I am so excited for Summer 2017! I've got several great trips planned - and the one I want to tell you about today is one you can go on too: the Crochet Guild of America Chainlink Conference! And LEGO is helping me tell you about it with my other passion - LEGO Architecture!
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First of all, I have to tell you how much I'm obsessed with LEGO Architecture. Sure, my kids love LEGO. We have.... a lot. And I loved helping them put together their sets! But then they grew up and didn't want my help anymore. So when I saw the LEGO Architecture series I had to try it! I've made 4 sets so far, not including this new one.
LEGO Architecture kits are the perfect break for my brain. After all, I spend most days writing patterns - it's such fun to sit and follow someone else's instructions, especially when they are as well made as these.
The kits are challenging - as they should be for grownups! - and one of my favorite things to do is get a kit for date night. Grab a bottle of wine and a LEGO Architecture Kit and that's the start to a great evening... though of course, the kids have to peek in and help once in a while.
So when I got to meet the LEGO people at a recent blogging conference, I had to tell them how much I love their kits - after all, I want them to keep making them! And they very kindly sent me the perfect kit for this summer.... the Chicago Skyline!
What does LEGO have to do with a crochet conference? Well, like they say, "location, location, location." This year, Chainlink is in.... Chicago Illinois!
Now, what's Chainlink? It's the Crochet Guild of America conference, and this year it's running from July 26 - 29. And you better believe I'll be there!
The CGOA Conference is my favorite conference of the year. It's open to the public, so everyone can come - crocheters, designers, shoppers, learners, it's open for all!
And there's so much to do - amazing crochet classes from the best teachers, a marketplace full of beautiful yarns and goodies, the design competition, fashion show, and more! You can check it all out on their site, crochet.org. That's right, the CGOA is a non-profit dedicated to advancing the art of crochet - love it! And you make the very best friends too.
Speaking of the Design Competition - I'm on the committee, along with my friend Jessie from Jessie at Home! Together we'll be organizing and showing off all the beautiful projects people send in - I've always loved seeing the entries, and I'm so excited to be able to volunteer on the committee this year! You can get more info on the Design Competition here - I hope you'll consider entering! You can check out last year's winners below!
I'm also speaking at the Professional Workshop, on the topic of blogging and social media. So if you're considering entering the world of crochet professionally, it's a great all day class, covering a whole bunch of topics!
Either way, I hope to see you there this summer - register HERE! If you see me, be sure to say hi - with or without a pocket full of LEGO!
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So excited to see you all again!!!! (I just need another 2 months to get my design competition piece ready....ok?) lol
I'm so excited to see you too, Pia! This year is going to be so much fun!!
This will be my first CGOA conference and I'm so excited!!! Here's hoping I can get my Fortune's wrap completed before then to bring for show and tell 😉 Oh, and I'm also a huge Lego fan. I still have all my Lego sets from when I was a kid!
Oh yay! I know you'll love it Tracy! 😀 Did you sign up for any classes? I will keep an eye out for a Fortune's Wrap running around! 😉
Wow, I had no idea there were LEGOs for adults!!! So excited. We got my grandson a big Batman set for his birthday, but his Daddy took it home to build there ... jackson is only 5 but finds the pieces needed and with guidance places them, because the directions are SO GOOD.
I went to the Knitting conference one year, before I started crocheting, when it was local. It was a blast and I'd love to go to the crochet one next time its near me!
I've been thinking about this whole blogging/social media thing. You do it so well!
Thank you so much Adrienne! I hope to be able to meet you at one someday!
And yes - LEGOs for grownups are the best!! 😀 Okay, and the ones for kids are fun too lol.