December 13, 2013
Darn Good Yarn has hit Hollywood. That’s right, the crafters you know and love now have famous fingers. Their knitting needles and crochet hooks shall be bronzed for prosperity. Ok, not that last one, because then they would be difficult to use. But some fun and silly cozies made by Darn Good Yarners have been featured in a nation-wide commercial! Check it out:
As you may know, Darn Good Yarn won a FedEx Small Business Grant at the beginning of this year. Watch a super cute video about it here, and read even more about it here. When they wanted to make this fun commercial all about cozies, the FedEx folks came right to Darn Good Yarn. Nicole rounded up her troops, had us all crafting madly, and made it out to LA all in about 1 week! But who made what, you ask? Let’s see:
Joie, one of the owners of Foxcroft Agway, a store near where Nicole lives in Maine, made 2 of the granny squares on the refrigerator cozy, and also helped out on the Christmas tree cozy.
I (Marissa, your faithful DGY blogger) made the other 6 granny squares on the fridge, and also made the toaster cozy. Nicole (our crafty leader) made the dog cozy, worked on the Christmas tree cozy, and helped put everything together on the set.
(The separate little tail cozy on the dog may be my favorite!)
Olga -- yarn-bomber extraordinaire and faithful Darn Good Yarn fan, check out her fabulous work here -- helped on the Christmas tree as well (that was the largest project!) and also made a cozy for a bush right outside the window. It’s hiding right here:
Sue, Nicole’s wonderfully crafty Mother-in-Law, made the commercial’s crowning glory that is the kid cozy.
Also helping out finish the giant Christmas tree cozy were Wendy and Cathy -- local friends of Nicole’s who helped her out -- as well as Jackie, a fellow dedicated Darn Good Yarner, and Beth, a friend of Nicole’s from California. I’m sure we have all tried not to let this overwhelming fame go to our heads.
If you have a silly cozy or other fun project, especially made using Darn Good Yarn, I’d love to see it! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy warm and cozy holidays and happy crafting!
November 21, 2013
Have you ever needed to show off Darn Good Yarn products to generate yarn-envy in your friends, neighbors, or yarn store owners that you know? Well, Natasha, Darn Good Yarn’s glamour yarn photographer, has given you a great way to show off Darn Good Yarn to everyone. Our very own Flickr account!
Get up close and personal with our Silk Bubbles Yarn -
Or show off the different colorways of Silk Cloud:
All of these and more are available on our Flickr page. Just click here to check them out!
Share them with everyone!
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.
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 29, 2013
Recently Nicole Snow, owner extraordinaire of Darn Good Yarn, had a chat with Denise Buzzelli, the Executive Director of the Piscataquis Chamber of Commerce. Piscataquis county, according to Google, is the least populous county in Maine. You can totally invite the Director of the Chamber of Commerce over to your house for a chat if you live there. You especially can if you’ve been working together to help local small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs! In this video, Nicole discusses how awesome it is to have community support, the need for diversification of industry, and some courses she will be teaching at the Chamber of Commerce. These classes may be going online, so keep an eye out! You can also subscribe to the Darn Good Yarn YouTube channel here.
October 25, 2013
October 22, 2013
With the wonderful and unique yarns that Darn Good Yarn offers, we often get to see that yarn used in unique ways! Sharon of Abingdon, Virginia put her very own spin on her Darn Good Yarn purchases. In more ways than one.
She sent us this picture of her great project, a beautiful table runner she made as a gift for her new daughter-in-law.
In this project, she used about 9 skeins of silk sari ribbon in bridal white and a purple/turquoise mix. Need to snap up some sari ribbon of your own? Just click here.
When I first saw this project, I had no idea how it was made. I emailed Sharon and she let me in on the secret. She wove it on her very own traditional peg loom. Now, I consider myself pretty die-hard in my fiber appreciation, but I had never even heard of it. She had anticipated this, and sent me this helpful picture:
Now, of course, I want one of my very own. You get to weave without a giant intimidating loom! I plan on looking one up soon. But Sharon didn’t just weave her ribbon, she put her own “spin” on the fiber – with her Ashford Country Spinner II spinning wheel. She described her spinning for me: “I spin custom yarns, mostly for my mother, who is a weaver. My yarns are different than traditional yarns, not really artsy with bling, but more raw and natural as I try to keep the integrity of the locks and fiber intact. I spin mostly Alpaca and Sheep wool – I try to use the local farms as much as possible.” She spun the ribbon just enough to put a light twist into it, and added her own turquoise and purple merino wool with the ribbon in the center. Here’s a closer look at her work:
Have these gorgeous hues inspired you to get out your spinning wheel? Darn Good Yarn has roving and batts for spinning! Find them here.
Sharon definitely thinks outside the box when it comes to fiber manipulation. She told me all about her newest project: “My newest venture is spinning the silk and fabric from old weddings gowns into a useable yarn for brides to make a shawl, purse, or keepsake blanket. There are so many wedding gowns in attics not being used! I try to balance the spinning between work, my horses and my chickens. Although, if I could, I would spin 24 hours a day!!!”
I fully agree with her there. She said she would welcome any questions about her spinning projects, peg looms, or custom orders. Just email her at email@example.com!
Want to share your Darn Good Yarn project with other fiber lovers? Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marissa, Darn Good Yarn blogger
October 15, 2013
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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 (email@example.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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Natasha at email@example.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!