Thursday, June 26, 2014

Crochet World Has Rock Stars

Crocheted using Doris Chan's Lacy Jacket pattern (free). I used
3 balls of Baby Bee Sweet Delight Pomp in rosy cheeks with a
G (4.25 mm) hook. Modifications included 3 extra pattern rows in
the body and arms. 

When I was a literacy coach, I read widely and ravenously about literacy development and instruction. Over the years, I came to view certain authors as literacy education "rock stars". My language arts geek friends and I would get all giddy over the possibility of meeting folks like Debbie Miller, Lucy Calkins, Ralph Fletcher, Peter Johnston, Jeff Anderson, and "The Sisters" to name a few. I have come to discover that the crochet community also has their rock stars. One of my current favorites is Doris Chan. Besides creating excellently written patterns for sweater designs that actually fit, she is darn funny. Her blog posts are filled with her writing voice and personality. I have never seen her in person but I may someday. And because I respect her talent and experience, I will probably be all wide-eyed and goofy when I do meet her. I briefly danced with the idea of attending the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire this summer but I couldn't justify spending the money--at least not this year. But I do intend to go in another year or so. I am also a proud newbie member of CGOA. Two years ago, I would never have imagined that Everyday Crochet by Doris Chan would be on my bookshelf next to Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson. Weird how things happen.