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Help Darn Good Yarn Take Over the World!

November 13, 2013

As you (hopefully) know, Darn Good Yarn was founded with the idea of not just bringing you amazing and fabulous fiber, but also helping people along the way.  Darn Good Yarn currently helps families of India and Nepal earn a living wage by producing the gorgeous yarns and other products we provide.  But why stop there?  Let’s help families everywhere!

Darn Good Yarn is all about supporting micro-enterprises -- small business ventures that have a big impact on families.  Earning a living wage from these kind of businesses can allow men and women the financial stability to send their kids to school and help their communities.   And Darn Good Yarn owner Nicole’s vision of supporting these families this way is shared by other people around the world.

Jorge del Carpio is doing much the same work with the Aymara llama herders in Chile.  He has created Royal Llama Yarn, which supports a dwindling llama population and the people who work with them.  And to top it all off, they have discovered a way to process the llama fiber in a way which makes it deliciously soft and great to work with!  Find out all about Royal Llama and how they work here.

Some of the people (and llamas!) DGY wants to visit!

Here’s where you come in.  Nicole, Maggie and Natasha -- the core Darn Good Yarn Girls -- want to go to Chile to meet Jorge, the Aymara people, the llamas, simply everyone and everything involved in the operation.  After that, we can start bringing this wonderful fiber to you!  Llama fiber that is still wonderfully warm, great for knitting, crocheting, or spinning -- but isn’t itchy at all!  How can you miss out on that?

In order to make this visit and join in with this great company, we need your help.  We need the funds to make the visit!  We are running it just like a Kickstarter campaign, if you are familiar with those.  There is a great reward for you regardless of how much you donate!  And the more you can give, the bigger the reward.  Nicole will give you the low-down:

Read even more about Royal Llama and donate what you can here.

So go ahead, donate a dollar.  How about 5?  Whatever you can.  Tell your friends!  Tell people at your local yarn store!  Tell random people you meet at the grocery store!  Go nuts! :)

Remember, visit our Chile project page here to donate.

Thanks for all your help and your support of Darn Good Yarn!

Marissa, Darn Good Blogger :)

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 8, 2010

Let’s pitch in to help the ladies at Simply Scarfs. They are collecting pink items for a silent auction. I realize we are all over the country.

So would you consider  either donating to Darn Good Yarn (and I’ll handle the rest by donating some pink yarn at cost to the cause) or mailing an item to Jony and Annie?

Donate to Darn Good Yarn by clicking here.

Here’s a little more info from their flyer:

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

SimplyScarfs~etc.
152 High Street
Mineral Point, WI 53565

Is pleased to announce their first annual “Silent Auction”

Would you kindly donate a “pink” item for a Silent Auction?

Items will be displayed in the window with a number and the donors name

Drop an item off at the shop or call 987-0138 for a pick up.

Please drop off your bids into the shop’s “mail slot” or by visiting the shop. Remember to include your name, phone number, number on item and your bid.

All wining bidder’s will be contacted on Nov. 1st

Thank You!

Simply … Jony and Annie

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: http://www.jtpfriends.org/ 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

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:

http://yogaaid.com/nicolesnow

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!

THE POOCHES NEED OUR HELP!

March 30, 2010

My favorite Schnauzer, Squeakers! (I'm a rescue too!)

My favorite Schnauzer, Squeakers! (I'm a rescue too!)

No, I’m not talking about that aggravating lower ab area that no matter how many sit-ups we do doesn’t go away.

WE NEED YOUR AWESOMENESS!

Help us!

Apr 1- Jun 30!

This past week I “virtually” met Mary and she told me about www.pekesandpoms.com in Colorado.

They need our help! Why? They are trying to collect 365 handmade scarves to sell next fall to help pay for the medical bills for the dogs that they rescue.

What can you do? A variety of things! You could

  1. Knit, crochet or weave a scarf and send it to Colorado Peke and Pom Rescue Inc. PO Boc 242  Morrison, CO 80465
  2. No time to make a scarf right now? That’s ok, between April 1-June 30th Darn Good Yarn is working directly with this rescue. I (Nicole the owner of DGY) am collecting money and will take that money and provide yarn to the rescue at DGY’s cost!
    1. Want to donate? Do you see the icons at the top of the page where the icons are for twitter and facebook? The one all the way on the right says “Donate”, click that and from there you’ll be all set!.

Mary tells me that the rescue was started 3 years ago and they thought they’d only take about 60 dogs on. Last year, almost 300 were rescued!

Most dogs need all of their shots, neuter or spay and usually a teeth cleaning so, Darn Good Yarners let’s help Mary and the pooches!

Here is a picture of a some of Mary's  rescued dogs with some of  their scarves.

Me and Squeakers thank you!

Get Involved!

January 10, 2010

We have a new year upon here at Darn Good Yarn. And with that comes goals that have been sitting in a to-do folder on my desk. The biggest goal is one that you can help me with. I frequently get requests for yarn donations and discounted rates for people just like you who are making a difference. I try to give as much as I can but I sometimes wish I could do more.

Well, the one thing that never ceases to amaze me are all of the Darn Good Yarn Fans! You all are AWESOME! So, I am now accepting donations to help me help others. I think it’s great that we are re-thinking our crafting with the cool yarns Darn Good Yarn carries, like our recycled silks, banana fibers, hemp yarns and of course the awesome felt balls. These cool items are fairly traded and give jobs to women in particular who normally wouldn’t have work available to them

But, help me take it a step further. Every quarter (or so), I will feature a someone or a group who uses our products to help their communities. Your donations during this time will go to providing yarn and shipping…all 100%. Not only that, I will post your name on a special section of our website as a contributor.

This quarter, we will be accepting donations for Jake S. He crochets hats and hangs them around his town for those in need. You should read about his story HERE.

Want to donate? Click the button below! Thank you! And remember we’re going to publish your name on a special section of our website