In the Loop, July 2023

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July 2023

Detail, Amigurumi Squirrels and Crochet Woodland Set — created by Jennifer Oliverez to illustrate her story, The Big Acorn Race, pub. 2016.  In CKC’s Crowdsourced Collection, 2019.031.

Support CKC’s Annual Membership Campaign! 

Nurture CKC’s growing ecosystem of digital resources for preserving and sharing knitting and crochet history . . .


If you’ve joined CKC or renewed your membership during CKC’s Annual Membership Campaign, welcome and thank you!!  We can’t do the work of creating a premier digital museum and preservation resource for knitting and crochet without you.

If you are thinking about joining or renewing, it’s not too late!  New members, current members, and former members will receive a 20% discount on all memberships purchased through July 31. Don’t miss all the exciting benefits of CKC Membership!! 


1 more free annual membership is available! Follow CKC on Social Media; enter to win one of 5 free Annual Memberships donated by CKC President Jennifer Lindsay.  One winner per week will be announced from July 1 – August 5, 2023.

Free Gifts for Members and Donors

Thank you for your support!  We hope you will enjoy these free gifts.

To access them, just sign in to CKC’s newly upgraded, easy-to-use Member Portal using your email, and navigate to CKC’s online Store.  Click the items you want to download or order.  You must be a current CKC Member or Donor.  If you need help accessing your account, please contact us.


Order your own adorable CKC 10th Anniversary Ampersand Logo Project Bag/Backpack today!  It’s FREE, and includes free shipping to your door!  


Jennifer Lindsey wearing a CKC backpack
CKC Drawstring Backpack


Current Members and Donors can now download CKC’s beautiful American Beauty Rose Doily Pattern to crochet — FREE!  Read the fascinating history of Rose Josephine Dvorak and her original 1919 design included in the pattern.  

A crocheted doily on a teal background next to a historical knit pattern

Photo: Suzann Thompson.  

And Coming Soon!!!  CKC’s 10th Anniversary Teddy Bear Pattern to crochet and knit — FREE!  Read CKC Treasurer, Marilyn Huset’s sweet story of these bears in CKC’s Crowdsourced Collection.  You can make one for yourself or a loved one in time to enjoy some summer adventures together

Photos: Marilyn Huset. Knitted Bear, 2022; Crocheted Bears, 2021.

Knit and crocheted teddy bears

CKC Music | Makers Competition

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We Need Your VOTE by August 1! 

LAST CHANCE!!!  PLEASE VOTE BY AUGUST 1 for your favorite song in CKC’s Music | Makers Knit Purl Jam & Acoustic Crochet competition!  

Here’s how . . .

  • Visit CKC’s Listening Room.
  • Listen to our Top Five entries
  • Cast your VOTE at the bottom of the page.
  • Stay tuned for some exciting Music | Makers events!!

Thank you!

Edie Eckman Chats with CKC’s President

Edie Eckman, CKC Member, designer, author, tech editor, and craft instructor extraordinaire, has written an insightful blog post about the Center for Knit and Crochet’s digital collections to accompany her recent interview of CKC’s President, Jennifer Lindsay.  

Listen to Edie’s interview of Jennifer, on YouTube, above, and visit Edie’s Blog to read her post, entitled Center for Knit and Crochet: A Digital Museum, published on July 2, 2023.  

Thank you, Edie, for sharing CKC with your many followers. We want more people to know about CKC’s gateway to existing digital collections of knitting and crochet, and all the opportunities CKC is creating for knitting and crochet preservation, now and in the future.

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Summer Virtual Craft Circle Meet-Up

SAVE THE DATE!!  Join us on Thursday, August 17, 2023 for a surprise summer meet-up of CKC’s Virtual Craft Circle.  

Your Host:  Jennifer Lindsay, CKC President.  

Time:  8-9:30 PM Eastern; 7-8:30 PM Central; 6-7:30 PM Mountain; 5-6:30 Pacific.  

Bring a beverage, a snack, and a project to work on and share.  Mark your calendars and stay tuned for an email with a link to register, coming soon! 

Join CKC’s 10th Anniversary Shawl-Along

A crocheted shawl in shades of teal and grey

10th Anniversary Shawl-in-Progress.  Photo: Suzann Thompson, 2023

Please plan to include a 10th Anniversary shawl on your list of summer projects!  Join us on Ravelry, Facebook, and Instagram from May 1 through December 14, 2023 to knit or crochet a shawl together to celebrate CKC’s 10th Anniversary.


— Choose any pattern

Visit CKC’s pattern bundle on Ravelry for ideas.

— Use CKC colors

Get inspired by the beautiful palettes below . . .

— Knit or crochet

— Make to keep, give, or donate

— Share something about CKC with anyone who asks you about your project!

Join us on social media and at future Virtual Craft Circle meet-ups on August 17, September 14, October 12, and December 14 to have fun and share your 10th Anniversary shawls.  Help us encourage more people to follow CKC, use and add to CKC’s digital collections, and to support and expand CKC’s preservation efforts by wearing your shawl, and talking to people about CKC.  

We encourage you to wear your 10th Anniversary shawl at future CKC events, and to add it to CKC’s Crowdsourced Collection.  We will also compile and share a list of organizations that accept shawl donations.  

Send a photo of your shawl-in-progress to, and we’ll publish your photo here next month.  

Thank you!

A color palette with tints, shades, and tones of CKC's teal blue
A color palette with tints, shades, and tones of CKC's butter yellow

CKC Palettes: Some Tints, Shades, and Tones of Teal and Butter.

CKC’s logo colors are Teal, Butter, Black, Gray, and White.  Use any solid color or combination of colors from these palettes created by Rebecca Keyel, CKC’s Vice President, or variations on these colors based on what you have on hand or like to wear.  

Join the CKC Community, where people and projects of all sizes, shapes, and colors are cherished

Membership Corner

  • Welcome new and renewing Members!!!  As a CKC Member, you are vital to CKC’s success. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us at, for more information and to learn about opportunities.
  • To those who already volunteer — Thank You! 
  • Is your membership current? Click here to check that and renew!

Don’t Be Shy!  Share Your News!!!

  • Have you designed a new pattern, written an article, been invited to give a presentation, published a book, started a new craft group or craft initiative, been promoted in your guild?  Do you want to engage other CKC Members in what you are doing or in an event in your area? If you are interested in being featured, or have some news or events to share with CKC Members, click this link to fill out the form!

Knitting & Crochet in the News:

By Anne Lies


Stitching together the world community:

Or for more local flavor:

On the yarn horizon: sustainability

More than “just” a craft

Final thought:

Your Voice Matters!

We invite YOU to contribute to CKC’s monthly newsletter.  Please email your ideas, stories, and announcements to  We hope to hear from you!

Please visit CKC’s Newsletter Archive to see past issues!

July Newsletter Contributors:

Katie Daugherty, Anne Lies, Jennifer Lindsay, and Suzann Thompson