About Me…or…if you really must know :)


Welcome to VCB: The Blog! Here’s the long and the short of my crochet journey so far: Mom taught me to knit and crochet.  I ‘remembered’ how to kit while yarn doodling with a circular double-ended crochet hook.  Sometimes I cross over to the dark side to make a scarf…but my first love is crochet! My crochet journey has been off and on since I learned; went back to it after Mom passed and I found her stash.  I was off and running again, and haven’t slowed down much since. One day in June 2000, I sat in amazement of all the crochet-related stuff you could find online: groups and forums, freebies and resourceful websites.  The awesome talent and giving spirits of the hookers who came before me were inspiration for the birth of Von’s Crochet Cyberspace.  I started the group in an effort to organize some of the info people seemed to be looking for repeatedly, and anything I thought was helpful.  It grew to over 500 members, for which I’m thankful and grateful.  The new iteration is Vonne’s Crochet & Beading at Yahoo! Groups; membership is required, but it’s free to join. In 2001, I joined the New York City Crochet Guild, which was created because there was no formal group in the city…imagine that!  It was a busy year for me…I co-managed another online group called Crochet Paradise, as well as conducting monthly charity drives at my group, some of which included Hats 4 the Homeless, Warming Families, Binky Patrol, Project Linus and The Ships Project.  I also began designing; yet another direction to wander off into… The following year with the NYCCG, I served as First Vice President, co-managed the Yahoo! group and wrote an occasional yarn store review for the newsletter.  They also participated in their first Knit-Out & Crochet Too event in Union Square Park; I taught at the crochet tent and wore a fellow member’s garment in my modeling debut!  I also joined the Crochet Guild of America, a perk of which is a subscription to Crochet! magazine. In 2003, I left the NYCCG to focus more on teaching, designing and publishing.  In celebration of National Crochet Week in March, I made an in-store appearance at The Yarn Tree, where I taught and demonstrated various methods of crochet, which later aired on a local cable channel (and is also available on DVD).  I wrote several articles published in Chain Link (the CGOA’s newsletter ) as an insert of Crochet! for members.  This was also the first year I attended a Chain Link Conference, where I got to meet Gwen Blakley Kinsler, founder of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), and others who were as crazy for crochet as I am…even a few men, like the late William Elmore.  I taught again at the Knit-Out event; by this time, I was certified as a teacher through the Craft Yarn Council of America.  Several of my fellow NYCCG’ers were part of the first class conducted at the Fashion Institute of Technology by Arnetta Kenney.  Later that year, I assisted in her Crochet for Pleasure class.  I also had my first real interview during a yarn sale at Seaport Yarn. The next year was even busier.  I taught everywhere I could:  the Brooklyn Public Library, Police Athletic League, Knit-A-Way, back at The Yarn Tree and another Knit-Out event.  I wrote more articles for the Chain Link neswletter, and to further my crochet education, had the opportunity to be mentored by the CGOA as an Associate Professional.  I even got a chance to model my own garment at the Conference fashion show! I rejoined the NYCCG in 2005.  In celebration of National Crochet Month, with the help of fellow NYCCG’ers, I hosted classes and demonstrations on Saturdays in March, which also aired on a local cable channel (yes, also available on DVD) at Knit-A-Way; also taught and hosted a Meetup for crocheters.  At this year’s Chain Link Conference, I debuted my first published pattern; the garment was live and on display at the vendor’s market booth.  I taught once again at the Knit-Out event and later that year had the pleasure of substituting for Arnetta during another one of her Crochet for Pleasure classes. In 2006, other opportunities came along: sold a design to Caron Yarns, which was displayed at the CHA and TNNA trade shows; began selling my crochet and beaded items at Habana Outpost’s Open Air Market, introduced to me and encouraged by eco-friendly designer Lopeti Etu, who is also a former crochet student.   I attended Chain Link again, primarily for Professional Day.  I was a spectator at this year’s Knit-Out event (which turned out to be the last one); hanging out at the NYCCG tent and helping with the Caps for the Capital effort.  The guild and ‘friends’ contributed well over 3,000 preemie hats, of which I made over 100.  In addition, as networking has its benefits, I taught for DC37 and at Gumbo, both of which were by referral from fellow crocheters. 2007 shaped up to be just as busy, going back to teach for DC37 and back at Gumbo; that was just the beginning… In 2008, I spent more time designing than teaching; even managed to squeeze in some beading, too! In 2009, I was on my way back to DC37 for another teaching session.  Unfortunately, as my class proposal was not accepted, I didn’t go to Chain Link, but there was always the next year!!! Stay tuned for the rest of the story…

 Posted by at 5:10 pm

  22 Responses to “About Me…or…if you really must know :)”

  1. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme
    in our community. Your website offered us with valuable
    info to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

  2. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each
    time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the
    same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Bless you!

  3. I’m pretty pleased to find this page. I want to to thank you for your time for
    this wonderful read!! I definitely liked every bit of
    it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff in your blog.

  4. Great web site. Plenty of helpful info here.
    I’m sending it to a few friends ans additionally
    sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks on your sweat!

  5. Great article, totally what I needed.

    my web-site :: psn code gratuit

  6. Greetings I am so delighted I found your weblog, I really found
    you by mistake, while I was browsing on Yahoo for something
    else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to
    say thanks for a tremendous post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love
    the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at the moment but I
    have book-marked it and also added in your RSS feeds,
    so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep
    up the superb work.

    Stop by my page; castle clash cheats

  7. It is truly a great and useful piece of information. I am happy that you shared this helpful
    information with us. Please stay us up to date like this.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Take a look at my webpage: clash of clans

  8. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Feel free to visit my web page seo melbourne

  9. I got this website from my friend who shared with me about this
    web page and now this time I am visiting this web site and reading very informative
    content at this place.

  10. Nice weblog right here! Additionally your website a lot up very fast!

    What host are you the usage of? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink
    to your host? I desire my website loaded
    up as quickly as yours lol

  11. Good way of telling, and nice post to obtain data regarding my presentation subject matter,
    which i am going to present in academy.

    Feel free to visit my weblog; clash of clans astuce

  12. Remarkable! Its genuinely awesome post, I have got much clear idea regarding from this piece of writing.

    My page :: clash of clans astuce

  13. Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog based upon on the same information you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I
    know my readers would appreciate your work. If you are
    even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  14. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be
    honest but your sites really nice, keep it up!

    I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back down the
    road. Many thanks

  15. Actually no matter if someone doesn’t understand afterward
    its up to other viewers that they will assist, so here it occurs.

  16. I am sure this piece of writing has touched all
    the internet users, its really really good paragraph on building up
    new blog.

    my web site: nike free australia

  17. Terrific article! That is the type of info that are supposed to be shared across the net.
    Shame on the seek engines for not positioning this put up
    upper! Come on over and talk over with my web site .
    Thank you =)

  18. Hi there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally recommend to my friends.
    I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

  19. Hi there would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must say this
    blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a honest price?
    Kudos, I appreciate it!

  20. I want to to thank you for this good read!! I
    definitely loved every bit of it. I’ve got you saved as a
    favorite to check out new stuff you post…

    Feel free to visit my web site … billiga nike free

  21. The Dial as they were originally known in 1886 was formed
    by the employee. It is unlikely that you are going to feel
    happy putting a lot of time and effort into something you
    don’t care about. He also coached Paraguay and led Italy to the 1998
    World Cup.

  22. Hey would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m looking to start my own blog soon but I’m having a tough time
    selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m
    looking for something unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I
    had to ask!

    Feel free to surf to my blog post … http://tinyurl.com/l53xm5a

 Leave a Reply

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>