National Crochet Month: “A Tour through Crochet Country” Preliminary Info

A Tour through Crochet Country

EDIT: Please see our February 28, 2013 post for the most up-to-date information about the tour.

Amy and Donna are so glad you have chosen to join Crochetville for A Tour through Crochet Country in honor of National Crochet Month 2013. You will have the opportunity to visit with 44 of your favorite crochet designers this month, with scheduled stops to see one or two designers per day.

What Will You Get?

Each designer will have something special and unique to share with you this month. You might get a behind-the-scenes tour of a design studio. You might get a sneak peek into a designer’s creative design process. Perhaps you’ll see a free crochet pattern waiting for you to download or a stitch or special technique tutorial.

This tour is our way of saying thank you to crocheters everywhere for supporting the crochet community with your purchases of individual  patterns, books, magazines, crochet hooks and tools, yarn, and thread. We hope you enjoy what we have to share with you this month!

Scroll down to the bottom for a list of all participating designers and links to their blogs/websites.

Charity of the Month: Project Night Night

We’ve also selected a very special charity to support this month: Project Night Night, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children. Each package consists of a new sturdy tote bag with a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal. These comfort objects help to reduce the trauma of homelessness for the children served by Project Night Night. Both the handmade blankets and stuffed animals provide the children with objects of love and security.

You can help Project Night Night by making and sending in a new crocheted blankets (50” x 60” or smaller) and/or making a financial donations.

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Donation Totals:

Blankets: _______

Financial Donations: $________


Crochet Guild of America

All designers participating in the tour are Professional or Associate Professional members of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA). CGOA offers two national conferences each year with an extensive list of crochet classes, an annual Design Competition, and a Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques program. Hundreds of local chapters around the country provide crocheters additional opportunities to learn about crochet and advance their skills. Other member benefits include a subscription to Crochet! magazine, a private email discussion group for members, discounts to online retailers, and classes at our Chain Link conferences. Please consider joining the organization and help us in our mission to advance the art of crochet and continue crochet skills into the next generation.

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List of Stops Along the Tour

Click on any designer’s name to go directly to their blog.

While you are invited to visit any site at any time, a designer’s post created specifically for A Tour through Crochet Country will not be posted until his or her scheduled date.

March 1 Jenny King Shelby Allaho
March 2 Ellen Gormley Nancy Nehring
March 3 Phyllis Serbes Mona Muhammad
March 4 Amy O’Neill Houck Akua Hope
March 5 Mary Jane Hall Lindsey Stephens
March 6 Edie Eckman Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
March 7 Jennifer Cirka Annette Stewart
March 8 Andrea Graciarena LeAnna Lyons
March 9 Dawn Cogger Angela Whisnant
March 10 Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten Renee Rodgers
March 11 Joy Prescott Donna Childs
March 12 Pam Daley Deb Burger
March 13 Tammy Hildebrand Marty Miller
March 14 Jocelyn Sass Jennifer E Ryan
March 15 Andee Graves Kimberly McAlindin
March 16 Laurinda Reddig
March 17 Brenda Bourg
March 18 Rhonda Davis
March 19 Julie Oparka
March 20 April Garwood
March 21 Alaina Klug
March 22 Erin Boland
March 23 Margaret Hubert
March 24 Bonnie Barker
March 25 Kim Guzman Susan Huxley
March 26 Susan Lowman Michele Maks
March 27 Marie Segares Brenda Stratton
March 28 Kathy White Lori Carlson
March 29 Amy Shelton Donna Hulka
March 30 Linda Dean Kristin Dragos
March 31 Karen C K Ballard Gwen Blakley-Kinsler


Share With Us

Have you enjoyed A Tour through Crochet Country? We’d love to hear your opinions on the tour and any suggestions you have for making next year’s tour even better.

You can share your thoughts with us several ways:

1. Leave a comment on this post.

2. Leave a comment on the discussion thread at the Crochetville forum. LINK TO BE ADDED SOON

3. Leave a comment on Crochetville’s Facebook page.


Help Promote the Tour

Let’s get a lot of attention for National Crochet Month in 2013 by starting early to promote A Tour through Crochet Country. Would you like to help us publicize this event? We’d truly appreciate your help. Pick one or more of the following ways to promote the blog tour:

1. Post a link to this post on your Facebook page.

2. Post a link to this post on Twitter.

3. Post a link to this post and talk about the tour on your blog.

4. Do steps 1-3 for the discussion thread on Crochetville. Click here for link.

Thanks for everything you can do to help spread the word! Wouldn’t it be cool if we could somehow reach all of the 1.7 million crocheting households in the United States? If you’re going to dream, dream big, I say!

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