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Tuscany Bound!

Amidst making lists; checking lists; packing; resisting to pack too much, I must stop for a minute to tell you how excited I am to be leaving in two weeks for a crochet tour to Tuscany, Italy!


Sponsored by Annie''s, we'll be traveling with celebrity crochet expert, LILY CHIN, leaving October 20-28!

Lily Chin

I have never been on an actual tour when I have traveled, so it will be a new experience for me! However, I have been on the other end of tours! I lived in Ecuador, South America for two years with my family from 1988-90 and fell in love with the indigenous weaving culture. I wanted to share this beautiful art and country with fiber lovers, so I designed a 7-day tour and had the brochure ready to start promotions when I met the wonderful folks from Craft World Tours.

On tour in Otavalo, Ecuador

We partnered and I consequently led three tours to Ecuador for them. When other obligations began to take up my time, Tom and Sherry continued to lead the tours to Ecuador with Mauricio, the local English-Speaking guide I had hired. Unfortunately, Sherry & Tom became seriously ill, one after the other, and have since passed on: truly a loss to the traveling and craft world!



In 2000, I again had the traveling bug and led a CGOA-sponsored trip to Ireland and Wales that I designed in conjunction with Offinger Management who had a travel agency at the time. We had 22 CGOA members and a couple of husbands on the tour.


James Walters

We were fortunate not only to have seen parts of the two beautiful countries, but also to have met Colinette  and buy yarn from her, as well as James Walters of Freeform Crochet fame! Kathy Earle and Maire Treanor taught classes for us in Irish crochet and they consequently have traveled to the U.S. and CGOA conferences many times to teach.

Janet B, who was on that Ireland tour with me, will also be on the tour to Tuscany. I have a roommate, Trudy from Texas, who I haven't met yet; but having talked on the phone with her; she seems like a sweetheart!


Alan, Gwen & Bethany

My daughter Bethany was married in Portofino, Italy; and it was a wonderful experience and vacation, but I didn't get to spend any time in Tuscany. I've always dreamed of returning just to Tuscany to soak in the inspiration, so this is a dream come true. As a bonus, I am extending for a few more days after the tour ends and have friends meeting me there to enjoy Azienda Agricola, a working farm, olive grove and vineyard.

Stay tuned to hear all about this adventure when I get back! If you've been to Tuscany before, I'd love to have you comment here to let me know what I MUST see!

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