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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Professional Status

Great news. I received email notification today from the Crochet Guild of America that my application for professional status has been accepted by the committee.

"The main purpose of the Crochet Guild of America is to educate the public about crochet, provide education and networking opportunities, and set a national standard for the quality, art and skill of crochet through creative endeavors." (

A crochet professional is someone who has been working in the crochet profession and deriving some or all income from their work for the past two years.

I have been crocheting off and on for 40 years. In 2009, after I took an early retirement option, I picked up my hooks and got serious about crochet. In 2010, I designed my first pattern, an aran style afghan for my niece Stacy.  Since then I have designed several more patterns, set up a Ravelry store, an Etsy store, started a local needle arts group, became a certified crochet instructor, joined several online crochet communities, teach crochet, and have had a pattern accepted and published in Quick and Easy Crochet Magazine, and started this blog.

I guess I have been pretty busy.  I'm still not completely retired. I continue to teach online classes for 3 colleges, which is the reason why I haven't had a lot of time to "design".  I guess I'm still not ready to make the final leap and derive all income from crochet, but I'm sure that time will come and when it does, I will post the notification here. 

A big thank you goes to my crochet mentor, Pam McClune. Pam has been a source of inspiration to me, and has been very helpful along the journey to professional status.

I'm soooooo excited. Where are my crochet hooks, I feel like crocheting :-)

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