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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,


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


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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 !

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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


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


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 Find an event in your area

Top yarns to crochet with over the Summer

So it’s summer what should I stitch with? Here are my top choices!
1) Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sylvan Spirit:
It is a great yarn that is composed of Tencel and wool. For those of you who do not know what Tencel is , it’s actually made of tree pulp. How cool is that? It is a breathable yarn that feels great on your hands and keeps you nice and cool when you wear it. It was featured in the spring issue of Interweave Knits and will be a yarn used in our first issue of a digital crochet magazine Chain Two. Keep in eye on for more details.
2) Cotton-
Ok this one is a tie. Green Mountain Spinnerys cotton comfort or Brown Sheeps Cotton Fleece. Cotton comfort is 80% wool and 20% cotton. It’s got a great feel while crocheting and again it’s super Eco friendly. Browns sheep cotton fleece is 80% cotton and 20% wool. It comes in a great array of colors. Both will be featured in Chain Two’s first issue as well.