NatCroMo 2015, March 30: Kate Steinke, CGOA

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National Crochet Month:

Welcome to Crochetville’s third annual Designer Blog Tour, taking place all throughout March 2015 in celebration of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Each day on our blog, you will find 1) in-depth profile posts for two crochet designers, with a link to their blogs so you can see what specials (free patterns, discount coupon codes, tutorials, etc.) they may be offering for NatCroMo, 2) a daily giveaway post with entries open from 8:00 AM CST to 8:00 AM CST the following day, and 3) during the last week of the month, daily posts from a Crochet Guild of America board member. Join us each day for a new surprise!

Today’s Posts: Kristin Omdahl, Styled by Kristin | Mary Jane Hall, Positively Crochet! | Daily Giveaway | Kate Steinke, CGOA Board of Directors | Halos of Hope Hat Collection | Complete Designer Schedule


Kate Steinke, CGOA Board Liaison for the Communication and PR Committee, Chair of the Hospitality and Chapter Development Committees

Crochetville is very proud to have Kate Steinke, also known online as The Crochet Engineer, with us today, March 30, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).



About Kate:

Kate does a lot within the crochet industry. You may know her as a crochet designer, instructor, tech editor, historian, career coach, cheerleader or even as a self-appointed ambassador for crochet.

Kate loves absolutely everything related to crochet except for weaving in her ends!  She believes in the power of crochet to solve all sorts of different problems from “What should I wear to my friend’s wedding?” to “How can we bring this community together?” and “What am I going to do with all these old VHS tapes?”

In addition to her work with the Buddy Program for the last four years, Kate has taught hundreds of women and four men (whom she lovingly calls her Bro-cheters), to crochet at her local yarn shop, Yarn Tree Studio in Raleigh, NC.   Through her work as an instructor, she strives to present new techniques and challenging projects to her surrounding community.  She started both the Off the Hook Chapter of CGOA in Durham, NC as well as the Friday Night Hooker Club held at the yarn shop every first and third Friday of the month.

When not completely consumed by crochet, she also thoroughly enjoys spending time with her husband Mark and their 2 young children, including homeschooling, taking adventure hikes, and finding every lost Lego piece with her bare feet!


Two of Kate’s Designs:

Mod Baby Blanket, FREE pattern on the Yarnspirations website

“Bright bold rainbow motifs in a mod baby blanket layout.”

Victorian Ornaments Afghan Available for FREE on the Yarnspirations website

“A pattern of elegant vintage-style ornaments gives beautiful, old fashioned style to this stunning afghan that is sure to become a favorite holiday accent.”

Why She’s a Member of CGOA:

For the community!  Crocheters come from every walk of life, each with their own unique background and experiences.  It is an amazing experience to be able to bring together such a varied population together with just a shared passion for a little stick with a hook and the end of it and some string!


CGOA Conference Story:

I have so many stories!  Most, however, are due to my being a complete crochet groupie!  I love meeting the designers, editors, authors, and bloggers that I see on the web and in the magazines so much, that on more than one occasion, I have made a complete idiot of myself either gushing over someone to themselves without knowing it or making a very unique gasping sound when I meet someone new.  It’s pretty embarrassing, but I hope I will always keep my enthusiasm.



Why She’s Serving on the Board of Directors:

I chose to serve on the board so that I could try to expand our community,  continue to bring us together through local chapters, events, and our online presence, as well as highlighting some of the amazing accomplishments that are being made by our members.


Visit CGOA Now!—The CGOA Blog:

Please pay a visit to CGOA Now!, the Crochet Guild of America’s blog. For each of the next seven days, one of the seven board members will write a very special post about the organization and/or crochet. We hope you’ll get to know more about the organization and that you’ll consider becoming a member.

Members get fabulous discounts at the annual conference, which will be held this year from July 22-25 in the beautiful San Diego, California at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center. Click here to learn more about the crochet classes and other special events coming up at this year’s conference.

Donna and I will both be at the conference. We’d love to see you there!

Visit Kate’s CGOA Blog Post


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