New Director Search – Please Share!
CKC seeks a new Director to help lead CKC’s growth and development as an online museum and member organization. The ideal candidate will have experience with collections development, social media content development, posting, and coordination, or membership coordination; other relevant experiences and talents are welcome. Directors volunteer their service on this working board to contribute to CKC’s growth and operations.
To apply, please submit a letter/email with a resume or summary of pertinent interest to Marilyn Huset, CKC’s Nominating Committee Chair, at email@example.com by April 10, 2023. If you have questions about serving on CKC’s Board of Directors, please contact Marilyn directly for more information. Please read our full announcement.
Apply today, and share this Call for Applications with anyone you think may be interested!
Thank You to Marina Scott, CKC Membership Chair
Marina Scott, CKC’s first-ever Membership Chair, is stepping down from the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting in May 2023. We are extremely sorry that she will be leaving the CKC Board, but we are happy she will have more time to focus on new career opportunities and responsibilities in her professional life as a pediatric occupational therapist. We share our thanks for her service to CKC, below.
Marina joined CKC’s Board of Directors in 2021. She has run two highly successful Annual Membership Drives and has done an excellent job professionalizing and personalizing CKC’s Membership experience; we plan to continue her work in this arena. Marina also serves on CKC’s Nominating Committee, where she will be helping to coordinate the search and review of new CKC Director candidates.
After leaving the Board, Marina will continue to be a CKC Member and volunteer as she has time, and we hope she will also consider returning to a leadership role at CKC when her time permits. Thank you, Marina!
You can follow Marina Scott in her crafting life! She knits for fun and relaxation and has several published patterns on Ravelry, Etsy, and Loving Crafts. She posts on Instagram (@heartbunknitsandmore) where she created a series called “knitting around the world” featuring pictures of the globally diverse community that is knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers. She is also a content associate for the start-up company Making, where she writes blogs on various craft-related topics.
Save the Date!
CKC Annual Meeting, May 3, 2023
CKC’s Board of Directors will hold its Annual Meeting via conference call on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 8 PM Eastern. All current CKC Members are cordially invited to attend. Mark your calendars with the Annual Meeting date and RSVP today!
To attend the Annual Meeting, please email us to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 5 PM Eastern, Sunday, April 23, 2023. Please confirm your name as you would like it to appear in the Annual Meeting Minutes and confirm the email you want us to use to communicate with you about the meeting. All Annual Meeting attendees will receive an Agenda and call information via email in advance of May 3, 2023.
CKC Music | Makers — Deadline Extended to April 30, 2023
Don’t forget to share CKC Music | Makers: A Knit Purl Jam & Acoustic Crochet – a contest for musicians to re/interpret historical songs about knitting and crochet that we found in CKC’s Library and Museum Collections.
See the new song just added — “I will Knit a Suit o’ Dreams, 1917, with music by Jerome Kern, arranged by Charles Miller. Suzann Thompson states that this piece “is just one page, and is perfect for anyone short on time to adapt, record, and submit!”
For ALL the information, including a printable, shareable Call for Musicians, visit our CKC Music | Makers page!
Please share this contest opportunity with musicians and music lovers everywhere! Submit your “sound legacies” by April 30, 2023!
CKC Music | Makers is designed to showcase the incredible variety of materials related to knitting and crochet in CKC’s growing digital archives, and to engage creative people everywhere in using and sharing these rich, interdisciplinary collections and resources.
NEW! CKC Virtual Craft Circle . . .
Save the Dates!! CKC Board Member Lori Winterfeldt will be leading a regular, bi-monthly 90-minute Zoom-facilitated crafting session exclusively for CKC Members and Donors.
The initial session will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2023 8-9:30 PM (Eastern); 7-8:30 PM (Central); 6-7:30 PM (Mountain); 5-6:30 PM (Pacific).
Please stay tuned for a forthcoming email with more information about these sessions, and links to register. We are looking forward to getting to know you better!
Additional Sessions are planned for May 11, September 14, October 12, and December 14, 2023. Please mark your calendars!
Happy Crochet Month and St. Patrick’s Day!
Cover Image; How to Make Baby Irish Crochet Lace: A Practical Manual, Cartier-Bresson, pub., 1930-1939. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Library, Williamstown, MA, via CKC’s Library and Museum Collections. Public Domain.
Explore the art and craft of Baby Irish Crochet Lace – a popular lace-making technique used to make delicate laces “for trimming babies’ and children’s garments and also lingerie.” This charming pattern booklet from the 1930s, published in Paris with text in English, features beautiful photos of Baby Irish Crochet Lace, with instructions for how to make each pattern. Because it is in the public domain, you can even download the book!!
Click on the link in the caption above, or search for “Irish crochet” in CKC’s Library and Museum Collections to find this pattern booklet and other similar items. Click on the images to be taken to the original collections where the items are housed.
CKC also has a Crowdsourced Collection where you can upload and share your own knit and crochet history. Don’t let your history go unrecorded! Please add your items today!
- When you vouch for CKC, you inspire new members to join and get involved. So please share news of CKC and all it has to offer at your meet-ups, on social media, or with a friendly person your local yarn store!
- As a CKC Member, you are vital to CKC’s success. We love our volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Marina Scott, CKC’s Membership Coordinator, email@example.com, for more information and to learn about opportunities.
- To those who already volunteer — we are grateful to each and every one of you!
- Is your membership current? Click here to check that and renew!
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
Spring, sprang, sprung!
- Bust out the flowers:
- I Am A Miniaturist And I Crochet These Tiny Flowers.
- Crochet flower bouquets are the spring project you need to try.
- A springy tutorial!
- 7 Crochet Pieces To Add To Your Spring Shopping List. Crochet continues to fascinate the fashionable!
- And did you know April is international Guitar Month?
- Latvian knitting: Knitting and identity.
- Know your (ancient) meme: Discover the Secret Messages in Latvian Mittens.
- The Banshees of Inisherin – “Delia only had about a week to knit each jumper… including coming up with the patterns herself.” How the Banshees of Inisherin Sweaters were Knit.
- A different kind of viral: Viruses and Microorganisms Emerge from Agnes Hansella’s Macramé Installations and Sculptures. Macramé, Micro-mé… potato, potahto
United Kingdom of Knitting:
- Buckingham Palace in Yarn: A 93-Year-Old Knitter Has Created an Eight-Foot Replica.
- It’s her latest build, and she says it’s also her last.
- BBC Radio Derby listeners smash crochet world record!
Up and coming crocheters:
- A common thread: Why crochet is Gen Z’s new obsession.
- TikToker teaches students to crochet with one hand. Determined to craft!
Your Voice Matters!
We invite YOU to contribute to CKC’s monthly newsletter. Please email your ideas, stories, and announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to hear from you!
Please visit CKC’s Newsletter Archive!
March Newsletter Contributors:
Katie Daugherty, Marilyn Huset, Anne Lies, Jennifer Lindsay, Marina Scott, Suzann Thompson.