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Nicole:

Founder, president and professional wine drinker. Darn Good Yarn was started by Nicole Snow, a US Air Force Veteran.  As she tells it: “After leaving the Air Force, I decided that I wanted to “unwind” with yarn. In early 2008, I decided to take two of my passions in life—art and helping others—and combine them. The result was “Darn Good Yarn” a yarn and fiber importer, wholesaler, and retailer. The mission was simple: provide phenomenal quality fibers to enthusiasts, while helping the women of Nepal and India become autonomous and self-reliant.”

Contact Nicole : nicole@darngoodyarn.com

 

Mike: Super-supporter and official husband. Without Mike, Darn Good Yarn wouldn’t be here and Nicole wouldn’t enjoy life nearly as much <3 ;-)

Contact Mike: mike@darngoodyarn.com

 

Squeakers:

Official Mini Schnauzer! Squeakers is the bomb and he lets the house know when FedEx is here:)

(Squeakers is horrible about answering emails.  He has been denied his own Darn Good Yarn email address as punishment.) :)

 

Maggie: Vice President.  Maggie Pozorski lives in Charlotte, NC, and draws inspiration for her original designs from her life experiences. The most notable of these being the time she spent in Ecuador, with the Secoya tribe, and her work as a mother to a dynamic little girl. A full time designer and fiber artist, Maggie focuses on creating unique wearables from quality yarn. She also hand-crafts Waldorf-inspired dolls from organic, natural, and high quality materials. Maggie learned the basics of knitting and crocheting at age 17. After experimenting with the craft, she mastered the art of crocheting and started selling her wares at a local Farmers Market ten years ago. Her business Earthsong Creations has evolved over time; now her creations can be seen in galleries and boutiques in the Asheville area and at regional festivals such as the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC. Her work, including her new line of wearables made from Darn Good Yarn reclaimed sari silk, is also available at her Etsy store, earthsongcreations.etsy.com.

Contact Maggie: info@darngoodyarn.com

 

Tim Pritchard: Tim is the bomb with one of the best beards around. He’s been with Darn Good Yarn the longest (after Nicole, Mike and Squeakers!) He made the original site design and all of the awesomeness and customization DGY was for years! Tim’s company also hosts DarnGoodYarn.com. Without Tim, Darn Good Yarn wouldn’t be here! He runs http://featherweight.co/ and Aarcade which is the easiest way to set up and maintain your own web shop. Aarcade provides and supports awesome Big Cartel themes and services. Plus Tim is Australian + Ex Engineer & Project Manager + Living in Portland + Biking, Red Wine, Cooking & Weekend Bread Baking

Contact Tim: tim@featherweight.co

 

Luke: He’s the new kid on the block and our designer and site tweaker. Plus Luke has a cool accent which makes all tweaks sound cooler (he’s in the UK!). Like his work? Wanna hire him?

Contact Luke: general@lukejordan.com

 

Anthony Keogh: The bookkeeping brains of Darn Good Yarn. A must have for all you small biz owners out there! Anthony makes sure I stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to keeping my books in tip top shape! Need a small business bookkeeper to help your biz? Shoot him over an email!

Contact Anthony: keogh@videotron.ca

Tia: Online Customer Assistant.  Tia was originally Nicole’s assistant when she still lived in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.  Now she answers many of your important online queries whenever she has time away from studying healthcare administration at Salve Regina University.  She has been riding horses for an impressive 72% of her life, and she loves making bracelets and decorating her dorm room with Darn Good Yarn.

 

Karleigh: Our Aussie face of Darn Good Yarn.  Karleigh’s an arty living in Sydney, who, one day a few years ago while climbing a 20m drop of microfibre to do her aerial silks acro on, had one of her joyous lightbulb moments.  She realized that it’s fabric she really resonates with, rather than the paints and canvas with which she was having a several year block.  Since then, she has been on a textile adventure.  Karleigh loves playing with textures and observing their natural flow while drawing inspiration from nature, her Tai Chi, and chakra meditation to create her simple yet beautiful Hangable and Wearable art pieces.  Since joining the DGY team, she’s on a mission to spread the DGY love down under, so if you’re from her side of the world, be sure to give her a shout at karleigh@darngoodyarn.com.au even just to say hi!

 

Dora Emerson: Darn Good Yarn’s Story Designer and Business and Brand Development Assistant.  Dora hails from Toronto, Canada, where she studied English and Classics at the University of Toronto.  She recently returned to school to study Baking and Pastry Arts at George Brown College, where her handwritten ingredient lists were sometimes mistaken for prescriptions.  Handwriting issues aside, Dora has a steel-trap memory, a library of over 400 books, and during her days working as a Freelance Film and Television Assistant, has had memorable run-ins with Colin Farrell and Bryan Adams.  She carries her passport with her at all times in the hopes that a situation will arise in which she has to hop on an international flight at a moment’s notice.  Dora has also been writing “autobiographical fiction” for the past 15 years.  Drop Dora a line at dora@darngoodyarn.com

 

Jessica:  A recent transplant to Charlotte, NC, Jessica previously lived in the western states of Idaho, California, and Utah.  She grew up surrounded by fabric, yarn, and thread in her Grandma’s sewing room. She is a maker at heart and creating is in her DNA.  In 2007, after the birth of her second son, she used that creative spirit and opened an Etsy store that featured products made almost exclusively from upcycled vintage linens.  Playing with the patterns and colors of these amazing textiles was a daily delight for her.  In 2011, she read Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, a book that highlights the challenges that women in Africa and Asia face and promotes the idea that women are one of the most underutilized economic resources in the world.  It changed her worldview and made her want to do something more.  She loves to read, run, do yoga, and take her two boys on outings.  She is excited to be part of the Darn Good Yarn Team!  Feel free to contact her at jessica@darngoodyarn.com.

JoHanna {Joie}:  Joie met Nicole while working at a Feed/Garden store in Maine that sold Darn Good Yarn products.  She began creating designs for her and fell in love with Darn Good Yarn and the concept of women helping themselves while helping all of us have a healthier and happier mother earth!  She followed Darn Good Yarn to Schenectady to fulfill a lifelong dream of creating and helping others believe in their own creative abilities.  One of her favorite sayings is; “Making art is what I do, being an artist is who I am !”  She is a wife, mother, and grandmother, so leaving her home state of Maine behind required a tremendous leap of faith and much love and support from her family.  She believes that you are never too old to live the life you imagine!  She will be helping Nicole produce tutorials for creating with all the many products offered at Darn Good Yarn. For now she is busy generating pattern ideas, taking charge of the vast inventory, and packing orders. She is also busy getting the retail space ready and can’t wait to interact with customers when the shop opens in Schenectady!  She has formed a special relationship with Squeakers and “Auntie Joie” loves to spoil him when she doggie-sits for Nicole and Mike. When not at work or on Skype with her family in Maine, you can find her working in the yard and finding non-traditional ways to garden in the city! She also enjoys baking, canning, and quilting. She loves hearing from all of you so please e-mail her with any questions at  joie@darngoodyarn.com.

 

Darn Good Yarn is located in Schenectady, NY.