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Note From the Editor

The holidays are over and a long stretch of winter lies ahead for many of us. Now is the perfect time to snuggle in your favorite chair, gather all your crochet projects around you and enjoy some serious stitching time!

I wonder if the new year inspires you to finish UFO's (UnFinished Objects) or if it has you itching to begin a new project. I always find I want to start a whole new project as it gives me something to look forward to.

This issue is packed with so many patterns that you may find it difficult to decide which project to begin first!

Valentine's Day reminds us it is always fun to say "I love you" with a special gift. We've filled our Hearts All Around chapter with a variety of projects with different heart motifs that are just as satisfying to make as they are to give. The Heartwarming Microwave Bowl Cozy is not only a practical gift, but it's one that will remind someone of your love every day. Do you have a new baby arriving soon? The My Sweet Heart Set would be the perfect shower gift! Crochet the Big Hearts Rug and learn a new technique at the same time. Designer Debra Arch's tutorial shows you how to do a simple variation of single crochet that makes this rug extra soft and cushy.

Our up-front features continue the heart theme with a thread coaster that's just the right size to slip into a Valentine's Day card. Or crochet the Young At Heart Headband for a special little girl you know.

In the Timeless Textures chapter, you'll find several projects that combine dimensional stitches. They are so fun to crochet that you may not be able to put your crochet hook down! Start with the Northwoods Hat or the Textured Shells Scarfs and move on to one of five afghans, each with unique stitch patterns that may have you adding all of them to your crochet to-do list!

A beautiful hand-dyed shawl, a soft alpaca top-down tunic, a cozy winter wrap and a cute little stuffed owl with a message of love are just some of the other tempting projects you'll find in this issue. Now is the perfect time to start your next crochet project!

Happy Crocheting!

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Jackie Daugherty, Executive Editor

Jackie Daugherty is the editor of Crochet World magazine. She also edits the special newsstand issues of Crochet World and Crochet! magazines and is the project manager for Annie's Hook & Needle Club.

Jackie is a lifelong crafter and has been crocheting and knitting since she was 8 years old. In addition to managing a yarn shop for 10 years, Jackie has taught crochet and knit classes at local yarn shops and national events including CGOA for over 30 years. Jackie served as the vice president for CGOA from 2000-2003. During her tenure she established an exclusive pattern line which includes several of her designs. Jackie co-authored Kids Can Crochet and has published many patterns in several magazines and books.

Jackie lives with her husband and 2 rambunctious dogs in a tiny home filled with yarn!

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