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Jefferson Transitional Programs

September 14, 2010

So, some of you might know my tumultuous past with depression. On a serious note, crafting saved me.. this yarn saved me.

It was so incredible to then get an email from Laura. She’s an artist who is working with Jefferson Transitional Programs to help others work through their mental illnesses. Check out the website: She is going to incorporate our sari ribbons for projects used in the Recovery Art Corps!

Since 1990, Jefferson Transitional Programs (JTP) has offered vocational, supported sober living, and educational programs for more than 3,500 individuals with chronic mental illness or individuals with both mental illness and addictions, many of whom are homeless. The nonprofit’s purpose is to empower individuals with the skills and tools necessary to move from crisis to stability, victim to survivor, and a state of hopelessness to happiness. JTP offers these services until an individual can meet their program goals and objectives, determining their own length of stay with JTP.

And now, it looks like Darn Good Yarn is going to work with JTP!

Do you want to donate yarn?

You can donate to Darn Good Yarn and in turn I will send JTP yarn at my cost!

Click Here to Donate

Tunics you can make with Darn Good Yarn

September 13, 2010


Almost like sweaters but depending on where you are in the world, more versatile! And the great thing is that since most of our yarns (like the Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn) are lighter, these are great options in case you need to layer over to keep warm moving from the indoors to the outdoors! They also tend to go long enough to go past your patootie :) a feature I like in case I wear low-cute jeans!

Also, if you ever have a question about how many balls of yarn to get for a pattern, email us! That’s what we’re here for!
Wonderful in any of our banana fiber collections except the Landscapes series Wouldn’t this be wonderful in a bold solid colored banana fiber yarn?! Divine in Recycled Sari Silk!! Perfect with any of our blends of recycled sari silks! A personal favorite and so easy. Great for any of our banana fiber blends except for the Landscape Series.

Minisweaters, boleros, shrugs you can make with Darn Good Yarn

September 13, 2010

Mini-sweaters, boleros, shrugs

I love them all! Why? They’re quick to make and add that little extra something over your outfit. I’ve been living in places where you need to keep taking layers on and off so they’re vital for me! Enjoy these free patterns I found:

Also, if you ever have a question about how many balls of yarn to get for a pattern, email us! That’s what we’re here for! This would be lovely in Nicole’s Recipe Banana Fiber Blend!
Use two strands of recycled silk together or our thicker banana fibers!
Use the Landscapes Handspun Banana Fiber for this one! How fantastic is this one? Use a bright colored yarn.. 2 strands of the recycled sari silk.. tres bien! In our banana fibers (except The landscapes series) just marvelous! wonderful in our yo-yo diet thick and thin wool yarn you’ll have to login but it would be wonderful in our alpaca yarns or heavier banana fibers like Nicole’s Recipe! This would be lovely in our solid colored recycled silk yarn simple and wonderful in any of our sari silks a nice way to move from scarves to something a little more. Try our recycled silks for this one.

Sweaters you could make with Darn Good Yarn

September 13, 2010

Yes, I openly admit to being a lazy knitter. It’s not that I’m lazy per se… I just have a lot going on. So, if I put a project down I want to be able to pick it right up again in about oh… 2 months. I also don’t like my yarns to be exclusive. Sure, I could round up some cabled fair isle craziness but that’s not what Darn Good Yarn is about. The complexity of these yarns will speak for themselves in understated patterns.

Recently, I was asked for a few recommendations for a slightly fitted sweater. Here’s what I came up with! If you know of others that should be on this list, please email me at

Also, if you ever have a question about how many balls of yarn to get for a pattern, email us! That’s what we’re here for! While on the intermediate side– you can really hammer down on shaping. Premium Recycled Silk Yarn would do the trick here! This one is not totally fitted around the waist however it’s super easy! This would be made with the Premium Recycled Silk (at a fraction of the price too :) ) this does have more fit but it’s nice and light and slightly sheer. It would be wonderful in the Premium Recycled Silk This would work up in using possibly 2 strands together on 10.5′s You could shorten the sleeves how you see fit! The yarn would be the Premium Recycled Silk This one is a little tangier and could be worked with any of the banana fibers except for the Landscapes Series worked in yo-yo diet, this would work up nice a quick! A little looser, I don’t think you need to strip this one.. just go for it in our Premium Recycled Silk. With the nice wide stitching it would look stunning with a strong solid fitted tank top underneath it! an easy sweater with a fitted waist included! Perfect for our Premium Recycled Silk Yarn I love this sweater and it will be on my to-do. Use the solid colored recycled silks or the premium recycled silk sari yarn. Could you imagine this in one of our more subdued blends like Golden Temple Recycled Sari Silk.. oo la la! this would be stunning in solid colored banana fiber don’t you think? Yes, whilst a little on the intermediate side, it’s really not too bad. Do a guage check.. you might be able to use two strands together! So easy and would look lovely in banana fiber!

How to take the twist out of over-twisted yarn

September 12, 2010

Here, Nicole, owner of Darn Good Yarn and your guide to all cool things with all cool yarns shows you how to easily take that sometimes pesky twist out of recycled sari yarn! There is a second video below that shows you how to make a surgeon’s knot like what I describe in the video… this guy did a much better job than me though:)

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1 hour Sari Ribbon Netbook Case

September 10, 2010

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Ah, before we get into the knitting pattern, I wanted to share a special woman’s Etsy store site: Rose Young’s awesome store:

That’s where I got that great necklace from in the video.

OK, back to the show!

So some background: I was looking for a sleeve originally for my netbook. I made one, but it’s not terribly useful. I carry too much “stuff” with me. I usually use this at the library and I’m taking notes in a dare-I-say real notebook while I have research happening on the netbook. So, I made this bag more loopy with no real structure. It serves the purpose, it’s quick to make, it’s colorful and best of all.

You can also modify this to make it satchel type bag by lining it and throwing a strap on it.

You’ll need two skeins of any of these yarns located here

Size US 19 needles

Cast on 3 sts,

Row 1, K3

Row 2-7 M1, K to end of row (Row 7 is approximate depending on the size of your netbook. Measure yours and make adjustments as necessary.)

Row 9-12 knit

Row 13-18, k2tog, K to end of row

Row 19 K3

Bind off

Make another panel.

Sew together leaving one end open (your choice of lengthwise or width wise). I used left over ribbon to make closures. But you can use buttons or whatever else your heart desires!

How to soften your projects

September 10, 2010

I get this question a lot; “How can I speed up the break-in period of an item I made?”

Great question! Over time, the silks that you work with from Darn Good Yarn will get softer and softer. However, I understand there are times where you want that vintage soft look.

So follow these easy tutorial and you’ll be on your way to experience the softness that all of Darn Good Yarn’s Recycled Silk Yarns and Ribbons can bring!

What you need:


5-7 tennis balls depending on the size of your dryer and/or project

2 Tbsp of hair conditioner or liquid fabric softener

4.5 cups of warm water



soak washSoak Wash to pre-clean your project (great for those items that will be against skin!) Buy it by clicking here.

Dryer Safe bag


1.Pour and mix the conditioner (or fabric softer) and water in the bucket until conditioner is dissolved.

You can precede this step by washing your project in Soak Wash. Buy it by clicking here.

2. Place project into bucket and hand agitate being sure to get this softening solution in all of the nooks and crannies. (about 2 mins)

3. GENTLY, squeeze out the water. Be careful about warping the project by over-squeezing the water out of your project…you could misshape it!

4. Throw project in dryer safe bag (or not). I originally made the mistake of having too large of a bag and my project wound up being mashed to one side and did not dry! When I re-tried the process, I stuck some wet towels along with 5 tennis balls and my project into the dryer on my standard setting (until everything was ALMOST dry). Remember, don’t go on your hottest dryer setting–use the medium setting.

5. Check your dryer every 10 mins. You want to pull your project out just when it still has a little bit of dampness. This is important in case you have to reshape your project. From there you can lay it flat to dry the rest of the way. If your project doesn’t need reshaping you can let the full cycle of dryer take over.

6. You’re all set! Not only do you have a softened project, but it smells good too:)

When in Mineral Point, Wisconsin…

September 10, 2010

When you’re in Mineral Point Wisconsin you must must must stop by Jony’s shop “Simply Scarfs” at 152 High Street. (contact @ for questions).

Check out the magnificent creations that you can get there though! Yes, silly, they’re made from the ever-awesome line of Darn Good Yarn’s recycled silk sari ribbons

A new path: the power of yarn

September 2, 2010

Recently, Nicole at Darn Good Yarn was approached by a director who works with the DOVE Academy in Graceville, FL.

This is a residential detention community for girls who have made some bad decisions & followed bad paths.  While there, one of the ways that DOVE helps is by teaching them to knit.  They, in turn, make blankets for vets, premature babies, and the homeless. They learn a new skill and learn how to help others.

Jennifer (the director who contacted Darn Good Yarn) says it best:

“To tell you a bit more about us: We serve kids in six juvenile detention facilities and also in schools in Madison County, Florida.  I am based in Tallahassee, FL and travel all over North Florida to work with our kids.  The girls at the DOVE facility are going to teach me to knit- it’s their new challenge when I come out to visit them.  I love my job for so many reasons, but mostly because I get to see beauty in children who have been overlooked for too long. People have certain ideas of “juvenile delinquents” but with the girls I serve I have learned that most of them have been victimized and never shown the right path. They love to learn new skills and teach others and I almost cry every time I see the absolute joy they get from feeling useful and being able to contribute to others. “

The power of yarn, bringing people together and helping people realize new paths.

Darn Good Yarn donated a box of all different recycled silk and banana fiber yarns in rainbows of colors.

If you would like to help, keep supporting Darn Good Yarn. your purchases and direction donations all make it possible for us to continue to reach out to community-enhancing programs like this.

I need a little help from my friends!

September 2, 2010

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Hi Everyone! I’m taking part in the Yoga Aid event in Salt Lake City on Sept 18th.

Can you do me a favor and donate a $1?

Donate by going here:

Here’s an added BONUS

for every $1,

Darn Good Yarn will match your $1 to $50!

The Yoga Aid Challenge is to complete a 2 hour extreme Yoga practice whilst also supporting great causes. I’m still getting used to the SLC heat so I need all the help I can get. Encouraging words will not be turned down, nor bottles of water, but a buck would be even the best!

The charity I am supporting is Off the Mat. OTM helps individuals take the path of yoga “off the mat and into the world,” expanding the sphere of change outward to local and global communities. They do this by facilitating personal empowerment through leadership trainings, fostering community collaboration, and initiating local and global service projects.

Cool eh?
Thanks so much for your support!