Bonnie Bay Crochet Design Awards at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair 2014

Here are photos of this year's award winners.  Each award included a $50 gift card to a local craft store.  Congratulations to this year's winners for their beautiful work!



Behind Closed Doors During Judging at the Montgomery County Fair, 2014

Today I got my first inside look into what goes on behind closed doors on Saturday at our local fair. As owner and designer of Bonnie Bay Crochet I was able to sponsor two awards in original design, thereby granted the honor of selecting these two award winners! While there, I was able to see the excruciating process that the judges had to endure as they ordered the ribbons to be awarded. If you've ever entered crochet projects in the fair, please know that much work, care and consideration goes on to make the best possible selections. That said, many times the choice does come down to a preference, especially when multiple designs are in the same category, which was very common this morning. I take my hat off to these women, and the countless other men and women who were dutifully & joyfully serving as runners to bring the items to the table for the judges. 

Here are a few photos from this morning...




Crochet judges looking closely at the details of an entry...



Theresa Morse (right) is an amazing crochet chairperson who always looks out for her exhibitors!



Contemporary Celtic Crochet: A Video Sampling


More from the CGOA Conference in Manchester, NH

Here are some more photos of the happenings from Manchester.  Please note that while yarn and crocheting are a big part of our time together, the best part by far is the people we meet!  Crocheters (and other fiber folks) are some of the best in the world.  They are usually very accepting of others, and are quick to encourage!

Meeting up with Kate Steinke, who is now on the CGOA board!  She was one of the very first people I met 4 years ago in Greensboro, NC when she headed up the buddy program for new attendees.


My daughter Hannah and her new friend Nora...


This was one of the highlights for me!  With only about 1 hour of practice under our belts, we performed our parody version "Ripping Out is Hard to Do" to the old tune "Breaking up is Hard to Do".  I think most of the crocheters could relate!


Jennifer Ryan (Celtic Knot Crochet) sang the lead for us!


My dear friend and neighbor Terri Mitchell did an amazing job acting out the words to the song.  For those of you who didn't know, Terri is a professionally-trained and extremely gifted puppeteer!


My sweet friends and me getting ready for the CGOA Banquet and Fashion Show...


I had the honor of photographing all the items shown in the fashion show!  Here my daughter Becky and designer Doris Chan model Doris's Bolero Shrug...


Terri is modeling some of Mainly Crochet's designs that are now available! (  I loved making this poncho in the fall colors...


Here are some more of my designs that are available through Mainly Crochet.


One classy lady wearing a beautiful crocheted ensemble.  She crocheted everything herself!


This is my daughter Hannah's first time hitting the runway at a CGOA Fashion Show!  


This is "Doolin Delight" Sweater Wrap, which is one of the new designs in the Contemporary Celtic Crochet book (  The photo below shows the back section that acts as a sweater, and not just a stole...


Marcy Smith (of Interweave) welcomes Jenny King and the ladies that came with her from Australia!


Meeting up with Carlotta Craig and her lovely sister was another highlight for all of us!




The 2014 Knit & Crochet Show: Manchester, NH

As promised, here are some scenes from my first two days at the knit & crochet show here in Manchester! This year my friend Jennifer Ryan ( led the way with the crocheted yarn bombing, both inside and outside the hotel where the conference is being held. We are having a wonderful time meeting old friends and making new ones. The people are by far the best part of this experience. Anyway, enough talk and on to the photos!

CGOA is officially 20 years old!


Indoor yarn bombing...with one of my samples!  Now why didn't I think of doing this before?







Can you find the bird nest and crocheted eggs?



Becky found a new crocheted friend:  Olaf!




This is probably the only snake I can possibly tolerate!


Yes...even the ladies room was yarn bombed!


This amazingly beautiful crocheted anniversary cake designed by my dear friend and designer Carlotta Craig is both calorie free with lots of fiber!  : )


Terri, Becky & Hannah try making Red Heart Yarns free "make and take" at the Crocheville booth...




My friends Tony & Randy Caviliere beside Randy's work with Red Heart's reflective yarn.  This photo was with existing light, and the one below was taken with flash...


Why is Becky so happy about these yarn colors???  Look at the photo below:


My first chance to meet Mary Beth Temple, author of Curvy Girl Crochet and many other wondeful crochet books!


Meeting Anita from Dallas, Texas!  Folks are from all over the U.S. at this conference and are the best!


 Even the doggies who sit still long enough get yarn bombed in Manchester this year!