I’m using the same weight of yarn (3, light) but a different hook. The pattern calls for a size M/N, which I used in the first shawl, but I wanted to experiment with the different size this time around. This shawl also works up quickly.

Since I started the first shawl yesterday, I will finish it before I continue working on the second one. I love the colors of both of them. I find them soothing and inspiring at the same time. It’s interesting how it’s possible to create something from, basically, nothing in a relatively short period of time.

What are you currently working on? Do you have more than one project going at a time?

Happy creating!