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Christmas countdown continues

Here is our $1 pattern deal of the day;
Merry Stitching
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/breckenridge-shawl

Christmas Countdown Continues-Happy Thursday ! Two patterns

I was in such a great Christmas mood that today I chose two patterns, the Putney cowl using Green Mountains Spinnery’s mountain mohair and Tangerine Crush using Brown Sheep’s cotton fleece.
Here are the links remember no coupon code is necessary:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/putney-cowl
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tangerine-crush-cowl

Merry Stitching!

Suzy’s Christmas Countdown day 2

Day two of our Christmas Countdown is here and what a special treat we have for you!!! One of our most popular patterns using Cascade’s Casablanca, the Autumn Sunset Shawl is just a dollar on ravelry. No coupon code necessary the price adjusts automatically at check out. Merry Christmas and Happy stitching to you!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/autumn-sunset-shawl

Suzy’s Christmas Countdown

What better way is there to countdown to Christmas, then knitting or crocheting? It’s a great activity to do to help you reflect on the season !

We here at Suzy Allen Designs are offering pattern deals to celebrate! Today get the Covered Bridge Cable Hat for only $1.00 on Ravelry. No coupon code necessary! Just check out and it will happen automatically!

This hat used Berrocco Vintage Chunky and works up super fast! Get your great deal today!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/covered-bridge-hat

The Fall Issue is here

The fall air has settled in, local yarn shops are a buzz with customers. Hooks are being organized, yarn being bought… And the fall issue of Chain Two is here! It’s jam packed with fashion forward designs. Our themes are Campus Crochet, Fall color, Weekend Comfort, Leaf Peeping and Scarf vs. cowl!
So look for it your inboxes or subscribe on http://www.chaintwo.com

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Crochet on the Beach

As you all know, I love to stitch in public as well as wear my crochet to my favorite places and the beach is no exception. Everyone who goes to the beach needs a great beach tote where everything can fit in from your towel, to your nook and of course the sun tan lotion. I love experimenting with different fibers as well and I was inspired recently by an amazing beach tote I saw while out on the East End of Long Island near Montauk. It was rugged and marine in nature and it was made out of jute cord. Yup… you read that right jute cord.

After searching for the perfect fiber for my bag it brought me to industrial Jute. Used by many through the years in very utilitarian ways, I decided to turn it into the perfect staple for anybody’s summer wardrobe. Since it was inspired by the nautical landscape, I added marine boat rope for the handles.

So challenge yourself to crochet outside the box with jute and see the wondrous beauty you can create for your wardrobe.

Tips for working with Jute:

1- Make sure you stretch your hands before, during and after as this is usually tough on your hands

2-Take frequent rests to avoid repetitive strain

3- Use an awesome lotion to protect your hands (I like Bee’s Needs )

4- Enjoy the process of using such a utilitarian/industrial material to create something beautiful

5-Show off your creation at the beach… you will get stopped frequently.

To purchase the above pattern, check it out on Ravelry

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/montauk-beach-bag

For more information on Chain Two Digital Magazine, check out our website http://www.chaintwo.com . All links to our social media is available there as well.

Crochet on the Beach

As you all know, I love to stitch in public as well as wear my crochet to my favorite places and the beach is no exception. Everyone who goes to the beach needs a great beach tote where everything can fit in from your towel, to your nook and of course the sun tan lotion. I love experimenting with different fibers as well and I was inspired recently by an amazing beach tote I saw while out on the East End of Long Island near Montauk. It was rugged and marine in nature and it was made out of jute cord. Yup… you read that right jute cord.

After searching for the perfect fiber for my bag it brought me to industrial Jute. Used by many through the years in very utilitarian ways, I decided to turn it into the perfect staple for anybody’s summer wardrobe. Since it was inspired by the nautical landscape, I added marine boat rope for the handles.

So challenge yourself to crochet outside the box with jute and see the wondrous beauty you can create for your wardrobe.

Tips for working with Jute:

1- Make sure you stretch your hands before, during and after as this is usually tough on your hands

2-Take frequent rests to avoid repetitive strain

3- Use an awesome lotion to protect your hands (I like Bee’s Needs )

4- Enjoy the process of using such a utilitarian/industrial material to create something beautiful

5-Show off your creation at the beach… you will get stopped frequently.

To purchase the above pattern, check it out on Ravelry

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/montauk-beach-bag

 

For more information on Chain Two Digital Magazine, check out our website http://www.chaintwo.com . All links to our social media is available there as well.

Farmer’s Market Crochet

As a lover of all things handmade and locally grown. One of my favorite Summer pastimes is going to my local farmer’s market or the local one to where I am visiting and I check out all the samples and usually bring home a bountiful bag of produce. As I started frequenting these markets I noticed stunningly beautiful utilitarian bags….some call them Market Bags, I call them awesome works of art. What a history they tell of people and their community and the handmade items that make a community truly a community.

As part of our Summer issue, we have put together a collection of two market bags ( there is one more coming), a capelet to flaunt while you shop and two count them two amazing clutches to hold all your stuff while you shop! I hope you enjoy stitching them as much as you do. We would love to know what is your favorite farmer’s market. Mine is probably either the one in Richmond, VT on Friday nights or Stowe, VT on Sundays.

Peace, love,farms and handmade,

Suzy

Creative Director, Suzy Allen Designs and Editor of Chain Two Digital Magazine

 

Check us out on ravelry, twitter (@chaintwo and @chainomag) and facebook ! http://www.facebook.com/ChainTwoZine

 

Where does your inspiration come from?

Throughout our summer issue of Chain Two, We shared our inspiration for different patterns. For some patterns it was the warm weather and with this heat wave that’s all I can think about (although we are planning our fall issue so…its tough), the beach, and road trips.

Many of us stitchers, take regular road trips. Some see pretty landscapes and architecture. Suzy Allen our chief Creative Director sees stitch patterns and garments. Check out our fence collection all inspired by fences she has seen while traveling through New England. We hope you enjoy stitching them as she did designing them!

These patterns are great because while the textures are complicated the light airy open work of both patterns are perfect to stitch and wear during the warm summer months.

Happy Stitching in the Summer from all of us here at Chain Two! We would love to hear how you stitch in the summer !

To subscribe check out our magazines homepage at http://www.chaintwo.com

Yarn Events June 6-11

Are you looking to fill your weekend with fun filled stitching related events? Here are a list of a bunch. Do you have one to add? Leave a comment to add the event! Thanks everyone and have a chain filled weekend!
June 4-10 Yarn events

Local:

June 9, 2012- Argyle Park, Babylon, NY Long Island Knitters Guild Bring a chair, refreshment and can for a local food bank hosted by

Knitty City hosts World Wide Knit in Public Day in Bryant Park

Sunday June 10th, 2012- Bryant Park 2:00-4:00

National:

June 5th 10-12 @WEBS Yarn store in North Hampton MA, Meet Iris Schrier

June 6-10 Rockywold-Deephaven Camps, Holderness, NH Squam Art Workshop Retreat

June 7-10 Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, Estes Park, CO Estes Park Wool Market

June 8-10 Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX Texas Folklife Festival

June 8-11 Coast of Maine Maine Knitting Cruise with Bill Huntington

June 9-10 Dallas County Fairgrounds, Adel, IA Iowa Summer Sheep and Wool Festival

June 9-10 Butternut Hill Campground, Bouckville, NY Central New York Fiber Artists & Producers Annual Showcase: From Animals to Art

World Wide Knit in Public Day www.wwkipday.com Find an event in your area