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Strengthening your upper back

May 31, 2011

Time for another installment of tips to keep you healthy while you craft! Be sure to give Ellen at IsoBreathing Inc.


Strengthening your upper back

This month’s article is a combination of strengthening your upper back along with a shoulder rotation to help improve your posture. When improving your posture your upper and mid back will not tighten as much when knitting for elongated periods of time.

Upper Back Strengthener

  1. Sit tall with both feet flat on the floor
  2. Extend both arms forward shoulder height. (Your palms will face each other) Inhale.
  3. Pull arms back bending your elbows and keeping your arms tucked close to your body.  At the same time your arms are in the back position squeeze your shoulder blades together tightly and exhale.
  4. Hold this contraction for 1 IsoBreathing breath.
  5. Repeat movement 10 times


Shoulder Rotation

  1. Stand tall with both feet hip distance apart.
  2. Both hands down at your sides.
  3. Rotate both arms so your palms are facing in front of you. Continue turning your palms outward and to the side, away from your body, with your thumbs pointing behind you. Your arms are slightly away from your body.
  4. Squeeze your shoulder blades together.
  5. Hold for 1 IsoBreathing breath
  6. Repeat movement 10 times

By performing these two exercises 2-3 times a day you will improve your posture within 2 weeks. Need Proof? Have someone measure you along your back from armpit to armpit while you stand naturally. Wait 2 weeks and re-measure again. You will see a difference. The average improvement is between ½ inch to 2 inches. (the numbers on the measuring tape will lessen.)

New Silk Sari Ribbon and Allergies Attack!

May 27, 2011

Victorian Rose Sari Silk RibbonHoly moly,

It’s finally Friday and just after 10am to boot…where did my morning go? Oh I know where…watch the video to find out! Also, have you seen the new Silk Sari Ribbon colors? If not, check them out here: New Sari Ribbon Colors


Also, the shop that was featured in the video below is

Taming of the Ewe
26 Public Square SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 727-7081 ‎
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Way to go Detta!


Oh and if you’re interested, my new site that I just launched is called


Have a wonderful day everyone!



Monday Update! Sari Ribbon Shrug Pattern–DONE!

May 16, 2011

Salt Lake Sari Ribbon Shrug 002Not bad for a Monday…

OK, I am so excited because I have finished up a knitted shrug pattern for you. If you have watched the blog since Friday you will know that I well… ran into some problems to put it lightly. If you would like to see the comedy of errors (which includes cutting the wrong sleeve off), visit this blog post: Friday the 13th Strikes at Darn Good Yarn

But now the Abask Recycled Sari Ribbon Shrug Pattern is DONE and I’ve decided to make it a freebie!

And you can download the pdf by clicking on this link below (you might have to scroll):

Click here to get your free pdf download of “Abask”!


Ready to make yours?



Check out the colors, perfect for this project by clicking here or on any of the pictures

Thank you for all of your support!


Nicole, Mikey and Squeakers




UPDATE!Friday the 13th strikes Darn Good Yarn

May 13, 2011

Hi Everyone!


Friday the 13th strikes Darn Good Yarn!!! Have a chuckle and watch the video. I also feature a new recycled silk bracelet in the vid that I think you will love!


and now a 2:30p update… the shrug is done!





If I’m fat in my bathing suit… Wednesday 5-11 update last days to get 10% off too

May 11, 2011

Hi everyone,


So, it’s officially a hump day here at Darn Good Yarn but that’s good because I’m making something out of recycled sari ribbon yarn but, you’re just to have to watch the video to see what it is:) You’ll also see why I don’t care if I’m fat in my bathing suit this year:)


And remember, there is only a few days left to get 10% off the Original Premium Recycled Silk Yarn! Hurry!