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Yarn-Bombing: Four Degrees of Separation

I've been so grateful over many, many years to have "Crochet-Sighting Agents" out there who know how obsessed I am with sightings of crochet in the media, especially where we least expect it. One of my all-time best and most dedicated agents was Josie Rafferty of New York City.

She came to the very first conference in 1994 to teach and was an avid CGOA supporter. She received reams and reams of magazines ad just like clockwork she would send me a packet of clippings of crochet she came upon. Josie died in 2014 and I truly miss her and her enthusiasm, even during a life of illness, for crochet!

A newer friend, Deb Watson, stepped up in a big way recently with a crochet find. She lives in Chicago land but is from Iowa. While visiting her mother during Thanksgiving, the Iowa Source had a front page story of "Yarn Bombing."

Yarn Bombing in a Most Unlikely Place

It will be 25 years since I started the Crochet Guild of America and the ongoing battle to bring awareness, to anyone who will listen, of the intricacies and delights of crochet. It's been an on-gong challenge to break the stereotypes surrounding crochet. Yes, some of us are "old ladies in rocking chairs making doilies;" but hey, today crochet is at an all-time high in popularity with the twenty to forty-year-old generations.

It has been a marketing challenge to wear, exhibit and promote crochet at every opportunity. Always proud when we pull off a major PR coup, I am even more delighted when I innocently discover "someone else," not connected to CGOA, is out there helping us!