Welcome to my blog series on reasons to join a local CGOA chapter! Back in January I joined the Crochet Guild of Prince William County for the first time, and I couldn't believe what I had been missing!
As you know, March is National Crochet Month. Prior to my joining the Prince William CGOA, what this meant to me was a heavy dose of blog tours, online sales, and charity drives. This is the first time I've ever had a physical event to go to for NatCroMo, so my first reason to join a local chapter is:
The opportunity to take part in local events for National Crochet Month!
In addition to setting up crochet display cases at the local library, my local chapter set up a large booth at the local mall to entice passersby to learn about crochet.
|Guild members Rhonda Reese and Lauren Capehart greet curious shoppers.|
A popular project to teach new crocheters were beaded bracelets, as they were easy enough for beginners to do and fast enough to be completed in a short session.
Those members who did not have an interest in teaching had the opportunity to show off their best work instead.
|The zebra afghan was done by a guild member known for her afghans, who wished to remain anonymous.|
|Teddy bear by Rhonda Reese.|
And as always, every time I think I've seen everything there is to do in crochet, I always find something new I want to try, and in fact, I found two new things I want to try at this event: spiral crochet and Tunisian strawberry stitch.
|Spiral square and Tunisian strawberry apron were also done by Rhonda Reese.|
It's funny how I went to this event thinking I would teach someone a thing or two about crochet and ended up learning some things myself. But the best part was having people to talk to who understand the crochet references I make in conversation. I've only ever experienced that online before, so it was a new experience to have that in real life. I'm already looking forward to next month's meeting.