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Blog Tour Through Crochet Country

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blessings to those of you who observe Easter and Passover!

Do you love to crochet? Can’t get enough? Do you say, “Just one more row?” even though your eyes are bleary and it’s way past your bedtime? I hope you have shouted about your love of crochet from the rooftops this month during the annual National Crochet Month. 



I am the founder of The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) www.crochet.org , a Past President and a Professional member. I have just celebrated five years of blogging and am delighted to have been invited by Amy & Donna over at Crochetville www.crochetville.com to participate in this blog tour to celebrate! 








CGOA started National Crochet Week back in 1998 as a promotional effort to celebrate our beloved craft and to let others know about the guild.  Its popularity has grown exponentially. It is now a whole month long and we call it National Crochet Month. Now many other associated groups have jumped on the bandwagon and have found creative ways to celebrate crochet and have fun with other crocheters. There’s so much to celebrate!
As CGOA prepares to celebrate its 20th Anniversary in 2014, my thoughts have turned to the  history of the organization. From humble beginnings, it has grown, thrived and set a high standard for serving the needs of people who are passionate about crochet. With that said, I have prepared a Narrative History of CGOA and placed it here on the blog in a page: http://crochetqueen-royalramblings.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html   Read it at your leisure; it’s long so skim through it to see, some never-before-seen photos that are sure to bring back fond memories!

I’m very excited to announce that the manuscript for my newest book, The Fine Art of Crochet – Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists, has been submitted to the publisher. I expect it to be on sale by June 2013. No book like this that focuses on crochet as art has been published before, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed bringing you 20 fascinating stories about 20 amazing artists! I have written about crochet art and artists for the past twenty years and I will continue to feature crochet art on my blog, as well as post updates as the book goes through its publishing journey. Please follow its progress at  gwenblakleykinsler.weebly.com and click to follow on my blog. I'd love to have you as a follower.

My latest pattern, Gwyneth Cable Cowl, is just finished and I am happy to offer it to you at a 20% discount for TWO DAYS only at my Ravelry store. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gwyneth-cable-cowl Use the coupon code 13NATCROMO AND The offer ends on April 2 at midnight. 

To work independently and at home as a designer has both its joys and its challenges. One tip that I offer up to anyone thinking of becoming a designer is that you must be organized! My goal is to become 100% paperless in the near future. By doing so, it is critical that I organize my documents so that they are readily available and labeled logically. Only you, the designer, can know what “logical” means, but the key is to set a standard and stick to it. Here is a peek into my studio where it all happens; and I must admit, hard as I try, it is still sometimes organized chaos
Yarn stored in chest and computer central
Yarn Stash


Printer/Scanner and files full of designs and design inspiration
My collection of approx. 300 crochet books



The comfy spot where most of my
crocheting is done











 During this month-long Tour of Crochet Country. www.crochetville.com  I personally have enjoyed checking in each day and reading about my fellow designers. I think I can speak for my colleague, Karen Ballard, http://www.threadwinder.info/ when I say that we are pleased to be included in the Tour and to be featured as it comes to an end. If you checked in after the tour started or didn’t have time to visit each blog, it is not too late. Check this list and visit the designer’s blogs often. We always have crochet goodness to share with you!  http://crochetville.com/a-tour-through-crochet-country-natcromo-blog-tour/

Thank you so much to Marcy Smith, Editor of Interweave Crochet magazine who gave my Crochet Anonymous video on YouTube a shout on on her tour day, March 24. If you missed it, it is always clickable from my blog here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egkseJR-DGQ
We designers on the tour voted to support Project Night Night as our charity of choice. 
www.projectnightnight.org  This organization provides Night Night packages free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-teen who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. We hope you will check out this wonderful charity and consider making a donation.

I hope you have enjoyed the blog tour and will click to follow my blog and come back to visit often! I also hope to see you at the 2013 Chain Link Crochet Conference in Indianapolis, IN where I will be teaching five crochet classes. Click here for photos of what I will be teaching http://crochetqueen-royalramblings.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-deed-is-done.html  and here to register for the conference: http://www.knitandcrochetshow.com/summer-classes.asp?i6s1

Comments

Ann Le Roy said…
I enjoyed reading your blog! Now I will be off to crochet something.
Wow, the book sounds amazing! I can't wait to see it in real life.
Anonymous said…
Gwen, I am inspired to begin my crochet adventure. Thanks for all your visual encouragement and sense of humor. :-) Sheila

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