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March 11: A Tour through Crochet Country–National Crochet Month 2013

Crochetville is sponsoring  A Tour through Crochet Country in honor of National Crochet Month 2013. On Day 11, we’re going to visit Joy Prescott and Donna Childs.

Today’s Stop 1: Visit Joy Prescott

If you have been crocheting for a long time, you’re probably familiar with the name Joy Prescott. Since 1980 she has designed and published over 100 crochet patterns in national crochet and craft magazines. Not only is she a crochet designer, she is a fiber artist with a fiber arts certification from the University of Washington. Joy’s work has been featured in various online exhibitions: a freeform crochet purse titled Moonlit Night in a post-Picasso exhibition and several freeform crochet art scares with the ScarfCrazy Yahoo group, just to name a couple. Joy has taught crochet classes and workshops for the Crochet Guild of Puget Sound and at the CGOA national Chain Link conference in 2004.

I love Christmas ornaments, especially hand-made ornaments. The pattern for these beautiful ornament covers first appeared in the Winter 1997 edition of Crochet Digest Magazine. However, you’re in luck! It’s now available as a free download. (You’ll need to create a free account at this site run by Annie’s in order to download the pattern.)

Elegant Ornaments--National Crochet Month

Elegant Ornaments
Free Download at free-crochet.com

I love this bright, cheery sweater! It makes me think of the coming of spring, when you might still need a sweater on chilly evenings. CGOA members, did you realize you have access to the digital back issues of this magazine as part of your membership benefits? So if you don’t have a hard copy, you can go to the Crochet! magazine website to access your digital issue.

Spring Green Sweater-National Crochet Month

Spring Green Sweater
CrochetI magazine, May 2009

 

 

Today’s Stop 2: Visit Donna Childs

Donna Childs may be a teens services librarian by day, but she’s a fabulous crochet and knit designer by night. She has self-published a number of designs. She has also had a number of designs published by NaturallyCaron and Coats & Clark, as well as in Crochet World , Crochet Today , and Interweave Crochet magazines. She also had a pattern featured in the book The Best of Interweave Crochet.

I love amigurumi. I love cats. I especially love black cats since we rescued one after the April 27, 2011 tornado that devastated much of my county. I may just have to make this cute little cat in honor of my special baby boy, Bean.

Lola: The Cat's Pajamas--National Crochet Month

Lola: The Cat’s Pajamas
Available on Ravelry

I love this bright sweater. I just wish I had a little girl to make it for, as I don’t think it’s quite going to fit my college-age daughter!

Rainbow Sweater

Rainbow Sweater
from Vickie Howell for Caron

Remember Project Night Night!

Don’t forget to think about lending your support to Project Night Night. Whether you choose to spend the month making a blanket or two for a homeless child or make a financial donation, we appreciate any support you can give to this worthy organization.

After you send in your donations, don’t forget to update our NatCroMo charity total spreadsheet. We think it will be fun to see just how much love and caring “the power of the hook” can send to the homeless children supported by Project Night Night.

You can find all the details on how to make donations and how to add those donations to our group totals in our main A Tour through Crochet Country post.

Remember CGOA during National Crochet Month

If you’re not yet a member of the Crochet Guild of America, won’t you consider joining? Whether you are a crochet hobbyist or a professional, as a member of the organization you can have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping keep the art of crochet alive for future generations. Dues are only $35 a year!

If you can’t find a local chapter near you, we will be starting a cyber-chapter for Crochetville after I return from Stitches South, so probably sometime in April. When we start the cyber-chapter, I’ll be sure to post here on the blog. Subscribe to our blog RSS feed so you won’t miss the update!

Good-Bye Until Tomorrow

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Joy and Donna. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Pam Daley and Deb Burger.

Visit Pam Daley Visit Deb Burger

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

Today’s giveaway entries are closed. Winners: Congratulations to Rebecca Bisbing and Becky Calderman!

Each day of A Tour Through Crochet Country, we’ll be giving away two promo postcards, one to each of two winners. These are only available at our 2013 consumer show booths, and will be autographed by both of us, Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka, co-owners of Crochetville! The postcard includes Amy Shelton’s exclusive X Marks the Spot scarf pattern.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this question: Describe what your perfect crochet conference or retreat would look like.

The fine print: Must be 13 or older to enter. Entries must be received by 12:00 midnight Pacific time on the date of this post. Winners will be selected by random drawing and notified by email the following day. Void where prohibited by law.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005203537470 Facebook User

    Wow, I’m honored to be featured on the tour this month! Check out my blog for a free amigurumi pattern in honor of March (Hint: in like a lion, out like a lamb…). Thanks for letting me be a part of this!–Donna Childs

  • Keri 500miles2nowhere

    Your link for today’s stop two (the blue oval) is going to the Christmas Ornament pattern. FYI.

    Thank you so much for the tour! Having a really great time finding new crochet designers and learning new things. :) What a wonderful way to celebrate NatCroMo!

    Perfect Conference or retreat – Have only attended one conference. It was really great. So much access to wonderful people. Retreat – Time. Just lots of time and laughter and educational opportunities.

    • Crochetville

      Thank you for the compliments and for letting us know about the incorrect link! We’ve fixed it now.

  • Cheryl Thoms

    Love the Christmas Ornaments…

    I really cannot describe my perfect conference except to say I would love one where I could take classes with Amy, Drew E, Doris Chan etc
    I’m not asking for much ;-)

  • Ann Le Roy

    Enjoying the tour!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bugbec2 Becky Calderman

    There is a camp d in southern Illinois that draws me to my inner most peaceful place. It is a Lake Sallateeska Baptist Church near Pinckeyville, IL…

    It has a wonderful atmosphere where individual inspirations impacted

  • http://www.facebook.com/rebecca.bisbing Rebecca Bisbing

    I have yet to attend a crochet conference or retreat. But what I would love to see at one would be free mini-presentations by crochet designers and experts in an open situation where you could drop in or leave according to your schedule and interest.
    Also classes, get-togethers with designers, and of course plenty of lovely yarn to feel and buy.

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  • Collette

    If I were at a crochet conference, I’d love to be able to come and go between the presentations as I wished. I’d love the part where you’d get to meet the presenters personally! We all hear so much about them, the reality would be great!