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A Note From the Editor

When it's time for the winter issue, I can't help but think about Christmas and holiday gift-giving. There are so many great gifts in this issue for everyone in the family!

Starting with the men in our lives, the Brewer Jacket by Linda Dean has an almost woven feel. The texture is mild but masculine, and the shape is generous to make it perfect for layering. For the little men in our lives, the Hopper Sweater is adorable! Designed by Robyn Chachula, this sweater has the perfect drape so that your little man will not only be stylish, he'll be comfortable! The Ion Neck Warmer is the perfect accessory for the young man in your life. He'll be warm and sporty, whether on the slopes or attending outdoor activities, with this simple Tunisian cowl pattern.

For the women in our lives -- the special mothers, sisters, daughters and friends who deserve unique handmade crochet treasures -- we have many options. You can never go wrong with brilliant gift accessories like the Rosedale Scarf or the stunning Snow Crystal Scarf. For those friends in the warmer climates, the timeless Nicola Cowl is a treat to wear all year long.

I know that the hardworking teachers in our lives would love the Quick Eyelet Scarf by Kristin Lynn. Because this scarf is fast and easy, I know you can get plenty of them made in no time!

I hope you will find numerous ways to celebrate your loved ones with a crocheted gift this holiday season!

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Ellen Gormley, Executive Editor

Ellen Gormley has been crocheting since she was about 10 years old, but didn't begin her design career until 2004 when she began staying home with her children. She stitched more than 80 afghans before becoming a full-time crafter who "gets paid to play with yarn!" Within the crochet community, Ellen is particularly well-known for her stylish Bruges Lace crochet, join-as-you-go crochet and motif designs. Ellen has more than 200 published designs including garments, bags and accessories, and home decor.

Ellen has been published in numerous crochet magazines and has written five books, including Go Crochet! Skillbuilder, published in 2014, and the recently released Marvelous Crochet Motifs, published by Annie’s. She is the instructor of Annie's Learn to Crochet, Crocheting With Beads, and Crochet Lace video classes and is also one of the crochet experts featured on Knit and Crochet Now! which airs on PBS. In 2013, Ellen was named editor of Annie’s Crochet! magazine.

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