While I know I’m SO late in writing about this (some of the delay thanks to my ongoing issues with WordPress), mostly the delay in putting this up was because there was SO much good stuff going on, I actually didn’t know where to begin. But I’ll be brief: you should – no, you NEED – to come to one of these conferences. Fun, crocheting with friends, learning, more crocheting and knitting with friends, winning prizes, knitting, dancing, crocheting, eating, knitting and crocheting with friends, shopping – and did I mention knitting and crocheting?? And with buds you haven’t seen in way too long, like a year. And meeting with designers to choose, review and commission design work for the upcoming year was also a lot of fun.
What I love so much about these events (yes, there are 2 per year now) is not just hanging out with fellow crochet buds, but learning lots of new techniques: how to make porcelain buttons and jewelry from Maggie Weldon; how to do continuous crochet motifs from Jenny King and learning how to do reversible bead crochet from Darla Fanton.
One of the most inspiring parts of the event was the Design Competition, run virtually single-handedly by designer extraordinaire, Doris Chan. You can see the winning entries here. There’s almost more inspiration in these entries than any one crocheter can handle, me included!
And what was fun for everyone, including instructor Karen Ratto-Whooley who broke her foot while at the event – and kept on teaching – and (almost) dancing, was Club Caron. DJ Doris (yes, a former DJ professional – we all have “other” past lives) did the spinning – er, iTuning – and everyone else just had tons of fun!