Ellen Gormley has been published in numerous crochet magazines and has written two books, Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, published in 2011, and recently released Learn Bruges Lace. Now, Ellen is an instructor for Annie's Online Classes and is the editor of Crochet! magazine!
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August 8, 2015
Many people are confused, let me try to explain. The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) used to have a convention that they called “Chain Link”. People some times refer to this current event as “Chain Link” but that is just an affectionate nickname at this point (I think).
Several years ago, the CGOA and TKGA (The Knit Guild of America) both hired a management company to help with all their business stuff. The management company suggested that CGOA and TKGA create a show that benefits both guilds… hence THE KNIT AND CROCHET SHOW (consumer show) was born. (Not to be confused with Knit and Crochet Now!, the tv show).
At this annual event, the CGOA and TKGA hold (independently) their membership annual meetings, classes, banquets, fashion shows, competitions, etc) But both knitters and crocheters may attend classes for both and we all share the vendor market.
This year’s Knit and Crochet Show was in San Diego! (whoohoo! I had never been to San Diego so this was fun!) Thursday night was the big market preview! We get a crack at all the vendors before the general public. Above is me with designer/author Tammy Hildebrand and designer/author/writer Brenda Bourg. (I can’t wait to see Brenda’s new book!) Brenda is also one of the editor’s of the Talking Crochet Newsletter.
Here I am with designer, Kristin Lynn. If you don’t recognize her name, pay attention to it and tuck it in your mind for later.
Again, here I am with Brenda. I have learned from experience that I should get as many photos as possible from the very first night because it only gets more busy from there. I designed the top I am wearing a few years ago and never wrote it down. It’s made of Southwest Trading Company yarn.
August 7, 2015
So adorable! On the left, Audrey models the Charleston Hat. Classic color striping and a dramatic band create a unique and memorable hat! Stitched in Berroco Vintage DK yarn, this yarn comes in a great array of colors so you can have fun choosing. This brimmed hat was designed by Cristin Berrafato.
On the right, Audrey is modeling the Shianne Hoodie. Stitched in Berroco Maya yarn, (currently on SALE HERE) this Intermediate pattern is written for sizes 2, 4, 6 and 8. The Shianne Hoodie was designed by April Garwood.
If you don’t already have the issue, you can download a digital copy HERE.
August 6, 2015
Though it is still the dog days of summer, the autumn issue of Crochet! is now here! I hope you are enjoying the issue.
On the cover, is the bold and lovely Tunisian Expressionist Cowl.
The Expressionist Cowl is by Gwen Buttke McGannon and is among the most beautiful uses of this think and thin lovely yarn. It’s Universal Yarns Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.
Also inside is the lovely Brilliant Foliage Shawl, but Designer Jennifer E. Ryan. (Are you coming to Ireland next summer with me and Jennifer? Check out the details here). One of the things that I especially love about this shawl is that it is just one yarn. It has really slow color changes to make it look like she is changing yarns on every row but it is the yarn doing all the changing! I also love her use of taller stitches to create the awesome leaf shapes.
Were you at the 2015 Knit and Crochet Show in San Diego? I’m going to post about that soon too!
July 21, 2015
When you see Irish crochet do you think of the beautiful lush green hills of Ireland? Have you ever wanted to visit Ireland and explore the unique beauty of the land and culture?
We hope you will join us for Annie’s first crochet tour to the Emerald Isle, June 24-July 3, 2016.
What better way to travel than with other crocheters to enjoy all the wonderful sights and sounds of Ireland, including the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, Blarney Castle, and Kylemoor Abbey and Gardens. There will be time for sightseeing on your own as well as a visit to a farm to see sheep-shearing, learn about wool production, and make delicious Irish scones. We’ll even learn traditional Irish crochet from a local teacher!
To make the experience extra special, Annie’s guest instructor, award-winning crochet designer Jennifer Ryan, whose unique Celtic crochet designs are inspired by Ireland, will share many of her beautiful designs and teach classes throughout our the trip.
Jennifer says: “I have always loved Ireland since my first (and only) trip there when I was a teenager. Our family is filled with Irish heritage and our hearts are filled with a love of everything Irish – the music, dance, artwork, food, countryside, accent and fun-loving people. I am very excited to have this opportunity to visit Ireland and enjoy this incredible experience with others who also love to crochet. It will be wonderful to be in the land that inspires many of my crochet projects.
I plan to teach three fun Celtic Knot crochet workshops using simple stitches and basic knot weaving techniques to create unique projects that can be finished while on the trip and worn while we are touring! I will have many of my Celtic Knot Crochet designs on display to inspire and instruct as well. The classes will be for anyone who knows how to chain and single crochet, with several handouts and tips for turning a beautiful Celtic knot into wearable (or giftable) art, such as jewelry, bags or garments. All projects will also have various levels built into them for the different skill levels each crocheter brings to a class. We will take inspiration directly from the sights we see together in Ireland and explore how they can become part of our creations.”
We hope you will join us for 10 incredible days touring Ireland with your crochet hooks in hand!
Go here to sign up for the trip!
July 19, 2015
Here I am with my hair and makeup done by the first team. (We had a different team the other days). The variety was fun and they were all very skilled. Lena Skvagerson is in the chair behind me getting polished. She’s already beautiful.
Here I am in a different outfit and a microphone already wired with color expert, sheep farmer, teacher, knit designer, fun lady, Kristin Nicholas.
Robyn Chachula, Rohn Strong, and Lena Skvagerson hang out on set until it’s time to roll.
Here Robyn Chachula gets her polish from Emmy award-winning makeup artist, Amanie Mokdad. Her hair is being styled by salon owner and product development expert, Voula Isakov. Can I say, “Dream team”?
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July 17, 2015
In the work room is a big monitor so we can see what’s going on in the studio and watch along as segments are taped. Here, producer and legendary designer and author, Candi Jensen, gives some direction to Robyn Chachula and Rohn Strong. In the background, Lena Skvagerson lays out items for the next segment.
Here I am with Megan, getting my make up done for day 1 of taping.
I’m always cold, so I grab a project from the table and put it on! A comfy cotton blend. Perfect.
Pre-taping silliness ensues with a little group selfie. In the back is Rohn, and in the front L-R is Robyn Chachula, me and Lena Skvagerson.
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July 16, 2015
Save the date! I’m so excited about this awesome craft festival. This will be different than any other event because it encompasses so many crafts in ONE festival. Bring a friend, bring a family member, everyone will be able to find their favorite craft plus a new one to try with all the classes and lectures. Find more details HERE.
I’ll be teaching! I will be teaching:
Introduction to Tunisian Crochet
How to Read Crochet Symbol Diagrams
Crochet Un-chained (Foundation stitches)
Find out more about these and other crochet classes, (and knit, and paper crafting, and quilting, and cross-stitch… and more) At this website.
July 15, 2015
The first day I arrived in Detroit we immediately put out all the projects on trays. All the step outs, our notes, hooks and tools, etc. Sandi Rosner helps Candi Jensen and Lena Skvagerson get the lay of the land as far as what needs to be done.
We spend the day weaving in ends, rehearsing tricky maneuvers and saying ‘hello’ to the team who we haven’t seen since last year. We are grateful to have most of the same production team from year to year since they are great to work with and know the ropes.
Each project gets its own tray. We make up little cue cards for ourselves to remember the details about each pattern. Little crib notes, as it were.
Here is expert Kristin Nicholas rehearsing with Production helper, Sandi Rosner. We ‘rehearse’ with Sandi who helps us clarify points the viewers might have questions about and suggests points that might be of interest to the viewers.
One final block on the ‘Stitch of the Week’ swatches. The team travels from all over the country to converge at the studio. We bring all the projects and step-outs with us, so sometimes they need a little ‘refresh’ after traveling.
July 13, 2015
I just returned home from taping Season 7 of Knit and Crochet Now.
The Knit and Crochet Now cast for Season 7
Deborah Norville is your new host! (Click on her name to look for her yarns). She is at top right sitting next to knit and crochet expert, Rohn Strong. In the middle row, I’m in purple sitting next to Annie’s signature designer, knit and crochet expert, Lena Skvagerson. In the front row, in red, is knit and color expert, Kristin Nicholas. Next to Kristin with the awesome red wedges is author and crochet expert, Robyn Chachula.
The show is produced by the legendary Candi Jensen.
I plan on showing behind the scenes photos over the next few days.
This gem is Robyn getting the dream team action of Emmy award winning make-up artist, Amanie Mokdad and Salon owner and hair innovator, Voula Isakov.
There is a monitor in the background so we can watch and listen while the show is being taped.
July 4, 2015
Are you taking crochet with you to fireworks or barbecues today?
Tell me about it!