Archive for July, 2009...
July 27, 2009
I try so hard to step out and be adventurous but then I think about a lot of newbies out there who just want to make a cool quick project too! And this recycled silk yarn is seriously the way to go!
One day though… I will have more than 5 minutes to myself and I will make you a pattern!
So, I’m working on a super simple hat, but the thing you have to remember with this silk yarn, is that all of the colors…. oh they make a simple project look awesome!
Want to buy this yarn?
So what do you think? Tell me, what patterns do you want to see? Tell me please!!!
July 19, 2009
Guess what this hat is made from? Darn Good Yarn’s very own Yo-Yo Diet thick and Thin Wool Yarn
I’ve been working with Michelle for a quite a while now and you just have to see all the cool items she makes. I know we all have the best intentions to make everything ourselves, but when you don’t have the time I think it’s equally as important to support our fellow crafters and resist the urge to get mass produced ho-hum items. This is where Michelle’s shop comes in super handy!
Michelle owns her own etsy store “SunFleur” which you can visit by clicking here!
High quality and really great prices and did I mention how whimsical everything she makes is?
July 18, 2009
So, some of you might know that Mike and I are a little into wine… well we at least have a wine fridge so I perhaps we can get partial credit..hmmm.
But on the rare weekend Mike has off we like to go out tasting. We were falling into a rut out here though because we were part of a few wine clubs…and when you have more than a “couple” of bottles from the same place, well I think you have to switch it up. So, we were told about the Wine Ghetto here in Lompoc CA.
Well, the name, hmmm I wasn’t so sure… were we going to get our wine poured into Dixie cups?
Did we need bullet proof vests, did we need the Club for our car? No, no, no. We were pleasantly surprised to find that while the location is a little odd it’s a gem. But isn’t that how it always goes for those little wine treasures?!
So today, we tasted at the Flying Goat Cellars . When we first got there, I ran straight to the little girls room and when I came out my Mike was saying well, we’re joining the wine club because it’s practically all Pinot Noirs (that’s one of our favorites!). We started the taste with a sparking pinot (oh yummy.. you know me and anything sparkling…wine, diamonds, and my yarn..yes my yarn). From there it was like taking an adventure all through the Central Coast of California. Grapes from everywhere and our pourer was FANTASTIC. I will really say she was the best pourer we’ve came into contact with out here in a long time! She was super knowledgeable and so helpful and happy to talk about the wine even though we were younger. That’s often a gripe of mine at these tasting rooms. We under-dress on purpose and it’s hilarious to see the up-and-down we get from some people… it usually indicates if we’re going to buy wine there or not. And the manager of the room was helpful too! She was telling us all about these great events coming up! Just a lot of talk about the wine, it was great! I’m no expert in wine, while I adore it, it’s always nice to learn something new and experience in your glass.
So, finally we found something cool to so in the Central Coast.. discover new wineries. The Flying Goat Cellers room here in Lompoc just opened in March so get on over there (it’s behind the Home Depot) and start tasting! You can thank me later! The wines are rich, deep, complex, have a great price tag and will show you the depth and versatility of Pinot Noir.
Nicole, Mike and Squeakers!
July 17, 2009
Have you been knitting away for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate?
Well, it’s almost time to show the world what you did! All entries are due July 31 2009!
So, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) pictures of your project and anything else you think we need to judge it!
Nicole and crew
July 13, 2009
Anyway, this one will be short this morning. I just wanted to touch base with you some of you that might be having questions as to what to make with the Yo-Yo Diet Yarn.
We can thank Sandra and Faith (who are some of our best DGY fans on facebook for this question!).
Hmm what to make what to make? Well, I renamed this yarn, because it is a true “thick and thin” wool yarn… get it? Yo-Yo Diet?! (Come on, we’ve all been there).
Well, here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
You can make a scarf (you can see pictures of it by clicking here) All I did was CO 9 sts on size 13′s and worked up 2 skeins in moss stitch. It made a nice effect which looked like little pebbles
Here’s a Capelet: Click Here
For now, I hope that helps because I have to run off and be an assistant this morning.
Much love! And don’t forget to leave your comments!
Nicole (and Michael and Squeakers)
Here’s a notebook cover: Click Here
July 6, 2009
So, you know how sometimes life puts the most coolest people in your life? Well Chriss has been this person for me with Darn Good Yarn.
She owns this great Etsy Store which you can visit by clicking here!
So, I know that we all have the best intentions to knit or crochet gifts for our friends and family…but if you’re like me, OMG where the heck does the time go? It’s like, I get home, cook, clean, put the never-ending pile of laundry away… and I’m supposed to craft now?! It breaks my heart, but sometimes a clean house is better than a hand-made gift….this is where Chriss comes in. She is this master crochet-er based out of British Columbia… see, we’re international here at Darn Good Yarn:)
I mean look at all these crafts Chriss crocheted… and think about the time you will save and the looks on the faces of the people you give these as gifts to…or the look on your own face when you get yourself your own gift..hehehe!
Oh yes, please watch out for exclusive patterns by Chriss which will only be here at Darn Good Yarn!