Enter the Professional Development Committee's GIVEAWAY CONTEST!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Giveaways are a lot of fun and this one is no exception! CGOA's Professional Development Committee is excited to tell you about a fabulous free giveaway sponsored by Lion Brand yarn.



Lion Brand is the proud sponsor of Professional Development Day which will be held in Indianapolis, IN on July 17 and in Charlotte, NC October 2. You can find all the details here http://www.knitandcrochetshow.com/ and we hope you can join us for at least one show!

What Can You Win?

Take a look and see the fabulous prize package you can win. (Disclaimer: All photos shown are meant as samples only. Yarn photos do not indicate the color that may be included in the prize package.)

Copyright: All photos are copyright Lion Brand Yarn and are used with permission.






  • A tape measure, tote bag, and crochet hook

How Can You Enter?

To enter, simply comment on this blog post. If you've attended Professional Development Day in the past, tell us what is your favorite part about it! If you've never been, tell us why you would love to attend. You can also earn a second entry by visiting and "liking" the CGOA Professional Development Facebook page.


Contest Rules
Contest will be managed by the Rafflecopter app on the CGOA Professional Development Facebook page. Winner will be selected by random drawing by Rafflecopter.
Open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.
Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Void where prohibited by law.

Contest ends July 1, 2013, at midnight EDT.

Winner will be announced on the CGOA Professional Development Facebook page.

Winner must provide a valid email address to the CGOA Professional Development Facebook page via a Direct Message to the page by midnight EDT on July 8, 2013. If a message is not received by that time, the prize package will be forfeit and another winner will be selected.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after receiving email address.

Good luck to everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

369 comments:

  1. Knowing that I crochet "backwards", it would be helpful to see how others crochet one-on-one.

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  2. Oh how I would LOVE to someday attend the conference!!! Or...you could just hold one in Montana? ;0) Thank you for a fun giveaway opportunity!

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  3. What a wonderful give away! Love Lion Brand yarn!!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!
    anne
    stonington@yahoo.com

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  4. I am quite interested in attending my first crochet pd

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  5. Would love to attend but both events are too far away from me. Love the prize though.

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  6. I can't wait to attend a gathering dedicated to crochet!

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  7. I am simply in AWE over how many wonderful things are in this package. I have wanted to try all of these things and have no stores near me to shop for them.
    Simply amazing.

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  8. I would love to attend PDD t learn more about it and share the experience with others.

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  9. I have never attended PDD, but would love to. I love to crochet, have been since I was 14 and really enjoy it.

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  10. I'm looking forward to exploring your site. I've heard of CGOA, but never really looked into it. Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway, otherwise I'd have never looked around on the site!

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  11. I've never been to a CGOA conference of any kind because they never come to my area. But I would love to go because there is so much to learn. I crochet for myself and gifts but man, what I could learn to make those gifts better.

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  12. Looking over everything that is happening, it just looks like a great time. And pics I've seen from similar shows in Canada (by The Crochet Crowd's Mikey) looks like a bit of heaven on earth.

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  13. I didn't even know it existed ... been crocheting for 40+ years ... but there is so much yet to learn!

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  14. I've never been but I've heard its a great resource of information! I'm always looking for more things to do (not that I always have time for them but still).

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  15. I have not been before but would LOVE to attend. The one in Indy is a possibility for me! EEEEEEEEEEK!

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  16. I would love to meet fellow crocheters!

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  17. I would love to attend Professional Development Day to learn how to be efficient in pattern design, marketing, and how to become a better teacher in-person, online, and through publication.

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  18. I would love to attend and meet with others who crochet and learn how to more effectively sell my product I am also interested in design

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  19. I would love to attend Professional Development Day because I would love to make my craft my profession, instead of what I really do for a living (computer stuff)!

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  20. I have never attended, and just now learned about the Professional Guild. I looked over your Facebook page, and noted in particular the conference sessions on taking good photographs of one's work and taking care of one's hands, both especially important topics. I would think that such a conference would supply a great deal of encouragement and motivation to crocheters desiring to develop their professional production and presentation.

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  21. I am a self taught crocheter and I would love to attend the Professional Development Day, but alas I live in Colorado :( One day I will make it to a crochet event. I would love to learn more about design and how math plays into design.

    Stacy Baldwin
    Stacymx2@gmail.com

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  22. I would love to attend but unfortunately, can't afford to. It would be great to talk to designers and see all the fantastic items in person.

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  23. I've never been able to attend a Professional Day, but I would love to get tips from professionals who are established in the business.

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  24. I've never attended only because I haven't been able to attend a CGOA conference yet. If the chance every arises then I will. I'd love to talk to other on how to market and sell items I've designed.

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  25. Thanks for another great giveaway! I have never attended a CGOA conference but would like to. Learning is all ways fun.

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  26. I think attending a conference would be a lot of fun and very helpful. I'm glad to have found your FB page!

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  27. I've never been to a conference before but think it would be very informative.

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  28. A Crocheting conference?! I would love to :D

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  29. I wish that I could attend and learn how to develop a business. This looks like an amazing show. Thanks for the chance to win. I have already learned so much from Lion Brand-what an awesome company.

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  30. I, myself, have never attended a crocheting contest but it sounds like it would be a lot of fun!

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  31. I have not attended one yet, but would like to. I teach crochet and would like to expand my efforts to sell my own crocheted creations, but life has just been too busy to work this in.

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  32. I have never attended a professional crochet show. I've designed clothing and made patterns for over 3 decades. If I have the gauge and the measurements, then I can design anything, using just about any stitch.

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  33. Thank you for offering this giveaway. Everything in it is AWESOME!Won't be able to attend either event, but I sure would like to. Thanks again for the chance to win! Good Luck to all!

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  34. This is the first I've heard of a professional crochet show and I would love to go to one but am disabled and it would be to hard for me to attend. I am going to the facebook page and like so I can benefit from the tips and instructions there. Thank you.

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  35. I'd love to attend, even if only as an "excuse" for a much needed Vacation!! - Alas, I still need to get a new passport, a "Babysitter" for the Elderly-Parental-Units, $$ to blow on MUCH Future-STASH-Yarn that I'm sure will likely be There... However, IF I were to Win THIS STUFF, I'll be sure to take several moments to "WISH-I-WERE-THERE" during the Event Times! :-D

    But now, I must get back to my HOOKS!

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  36. I became a member of CGOA this last school year and would like to get to the conference, someday. Looks like a great time, lots of information and classes and yarn, etc. Professional Development Day sounds very interesting.

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  37. I hope I can attend next year!

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  38. I would love to attend so I could learn new things!

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  39. To learn some new things and meet other crocheters

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  40. A great giveaway! I have never been to a PD day, but would love to attend to learn more.

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  41. I have been to several of the CGOA professional development days and I thoroughly enjoy them. It is so much fun putting names to the friendly faces of crochet designers that I have admired for years! I remember sitting next to Rita Weiss and Jean Leinhauser in Chicago a number of years ago and being in awe of two of the nicest people I have ever met and I ended up being able to submit and publish designs for some of their books - what an honor! I hope more crocheters take advantage of a CGOA conference and come and take some classes.

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  42. I've never been to a CGOA but I love to crochet and I love lion brand and would love to try out the new yarns!

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  43. I have never been, but it looks so helpful!

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  44. PDD sounds like fun wish I could go

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  45. I've never been in any kind of Professional Meetings like that But im sure its very much Interesting and alot of things to be learned from there specialy if its all about crafts and crocheting and i would love to attend someday .. anyway , Thank you for the Giveaways !!!

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  46. I would love to attend a meeting to see the talents of everyone involved :) I think all crafters bring a special talent to the world and it is so much fun to share with one another and show off our work!

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  47. I haven't. gotten to attend, but would love to one day. I love all the information shared on the site! One can never have too much crochet knowledge. crocheting is my relaxation.The prize package looks amazing! I would use it to make several small gifts to brighten several people's day. keep up the great work!

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  48. I would love to attend a conference. I love crocheting, but there is so much more that I would love to learn!

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  49. A yarn related conference sounds fun.

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  50. I'm a professional crochet designer and I'm always interested in leaning new things. I'd love to attend. Darleen

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  51. Never heard of it before, but sounds very interesting!

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  52. I have dabbled in designing my own crochet projects and would like to be able to take this to the next level. My dream would be to have a second career (part-time) as a designer after retiring from my current career as a family physician. I admire so many of the top crochet designers and their work and would have so much to learn from them by attending Professional Development Day.

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  53. I would love to attend Professional Development Day to learn more about the professional end of the business and I would like to take away a wealth of knowledge to take back to my CGOA guild members. I had planned to attend this year, but need to postpone until next year, hopefully!

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  54. I would love to go to a CGOA Conference and to attend a Professional Development Day. It would be fun to learn how to take a hobby and learn how to turn it into a profession - teaching or designing or even having a little shop some day!

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  55. I can't make it to the show in IN this year but CT was great last year. Thank you Lionbrand

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  56. I have not made it to a show, but would like to learn more about the CGOA.

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  57. I have never been but it is always fun to get together with other people who love to crochet and make fun things!!!

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  58. I've never been, but I'd love to go & learn all I can, and meet other crocheters.

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  59. I'm all signed up to go! I've never been before - I love learning more and being around others who love the same things I do!

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    1. Wonderful! Did you sign up for a buddy? All the details are here http://www.crochet.org/?page=Conference&hhSearchTerms=buddy

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  60. I unfortunately I can not make the conference this year, however I am eager to learn how to become a Professional Crocheter and to acheive my Masters this year.

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  61. I'm 30 weeks pregnant and it is hard to travel. I have been crocheting all sorts of baby items for my little girl and a few for my new expectant mommy friends.

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  62. Would love to attend and learn more about Crocheting. I'm just a beginner doing pretty good so far but so much more I need and want to learn so would love yo attend my first meeting and to see others and there work would be amazing!

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  63. I would love to attend, but it's too far away. Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

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  64. This is super. I would love to participate. Winning would be great too :)

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  65. Beautiful yarns and beautiful patterns!

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  66. I have never heard of it but would love to know more!

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  67. I have never been to the CGOA Professional Development day but would love to one of these years... sounds like it would be fun and very beneficial in learning some new things.
    This giveaway is awesome btw and will keep my fingers crossed. I would love to try the new LB yarn and i love the patterns!

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  68. I hope to attend CGOA Professional day in the next couple of years. Anna

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  69. I've not been to the CGOA Professional Development day yet but would like to attend one of these years. I think it would be a great time and educational.

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  70. I have not been able to attend any of the CGOA meetings yet. I would really love to someday! I would be thrilled to win the Lion Brand gift package. Thanks!

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  71. As a self taught crocheter and knitter the world wide web has shown me exactly how much I have to learn. Would love to attend to learn and just be in a location with so many who share my passions.

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  72. Would love to attend a GCOA event.

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  73. I would love to attend! I'll have to see if I can work it into my schedule. If not, maybe next year!

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  74. I have never been to one of these conferences, but hoping to make it to the one in Indy to see what all they offer!!

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  75. Thank you for the opportunity. Would love to win something like this.

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  76. I would love to win something like this - and all my family and friends (who love my crochet gifts) would love for me to win, too. ;) ... Good luck, EVERYONE! These things are so fun.

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  77. I have never been before and would love to attend to see all the pretty yarns and patterns and learn new things with crocheting and knitting. :) Would love to actually meet new people who enjoy this passion like I do. Please enter me in for a chance to win Lion Brand yarns ! I love Lion Brand!

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  78. I have never been to one but learning more about technique would be great, and looking at yarn and patterns is ALWAYS fun and inspirational for future projects! I have more things I'd like to crochet than time to do it!

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  79. The one thing I would love more than winning this prize would be to attend the Professional Development Day.
    Any plans for conferences in Nashville in the future?

    Tracy
    www.crochethappy.com

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  80. I have never attending CGOA professional development day.But I would really love too. I would love to be able to make a living as a professional crocheter. I have the skills and design ability but just don't understand why I can't get further. So I need some help.

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  81. PD Day gave me the motivation I needed to start contract crocheting. Now I have a means to support my yarn and pattern acquisition habit!

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  82. There is so much advice I feel I could glean from the presenters for Professional Development Day-- from marketing strategies to taking care of yourself and your buisness, to new ideas and creative thought. Which is why I would love to attend a Professional Development Day. It would be very helpful in getting what is currently a very small business to be an up and running establishment.

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  83. I've never attended a Professional Development Day but it sounds like it would be a great way to connect and network with some fantastic "yarn" folks.

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  84. I have always wanted to open my own yarn store. It has been attempted in our small town and did not succeed. I would love to attend a Professional Development Day however they are too far away (Im in Northern Ontario). Although I am still a little ways from retirement, my plans are to try to open a store here again to keep me busy.

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  85. wish I could go but its a bit of a drive from Alberta, Canada.

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  86. I have not yet attended the Professional Development Day but would love to. I am primarily a self-taught crocheter (my mother taught me the basic chain stitch and single crochet when I was a child) and have learned through trial and error (and lots of books). I would love the opportunity to see how others do things and see if I am doing things "the right way" so that I can continue to improve.

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  87. Never stop learning! This would be a great opportunity to add to my skill set. Thanks for the chance to win the
    incredible prize package!

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  88. News to me! Love fiber arts!

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  89. I have never attended, but would love to - I plan to make crochet projects be my "pin money" earner when I retire!

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  90. I would love to enter your raffle -- thanks!

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  91. Winning would be awesome, because I don't always have the money to buy new yarn. I have never been to the event, but I would love too because I love to meet new people and learn new things.

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  92. Would love to go and see new yarns and techniques but it's too far from me.

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  93. There are never events like this close to me. I'm always looking to learn more.

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  94. I've done needlework for so long, I really should start thinking about passing it along in some capacity. I'd love to attend a conference and get some ideas about what I could do. I wish there were one closer, but maybe that one in NC would give me an excuse to visit my grandkids in Durham.

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  95. I would LOVE to attend a Professional Development Day to get ideas on how to have my own business in the yarn industry! I have been knitting and crocheting for years and making items and gifts, for sale and by commission but have no idea how or where to promote my business.

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  96. I'd never even heard of CGOA until this popped up on my FB news feed. Sounds fabulous! I'd love to attend.

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  97. Have never been, but would love to go!! I wish the events were closer to DC!

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  98. I would love to attend Professional Development Day to meet and chat with other like-minded crafters and learn new tips and tricks to get my crochet business booming!

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  99. I've never been but I imagine there are lots of very inspiring speakers for any one wanting to turn their crochet skills into an income.

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  100. I have just started teaching my Girls' Night craft group. This would be so much help. Too bad both are pretty far from MN!

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  101. It would be interesting to attend Professional Development Day to learn more about a craft I love.

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  102. Hoping to see you in Portland sometime soon!

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  103. What an awesome program! I would love to learn more about using crochet professionally!

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  104. I am very disappointed that I won't be able to go to this PDD as I live on the west coast of Canada and there is not enough time or money to organize my attendance to either of these events. I love learning about everything which is why I continue to learn new crafts each year.

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  105. I am determined to learn to crochet beyond a chain stitch! I can make snakes, caterpillars, worms, eels, a floppy hilt-less sword... I must broaden my abilities. LOL!

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  106. Interesting idea for a conference. Wasn't aware there was a professional development comm.
    Wonderful giveaway too! LB is great!

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  107. This is the first I have heard of this conference, but I would love to attend. I have a new business of my own and would love to learn new things!!

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  108. I've never heard of PDD before. After crocheting since I was 10 I learned to knit at a local yarnshop. A day doesn't go by I don't knit at least a few stitches.

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  109. Love the blog and the great inspiration I receive from it! Just getting back into needle work after several years of attending college, I forgot how relaxing it is.

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  110. Sounds like a conference I could use - valuable information! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

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  111. I would love to win something.

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  112. I have never been to an event like this - I get in a lot of trouble on my own just ordering directly from yarn companies and the local stores. I would LOVE to go to one of these some day just to wander around and see the yarns and new patterns. I could always stand to learn more too!

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  113. I would love to attend one of the professional development conferences! My passion is crochet and I would love to learn all I can about how to develop my business!

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  114. Would love to come and learn ways to increase my skills. However, I will not be able to attend this year!

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  115. I would love to take classes and learn new things here! how cool!

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  116. i would love to attend one to sharpen my crochet skills!

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  117. Love Lion yarn and the patterns you post - crochet is awesome!

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  118. It would be amazing to attend a conference such as this, especially as a student of Marketing and Communications.

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  119. Love your site... The conference sounds great just to far away. Maybe next one

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  120. I have never attended a day like you descibe but think that it would be fantastic!!

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  121. I had never heard of PDD before- what a great resource. I love to knit and crochet, and go crazy if I go more than a day without yarn in my hands. Happy I found this

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  122. After the year I have had this would be such a blessing and the conference sounds wonderful. Thank you for offering this wonder gift and good luck everyone!

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  123. Looks like fun. Love to crochet but haven't done so seriously for years. Now that my grandson has asked I crochet him a blanket like one I crocheted years ago I am ready to jump back in.

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  124. What a wonderful event! Customer relations would be a great topic to cover.

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  125. Looks like a GREAT conference! I already teach, but some new ideas would always be welcomed!

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  126. I have never attended but I look forward to learning more because I it would be fun and I would learn a lot as I have a small crating business.

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  127. Wish I was close enough to go and check out what it's all about!

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  128. I have never been but it sounds great! Would love to go! The giveaway is awesome!

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  129. I've not attended before but would love to, for the development of new skills as well as networking with like-minded people. Thanks for this opportunity.

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  130. I would love to join you but east coast to far away, have one on the west coast. Great giveaway, thank you.

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  131. I would love to attend and be exposed to new product, new ideas with a bunch of crafty crocheters filled wit excitement!

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  132. Thank you for the chance to enter your great giveaway! Also, the conference sounds amazing. What a great opportunity to learn new things and meet new people that share the same interest. Hope to win!

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  133. Sounds like a really fun time could be had and all types of new things learned...never been but would like to one day.

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  134. I'd love to try to go to this next year. I just had a baby, and wouldn't be up for the trip next month. I've been dreaming of opening a yarn shop.

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  135. I am a self taught crochet and knitter. I love both crafts and the conferences sounds amazing where information can be shared and used. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  136. I have never heard of it before but it sounds like fun!

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  137. I would love to win! I need to learn more crochet techniques, so this prize would be wonderful!!

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  138. I never heard of this conference before & can't travel to Indiana but I am an avid crocheter (never leave home without a project in my bag!)

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  139. I would love to be able to go to Charlotte in October. Would be so much fun!

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  140. My life dream is to open a small craft shop with a "yarn room" where folks can not only buy yarn but also sit in comfortable chairs and knit or crochet. Someday my dream will be realized.

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  141. Maybe one day I will be able to attend the CGOA Professional Development day. It's always good to share knowledge.

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  144. Love Lion Brand yarns! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  145. I would love to attend the conferences. This sounds like a great place to learn more about combining business practices and my love of yarn. Thanks for the opportunity and the prizes!

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  146. I would love to attend to take my knitting design work to the next level. Thank you for this opportunity.

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  147. I would love to got to go and meet all kinds of cool people

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  148. I would love to attend - it's been a dream of mine for many years to open a yarn shop!

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  149. If it involves yarn and learning new ways to use it, I love it! :) Here's hoping to win!!!

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  150. I'd love to go! Sounds like a great opportunity! I'd love to own a shop one day!

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  151. I would love to be able to get my certification done and attending this conference would be awesome! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  152. I have never been to a conference they are to far away from me!! Thank you for this and the FB Page!! Would love to win the giveaway!! I have been crocheting for over 30 years!!

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  153. What a lovely giveaway! I have always admired those who crochet and knit.

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  154. I would love to attend a conference, but I unfortunately live in California. My suggestion is to bring the crochet conferences to the west coast and I would be there in a heart beat.

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  155. I have been hoping to start up a business involving all the needle arts! These conferences sound like they are right up my alley. Thank you for the info!

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  156. This conference sounds like it would be fun!

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  157. what a wonderful give away. Thanks for the chance

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  158. It would be wonderful to be able to attend a Professional Development day; but there are very few crochet events in hot Arizona! Traveling is not an option for me, so I content myself with learning from the internet and the few others I find that crochet.
    What fun it would be to sit and talk with others that understand the "language of crochet"!

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  159. the classes sound amazing... would love to win!!

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  160. I've never attended a conference, but meeting other fellows of the craft would be exciting and inspiring.

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  161. Interesting organization. I would suggest promoting your organization more. I have never heard of it before the contest popped up in my FB newsfeed via Lion Brand.

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  162. My favorite thing about PDD is expanding my skill base and finding others with similar interests. :)

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  163. I've never been, but I'd love to see what others are thinking to take their crafting to the next level!

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  164. I've never been to a conference for the fiber arts, but would LOVE to go! Will have to see about the Charlotte one since it's closer :)

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  165. I have never attended a conference. If I could attend I would like to learn about starting and maintaining a crochet business.

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  166. I'd like to attend as I'm beginning to learn how to market my work and my designs

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  167. I liked the Facebook page! An now trying to figure out if I can swing the show in IN... just a little more finagling.

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  168. I have never attended anything like it but it sounds like it would be a very interesting conference. I learned to crochet in high school. Taught by my mother and continue to do so 40 years later.

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  169. There are certainly days that I wish I could make crafting my profession...

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  170. I'm not quite ready to go pro, but I have been creating my own designs for years and have a Facebook page for my projects and ideas. I'd like to see more on connecting motifs as we go along rather than making a pile of them and then sewing them together.

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  171. I have never attended the CGOA but my sister and son live in Indiana and I believe I am going to go and visit so I could attend the conference and would love to meet other crafts.

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  172. Sounds Awesome Hope I can make it.

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  173. What a generous give-away. Thank you. How fun to be able to attend.

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  174. I have never attended a conference, I didn't even know about it until today. The thought of it is very intrigueing and I am going to consider attending the Fall conference in NC. I just started by own crochet group about 3 months ago and I was amazed and surprised how many of my friends wanted to learn to crochet. Plus I love their enthusiasm and their awe when they finish creating an item! Just recently they were wide-eyed about granny squares! I love it!

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  175. I have never attended the CGOA but I would love to go because it has always been my dream to open up a yarn shop

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  176. I liked the FB page, I had no idea there was a CGOA! This is so exciting, I'm just getting ready to open my own pattern shop and this couldn't have come at a better time. I will definitely become a member of CGOA and I'm going to try and make the conference in October!

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  177. I love lion brand yarn. and i am seriously considering opening a yarn shop and teaching crochet classes for all ages. I love yarn, in fact i have a tattoo of a ball on my foot!

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  178. p.s. i also liked the cgoa page! how could i not!

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  179. What a great "find".. never knew this organization existed. I'm a novice at crocheting and would love to attend the show at some point. Thank you Lion Brand for such an awesome giveaway and a chance to win

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  180. I love yarn, teach classes to incarcerated juveniles and can always learn more!

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  181. I've never heard of this! It would be amazing to attend and meet other knitters and crocheters!

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  182. How fun! I love teaching others my skills, especially when it's something I enjoy as much as knitting!

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  183. It would be so exciting to just be around people who are so talented at yarn crafting! I could learn so much!!

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  184. I would love to attend for the opportunity to bounce ideas and skills off other crafters!

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  185. I think it would be really neat to meet with other crocheters and even learn some new stuff from them. I teach Girl Scouts in my area how to crochet and they love it!

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  186. What fun! I would love this!!!

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  187. Love giveaways. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend. Generally I would like to see more emphasis on writing clear and easy to read patterns.

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  188. What a terrific giveaway! Thanks so much! barbnicoll@gmail.com

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  189. I had no idea there was a crochet guild! I totally want to attend! It would be so exciting and such a great learning experience!

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  190. Crochet (and knitting) have been a big part of my life for quite some time! My great aunt taught me how and I've always had a hook or needles in my hand(s) ever since! I would love to attend this -- I'm looking for ways to better teach small children :) Thanks for the contest as well!

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  191. I haven't been to a development conference, however I would love some advice on how to teach more effectively. So many friends and aquantiences have begged me to teach them.

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  192. Wonderful giveaway! I'm a new knitter and I've never been to a show before, hope to have the chance to attend someday.

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  193. I have never attended Professional Development Day. I would love to attend because I think I would learn a lot.

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