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July 30, 2010

Recycled Silk Sari Tibetan Himalaya Yarn Darn Good Yarn Photos 3-31-2010 at the beach 116Video Below! Let ‘er load!

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Use this yarn in these projects:

http://www.darngoodyarn.com/2010/04/knitheadband/

http://www.darngoodyarn.com/2010/01/knit-or-crochet-recycled-silk-sari-yarn-yoga-mat-bag/

http://www.darngoodyarn.com/2009/09/free-crochet-scarf-pattern/

http://www.darngoodyarn.com/2009/08/freeknittinghatpattern/

http://www.darngoodyarn.com/2009/06/recycled-crafting-easy-quick-scarf/

http://www.darngoodyarn.com/2009/06/80-ways-to-save-the-earth-tote-bag/

I need an original knitted purse design for DarnGoodYarn.com

July 29, 2010

Watch the video! I need help! Want to give this a go? Let’s talk! Email Nicole at info@darngoodyarn.com!

Lashell and the Sari Ribbon

July 29, 2010

Let me tell you a tale of a woman and our recycled silk sari ribbon… My dear Lashell is an amazing artist and you can read about here here: http://www.darngoodyarn.com/2010/07/what-is-lashell-up-to/

But what you need to know, is that what I’m about to show you will knock your socks off and you must check our Lashell’s Etsy store to fall in love some more: http://www.etsy.com/shop/designtalentedone

Check out this hat that was made with our very own Desert Caravan Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Click to check it out
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How Darn Good Yarn’s Recycled Sari Ribbon Knits Up

July 27, 2010

Buy the Recycled Sari Ribbon Yarns by clicking here

Seasonal Hue of Tibetan Jewel Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon

July 27, 2010

Just in time for the autumn, choose your harvest color of our fantastic recycled sari silk ribbon from the Tibetan Jewel Collection! Go ahead and find the hue that’s just right for the season!

Erin Mapes: Art Teacher by day, indie designer by night!

July 19, 2010

Erin rocks! She is a public school art teacher for her “day job” and designs, explores and creates for her store erinmapes.etsy.com by night.

As Erin so beautifully described herself: I hand-knit scarves, hats, and other items, and upcycle old clothing into bags. I try to live my life in a simple, peaceful, and environmentally conscious way, and my craft reflects that way of life. I call my work “environmentally conscious” because I try to keep the environment in mind when making my work. Sometimes that means using all-natural materials or buying materials from local sellers. Other times it means saving materials from becoming trash by reusing, recycling, or upcycling, whichever you prefer to call it. Like I say on my site, I believe that with a little creativity, you can find a use for almost anything.

I personally find that refreshing and on the cutting edge. It’s motivation to where we should all strive to be on our crafting adventures.

Check out some of the items in her etsy store! Again, here’s that link! erinmapes.etsy.com

Erin, the amazing Art Teacher!

July 19, 2010

Some of you might have known that up until two weeks ago, Darn Good Yarn was not my full time job. Yes, I did work way more than 40 hours a week at the yarn helm but I was also working two other jobs. Unfortunately, I have lists of blog ideas/posts that I’ve promised to myself and others to post and alas life gave way and I wound up with notebooks and notebooks full of “love letters” to me!

Well, this post (forgive me Erin) was inspired by our own Erin Mapes. You know her! She’s one of our very talented featured artists and you should go and visit her etsy store: erinmapes.etsy.com

Instead of me re-telling you the story, read about the touching project Erin did:

I used some of your recycled sari silk in an art project with one of my classes earlier this year (I’m an art teacher here in DC). One of their classmates was shot and killed one weekend, and we wanted to do a project in his memory. So I created a mobile structure out of bent wire hangers that I wrapped in sari silk, and I gave them each a long piece. They had to cut a shape out of stiff paper and write a wish or thought for this boy, Oscar, then attach it to the string and hang it from the mobile. We put it up in the room as a memorial, and it’s still hanging there now. I attached a picture of it below. The light’s not that great, so it doesn’t look like anything spectacular, but the kids really enjoyed making it, and they LOVED the yarn. They thought it was the coolest thing in the world and were all asking to take pieces home with them, lol. So thanks for having such a shiny, colorful yarn to brighten up my students’ day. :) ~Erin

And here is a picture. It’s fantastic that all of the students could come together and create something so beautiful and touching for such a difficult subject.

Recycled Silk Sari Mobile

No Knit, No Crochet Free Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Inside Scarf

July 17, 2010

Recycled Silk Sari RibbonWhen I’m on my way to yoga sometimes I like a little extra something for my outfit aside from my pants and shirt. I was staring at a pile of samples this afternoon and I started playing with our fantastic Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon.Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon

I came up with a super quick no knit, no crochet Cowl/Scarf. This quick craft project is also easy and fun to do with a child as it requires just the skill of braiding and having fun with the textures.  I find there is such beauty in yarns that it’s sometimes nice to just display that fact on it’s own and that’s where the inspiration came from for this scarf. All you need are three lengths of about 5 feet of Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon . I used my arms length to measure this. You may want more or less depending on how many loops you’d like around your neck or how long you’d like it to drape.Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

I first knotted the three ends together.Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon I then loosely braided the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon together for about 7 inches, then knotted it off. I then jumped about 4 inches and put another knot in the ribbon, braided the remainder and tied to the end to make a loop.  Recycled Silk Sari YarnYou don’t have to loop it. You can just knot both ends and where it as a long slinky scarf that’s perfect for summer. And that’s it! This yarn is so darn rustic and funky and artsy, I wanted to make a simple items that shows it off and I think this does a lovely job doing it.Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

A variation I did with the ribbon was cut my favorite sections from the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon and then tie them back together so that way I could make sure I got all of my favorite colors in the piece. I can’t wait to wear it out! you Buy the Sari Ribbon By Clicking HERE!REcycled Silk Sari Ribbon

What do you think?

What is LaShell up to?

July 14, 2010

I love LaShell. Have you been to her Etsy store recently? Go here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/designtalentedone

Look at what she’s been doing with our Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

Use that Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon!

July 12, 2010

I love giving presents and I really love wrapping them. When I was little, I remember sitting with my mom before Christmas and meticulously wrapping presents and creasing the edges. As I grew up, my wrapping style changed a little and I got a little more artsy and starting “coloring outside of the lines”.

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I wanted to share with you how a gift I recently gave looked when I wrapped it in simple tissue paper and then used the Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon. You can check out the whole category of my Recycled Sari Ribbons by clicking here

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