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Monday 2-21 Update: I am so outta here

February 21, 2011

Hello my sweets!

So, Darn Good Yarn’s site will stay open but orders won’t ship between Feb 26th and March 8 but will resume on the 9th. So if you are about to have a yarn crisis, please put your order in on or before Feb 25th!


Friday Update

February 18, 2011

Happy Friday everyone!

So, first order of business, amazingly, I had no idea it was Friday today. You should watch the video to hear the story.

And secondly, you gotta see the awesome necklaces I made last night with the new felt balls on the site. Click here to check out the new variety.



Way more cool than me

January 31, 2011

Hi friends!

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I am almost finished with a hat made out of Parisian Confection Wool Yarn.

But I wanted to share with you a cool website, that is way more cool than me. Let me preface this by saying that I love looking at fashion and design websites because they inspire me to make cool new yarns blends along with up-and-coming designs that we can all incorporate into our lives. So this cool new website is: Ice Cream and Pizza (click me).

Check out today’s post… yum YSL nail color. Did you see the shine on that?

And if you want to be even cooler than that, “Like” the facebook page for Ice Cream and Pizza so you can get updates! Click here to do that!

Insprired yet?!



Yippie, I’m a guest blogger!

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