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
October 15, 2013
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!
October 5, 2013
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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.