Margaret Kavanagh

I read the news today, oh boy!

crochet stories in the news

Could it be? Could 2021 be the year? It's pretty exciting to read the news and see stuff about your favorite pastime, right? Crochet news! Who would have thought? But thanks to a perfect storm of events over the last year or so, it has made it to the top of the news pile.

It's been a year where a critical pandemic hasf forced us all inside, and old and new alike have turned to one of the most popular arts on record: crochet. Now, it's blossomed into something bigger than we ever imagined! Check out some of the exciting ways that this has a major influence in the world in just the first few weeks of April 2021!

We bring you:

Surprising News Stories from Around the Globe

mother earth stress ballThis adorable Mother Earth Amigurumi Ball pattern by Lisa Fox
is available in our April 2021(#85) issue of Happily Hooked Magazine

From Washington, DC: Our new vice president is a “mad crafter” and she supports indie yarn dyers!

News story highlights include visits to two local yarn shops (LYS), discussion of a giant crochet mural at the Wharf in Baltimore, and an adorable Amigurumi likeness of VP Harris from

Be sure to check out the awesome story, by clicking here. Also, I feel pretty cool because I happen to have a few skeins of yarn from one of the shops she stopped at.

crochet news story: Vice President Kamala Harris visits LYS

Vice President Harris on a recent visit to Fibre Space in Alexandria.
At the left is the store owner Danielle Romanetti, and at the right is Maiah Davis, the manager.
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


Woodberry Chunky yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Co. YarnThis lovely skein is Woodberry and it's chunky weight.
It happens to be from Neighborhood Fiber Co.

Vice President Kamala Harris and I buy our yarn here. We're good like that. 


mother earth stress ball

From Amman, Jordan: Dania Ahmad created a pandemic-proof business that's helping to empower other women to do the same.

News story highlights include Dania Ahmad's success story with help from a training program, the Productive Youth Initiative, launched by the Royal Hashemite Court in 2019, and her plan to pay it forward and continue to help break barriers for others. Read this story by clicking here.

news story: Jordanian woman crochet businessPhotos courtesy of Dania Ahmad Facebook page


crochet news stories around globe

From the UK, Italy, Amsterdam, and worldwide: Get ready! Your lockdown “hobby” is this summer's biggest fashion trend!

News story highlights include beautiful fashions from all over the world available online in the world's shops. Plus, a blanket knitted in pieces by many for a women's refuge from domestic violence in Milan, auctioned by Sotheby's — the pandemic has unfortunately made domestic violence a top news story as well.

Read this story that will have your fingers itching some fashions for yourself, right here.


crochet news story: Lockdown hobby is summer fashion trendThis Lazy Daisy Cardigan in Yellow from Wild Orange Tree is proving that everything old is new again!


crochet news stories around globe

From New York, NY: A young woman partnered with Lion Brand Yarn to launch much-needed variety in skin tone yarn shades. Her own business empowers children, and herself!

News story highlights include adorable dolls that help children of color feel seen and represented, a new line of 12 shades of yarn called Skein Tones by Lion Brand, and the woman that made both things possible with her international craft business My Kinda Thing! Get the whole story here!

My Kinda Thing and Skein TonesPhoto from @my_kinda_thing on Instagram. Aniqua Wilkerson is the talented soul who makes children come to life in her dolls, thanks to a partnership with Lion Brand Yarn and the new line of Skein Tone she helped create.


crochet news stories around globe

And so many more stories are out there!

Has obviously become a worldwide trend, phenomenon, pastime, hobby, whatever you want to call it! On one hand, that means more competition for those of us who create goods for the marketplace. On the other hand, that means more goods, supplies, and resources for all of us. But most of all, it means more innovation, and that's always a GREAT thing!

So, get your craft on! Now is THE perfect time!

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Blog Manager & Columnist Coordinator at Happily Hooked | + posts

I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

Margaret Kavanagh

I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

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