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Hooks to Heal: Participants Wanted for a New Health Survey!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014




Kathryn Vercillo well known as the #crochetblogger at Crochet Concupiscense is fast becoming the expert when it comes to the health benefits of crochet as she studies to become a psychologist. Her book Crochet Saved My Life has been reviewed positively across many media site. If you happened to miss it, I hope you will look back and read my review.


Kathryn has now launched a new crochet health survey  to study how crochet heals people. This is a 27-question survery (mostly multiple choice) designed to gather detailed information about the physical and mental health issues that are helped through crochet work and to what degree the craft is helpful.

In her book Kathryn shares her own story of crocheting to heal from chronic depression. She also interviews two dozen other women who share their stories of hooking to heal. In addition, she aggregates the available research into crafting to heal.
Several formal studies have been conducted that show crochet to be he…

CGOA Celebrates 20 Years ~ Part 7: The Pattern Line

Monday, June 16, 2014

Since I am still basking in the glow of my chapter's 20th anniversary party on June 14, I will include a few photos from the event. Our committee, chaired by Barb Collister and including me and Dorothy Hansen, worked for about a year planning this event to celebrate the very first CGOA and our members. The 3 of us on the committee attended the very first chapter meeting in June 1994.






I created a rather amateurish video the best I could during the party and it will be posted to the CGOA website sometime after the conference in Manchester, July 24-27. We hope you will enjoy hearing the voices of some of those who were there at the very beginning!
Now, on to the CGOA Pattern Line we go! Back in 2000, Jackie Young designed the very first pattern for the line, Crochet Socks. They are as timely today as they were then and a great tool to learn to make basic socks.

Jackie conceived the idea and was instrumental in making the line a success. Back then, there was not …

CGOA Celebrates 20 years ~ Part 6 B: Where Are They Now?

Thursday, June 5, 2014
CGOA Celebrates 20 Years, Part B: Where Are They Now?



So many had so much to say about why they love CGOA and what their long-time membership has meant to them, that I divided the post into 2 parts. Enjoy Part B.


Sylvia Landman is the author of Crafting for Dollars which she published in 1996. Packed ful of useful information, her book is still relevant today. Sylvia attended the very first conference and now be found on Ravelry. More recently she has published books on quilting, such as Quilting for Fun and Profit in 1999. Chunghi Lee hails from Seoul, Korea andattended the first Chain Link conference. At the time, she was a Rhodes Scholar Exchange student at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her exquisite crochet art was in the juried exhibit that weekend in 1994.

A well-known Korean fiber artist, Chunghie has been invited to lecture at the Rhode Island School of Design as well as internationally about Korea’s wrapping cloth tradition (Bojagi). In 2010 she author…