Archive for November, 2009...
November 25, 2009
So, I have been playing a lot lately at using up scraps of yarn and sometimes upcycling or recycling items I already have to give them a new look! As I promised I would post them here on crochet Corner. I think This bracelet would be great as a stocking stuffer for Christmas! Or even as a gift for a gal of any age.
Here’s one for a Bracelet:
20-40 yards of Recycled Sari Silk Yarn
An old bracelet of any width I used a plastic one about 1/2″ wide
Size 4.5 mm crochet hook.
Row 1: Make a slip knot as you normally would to start crocheting. With the inside of the bracelet towards you and the yarn on the outside insert hook to the inside (from top to bottom) of bracelet, yarn over and draw up a loop, bring yarn around back side of bracelet, yarn over, pull thru 2 loops on hook. You are going to repeat this until you have covered your bracelet. Push your stitches close together to ensure you cover your bracelet fully. Join with slip stitch to first stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends. Please see the photos below for visual help.
Tip, work the tail from the beginning under as you go, then you don’t have to weave it in later. Have fun!
November 22, 2009
Designed and Crocheted by Chriss Smith (in cahoots with Nicole, of course!)
This fun and colorful project is worked all in the round. The bag is designed to fit yoga mats up to 26″ high and 5 1/2″across when rolled up. This pattern is rated at advanced beginner.
3 Balls of Darn Good Yarn Premium Sari Silk
size 5.5 crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
1 coconut button
6 yards of sari ribbon (you can substitute this with a solid colored recycled silk. We tried black and it looked stunning!)
November 22, 2009
This is such a fun project! The entire bag is worked in the round, and includes tapestry crochet techniques for the Om symbol. The bright jewel tones and earthy feel is just such a great mix for a Yoga Mat Bag. You can also use it for those Pilates fanatics too!
Get yours today!
The finished bag can be worn across the body or backpack style, and the drawstring closure keeps your mat secure. This bag is gorgeous and versatile.
November 19, 2009
Got some Sari silk yarn leftovers? Well, stay tuned because we will be releasing some super fun and easy crochet projects to use up those scraps. In the mean time check out this purse I made all out of scraps!
The new “scrap patterns” will be much smaller and will include recycling some household items or something you could find inexpensively in a second hand or dollar store. I am thinking stocking stuffers!!!
If you have any requests for patterns, please let us know, we are always looking for fresh ideas or new twists on old ideas.
DGY will also be releasing a lovely pattern (at a great price, of course!) for Sari Silk Fingerless Mitts! I wasn’t gonna post this picture, but I think I will! Here it is:
Have the Best day ever and Happy Crafting!
November 13, 2009
Did you ever wonder where some of the things you purchase come from? Well, at Darn Good Yarn we like to know the story behind the goods too! The lavender we use for our sachets is no different!
Give it a second to load, but here is a small video about me talking about the farm…..
We get our lavender from this great local farm which grows it organically! The place is called Clairmont Farms and you can go and visit their website and check out all of their great products! Click here to go to their site.
November 12, 2009
Crochet Corner With Chriss is coming soon!
November 4, 2009
So you might remember I asked Chriss (our great crocheter) what inspires her: you read about it by clicking here.
But I had to ask our great knitter Faith the same thing. Read what she has to say!I’ve been knitting since I was in my early teens. I made myself sweaters and ponchos and the like. I earned some of my money for university knitting sweaters. I hadn’t been knitting much lately except out of necessity (I go through a lot of mittens), but I found Darn Good Yarn by accident this summer. I was entranced by the yarn and intrigued by the 80 ways to save the earth tote bag. I ordered some of the yarn. When I decided to make the tote smaller than the pattern called for, I had leftover yarn, so I decided to make mittens. Silk is supposed to be the warmest thing to wear in the winter. They turned out well, so I figured I’d try socks, something I hadn’t knit since I was about 14. This meant ordering more yarn. I was working on them while on vacation, and my daughter and I wandered into a fancy yarn shop in Charlottetown. She fell in love with thrummed mittens, so I figured out how to make those. Her sister needed a pair after seeing them, naturally. By this time I was totally in love with the silk. Nicole was looking for designers, and every time I looked at the silk I came up with another idea for how to use it. We started collaborating, and there you are.
I also design cross-stitch and blackwork patterns and write for various publications, including a review zine.
November 2, 2009
Check out this video and please give it a second to load!
How to make the Darn Good Yarn Wine Bottle Bag
Get a pair of size 15 needles,
get 2- 100g balls of the yarn we call the blender
You can get a little bit of ribbon too (or you can use left over yarn) This will be used in the finished product.. I’ll explain in a little bit
So, this one is easy: Cast on 39 sts and work in moss stitch (k1, p1) until your rectangle measures 6.25 inches long. Now stitch up the side. Ok now measure 3 inches down. Remember that ribbon? Yes? Well weave it in and out of your project. When you slip the bottle of wine in, you’ll use this to tighten the bag around the neck of the bottle.
Don’t like wine? Find some olive oil and use the same mechanics to give a stunning gift!
Not only is the inside goodies great but this bag totally has a chance of being re-used and will make your present look like the best one under the tree or on the table!