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.
|The Celebration Committee|
|Our guest artist, Pate Conaway|
|An array of the unusual materials with which Pate crochets!|
|Members enjoying each other's company|
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!
|2000-Crocheted Socks by Jackie Young|
Jackie recruited the designers; some of whom donated their designs to the line. She also formated the final documents and even did photography. At the time, volunteers were staffing booths at consumer and trade shows such as Stitches and The National Needlework Association. Wemade the patterns available for sale at wholesale prices for local yarn stores.
Nancy Brown, who served as President of CGOA from 2000-2001, worked closely with Jackie and she developed a yarn line for CGOA called CGOA Presents. Many of the patterns in the line used those yarns and were supplied to the designers. However, the patterns are written generically, so today crocheters can choose their own yarns.
Here are some highlights from the CGOA Pattern line; you will recognize the names of some of today's top designers! So, if you are in the market for fashionable crochet patterns, go to the link above and order yourself a pattern to celebrate 20 years of CGOA!
|2002-Fiesta Shawl by BJ Licko Keel, a member of my CGOA chapter, Northern IL Chapter|
|2003-The Fling by Gwen Blakley Kinsler. Modeled with her daughter, Bethany.|
|2005-Mesh Mini Jacket by Rosalie Johnson, a member of my local CGOA chapter ~ nicrochet.com|
|2005-Two-Way Sweater Shrug by Marty Miller who served as CGOA President from 2009-2011|
|2005-Criss-Cross Shrug by KJ Hay. KJ is a very busy tech editor for magazines today.|
|2005- Chain Link Capelet & Purse by Vashti Braha who designs, blogs and teaches at Chain Link Conferernce|
|Jacket with Freeform Appliques by Margaret Hubert. Margaret is an author, designer, and frequent teacher at Chain Link Conferences.|