Monday, March 31, 2008

Gathering of the Guilds

This weekend, the Dayton Ohio area crochet guild and the SouthWest Ohio Crochet Guild got together! Mary Jane Hall, author of "Positively Crochet" was our keynote speaker! Hi Mary Jane! It was so fun to meet everyone. In the morning, a project was led by SWOCG member, Cathy Robbins (thanks Cathy!) and Mary Jane Hall spoke about publishing opportunities for crochet. Karen Blumberg, contract crochet extraordinaire, was also instrumental in bringing the event together. Thanks to our sponsors, Spinrite and Lion Brand who helped make the event possible. It was so great to meet everyone! I was so sorry to have to skip out abruptly, but the family was waiting for me and I made my meeting time with them with mere minutes to spare!
Check out Mary Jane's book, Positively Crochet! She brought several items from the book with her and we got to see them in person. The great photography in the book still does not do these items justice! I even got to try on the cover design, and promptly fell in love! now I'm going to have to find time to make one for myself! Mary Jane has a new book coming out in September-ish. I'll keep you posted as more information is revealed.
In the photo of Mary Jane and me above, I'm wearing a design by Doris Chan, called the "Mesa Jacket". I've told you about this great design before, but here it is on. It was on the cover of Crochet! magazine sometime in the past 18 months or so, but it was in blues/purples on the cover.


Jaybird Designs said...

How EXCITING!! I can't wait for the day I get to meet another "professional" crocheter in person!!!!

Jaybird Designs said...

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Mary Jane said...

Hey Ellen!
Thanks so much for the good words about me, the book and my designs. You looked fabulous in the sweater, and I'd be honored if you ever get the chance to make one for yourself. I am so happy I got to meet you, and hope we can meet again soon :)