Most of us who have been crocheting for a long time will know the name of Jean Leinhauser. She was a pioneer in the art of crochet, an author of countless books and moderator of the Yahoo group "Crochet Partners". Jean was trained as a journalist and began her professional needlework career as a design director for the Boye Needle Company. She left Boye to found Leisure Arts publishing and later founded the American School of Needlework Publishing Co. She recently contributed the masters program for the CGOA. Throughout her life, Jean was always available to those in need of crochet help and a friend to many who never met her except through e-mails. Her "101 Stitches for Afghans" has always been my go-to book for stitch patterns. Jean passed away on June 15th of a heart attack.....a shock to all. But her spirit, her love of crochet and her tireless work to keep crochet an important part of the yarn arts industry will never be forgotten. If you are new to crochet and not familiar with Jean's work, do check out some of her books....she was a great teacher and crochet artist.
Rest in Peace, Jean.....and thank you for the legacy you have left for all crocheters!