Archive for March, 2011...
March 30, 2011
I just got 6 wonderful new and exclusive recycled silk sari ribbons in yesterday. They need your help in getting named! So, not only will you get your name published with the yarn but you will also get a free skein of the yarn if you are chosen the color’s winner!.
So to enter, just comment to this post with the number and the color name you think each yarn should have. If you would like to purchase any of the yarns now, just click on any of the pictures to be redirected!
Good luck my dears– this contest will end on April 3rd
March 30, 2011
March 28, 2011
March 26, 2011
Yarn is one of the truly great items in the world, particularly for the household. Perhaps even doubly so for Darn Good Yarn, as not only do things go into making it, but it can go into making things. In fact, just the household yarn-based applications alone can lead to one “yarning it up” as often as possible. Maybe an art project? Maybe a quilt? Maybe a scarf? Maybe a complete body suit? The choices might seem endless to some; applying yarn to things and finding uses for it can be dangerously addictive, but before you go looking up a suitable drug abuse treatment program to help cope with your yarn addiction, please take some time out to peruse this short article and sometime guide to finding a few more uses for your yarn, to gain some direction with which to hone your yarn-based instincts.
Word To The Wise
A word of warning first, however, as you might come across pieces of information or other yarn sites that indicate that it might be a good idea to lend yarn to animals. For example, either yarn is given to birds from which it is used in order to build their nests, or maybe to a house-pet – such as a cat – as a play/chew toy. These are not the best of ideas, primarily because the yarn itself can be harmful to animals that are too vigorous.
In this respect, birds have very sensitive respiratory systems and any loose fibres from the yarn can cause them respiratory problems, particularly in the case of their young, who seems to consume almost anything and if their nest is made from yarn, then that yarn is also a target for their endless hunger, which can to nasty things to their insides. Cats as a whole are probably better off, but – as with small children and infants – they are prone to choking from small objects and as their claws or vigorous play might tend to shred the yarn, it does pose somewhat of a choking hazard.
Home Is Where The Yarn Is
Maybe you can’t knit and maybe you can’t crochet? Perhaps you don’t have the time to learn and want an instant fix or a quick idea with what to do with your yarn? Then search no further, as there are numerous applications for yarn in a person’s day to day life that require little to no extra work on your part. The household and its occupants are a fantastic place to start searching for ways to use yarn, both conventionally and perhaps slightly unconventionally.
That aside, yarn makes a fabulous decoration device for almost near anything a person might think of:
In this regard, yarn really comes into its own, as with enough yarn the world becomes your oyster, so to speak. Yarn can be used to cover or make covers for pretty much anything you can think of. Book/diary covers are always a popular stopgap when looking for things to cover, as there’s nothing quite like a yarn-covered book to read when you feel like it. Another fine example for the crafty-at-home would be to take an empty can such as a Pringles can (essentially a hollow tube/container) and cover the outside of it with yarn. There you have a ready/easily-made container for pencils, rulers, more Pringles, craft items, the list goes on. Enough yarn can even cover sofas, either decoratively and with style, or as a preventative measure against scratchy pets or household spillages and the like.
The artful uses for yarn are only limited by the extent of your own imagination, but starting tips might include applying yarn to quilts, to create a 3D/bump/ribbed effect, or to create some sort of “scene” on the quilt from the yarn. Make use of the manifold colours inherent in the yarn and extend on that idea and create scenes or dioramas from various pieces of yarn, with added glue being used to apply the yarn to whatever surface you feel is in need of a bit of “yarning up”.
The joys of yarn should not just be kept to yourself, share your yarn (or acquire more) with other members of your family. Children in particular are very receptive to yarn, either just as a passing plaything (depending on age) or as a craft tool, maybe for artwork/collages as a hobby, or even as part of a class/school project. This barely scratches the many uses yarn might have about the house.
March 23, 2011
March 22, 2011
It’s true. It’s Tuesday and my second, third and fourth winds have abandoned me and all we’re left with is one crazy owner of Darn Good Yarn.
I hope you get a laugh, I know I did…. I have been told I’m my own best friend…that’s a good thing right?
March 22, 2011
How’s it going?
So, I just wanted to share a way to fix or reinforce your yarn swift! The one thing I wanted to note that I didn’t in the video below is that when you attach the zip ties, don’t make them too tight, you want them to be the same circumference of the loop of twine that was in its place. That will allow for flexibility and movement of those parts for different sized skeins.
March 17, 2011
March 15, 2011
March 12, 2011
Wrists and fingers
As we age muscles and joints tend to tighten and fatigue more quickly. Here is a simple warm up.
- Open fingers as wide as you can and hold for 5 seconds.
- Close fingers into a fist and hold for 5 seconds.
- Repeat three times.
- 1. Slowly circle your wrists in one direction 5 times.
- 2. Flex or bend your wrist so your fingers only are facing up toward the sky.
- 3. Hold for 5 seconds.
- 4. Slowly circle your wrist in the other direction 5 times.
- 5. Flex or bend your wrist so your fingers are facing the floor.
- 6. Hold for 5 seconds.
- 7. Repeat this sequence 3 times.
These simple warm up can also be performed at the end of your knitting session to help relax your muscles and joints.
In the book Stretches for Those Who Knit and Crochet you will find a number of stretches and strengtheners. This book can be found at http://www.isobreathing.com
Ellen Miller is a certified Fitness Practitioner/Personal Trainer teaching for the past 25 years. Ellen writes for her monthly newsletter, blogs and New Orleans Wedding Magazine. IsoBreathing has been a recipient for Innovator of the year in 2006 by New Orleans City Business. She has snippets at http://www.youtube.com/isobreathing. Ellen sells DVD’s,CD’s and Booklets of the IsoBreathing program at htpp://www.isobreathing.com and can be reached at Ellen@isobreathing.com