Monday, February 3, 2014

CGOA Celebrates 20 Years: Part 1 Book Review: Today's Crochet

February 3, 2014


Today’s Crochet – Sweaters from the Crochet Guild of America by Susan Huxley


Today's Crochet: Cover Design by Jenny King
Because I believe that this book is just as useful today as it was in 2003, I’ve wanted to write a review of it for some time. This is the first of a series of blog posts that I will be doing in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of CGOA. I want to look back into the history of the organization and bring to you an update on “Where are they now?” about some of the important contributing volunteers who’ve shaped our organization and made sure that it endures.

A timeless classic, this book was published in 2003 in cooperation with Martingale who so graciously worked with CGOA member and author, Susan Huxley to bring together the best CGOA designers to create this book for the 10th Anniversary of CGOA. 

Crochet Guild President at the time, Tosca Mark, said in the forward: “The Crochet Guild of America dedicates this book to the memory of our forebears, who diligently preserved their handiwork. It is our hope that this book will help others experience and learn new ways to use their skills.”

Tapping into the vast talent within the ranks of CGOA, Martingale, Susan and the CGOA board chose the finalists from hundred of design submissions, creating a book full of garments that have stood the test of time and are still relevant “today.” “The book is a celebration of creativity and community because it is being released on the cusp of the tenth anniversary of CGOA.” 

With this book, the tenth anniversary celebration committee wanted to give back to members, not only to those who attend conferences; but also to dedicated crocheters in the far-reaching corners of our membership. Included among the designers are members who you can get a chance to meet at one of the many conferences they attend: Jenny King, Delma Myers, Willena Nanton and Kathleen Stuart. Susan Huxley often teaches at our conferences.

Here’s a sneak peek inside and I’m sure you’ll want to make several in the fashion color of the season with the latest new yarns.

Casual Chic by Nancy Brown, Past President of CGOA
Northern Lights by Delma Myers, past Nominations Chair
and CGOA Historian
Short & Sweet by Joy Prescott, member of Puget Sound Chapter of CGOA
 The “Back to Basics” section at the end of the book is extensive with very clear stitch illustrations as well as great information such as joining garment pieces, blocking shapes and checking gauge. There is a section on hooks with a lovely photograph that includes some vintage hooks and the “Yarn Guide” will help you choose current yarns for your projects.

Today’s Crochet, is available at Amazon and adding this collectible volume to your crochet library is a great way to celebrate CGOA!

Susan Huxley lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and is a community activist. She curates fiber art shows; and has launched "Chase the Chill," Volunteers crochet and knit scarves which are used to yarn bomb and viewers in need are invited to take one to chase the chill! Friend her on Facebook.

Nancy Brown lives near Seattle, Washington and is a prolific designer with hundreds of crochet and knit patterns available online.

Delma Myers lives in Anchorage, Alaska and she has attended every Chain Link crochet conference since the first one in 1994. This is no mean feat!

Jenny King lives in Australia and  is a frequent and popular crochet teacher at CGOA conferences. You can learn more about her on her website.

Do you have a fond memory of the early days of CGOA?  I’d love have your comments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have this book and really enjoy it. A lot of different classic shapes and techniques that make it a good investment for a crocheter.