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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July 22, 2016
Members of the Crochet Guild of America can enter their own original crochet designs to the design competition. Above is the Grand Prize winner by designer, Katherine White. There are many categories eligible for prizes. Thread, garments, accessories, innovation, home décor, etc. I often search for designs for the magazine from the entries. In fact, Susan Walsh’s Tunica Geometrica was among the entries of the 2015 competition!
I can’t wait to show you the great designs I’m looking to purchase from the 2016 participants!
I also had the joy of meeting magazine readers. Here is Sonya, who was wearing one of MY designs from a few years ago. What a thrill! In this photo I am wearing a Doris Chan design in honor of her induction into the Crochet Hall of Fame.
July 20, 2016
I just got back from the annual Knit and Crochet Show! (Not to be confused with the Knit and Crochet Now, tv show!) The Knit and Crochet Show is a joint venture with CGOA (The Crochet Guild of America) and TKGA (The Knitting Guild of America). The show happens once per year and features classes, meet-ups, fashion shows, banquets, vendors, and FUN.
This year the event was in Charleston, South Carolina. I met up with many readers of Crochet! magazine.
Here I am with designer, teacher, Susie Allen of East End Design Company. She was super busy teaching classes all weekend but we were able to catch up!
I found some gorgeous yarns from Oink Pigments in the Vendor Market.
And I watched as the amazing Doris Chan was inducted into the CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame!
Next July the show will be in Chicago! Start making your plans, I’d love to see you there!
July 11, 2016
Our group visited the amazing Kylemore Abbey, (pictured above). The abbey grounds had vast Victorian gardens and it’s own chapel. The views were breathtaking.
We visited the ruins of Ross Castle and enjoying the history of the country.
For me, you can’t go on a trip without sampling the local food. This was a mid-morning snack of pancakes in Adare.
Some of the ladies took a break from sight-seeing between activities.
July 8, 2016
What amazing adventures we had in Ireland!
We had THREE outstanding crochet classes with our celebrity instructor, Jennifer Ryan, pictured above. She was so well organized and walked us through Celtic-inspired crochet techniques. She offered three main projects, one for each class, but each one had variations so that students could choose! Above you can see Agnes our tour guide and fellow crocheter, looking on from behind. Sitting, working intently is a grandmother/granddaughter duo, Mary Ann and Isabelle.
My family came along on the trip with us. Here we are standing in front of the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. In addition to the crochet and craft related adventures our group also got to see many of the iconic sights of Ireland.
This is the farmer at Rathbaun farm who talked to us about the farming life in Ireland and gave us a sheep shearing demonstration. This sheep had never been shorn before and I think she quite liked the haircut! Sheep are not harmed while shearing and the farmer explained that the sheep are shorn for their own benefit, not for revenue.
Also on the farm at Rathbaun, we had a scone making class! We discovered the joys of Irish butter. These three ladies all joined us from outside of the US… the Phillipines, Australia, and South Africa to be exact! We also had another participant, Maria, who joined us from Puerto Rica. What a wonderful mix of crafty people from around the world!
We spotted these crocheted hats for sale in shops in Galway and Killarney. They were tightly stitched single crochet beanies that were lined with a stretchy fleece on the inside. They were approximately $30 in US dollars.
July 6, 2016
Over the last 3 years a tremendous variety of yarns have been showcased in Crochet! Which are your favorite brands that you would like to see used in upcoming issues?
What is the price point that you think is best?
Not more than $5 a ball?
Not more than $10 a ball?
Not more than $15 a ball?
Not more than $20.00 a ball?
More than $20 per ball if the project only uses 1 or 2 balls?
Thanks in advance!
July 5, 2016
I can’t believe it was real! The first of a series of trips was a wonderful success! Annie’s has teamed up with Craftours to bring you a series of craft-focused trips. This first trip was sponsored by Crochet! and Crochet World magazines and was a 9-day trip to Ireland!
In a nutshell, you reserve your spot on the trip, get your passport, and let Craftours handle all the rest. Craftours handles all the tickets, tours, transportation etc. They provided an excellent tour guide who stayed with us throughout the trip and smoothed the way for our adventure.
Here, participant Jessica marvels at the gorgeous Irish landscape. I know she was in awe because we all were so entranced!
Here, Lisa, Hazel, Karen and Candace work on a class project taught by designer Jennifer Ryan. We had 40 participants on the tour. The youngest was 13, (there was a Grandmother/Granddaughter duo!) and the oldest proudly declared she is 83! Many people brought a friend/sister/husband/daughter on the tour and many people came as singles and made friends along the way! It was a great mix of people from all over the world. Elaine from Australia, Jeannette from South Africa.
In addition to the crochet classes, we saw many sights and sounds of Ireland including the Iconic Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, Ross Castle, Kylemore Abbey, the Dingle Peninsula, and the cities of Galway, Killarney, Dublin, etc.
We visited a few crafty businesses and farms. One was the Avoca Woolen mill (photo above) which is the oldest working mill in Ireland. They gave us a lovely tour of their factory and how they create their gorgeous woven fabrics.
Come back in a day or two and I’ll tell you more!
June 23, 2016
Trending on Pinterest right now…
The Say it with Hearts throw is trending on Pinterest today! Check it out!
You can find the pattern HERE.
June 17, 2016
I am so thrilled to bring you the Autumn 2016 issue of Crochet!
Check out the out-of-this-world Tunica Geometrica! Don’t worry though, It’s an experienced project but there are plenty of projects for all skill levels in this issue!