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National Crochet Month:
Welcome to Crochetville’s third annual Designer Blog Tour, taking place all throughout March 2015 in celebration of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo). Each day on our blog, you will find 1) in-depth profile posts for two crochet designers, with a link to their blogs so you can see what specials (free patterns, discount coupon codes, tutorials, etc.) they may be offering for NatCroMo, 2) a daily giveaway post with entries open from 8:00 AM CST to 8:00 AM CST the following day, and 3) during the last week of the month, daily posts from a Crochet Guild of America board member. Join us each day for a new surprise!
Today’s Posts: Susie Allen, East End Design Company | Daily Giveaway | Halos of Hope Hat Collection | Complete Designer Schedule
Susie Allen, East End Design Company
Crochetville is very proud to have designer Susie Allen of East End Design Company with us today, March 20, as one of the featured designers on our 2015 Designer Blog Tour in honor of National Crochet Month (NatCroMo).
Three Truths and a Lie:
Take a guess as to which of the following statements isn’t true. We’ll try to let you know which statement is “The Lie” somewhere in this post. If we just can’t work it in, we’ll post the truth at the bottom of the post!
- Susie’s favorite place in the world is a mountain top in Vermont.
- She has no yarn stash.
- Susie likes to run.
- She loves Nutella.
If you’re not familiar with her work already, we’d like to share two of Susie’s designs with you.
“A great breeze, as you sit on the beach waiting for the sunset, is the perfect end to a perfect day. The chill in the air can be lessened by this wrap that encompasses the essence of a sunset. Made with 100% fine wool from the mountains of New England, this single yarn, is hand painted by local Melissa Johnson exclusively for Green Mountain Spinnery.”
“A little color goes a long way. Inspired by the gorgeous color of Nassau Blue by Madeline Tosh it reminded me of Long Island’s gorgeous beaches. The single nature of the yarn allows the crochet stitch pattern to really shine.”
Getting Off to a Good Start
Susie is mainly a self-taught crocheter. She learned to crochet 15 years ago when she sat down with a Leisure Arts book, a Susan Bates hook, and a skein of Red Heart yarn. Two wonderful women, Agnes McMillan and Angela from her local yarn store, helped her expand her crochet skills. Susie says her first project was a scarf from a pattern published in Woman’s Day magazine that she made with a skein of Lion Brand Homespun. She then proceeded to make a scarf for everyone!
A Design Career Is Begun
Susie began coming up with ideas for things that she not seen in patterns published elsewhere. When she was placed on bed rest while pregnant with her daughter, she started to self-publish patterns. Things just took off from there!
Susie loves open work crochet, and her designs usually have a lacy, open feel. However, she says she’s also obsessed with crochet cables. “I think they are the unsung hero of the crochet world! I’m currently writing a pattern for a vest that I hope to define my signature style,” says Susie.
Susie also pays close attention to current fashion and color trends, which helps set her designs apart. She also values using local yarns whenever possible.
Sources of Inspiration
Susie gets her inspiration from the natural world around her as well as from the latest Anthropologie catalog!
Her Greatest Crochet Accompishment
Susie believes her greatest crochet accomplishment is her jute rope beach bag. She says, “I totally love it and still use it but my hands hurt for weeks after that!”
The Wider World of Fiber Arts
Susie is also a knitting designer who enjoys researching heritage breeds of sheep.
About Her Design Process:
My design process is directly inspired by my natural surroundings. I live by the coast but frequent the mountains. I often bring my sketch book and take pictures of things that inspire me.
Advice for New Designers:
Research the whole process, talk to a lot of people who are in the industry, volunteer to work a show with your favorite yarn company. There are so many aspects to this industry, it’s amazing! But in the end, it is a business and that’s the side you need to know about so you can start, thrive, and maintain your success. (It’s hard work! )
Some of Susie’s Favorites:
- Favorite Crochet Books: The Harmony Stitch Guides published by Interweave/F+W and Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula. Susie says, “Robyn’s engineering background and how that equates to stitch diagrams rocks my world! (Total fan girl!)”
- Designers: Marly Bird, Maureen Clark, Rebecca Velasquez, Robyn Chachula, Ellen Gormley, Doris Chan, Lily Chin, and Candi Jensen
- Favorite Hook: Susie loves “a good old Susan Bates” for most things, but for anything bigger than 5.0 mm, she loves the Brittany hooks!
- Favorite Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery and Buffalo Gold are her favorite yarn companies. She loves working with worsted weight yarns, especially those spun as singles.
- Favorite Thing to Crochet: Baby items, especially those for preemies.
Visit Susie’s Blog: NatCroMo FREEBIE Sneak Peek
You will definitely want to visit Susie’s blog post today! She will be releasing an Easter basket pattern and offering a special discount code (valid for two weeks) for 50% off ALL her crochet patterns in her Ravelry shop. Use coupon code: March to get the discount.
Susie will also talk about teaching her 5-year-old child how to crochet and how to get the whole family involved in crochet.
Find Susie Online:
Ravelry: eastenddesignco (must be logged in to see profile)
East End Design Company Blog: http://www.eastenddesignco.wordpress.com
Ravelry Designer Page: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/susie-allen
Susie really DOES have a yarn stash, just like the rest of us!
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45 thoughts on “NatCroMo 2015, March 20: Susie Allen”
I love your designs!
The coloration and design of the Kismet Sunset Shawl are fantastic!
Love the Atlantique Beach Cowl! It really shows off the yarn.
So many pretty designs! I can’t wait until my granddaughter is old enough to learn to crochet.
The Kismet Sunset Shawl is beautiful!
Love the beach cowl!
yarn stash – my husband calls it shopping at home for yarn. 🙂
Lie is you don’t have a yarn stash.
this has been great being able to put name with designs. I usually do not pay any attention to the names unless I’m getting the design from a book
The peachy colors on that shawl are just beautiful, and the lacy stitch really sets off the color nicely.
Beautiful patterns. Will be waiting for her crochet cable design to be released. I love cables.
She has some beautiful crochet AND knit designs! The Atlantique Beach Cowl and Blythbourne Hat are now on my ravelry queue!
I was about to say … a new designer to me! … until I saw the Kismet Sunset Shawl that I fell in love with and have in my library to work up, as soon as I get a few WIPs off the hooks. Have the perfect yarn for it already, in 2 special colorways.
Your designs are amazing!
I love the Kismet Sunset Shawl. I also love the look of crocheted cables and look forward to learning the stitches.
Your patterns are gorgeous. Thank you.
I would be truly bothered by a designer with no yarn stash, so glad that one is the lie.
Love her items, but can’t even imagine NOT having a yarn stash! 😉
I like your Kismet Sunset Shawl and I think it is cool you are teaching crochet.
Sadly, I am the only one in the world that has no yarn stash. As a newbie crocheter (year), who is on a budget, in a small town with the closest RedHeart Yarn over an hr away, I am JEALOUS! Great giveaway, I have never used the tweed but I think it would be gorgeous in cables! Thanks for showcasing a great designer and designs. Thanks so much. I have followed, entered and shared. I visited the blog too! Thanks for a great #NatCroMo!
Love the open feeling of her designs.
I loved reading about you… I wish I had started my yarn adventure at your age… My Granmommie tried to get me started & she would be so proud now… I’m hooked on c2c & Granny squares 🙂 With 4 grandchildren & many friends, I keep real busy with “Labor of Love” 🙂
God bless you!!
Nice designs. Love the color choices! Thank you for sharing!
I really like the idea of teaching kids to crochet. They love to learn and it’s definitely better than wonky TV shows or video games. Crafting time is better!
I really enjoyed ‘meeting’ Susie! I’ve added her to my bookmarks for more visits. =)
Love your designs
What crocheter doesn’t have a yarn stash lol 😉
That lie was pretty easy to figure out!
I absolutely CRAVE both the shawl and the cowl!
Love where she gets her inspiration from 🙂
Love the Atlantique Beach Cowl,
I too have Crochet Stitches VISUAL Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula and love it!!
Fun and fabulous!
Love the shawl!
I too am encouraging my Ice Princess to crochet, knit and loom. I have yet to actually get her started but she likes to try wrapping the yarn around and make flowers. She’ll be four in April:) she has her own yarn, hook, loom and knitting needles, all chunky. She also has her own craft bag. Lol. I can’t wait until she starts surpassing my skills!
I bet her yarn stash is awesome too!
some beautiful designs
I knew there was NO WAY Susie didn’t have a yarn stash!
I would be surprised if there was a designer that DIDN’T have a yarn stash!
I love how you get inspiration for your designs.
Love the sweater you are wearing in your profile picture.
LOVE the color you used for the cowl!
Lovely designs! <3
Don’t we all have a yarn stash? And I haven’t found someone yet who doesn’t love Nutella! Love that cowl, and your colors are gorgeous!