Monday, August 21, 2017

I'm back!

Hello, my friends! Sorry to be MIA for so long, but life intervened. I've freed up some time now and will be posting more regularly. So what have I been up to in the meantime?

Chain Link Conference 2017

In July I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Chain Link Conference. That's the annual conference of the Crochet Guild of America.  If you ever have the chance to go, do it, do it, do it! It's the most fun a crocheter can ask for. There are wonderful classes, a great yarn market, and the camaraderie of fellow crocheters. This year it was in Chicago. Here are some photos of the fun.

Some of the beautiful entries in the design competition 


See the CGOA web page for the list of winners and a slide show.


Interesting crochet and crocheters

The Queen Bee of Crochet complete with flowers, birds and insects

An ingenious head mounted yarn swift

Kathryn White and I show off our banquet attire. Both her jacket and my shawl are Kathryn's designs.

You've got to see the back. Kathryn's fabulous jacket won grand prize last year.


The fashion show 


I didn't get any photos of the show because I was otherwise occupied (i.e. I was drafted into modeling), but the couple below lead off the show. In my photo, they hadn't changed into their show outfits. See if you can pick them out in the CGOA slide show.

Lots of social crocheting


There's more than one use for a yarn bowl.

Toasting with "red coffee" (Hint: Think another red beverage.)


The marketplace!

A beautiful wall of yarn from Stunning String Studio

A book signing by Laurinda Reddig

Yumiko Alexander and her lovely DanDoh Designs booth

Mugs with attitude from Pawley Studios


And best of all, friends.


I'm already excited about next year's conference especially because it's in my own back yard - Portland, OR! I hope you all can come.



  1. Wow, you got some great photos! I love the ones of the late-night group. Being there was so fun. Good design competition photos too - a lot of my photos didn't turn out as well as yours. (I think it was the lighting?) I love the shot of you and Kathy with your hands up against the wall. That was one amazing jacket she had on. I'd like to get a close look at some of those stitch techniques!

    Already looking forward to next year. :)

    1. Thanks, Sue! I have a number of failed photos too. If I take enough, a few come out good. Kathy's jacket really is amazing, I'd like to examine it more closely too, but the odds of me making anything with thread that thin are pretty slim. I can't wait to see you at next year's show!

  2. Wonderful pics! I love the peacock. Looks like so much fun, one of these days I will make it to one of these.


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