CGOA Masters Program Update

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy 20th Anniversary, CGOA! We’ve come a long way since 1994!

Did you know that March is National Crochet Month, along with National Craft Month? Since CGOA is an integral part of National Crochet Month, it is fitting that the CGOA Board members participate in Crochetville’s National Crochet Month Blog Tour again this year. Check back on the CGOA blog to read more from the other CGOA Board members this month. Many thanks to Amy Shelton and Donna Hulka for putting together this blog tour. We’re supporting the charity, Halos of Hope this year. For more information about Halos of Hope, visit their website at

I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Susan Lowman. I am a professional member of CGOA, working as a freelance crochet designer, technical editor and teacher. I am the secretary on the CGOA Board of Directors, the liaison to the CGOA Masters committee, one of the 2 co-chairs of the CGOA Masters program and a senior portfolio reviewer in the CGOA Masters program. As you can tell, I’m “involved” in CGOA!!!

I’m very excited to tell you about the first CGOA Masters Day that we’ll be presenting this year at the CGOA Conference (aka: Knit & Crochet Show or Chain Link Conference) in July in Manchester, NH. Our first CGOA Masters Day is really only a half day this year, but it will be loaded with helpful information on how to improve your crochet, including such topics as getting gauge, weaving in ends invisibly, joining smoothly, fastening off neatly and more. We’ll also be reviewing swatches in the program to teach you how to review your own work and we’ll explain what we’re looking for in the portfolio reviews.

Jane Rimmer (the other co-chair of the CGOA Masters program) and I, along with the other Masters Committee members (aka: portfolio reviewers), are very excited about this Masters Day and we hope you are, too! We’ve got a lot planned for the 3 hours and look forward to sharing it with all those in attendance to help further everyone’s crochet skills and knowledge.

If you’re currently enrolled in the CGOA Masters program or you’d like to learn more about the program, you’ll want to attend the CGOA Masters Day on Wednesday, July 23 from 2-5 pm.

For more information about the CGOA Masters program, visit the CGOA website here. This is the main page for the Masters program on the CGOA website. From here, you can go to other pages on the CGOA website to find out even more about the program.

For more information about the Knit & Crochet Show, check out this website. The complete show schedule, including more specific information on the classes and CGOA Masters Day, was delayed on the website by a few weeks. So if it isn’t there yet, please give it another week or two (it should be posted on the Knit & Crochet Show website by the end of March, at the latest).

Happy National Crochet Month and happy crocheting,

Susan Lowman


  1. Hoping you do this for the NC show too :) Great idea!!

  2. Laurel, There is only one conference this year: in Manchester, NH in July.


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