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Year of the Emerald at Vogue Knitting Live

The Year of the Emerald at Vogue Knitting Live

Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry

Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry

As many of you know, Pantone has heralded Emerald as the color of the year. Every year, no matter how much I think I know what the color is going to be I am delightfully surprised at the announcement. This year I was even more excited as it elevates my birthstone of emerald to its rightful place!

Emerald is known to us in the fiber and fashion industry to be part of the jewel stone family. In nature it is a variety of the mineral, beryl and gets the green hues from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium.

“Emeralds occur in hues ranging from yellow-green to blue-green, with the primary hue necessarily being green. Yellow and blue are the normal secondary hues found in emeralds. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered emerald; light-toned gems are known instead by the species name green beryl.” – Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald )

From Local Yarn producers and indie dyers, to our favorite local yarn shops and yarn companies, Emerald was showcased in a whole new light. The natural shades of Emerald were seen throughout.

Local Yarn and Indie dyer herself, Jill Draper from Jill Makes Stuff (http://www.etsy.com/shop/jilldrapermakesstuff), highlighted the yellow-green end of the hue range with Lichen, which is a gorgeous NYS wool that would look great in any garment. Take a look at her Etsy Shop to see her many wonderful colors.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/114783479/hand-dyed-aran-weight-nys-wool-213-yds

The folks at the Neighborhood Fiber Company displayed breath taking colors and Emerald took center stage. For a closer look at their yarn check out their facebook page: (http://www.facebook.com/neighborhoodfiberco)

Green Mountain Spinnery, another great locally based company using solely American wool showcased emerald in their classic line as well as their new yarn (so excited!!!)

The amazing standard in a great line of yarns is Mountain Mohair in the colorway of Wintergreen. It showcases the blue undertones inherent in Emerald.

( http://www.spinnery.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=5-WG )

Need a great pattern for this color, try my Putney Cowl which is perfect for the extreme winter weather we have been experiencing.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/putney-cowl

Weekend Wool, which debuted at VK live, highlights the deep green hues in the Emerald family in its  Spruce color way. This great new yarn has the same gauge as their discontinued Wonderfully Wooly but has an even greater loft and softer feel!  A great choice for ski hats, sweaters and mittens.

( http://www.spinnery.com/shop/proddetail.php?prod=Spruce )

Knitting Fever and Noro Yarns showcased the very beautiful Karuta in the Noro Line.  A gorgeous hand knit top, using Karuta in the 04 colorway seemed perfect for summer. This yarn is a great representation of the color spectrum that is Emerald. Looking for a great pattern using Karuta, may I suggest my Year of the Emerald Mittens on Ravelry?

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/year-of-the-emerald-mittens

Eventhough, my friends at The Fiberists were not in attendance at VK live, this post would be incomplete without mentioning their amazing Emerald colors as they are continually inspired by the natural world. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/119019161/specimen-184-385-yards-hand-dyed-semi) . If you would love to see their yarns in person, they are sold at Fiber Space in Virginia as well as online in their Etsy shop.( http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheFiberists?ref=search_shop_redirect). They will also be in person at their trunk show at Fibre Space President’s Day Weekend and I will be there as well showcasing my designs.

While this post included many of the emerald yarns available at VK Live and shops across the country we would love to hear what your favorite emerald yarn is !ChainTwo_Fall_2012-3

Extra-ordinary Crochet

A while ago I posted a quote that said : “Never love someone that thinks your crochet is ordinary” which was adapted from an Oscar Wilde quote that says “Never love someone who thinks your ordinary”. As I reflected on the original quote I am reminded of those in my life that have supported me in my crochet and knit design process.

The first person who supports me more than anyone is my husband, Mark. He kindly photographs my images (helps to have a photographer for a husband in this business), supports my many a trips to stitch workshops and conferences and even is my designated yarn winder and pom pom maker. It takes an amazing man who is dedicated to his wife to support her in such an endeavor that is both time consuming and energy consuming. Thanks, Mark!

My daughter Caitlyn, who even though she is only three encourages Mommy by picking out the yarn she wants for things she wants me to make. A designer in the making I think so.

The industry’s support for Chain Two and Suzy Allen Designs is incredible as well. Many people along the way have taken the time to help mentor me, teach me and guide me. Some of my faves are Rosemary Drysdale and Carla Scott from Vogue, Maureen Clark and Margaret Atkinson from Green Mountain Spinnery, Angela and Vincent D’Aguanno from Rumplestiltskin Yarns in Stony Brook and Sayville, Ann and Kathleen from The Village Knitter and the team at Kraemer Yarns. The Crochet Guild of America also hosts great professional development days as well.

My peers and customers…. without your hours of support and purchasing of our products we wouldn’t exist. Thanks to all my test crocheters and models Courtney, Rose, Stacie, Katie, Agnes and many others who have helped in so many ways… xoxo

So thanks everyone !

Thanks to my hubby who thinks my crochet is more than ordinary!

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Hooking at Citi Field- Let’s Go Mets

I don’t know about you but I bring my crocheting with me pretty much everywhere! Today, my husband and I ventured to Citi Field (Home of the NY Mets) for the first time today. Between the trip in and the game, there was plenty of time to stitch!

Once we got there, I was amazed at how beautiful and clean the stadium was. We got to our seats in the 417 section and voila…. Comfy seats perfect for stitching! Even better they installed yarn holders for our yarn cakes ! Really, I’m serious! Ok they were beverage dispensers but the best part was my yarn cake of Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sylvan Spirit fit perfectly in the holder allowing for my to hook and watch the game without my yarn going for a ride and bothering serious game watchers!

So Citi Field was made for stitchers and baseball fans alike! It was a win win day. A great baseball game and a great stitching game! Let’s go Mets!

Where do you like to stitch in public? Chain2 would love to hear your stories!

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Crochet Soundtrack- The Voice

Tonight as I crocheted, I was serenaded by the wonderful talent on the Voice. My favorite although he didn’t win was Chris Mann! Wow what a voice! It also just happens to be that his mom Judith Mann is a member of the TNNA.

I don’t know about you but I actually frequently stitch to music! After taking a class with the very talented designer Mari Lynn Patrick, I actually now come up with playlists for the things I’m stitching. She stated in class and in an interview with Interweave Press that she listens to music that helps inspire her designs. So why not, I said! Last night while watching The Voice I was designing a capelet perfect for a summer day that has a little country flair. The yarn is one of my favorites Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sylvan Spirit. My normal playlist would have been a little modern country like Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, Miley Cyrus or even a little Dolly Parton (she is a secret favorite of mine!) But the playful selections of last night were perfect and Lady Antebellum was one of the featured artists so it was just perfect!

What’s the soundtrack of your stitching? Tell us your playlist and you will be entered to win a free crochet pattern from my Etsy shop!!!

Hooking at Citi Field- Let’s Go Mets

I don’t know about you but I bring my crocheting with me pretty much everywhere! Today, my husband and I ventured to Citi Field (Home of the NY Mets) for the first time today. Between the trip in and the game, there was plenty of time to stitch!

Once we got there, I was amazed at how beautiful and clean the stadium was. We got to our seats in the 417 section and voila…. Comfy seats perfect for stitching! Even better they installed yarn holders for our yarn cakes ! Really, I’m serious! Ok they were beverage dispensers but the best part was my yarn cake of Green Mountain Spinnery’s Sylvan Spirit fit perfectly in the holder allowing for my to hook and watch the game without my yarn going for a ride and bothering serious game watchers!

So Citi Field was made for stitchers and baseball fans alike! It was a win win day. A great baseball game and a great stitching game! Let’s go Mets!

Where do you like to stitch in public? Chain2 would love to hear your stories!

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