The current issue, March/April 2007 with the beautiful embroidered silk purse on it, has the current winners of the "Excellence in Needle Arts Awards" sponsored by The National Needlearts Association (TNNA). The grand prize winner is a stunning tapestry embroidered by Suzanne K. Vinmans.
Now what does this have to do with crocheting you ask?
The first place prize winner, in the knitting and crochet catagory, is Elena Stefania Ferrari, a 15 year old who crocheted an amazing lap blanket.
I couldn't even crochet a ripple afghan at 15, let alone something as complex as this lap blanket. The magazine did not have too much information on M's Ferrari, but I believe she has a great future in design. I just hope she publishes the pattern so mere mortals like me can figure out how she did it.