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March 24: A Tour through Crochet Country

You’ve arrived at A Tour Through Crochet Country! During March 2013, Crochetville is hosting a daily designer blog tour in celebration of National Crochet Month. Each day, we visit the blogs of one or two crochet designers, who share something with us — a free crochet pattern or tutorial, a peek into their studio or a-day-in-the-life, a coupon code, or something else special. Join us each day for a new surprise!

On our 24th day of A Tour through Crochet Country, we’re visiting Bonnie Barker and March Smith for CGOA.

Today’s Stop 1: Visit Bonnie Barker

Bonnie Barker is a budding crochet designer whose patterns have been published by Leisure Arts, Coats & Clark, Caron International, and Crochet World Magazine. She is also a CYCA Certified Instructor.  I’m so glad I had the chance to meet Bonnie last year at CGOA Chain Link 2012 in Manchester. She is an inspiring woman and homeschooling mother of five. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education and teaches music in her home.

Bonnie’s Holiday Cables Throw has beautiful textures and a gorgeous border!

Holiday Cables Throw

Holiday Cables Throw
Available free on RedHeart.com

 

Bonnie’s Rose Diamond Stole also has rich texture, and looks warm and cozy.

Rose Diamond Stole

Rose Diamond Stole
Published in Crochet World, December 2011

 

Today’s Stop 2: Visit Marcy Smith for CGOA

Marcy Smith is editor of Interweave Crochet and a new member of the CGOA Board of Directors. Today she is writing for the CGOA Now! blog about how great the CGOA conferences are! I hope you’ll be able to join us for CGOA Chain Link in Indianapolis or Charlotte this year.

See You Again Tomorrow!

I hope you enjoyed today’s stops visiting with Bonnie and Marcy for CGOA. Please come join us again tomorrow when we’ll visit with Kim Guzman and Susan Huxley.

Remember Project Night Night & CGOA

Project Night NightWe would love your support for our blog tour charity, Project Night Night, which donates comforting nighttime packages to homeless children. You can help by making and sending new crocheted blankets (50” x 60” or smaller) and/or making a financial donation. If you contribute, won’t you please use our form to help us keep a blog-tour tally?

Crochet Guild of America (CGOA)Our blog tour is also promoting another non-profit, the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). All designers participating in the tour are Professional or Associate Professional members of the CGOA. If you’re not a member yet, there are so many reasons to join!

Our Little Giveaway: Autographed Pattern Postcard

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: Does cheery or dreary weather affect your crochet habits? For example: Do you find yourself more inspired on sunny days? Do you use crochet as a pick-me-up during inclement weather?

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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