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January 24, 2011

Good morning friends!

I hope you had a great weekend. I had a great weekend. Mike had off both days so we got to spend some nice time together.

Today, I’m expecting a HUGE shipment of new yarns to get here. I’m so excited! It’s like Christmas when they get here along with a killer bicep workout because the boxes are so heavy.

I wanted to share with you my first post as a guest blogger too!

What do you think?



Introducing Ellen!

January 5, 2011

Hello my friends,

I wanted to share something with you that will make you healthier this year! Watch the video and follow the series
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Ellen is a certified Fitness Practitioner/Personal Trainer, teaching obtainable lifestyle changes for over 25 years.

Ellen writes and produces fitness DVD’s  CD’s and Books of the IsoBreathing program. All are now being sold through the IsoBreathing website.

Dear CEO and CFO at JBLU. Help me get my dignity back.

November 9, 2010

Hi, my name is Nicole. I’m a hard working US citizen and I feel that our rights are being violated and taken away from us at record breaking speeds. Last night, I got to thinking about an upcoming flight I’m taking. The thought of the overly-intrusive pat downs and virtual strip searches of the new scanners made me go into a panic attack.

I’m now reaching out to the CEO and CFO of Jet Blue for help. The airline company leaders are the ones that can make a real difference in helping simple Americans gain their rights and dignity back.

Oh where, oh where have my little rights gone?

October 22, 2010

I don’t like to get into politics or policy debates that often but this morning I had Good Morning America on in another room when I heard about the story of Michael Roberts. He is a professional pilot who refused a full body scan and was grounded. Read more of the story here.

But, Michael, good for you.

Have you been through the airport’s new search techniques recently? Holy crap. As Michael and his legal council put it, “it’s a virtual strip search”.

Infuriating, unnecessary and humiliating. Where the hell have our rights gone people?!

Have you been through a similar search and want to vent…let it out here.

Sometimes we need a little push

August 7, 2010

This is especially true when you are a small business owner or independent artists. You have to kick your own butt and well sometimes that can be tiring. Other times, you get so stuck in the day-to-day you forget about thinking strategically to help you and your business grow.

Sometimes you have to call in the big guns and hire a life coach. I was very lucky to run into a wonder life and career coach, Julie Melillo. She is the owner of the Manhattan-based coaching company: Ambitious, wonderful and client driven. It’s worth the investment in yourself and your business!

Here’s some additional contact information:

Julie Melillo Life Coaching
Certified Life Coach, member NYC ICF
New York, NY 10002
520.979.0002 (cell)
480.393.4742 (fax)

Let’s follow along!

July 30, 2010

Watch the video below!

Good afternoon everyone! Phew, Friday has finally made it to Darn Good Yarn!

Chriss who has brought us amazing crochet patterns and fabulous crafting ideas on Darn Good Yarn (read more about her here)

Let’s support Chriss and her 30 day experiment of her experience of trying a lacto ovo vegetarian diet for 30 days. She will be posting her experiences daily, sharing recipes, and giving her honest opinion about vegetarianism. Here’s a link to her new blog:

The Words and Wisdom of Doris

July 24, 2010

If you take the time to read some of my sometimes wildly long product descriptions, you’ll find embedded stories about how I stumbled across fun products that I bring to Darn Good Yarn-ers!

Oh how I love to cook! Offical chef of Darn Good Yarn

Ever since watching Julie and Julia, it’s made me fall in love with my kitchen. No, I’m not making everything Julia Child’s style because I don’t have a defibrillator in my dining room. But I do like putting an apron on and chopping stuff and experimenting.

Official and Unofficial Husband of Darn Good Yarn

Actually, I have a funny story for you! Last weekend, I made gluten free chocolate chip cookies. For me, they were light, sort of like thick crepes. It was perfect for me. I said to my husband Mike, “You must have one! These are the best cookies ever!”. So, he starts eating it. I tell you, he had the saddest “Cookie Eating Face” I have ever seen. He said, “You said these were the best cookies ever’. Ouch…. I guess I needed a couple of more sticks of butter, some lard, maybe deep fried them and it would have been good!

So, a girl needs an apron. In my case, aprons. Enter, Doris! I found her wonderful aprons on etsy!

Darn Good Yarn now sells a couple of wonderful items she makes just for us crafters too:

But this morning, Doris emailed me and a few sentences stuck out in her email that I wanted to share with you:

remember, all the work can wait for a day – one must take time to enjoy themselves. I didn’t learn that until I took early retirement and I almost learned it the hard way. Now – I believe that 1/3 of our time should be work, 1/3 of our time for family and 1/3 of our time to just simply enjoy life

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! ~Nicole

Knitting Help

April 9, 2010

Welcome to Darn Good Yarn! Chances are you arrived here through! What a great site, isn’t it?

Before we get started, here is a 5% off coupon to get you started! Write it down and use it during checkout: KHDGYSB

Need inspiration? Check out our free patterns and our featured artists with some of the cool stuff they’ve made!

So, take a few minutes and browse around. Go ahead, follow me on Twitter or Facebook too because I post up sales during the week.


Nicole (Mike and Squeakers.. the great husband and great mini-schanuzer in that order:) )

I love your emails!

September 27, 2009

I love getting your emails!

One of Darn Good Yarn’s Fans sent me this article about Stress Eating and Knitting…. hmm I wonder if I knit really really fast if I can burn the pounds off… Enjoy!

Did you know that knitting may be the perfect antidote to stress eating? So if you think knitting isn’t cool, you may just want to reconsider.

A 2009 study published in the journal of Eating and Weight Disorders put knitting to the test. The researchers wanted to see if knitting had any notable clinical benefits and whether it could be a useful tool in helping people lessen the amount of obsessing they do about food and their weight.

Avid knitters have been telling us for years about the therapeutic benefits of knitting. But how could it help prevent comfort eating? In part, the rhythmic movements and clicking of the needles can put you into a zone-like state. It is much like the trance comfort eaters experience while chewing on food. Thinking about nothing is boring and often a trigger for mindless eating. Doing something easy yet productive, like knitting, is a welcome mini break for an overloaded, stressed out mind.

The Study: The participants in this study were seeking treatment at an eating disorder treatment facility. In other words, these were people who chronically struggle with anxious thoughts about food and their weight. Their issues are generally much more intense than the typical emotional eater (so if it works for them, it is likely to work for you).

Intervention: The participants were taught how to knit and given supplies.
Results: The results? Overall, the participants reported that they were much less preoccupied with anxious thoughts of food and weight while knitting.

Almost three quarters of the participants indicated that knitting helped them in these ways:

Lessened the intensity of their fears and thoughts about food/weight/shape
Helped to clear their mind
Reportedly had a calming and therapeutic effect

Why it Works: It is difficult to worry about food and do a visual spatial task at the same time. Something has to give. Also, creating something such as a blanket or scarf feels productive. Not to mention that you get a sense of achievement when you’ve mastered a new skill.

What if I Hate Knitting & Crafts But Need Help With Comfort Eating? That’s okay. We aren’t all meant to spin yarn into something crafty. If you don’t like knitting, try another visual spatial task (video games, puzzles, cross-stitching, painting, computer games). Or, see 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food which has a variety of other ideas on calming yourself without food.

So, the moral of the story: Take a knitting lesson from your grandmother or a class online. If you are a comfort eater, find a visual spatial task like knitting to keep your hands busy and give your mind a place to rest without food.
Given how easy and inexpensive knitting is, it is worth a try.

By the author of 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food and Eating Mindfully.
Dr. Susan AlbersAuthor, “50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food” and “Eating Mindfully”
Posted: September 8, 2009