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SAORI Peace Weave 2012

June 20, 2012

SAORI Peace Weave 2012


I’m Terri from SAORI Salt Spring (  an island off the West Coast of Vancouver, BC, Canada. After weaving traditionally for over 20 years, I discovered a philosophy of weaving that has completely changed my approach and enjoyment of weaving. SAORI weaving originated in Japan over 40 years ago and the philosophy was developed by a woman who is now 99 years old and still weaves everyday – so inspiring!


I am part of the SAORI Global Network of studios ( and my passion is sharing SAORI Weaving.  Fun, freestyle, no rules and no mistakes!  This means lots of colours, textures, fibres and more – endless possibilities.  This is how I found out about Darn Good Yarn – such great choices of fibres and textures to play with.



The most recent weaving that I completed, “Threads of Hope & Healing”, is bound for Hiroshima, Japan to be exhibited for  “SAORI Peace Weave 2012”.  Each year since 2007, the studio in Hiroshima has invited SAORI Weavers to send in banners woven for peace.


I love weaving with a purpose.  Most of the banners that I have sent have been collaborative weavings – bringing people together to weave their colours, threads, stories, hopes, dreams, prayers and wishes for peace.





The teach:


In this weaving I made extensive use of an inlay technique to add colour and texture.   Every row of the weaving has alpaca in it as the background.  I then took a length of Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon and laid it into the weaving along with the alpaca yarn, but just for a portion of the row.  Then I brought the ribbon out to the front of the weaving and wove one or more rows of alpaca.  The silk ribbon is brought back into the weaving – again for a portion (or for the whole) row.   You can see the loops where it turns from one direction to the other


In this way you can create and design patterns, draw pictures, etc.  The background yarn holds everything together and the ribbon just wanders in and out however you choose.  This accent or inlay could be any fibre or texture – one that blends, one that stands out, whatever you can imagine!  SAORI has no rules, so you can make it up as you go along.




Some things about me:

-       I started blogging in 2006 –  6 years already!

-       I lived in Alberta and was a partner in a computer consulting company and left it all in 2005 to move to Salt Spring Island, BC now living on an acreage in the woods and loving it!

-       One of my favourite books is The Mists of Avalon

-       I can ‘name that tune’ in 3 notes – I always have songs running through my head

-       I take my SAORI portable loom out to festivals, events and coffee shops to let people try some weaving and have had over 1500 people weave for peace, for the community, for the environment.  Most of the people had never woven before.

-       I am experimenting with dyeing using natural, local plant materials

-       We went to Patagonia to see Orcas and then early this year saw them right in our harbour on Salt Spring Island.

-       In my twenties, I was on TV’s TSN Pins game twice for 10-pin bowling

-       I am doing website development for artists and local businesses on the island –

-       In 2010, I taught a SAORI weaving class in New Zealand


My blog is:  I will write more details about this Peace Banner in the days to come – watch for it on my blog.


I offer weaving classes, workshops and retreats on the island with a B&B option at  Honeysuckle Cottage B&B Retreat – – right on our property.  You can wander over to the studio in the woods and enjoy the freedom of expression that SAORI offers with an extensive array of colours and fibres to choose from.


My website: has new products, news, information and many links to other SAORI studios – there may be one in your area!



Summer Clearance- A once a year event!

June 20, 2012

I have a bunch of yarns that you can totally score a great deal on right now! Hurry though, quantities are limited and once they are gone, they are gone!

xo, Nicole

Discounted Yarn Batches

French Vanilla: Vintage Yellow Chiffon Ribbon

Straight-up White Reclaimed Cotton Yarn

Chunky Wool Yarn

Reclaimed Cotton Ribbon Yarn

Periwinkle Banana Fiber Silk Yarn

Vacationland Green Banana Fiber Silk Yarn

Antique Nebula: Muted Purple Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Yarn

Fall Sunset Reclaimed Silk Sari Ribbon

Wedding Garter: Off White Reclaimed Silk Ribbon

A new take on shipping supplies

June 19, 2012

Good morning my loves!

Today I wanted to tell you about the most recent happening… if you’re an indie artist (Etsy etc) or you do a lot of shipping then this post is all for you. I use a lot of poly bags to ship out your yarn all over the world. A couple of months ago, one of our fellow Darn Good Yarners asked me if I ever heard of the store EcoEnclose. After some research, I found that not only did they carry a full line of eco-friendly shipping supplies (that Darn Good Yarn is now integrating into its packaging!) they are super-duper cost effective! So, we made the switch and feel great about doing yet another good thing for the environment because, yeah, we do that reclaiming fiber yarn thingy:)


But here is more info about EcoEnclose. Great company, fast shipping and I’m so happy they are part of the Darn Good Yarn supply chain!

Eco-friendly shipping supply options are long overdue…earth-friendly businesses like Darn Good Yarn can testify to this!  The good news?  Green shipping supplies are now available and they are here to stay.  Better late than never.

EcoEnclose, LLC is the third successful eco-business venture launched by Erin Kimmett.  The earth-friendly shipping supplies available to businesses today through EcoEnclose were developed in response to the frustration felt first hand by Erin, a packaging quandary shared with many other business owners holding similar green values.  Not only do EcoEnclose innovative products provide peace of mind to the conscientious business owner as well as consumers, but they likewise send a positive message about the concern a business has for the Earth we share.

EcoEnclose today is a family-owned and operated entity offering a solid selection of sustainable shipping supplies to those aiming to package more responsibly.  Most EcoEnclose products are entirely unique in the marketplace, manufactured in the USA, and cannot be found elsewhere.  We continue to innovate, design, and augment our robust line of sustainable shipping products and are driven by the enthusiasm and energy of the like-minded, light-treading companies we serve.



Color Naming Contest Rules

June 18, 2012

So you want to have an opportunity to name a yarn color and win it? First things first… I need to tell you that my yarn naming contests have absolutely no affiliation with facebook (even though you might have found out about it there)

1. ELIGIBILITY: Darn Good Yarn Color Naming Contest Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia over the age of 18 with access to the Internet at all times during the Sweepstakes and subsequent prize-award period unless otherwise specified by Darn Good Yarn Inc. Non-US residents over the age of 18 may enter unless expressly prohibited by local regulations and law. All employees of Darn Good Yarn In. (“Sponsor”), all associated agencies and each of their sales representatives, distributors, or agents (all of the foregoing, together with Sponsor, collectively referred to as “Sweepstakes Entities”), and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in the same household of each (whether related or not), are ineligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Entry in the Sweepstakes constitutes your full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.

2. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The Sweepstakes entry period begins when the picture of the yarn to be named is posted on and ends 96 hours from the original posting (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Winners will be selected from entries properly submitted and timely received during the Sweepstakes Period.

3. SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS: Entries can be posted as a comment under the photo, emailed to info@darngoodyarn with the subject line of “yarn naming contest submission” or tweeted to @darngoodyarn

4. PUBLICITY: As a condition of entry into the Sweepstakes, except where prohibited by law, each entrant and each winner by accepting a prize grants to Sponsor and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns and licensees, all right, title and interest in to publicize, broadcast, display and/or otherwise use the Sweepstakes entrant’s name, city, state, and biographical material (collectively, “Licensed Rights”) in any media now or hereafter known throughout the world in perpetuity for advertising and publicity purposes, without additional review, compensation, permission or approval of the winner. Where necessary, the Prize winner will be required to execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability and Publicity Release within twenty four (24) hours of attempted notification or the winner may be disqualified and an alternate winner selected.

5. SELECTION OF SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS/ODDS: The potential Prize winner will be selected by Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn Inc after the 96 hour color naming period. The winner will be selected from entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period. The potential winner will be notified via email to the email address submitted with the potential winner’s entry within ninety six (96) hours after the drawing. The drawing will be conducted by Sponsor, the judge of the Sweepstakes, whose decisions on all matters relating to the Sweepstakes shall be final and binding. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, award the applicable prize to an alternate winner selected at random. Any return of prize notification or prize email as undeliverable will result in forfeiture of any prize and an alternate winner may, at Sponsor’s discretion, be randomly selected.

6. PRIZES: 1 Hank of the yarn to be given a color name. Prize will be delivered after the 96 hour prize choosing selection process. The Prize will be delivered to the winning entrant’s address or at the sole option and discretion of the contest sponsor to a recipient designated by the contest winner. Prizes are not transferable and are not redeemable for cash. All taxes and other charges are responsibility of the winner. No substitutions allowed. All expenses not specifically mentioned herein are not included as part of any Prize package, and are solely the winner’s responsibility.

7. GENERAL RULES: By entering or participating in the Sweepstakes, participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules, and by the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information or technical failures of any kind, (2) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; or (3) any other computer, network, technical, human or other error, problem or malfunction that may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, or the selection or notification of winners. Further, if, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons outside the control of the Sponsor which, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes (or portion thereof), Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes (or portion thereof). Sponsor also reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify the Entry of any individual found to be (a) tampering or attempting to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or any website operated by the Sweepstakes Entities; (b) using any robotic, macro, automatic, programmed or like entry methods, which will void all such entries; (c) violating these Official Rules or the terms of service, conditions of use, and/or general rules of any Sponsor property or service; or (d) acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person. Sweepstakes Entities are not responsible for claims, injuries, losses or damages of any kind resulting, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the awarding, delivery, acceptance, use, misuse, possession, loss or misdirection of the prize; participation in this Sweepstakes or in any activity or travel related thereto or from any interaction with, or downloading of, computer Sweepstakes information.

8. PARTICIPANT OBLIGATIONS: By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. By accepting the prize, the winner agrees to release and hold Darn Good Yarn Inc and affiliates harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, actions and liabilities of any kind in connection with the Sweepstakes or receipt or redemption of the prize. The winner assumes all liability for any injury, death, or damage caused, or allegedly caused, by participating in the Sweepstakes or use or redemption of the prize.

9. PERSONAL INFORMATION: The personal information collected through the Sweepstakes is subject to Darn Good Yarn Inc’s Privacy Policy, located at By entering the Sweepstakes, you agree to the use of your personal information as described in the above Privacy Policy.

10. SPONSOR: Darn Good Yarn Inc

How To Knit With Intention and Fancy Terrible Clothing

June 14, 2012

Good morning lovelies!


This week’s guest blogger should have been last weeks guest blogger, but I dropped the ball so here we are back on track! I think you will love this guest blogger. Shannon is a fashion designer and brings some cool variety to Darn Good Yarn. Shannon, thank you so much for being a part of the Darn Good Yarn Guest Blogger Project!



Greetings! My name is Shannon N. Hunter and I am a local fashion designer in Seattle, WA. I draped my first evening gown in 5th grade, have been unofficially studying fashion since high school and am now attending school while designing clothing and accessories, writing and knitting on the side. I own and operate High Maintenance Productions http://www.highmaintenanceproductions where I freelance as a wardrobe stylist for film and individuals and plan events. I also sell vintage clothing and accessories on Etsy at
My clothing company is named Fancy Terrible Clothing and my blog can be found at

10 Fun Facts About Me:

Shannon's Mom! How awesome is that?!

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a dancer on Solid Gold. I took lessons and everything. It didn’t work out.

I was raised by my Army Colonel Grandfather  (Hooah!). As an Officer’s Wife, my Grandmother was obligated to entertain her husband’s colleagues with lavish dinners and cocktail parties. It was through this that I learned the Art of Manners & Proper Etiquette when I was a wee one. We threw lots of elegant parties. I still throw grand parties to this day. Go big or go home, in my opinion.

I flew to France by myself when I was 12 and stayed with friends of the family for 3 weeks. My grandparents then joined me and we travelled Europe for two months. I have also travelled around the U.S. during three separate road trips, all before I was 14.

My Dad is a biker. Everyone in my family has owned a motorcycle (including my Grandparents) and I grew up riding on the back. I would love to have my own but I know myself enough to know I would have “too much fun” and wreck. I’ve decided I want race snowmobiles instead. It’s safer that way!

Even though I’ve been in Seattle for almost 20 years, I still consider myself from California and am barefoot as much as possible, even in the winter. (Inside always, of course, never outside. Ew.)

I love pugs! Someday, I want an army of white pugs with one black one named “Darth”.

I have a shoe problem. (I had over 50 pairs in high school alone…call me Imelda!) And a jewelry addiction. I’m a sucker for anything shiny and would rather have costume jewelry over diamonds any day (especially if it’s vintage). And too many fashion magazines. (As in several boxes worth…but in my defense I do sort through them to make tear sheets for reference material in my work).

The Vampire Writing Queen, Anne Rice, once told me she loved my sense of style! (I was wearing a white lace dress, black tights and black bra with my Great-Grandmother’s huge silver and amethyst iron cross pendant with Doc Martins in a sea of people wearing black. Oh, and I had platinum hair. I might have stood out a bit.)

I organized and produced my first fashion show by myself at the tender age of 19. I say “by myself” because I had zero assistants. No one showed up to help and I lost 5 models the day of the show. I never gave up (I couldn’t, the event had been airing on the biggest radio station in San Diego all week!), and only one person ended up in the hospital. True story.

At one time, I owned an Internet Cafe & Vintage Clothing Boutique where I sold clothing I had been collecting since high school as well as consignment items. It was featured in the local paper and I continue to sell items online to this day.

The Teach: Be Happy! Or, How To Knit With Intention

When I first considered knitting as a hobby, I knew absolutely nothing about it. I didn’t know a single thing about the various types of yarn, metal vs. wooden needles and their different gauges, or what a purl was besides a pretty bauble from the ocean. I bought the least expensive yarn I could find in a color I liked, grabbed some needles and then left them in a closet for three years.

A few months ago, I started learning to knit with a friend of mine, who has been knitting for over 5 years. I became enamored with her beautiful lace work and she took my (horrid) skein of burgundy acrylic yarn and taught me to cast on (rather awkwardly since I was all thumbs). I had finally begun to knit my first scarf. I was on my way! After a few inches and many holes later, I realized I loathed the feel of the yarn and that the scarf was looking more like a baby blanket than a scarf. (The yarn was too thick, I had cast on too many stitches and was using the wrong needle gauge!)

I kept knitting anyway because it was the same stitch over and over and I clearly needed the practice. As I knit, I found my mind wandering because I wasn’t having to think about what I was doing. Throughout the day, I would put the knitting down to go do something and return to it in a different mood. It was then that I realized I actually needed to pay attention when I knit. I kept dropping stitches because I wasn’t watching and checking my work.

As my day unfolded, my mind wandered through happy thoughts, and I knit well. When irritating thoughts intruded, I became sloppy. If I really let my mind go to a place of anger, I would get stabby with the needles and jab myself or unravel a few stitches accidentally. Who knew? What a waste of time!

I began to wonder about handmade items and what people thought while making them. It may sound silly, but I really didn’t like the idea of knitting a scarf that my husband would be wearing around his neck that was infused with negative thoughts or feelings. It seemed wrong, somehow, like my negativity would be strangling him! Not a good image to have when seeing him in the scarf each day. Now, I am not a person who believes in full on woo woo, but I was starting to understand the concept of knitting with intention. I realized that at least to me, it is a very important part of my process when working on any of my projects.

If you are creating something by hand and love what you do, good thoughts and juju will be infused into the item. Your positive energy will flow and it will show in your work. If you are in a negative frame of mind, you will inadvertently be putting negative energy into whatever it is you’re working on and your art may suffer for it. Try to keep your customer in mind and stay in a happy, zen-like state of mind while working. This will keep you focused and as you constantly check your work, you will see the profits of paying attention, of being present. You will then see the profits in your bank account because you are producing quality work which is ideal.

To end my story, I completed a square foot of fabric and tied it off to give to a pet shelter as a kitty blanket. I couldn’t even bring myself to donate it to the thrift store! I thought “Why would anyone pay money for that?” I could have easily completed the scarf anyway and given it to a person in need of something warm but it was so full of odd energy, awkward revelations and holes that I didn’t want to have it out there in the world for human eyes to see. I was mortified and humbled. And slightly amused.

The next day, I started over with a new skein of yarn-this time a blend of alpaca and acrylic as it was the best I could find nearest to my home. I cast on half as many stitches and used a smaller gauge. Things went much more smoothly after that and now my husband is the proud owner of my first real scarf. It’s color-blocked forest green and dark amethyst and we’ve dubbed it The Joker. (He’s a huge Batman fan, and, well, my first knitting project clearly started off as a joke. ;)

The moral of the story is simply this: Don’t knit while angry. There is a reason why there are knitting jokes about needles being stabby. ;) Be mindful of your thoughts and it will show in your work. Happy Crafting!

New Pattern: KNIT: Mobius Cowl on a Yo Yo Diet

June 3, 2012

An excerpt from Patterns

Check out this video (give it a second if you have a slower connection) What's not to love about the Yo Yo Diet Thick and Thin Wool Yarn? It's not crazy expensive, it comes in great colors and it's 100%…

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New Pattern: KNIT: Recycled Silk Pattern Wine Bottle Bag

June 3, 2012

An excerpt from Patterns

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…

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New Pattern: CROCHET: Need a simple yoga mat bag pattern?

June 3, 2012

An excerpt from Patterns

Have you checked out the other pattern Chriss made and decided you need a slightly easier yoga bag pattern? Well here it is! (and it's a buck cheaper!)   Designed and Crocheted by Chriss Smith (in cahoots with Nicole,…

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New Pattern: KNIT OR CROCHET: Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Yoga Mat Bag

June 3, 2012

An excerpt from Patterns

Check out this video! We now have our EXCLUSIVE YOGA MAT BAG available for you knitters and crocheters! Come and check it out by clicking on one of the pictures:

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New Pattern: CROCHET: Colorful Silk Sari Ribbon Shawl

June 3, 2012

An excerpt from Patterns

Debbie, a fellow Darn Good Yarny emailed me one day with some amazing pictures of a shawl she made for her daughter. She adapted a pattern posted here (don't worry it's free) to use with our entire line of Sari…

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