2017 NatCroMo Blog Tour, March 23: CGOA Crochet Conference

A-Glamping We Will Go: 5th Annual National Crochet Month Blog Tour

Welcome to Crochetville’s fifth annual National Crochet Month (NatCroMo) blog tour, taking place each day of March 2017. Join us for a month of virtual glamping (aka glamorous camping), as we visit crochet designers, crochet-friendly local yarn stores, and yarn companies, as well as offer some fun giveaways.

Today’s Posts: Sonya Blackstone | Christa Veenstra | CGOA Crochet Conference | Daily Giveaway

Want to Chat about the Tour?

Part of the fun of glamping is the daily round-up around the campfire, chatting and stitching with friends. We hope you’ll join us in our NatCroMo Facebook group, where we’ll be sharing daily camping recipes, campfire songs about crochet, and so much more! We’d also love to hear about your favorite things you’ve discovered on the tour and see photos of your current crochet projects. You’re invited to join us daily for virtual cocktails/appetizers and dinner. (We’ll be sharing links to some fabulous recipes!)

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Crochet Guild of American Chain Link Conference

Crochetville is very happy to talk about the Crochet Guild of America’s Chain Link conference today, March 23, as one of the featured organizations on our 2017 Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).

Chain Link 2015 | Get Squared Pool Party

Find CGOA Online:

Website: http://www.crochet.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrochetGuildOfAmerica/

Blog: http://cgoanow.blogspot.com/


About Chain Link Conference

CGOA’s Chain Link conference is the absolute best crochet conference you can possibly attend. You will be able to take classes from most of the best nationally-recognized crochet instructors, see the newest and best crochet merchandise on the show floor, take part in fun crochet activities, hang out in the crochet lounge, and make new friends from all over the country and even from across the world.

I’ve attended the conference every year since 2008. Some years, I was there in my position as a board member or as president of CGOA. In more recent years, both Donna and I have been there to run the Crochetville vendor booth and to host some fun evening events.

One of our favorite things about our vendor booth is that we are able to talk to so many conference attendees about their current crochet projects and what they’re doing and enjoying at the conference. We don’t have a chance to take many classes or hang out in the crochet lounge, but visitors to our booth tell us all about them, so we can live vicariously a little bit.

My other favorite thing is to catch up with all my designer and CGOA member friends. It’s the one time each year when we’re all gathered in the same place. We share meals, drinks in the evening, and spend time crocheting whenever we can.

Since the location is being held just outside of Chicago, it’s only a day’s drive for many people. Grab some friends to go with you, plan to share a room, and go on a road trip. A long drive is made much for fun when you have friends to share it with you. Personally, I’ll be driving a 9-foot cargo van full of inventory. I may or may not have a friend to share the ride with me: I’m hoping I can convince Jenny King to fly in and out of Nashville, so I can pick her up on my way and we can spend the next 10 hours catching up on each other’s lives! I have a feeling she’ll prefer to fly straight into Chicago, so I may be looking to pick up a fellow crocheter along my way from Huntsville, AL to Itasca, IL.


Chain Link Lounge

When and Where

July 26-29, 2017

The Westin Chicago Northwest

400 Park Blvd

Itasca, IL 60143

Click here to check out room rates (beginning at $109 per night) and to reserve your room through CGOA’s reservation link. Reserve your room as soon as you know you’ll be able to attend, as the room block generally sells out well before the conference date.

Instructor List

Click here to see a full list of all the wonderful classes being taught by the following instructors:

[one_third]Lily Chin[/one_third]

[one_third]Margaret Hubert[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Susan Lowman[/one_third_last]


[one_third]Linda Dean[/one_third]

[one_third]Jenny King[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Marty Miller[/one_third_last]


[one_third]Edie Eckman[/one_third]

[one_third]Karen Klemp[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Pauline Turner[/one_third_last]


[one_third]Darla Fanton[/one_third]

[one_third]Melissa Leapman[/one_third]

[one_third_last]Myra Wood[/one_third_last]

Chain Link Banquet

Events and Activities

Wednesday, July 26

CGOA Master’s Day, 9 am – 5 pm

CGOA Professional Workshop, 9 am – 4 pm

Classes, 6 pm – 9 pm


Thursday, July 27

Classes, 9 am – noon AND 2 pm – 5 pm

Red Heart Crochet Lounge, 10 am – 6 pm

CGOA Business Meeting, 6:15 pm – 7 pm

Market/Shopping Preview: 7 pm – 9 pm


Friday, July 28

Buddy Breakfast, 7:30 am – 8:50 am

Red Heart Crochet Lounge: 8 am – 5 pm

Classes: 9 am – noon AND 2 pm – 5 pm

Market Floor Open: 10 am – 6 pm

Excellence in Crochet Awards Evening: 6 pm – 7:15 pm


Saturday, July 29

Red Heart Crochet Lounge: 8 am – 5 pm

Classes: 9 am to noon AND 2 pm – 5 pm

Market Floor Open: 10 am – 5 pm

Designer Meet and Greet: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Grand Finale Fashion Show & Banquet: 6:30 pm – 9 pm


Exhibitor List

Crochetville Booth

These great vendors plan on being at the conference. Be sure you plan to stop by the Crochetville booth. We will have 3 booth spaces full of yarn, books, hooks, and so much more! We’ll be the first booth you see as you walk on to the show floor.

2 Guys Yarn Company

Artisanal Yarns



DanDoh Designs

Furls Crochet Hooks

Good Hope Yarns

Leading Men Fiber Arts

Mosaic Yarn Studio

Newton’s Yarn

Shirsty Cat Designs


There is so much fun to be had at the CGOA Chain Link crochet conference. I hope I’ll see you there!

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