[New here? The Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) hosts and boasts the longest run of annual crochet conferences in the USA, since the first one in 1994, often with teachers flown in from other countries. The next CGOA conference is July 13-16, 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.]
Here’s what I do to stay current on last minute changes, meet-ups, and other late-breaking news as each year’s CGOA conference gets closer.
Exclusive News Sources for CGOA Members
Chain Link, the Member Newsletter
If you’re already a CGOA member, look for the members’ Chain Link newsletter that is inserted in the center of your complimentary issue of Crochet! Magazine. Look especially for the autumn issue of the magazine; mine arrived a few days ago (June 20).
In fact, that’s what gave me the idea for this blog post. I noticed that whenever I’m getting ready for the big crochet conference of the year and a Crochet! issue arrives, I drop everything and turn first to the member newsletter.
The President’s Letter on page 1 of the newsletter always mentions special event preparations and highlights. This year, Susan Sullivan talks about:
- $5000+ design competition cash prizes
- A photo booth, crochet lounge, and other event features
- Yarn bombing in Charleston!
I learned of this year’s pineapple theme on page 6. I’m not sure if every conference has had its own theme, so this is fun to think about. For example, what if I get to the conference and everyone’s wearing some kind of pineapple lace thing but me? I don’t crochet lace pineapples very often. I think about crocheting a small one to pin to my conference badge. Or maybe gather a string of small ones into a flower shape?
Yahoo Groups for CGOA Conference Talk
Good Conference News Sources for Everyone
If I were not yet a CGOA member, here’s how I’d stay well informed (and inspired!) in the month leading up to the big conference:
- I’d check in periodically with the CGOA Ravelry Group. See especially the Charleston 2016 thread. It’s a great way to learn from crocheters who live in and around Charleston, and from CGOA members who have attended several conferences. Board members pop in to answer questions there. I’ve been finding out about restaurants and yarn shops to visit in Charleston and which classes people are thinking of taking.
- I’d check in periodically at the conference area of CGOA’s website.
- I’d “like” CGOA’s Facebook page and get notifications when the page updates.
- I’d Search “#CGOA” (with the # hashtag) in Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I find interesting stuff this way. Try #crochetconference too. This is how I found out that some folks driving to the conference are going to yarn bomb their car with crochet. I’ll be driving up this time too. Fun to know that I might spot crochet on the freeway! Or be spotted!
[I would join before the CGOA conference happens because the conference classes cost less for members.]