Easy Shimmer Mandala

Easy Shimmer Mandala This is one of my favorite projects to crochet. I designed this decoration for CGOA’s (Crochet Guild of America) Chain Link Conference and Yarn Bomb in honor of their 25th Anniversary. See photos of the Yarn Bomb here. If you’ve stopped by our blog before you might have noticed that I love to crochet and design mandalas. This mandala is very similar to the White Mountain Mandala Rock Cozy and works up almost as quickly! It uses[Read more]

Fastest Fingers, Fashion Show and Friends

We packed a lot into the CGOA’s Chain Link Conference in July (2019) in Manchester, NH. I tried to savor every moment since it had been 5 years since I was able to attend a conference and see many of my crochet friends. Fastest Fingers I wanted to give the Fastest Fingers contest a try on Friday. For 10 minutes a bunch of us crocheted like crazy and then those who had the highest stitch count were entered into the[Read more]

My Classes at CGOA Chain Link Conference

I have been teaching crochet locally for over 10 years but this year was my first time teaching at the conference – I loved it! A big THANK YOU goes out to these companies who donated supplies that were great prizes and giveaways in all 4 classes: http://www.creativeyarnsource.com – Sinfonia yarn in lovely colors http://www.universalyarn.com – Nazli Gelin 100% Egyptian cotton crochet thread http://www.firemountaingems.com – Beads and jewelry supplies http://www.clover-usa.com – Wonderful Clover crochet hooks and high quality measuring tapes;[Read more]

CGOA Chain Link Conference 2019

Putting up the Yarn Bomb Well, after 5 years since the last time the CGOA (that’s the “Crochet Guild of America”) was in NH, they have returned and we were so excited to set up the yarny decorations that would greet everyone as they arrived at the hotel for the upcoming Chain Link conference. Many Hands Make Light Work I had a great crew of helpers to install all the pieces – we put some around trees, benches, flower pots[Read more]

Clare Beauty

(Photo courtesy of Annie’s) Clare Beauty Crochet! magazine – Autumn 2014 Even though I designed and crocheted this sweater several years ago it is still available as an instant digital download from Annie’s Catalog here (or click any image here to purchase the pattern through my affiliate link). This design features 2 large flower-like decorative knots.  (The model above is actually wearing the back on the front for this photo showing the versatility of the sweater.) The original design had[Read more]