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New Pattern: “Athena’s Dream” Bracelet Tutorial

October 15, 2013

An excerpt from Patterns

Our prolific jewelry designer and friend of DGY Ambre has shared another great project with us!  This one is a quick and fun crocheted bracelet.  The only stitches you need to know are the slip stitch and half-double crochet stitch. …

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Support a great DGY fiber artist!

October 9, 2013

A great friend of Darn Good Yarn, Rebecca Duran, is taking her love of all things fiber inspired to the next level and opening her own store!  If you live in or around Savage, Maryland, get over there right away!  Her grand opening is this Friday, October 11th, and she is doing a fabulous giveaway, including some Darn Good Yarn products!

Rebecca exemplifies the practices we follow and love to see here at DGY.  She works only with Fair Trade imports, and all of her other items are American Made.  She also spins wool from local farms, is a feature at the Laurel, MD farmers’ market, and was just recently awarded the Military Spouse Business Association’s 1st Annual Red, White and Blue Awards.  Wow!  Not that we’re prejudiced or anything, but she said some nice stuff about us, too.  Check out her blog here to see it, and the other great topics she has touched on.  (We’re blushing from her praise!)

Her store, Peaknits, contains lovely one-of-a-kind woven, knit, crocheted, hand spun and hand dyed items.  If, like me, you can’t hop in your car and drive 7 1/2 hours to visit the store as soon as possible, she also has her things on Etsy – click here to check them out.  I’m loving the hand woven blankets.  I also love that the blanket models are a dog and a rabbit. The blankets look even more cuddly.

Rebecca has made excellent use of Darn Good Yarn as well, making this wonderfully colorful hat with Sari Ribbon! Get some ribbon for yourself right here.

Well, what are you waiting for?  Like Rebecca’s store on Facebook right here.  Head over to Maryland.  Take a felting class.  Learn how to spin.  You can even spin with your very own fiber from DGY right here!  Lets show some DGY love for a great fellow crafter.

Happy shopping!

Craftily yours, the brand new DGY blogger,

Marissa :)

 

 

Darn Good Yarn Army: Make Some Money!

October 5, 2013

Do you love Darn Good Yarn as much as me? Seriously?  Do you dream in color? Do you need some green though… cash that is?

So, join my Darn Good Yarn Army!

What’s the Darn Good Yarn Army? Well, you’re my on the ground tellers-to-the-world about Darn Good Yarn (you know it’s only a couple of us and we work from my house right?. We can’t be everywhere at once. But you all are! So, if you know of an independent  yarn/bead/craft store or stores that you think Darn Good Yarn would be a great fit in with.. you know, cool, fun and likes a step on the wild side.. well you can earn some cash or some majorly awesome store credit!

 

Want to get started? There are two ways to go about it:

 

First way- purchase a Darn Good Yarn Best Sellers Sampler Kit (find it here: http://store.darngoodyarn.com/collections/patterns/products/darn-good-yarn-s-best-sellers-sample-kit ) from our website, go to your local yarn shops and get them to love Darn Good Yarn! From there, they can make a wholesale purchase through Maggie Pozorski (info@darngoodyarn.com) and we deal with all of the nitty gritty of getting them registered and getting the “business” stuff done. You just have to make contact, tell them about us, why you love Darn Good Yarn and why you think their store should carry some of our goodies.
Second way-Already have a stash of Darn Good Yarn and know all about it? You can request the information sheets to bring into stores and we will mail them to you! These include information about Darn Good Yarn, our products and the women who make our yarn!

OK….
Here’s where the money$ comes in-If your store places an order

over $1000, you will receive a DGY store credit for $300 or $200 cash (your choice)!

If your store places an order over $500, you will receive a DGY store credit for $140 or $75 cash!

If your store places and order over $250, you will receive a DGY store credit for $50 or $25 cash!
Just remember, have the store drop your name as the reference so we know which Yarn Army member to send the $$ to!

It would be a great practice to email us a quick note telling us that you stopped into a store so that we can have your contact info right on hand too!
And as always, if you have any questions feel free to ask here or email Maggie at info@darngoodyarn.com or Natasha at natasha@darngoodyarn.com

 

Simple as that! Let’s bring Darn Good Yarn to the world!

 

And there is no limit to the stores either. If you know of a cool hip gift store or quirky health food store and you think some of the items we have on Darn Good Yarn would be awesome there, tell them about us!

 

xoxo, Nicole

New Pattern: Hemp and Silk Braided Bracelet – Darn Good Yarn

October 5, 2013

An excerpt from Patterns

Our fabulous French friend, DGYer Ambre, has provided uss with another great jewelry pattern. This project doesn't even require knitting or crochet!  Just some braiding and you'll be all set.  Here's what you need: Four 32 inch lengths of Hemp…

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New Pattern: Crochet Jewelery – “Dream of Freedom” Necklace – Darn Good Yarn

October 4, 2013

An excerpt from Patterns

Need some great projects using small leftover amounts from your Darn Good Yarn stash?  You can’t go wrong with great jewelry!  Darn good yarn creator extraordinaire Ambre  – seen here wearing her great “Dream of Freedom” necklace – sent us…

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New Pattern: Crochet: Chiffon Ribbon Small Clutch: Free Pattern plus a great coupon!

September 17, 2013

An excerpt from Patterns

Tara over at Wiley's Whimsies created an amazing little clutch for all of you who crochet. Now now now, before we get into the details, take a moment to stop by Tara's facebook wall, give it a "Like" and…

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Darn Good Yarn Live EP13

July 11, 2013

This is Episode 13 of “Darn Good Yarn Live”.

Click on the play button to play the stream from YouTube. The chat room is below the video feed. To chat, choose a nickname and type the warped words you see in the text box. Wait for a moment for it to log you in, then type in the white space below and press enter to send a message to the room.

If you are IRC savvy, you can join the chat with your favorite IRC client. Just point it toward #darngoodyarn on irc.freenode.net.


Helpful IRC Tips:

  • If your chat window isn’t scrolling, scroll to the bottom of the chat manually and then click on the “#darngoodyarn” button at the top of the chat window. If successful, it should mark the bottom of the chat with a horizontal rule and start scrolling automatically again.
  • Put “/me “ in front of your message to role play.
    (e.g. “/me hugs Jen” yields “* Brandon hugs Jen” in the chat rather than “<Brandon> hugs Jen”.)
  • Type “/nick NEWNAME” to change your nickname. Warning: there are a lot of people on the IRC server so expect the generic ones to be taken.
  • If you lose connection to the chat room, the best way to get back in is to just reload the page and log in again. You may need a new nickname until the server realizes your old one is not responding.
  • If the chat window is too small for you, you can use use a full-screen version at http://webchat.freenode.net. Just put in #darngoodyarn as the channel.

Handspun Yarn Made From Hand Dyed Corriedale Wool Braids! – Darn Good Yarn

July 2, 2013

Did you know that Darn Good Yarn carried wool? That’s right, we do! And the fiber braids we carry are dyed in Maine and made from oh-so-soft Corriedale wool. You can find the wool we have in stock right here. I haven’t done much spinning myself lately (it’s been tough to find some extra time for crafting in general this year!), so I appreciate the pictures you guys send in. Here’s one from a DGYer:

Handspun Corriedale Wool

I really love the one with beads. This yarn was spun as a single and plied with a thinner yarn (or sewing thread). It gives the yarn such a cool texture! Have you made something from our fiber braids or batts? If so, send over your pictures to the Darn Good Assistant, Jen (jen@darngoodyarn.com)!

xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn

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Darn Good Yarn Live! Episode 12

June 27, 2013

This is Episode 12 of “Darn Good Yarn Live”.

Click on the play button to play the stream from YouTube. The chat room is below the video feed. To chat, choose a nickname and type the warped words you see in the text box. Wait for a moment for it to log you in, then type in the white space below and press enter to send a message to the room.

If you are IRC savvy, you can join the chat with your favorite IRC client. Just point it toward #darngoodyarn on irc.freenode.net.


Helpful IRC Tips:

  • If your chat window isn’t scrolling, scroll to the bottom of the chat manually and then click on the “#darngoodyarn” button at the top of the chat window. If successful, it should mark the bottom of the chat with a horizontal rule and start scrolling automatically again.
  • Put “/me “ in front of your message to role play.
    (e.g. “/me hugs Jen” yields “* Brandon hugs Jen” in the chat rather than “<Brandon> hugs Jen”.)
  • Type “/nick NEWNAME” to change your nickname. Warning: there are a lot of people on the IRC server so expect the generic ones to be taken.
  • If you lose connection to the chat room, the best way to get back in is to just reload the page and log in again. You may need a new nickname until the server realizes your old one is not responding.
  • If the chat window is too small for you, you can use use a full-screen version athttp://webchat.freenode.net. Just put in #darngoodyarn as the channel.

Darn Good Yarn Live! Episode 11

June 20, 2013

This is Episode 11 of “Darn Good Yarn Live”.

Click on the play button to play the stream from YouTube. The chat room is below the video feed. To chat, choose a nickname and type the warped words you see in the text box. Wait for a moment for it to log you in, then type in the white space below and press enter to send a message to the room.

If you are IRC savvy, you can join the chat with your favorite IRC client. Just point it toward #darngoodyarn on irc.freenode.net.

Show notes for this episode:

  • Nicole: DGY featured yarn of the week
  • Jen: Navigating a movie theater in Seoul
  • Nicole: Business tip
  • Jen: Stretching your fiber and by extension, your handspun


Helpful IRC Tips:

  • If your chat window isn’t scrolling, scroll to the bottom of the chat manually and then click on the “#darngoodyarn” button at the top of the chat window. If successful, it should mark the bottom of the chat with a horizontal rule and start scrolling automatically again.
  • Put “/me “ in front of your message to role play.
    (e.g. “/me hugs Jen” yields “* Brandon hugs Jen” in the chat rather than “<Brandon> hugs Jen”.)
  • Type “/nick NEWNAME” to change your nickname. Warning: there are a lot of people on the IRC server so expect the generic ones to be taken.
  • If you lose connection to the chat room, the best way to get back in is to just reload the page and log in again. You may need a new nickname until the server realizes your old one is not responding.
  • If the chat window is too small for you, you can use use a full-screen version athttp://webchat.freenode.net. Just put in #darngoodyarn as the channel.