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CGOA Celebrates 20 Years ~ Part 5: Commemorative Hooks

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I am not a hook collector, per se, but I sure do love special crochet hooks: antique, whimsical and commemorative. I have quite a few that I treasure and I am a member of the CGOA Hooks Collectors' Group. Over the years, I have purchased my share of the Commemorative Hooks that the collectors' group finds and offers each year. They are available at our annual Chain Link Crochet Conference.

Here's a look a the CGOA Commemorative hooks that I have in my collection:

2001-Turn of the Century, turned Brazilian tulipwood: size I
2003-Celtic Swan Forge, forged brass: size D
2004-Craft Designs for You, aluminum/acrylic, size F
2007-Dodo's Designs, teak, size I
2008-Brainsbarn, chakle kok, cloissonne bead, size I
2012-Knitting Glass Guy, glass, size J
For a look at the entire collection of CGOA Commemorative Hooks which started in 2001, go to the very informative website of Nancy Nehring.

I keep my special hooks in a basket in my studio and enjoy looking at them every single day.

My special hooks collection
There are two hooks in the basket that are super special to me:

Prin dressed in crochet
You can see "Prin" front and center in the basket because she is so big (9 1/2 inches tall). She was a gift from Noreen Crone-Findlay and she was meant to travel with me on crochet adventures. Above you see Prin at the lastManchester, NH conference (2012) and someone decked her out in crochet! She is meant to be a "hook/doll" so yes, she needs clothes! Noreen also gifted me another precious hook, "The Queen."

Queen Hook by Noreen Crone Findlay
I treasure both of these hooks from an expert wood carver!

I was gifted this lovely box of wooden turned crochet hooks when I ended my first term as President of CGOA. It is so very special to me because it was an honor to lead the group as President in its formative years!

Many crocheters debate the benefits of spending money to join CGOA. Can you see why I believe the intangible benefits, true and loving crochet friends, are unquestionably worth the $35.00 yearly membership fee which hasn't changed in 20 years!

I am super-excited about the Hook Collectors' Group selection of the 20th anniversary commemorative hook for 2014. They worked very hard, led by Andrea Lyn Van Benschoten to find a hook that incorporated the official colors of 20th anniversaries: emerald green, white and platinum. What do you think of this year's choice?

2014-Sharkey's, wood with emerald gem, size I
This year's commemorative hook is completely hand made and carved by Jim at Sharkey's and it will be avaialble to registered participants at the Chain Link 2014 conference only.


Victoria said…
Since it's hand made and emerald green I love this !
Victoria T

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