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A Note From the Editor

We have many new features in this exciting spring issue! In addition to a collection of very pretty, fun, innovative and satisfying projects, I hope that you find Crochet! to be entertaining and educational. For that reason, we are adding the Yarn Shop Profile, the Fiber Focus series and the Blogger Spotlight.

Beginning with this issue, we will share information about fantastic yarn stores and what makes them crochet friendly. Our first shop is Silk Road Textiles in Cincinnati, Ohio. Do you know of a great yarn shop that embraces crochet? I'd love to hear about the destination yarn stores in your area.

At Crochet! we believe in using quality yarns made from a variety of fibers. Managing Editor Jackie Daugherty is taking her years of yarn sales experience to summarize the beautiful and unique qualities of a notable fiber in each issue. In this installment of the Fiber Focus series she shares all about linen, linen-blend yarns and the wonderful characteristics that make them ideal for spring stitching.

We have become acquainted with interesting, talented and engaging writers on the Internet who have expertise to share! In the Blogger Spotlight, we'll tell you about these amazing blog writers and their sites so you will have the inside scoop on crochet industry innovators.

There are many exciting things happening in Crochet!, and I hope the entertaining projects and articles are like a breath of fresh air as you stitch this spring!

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Ellen Gormley, 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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