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Jewelry Design with Recycled Yarns!

June 13, 2011

http://misheldesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/banana-fiber-is-yummy.html

Good morning dahlings!

 

So this morning, I needed to show the wonderful creations that Michelle has put together (ummm see above!!!) Michelle is an amazing jewelry designer and in her latest creations she’s integrated some of Darn Good Yarn’s very own Recycled Silk Sari Yarn, Ribbon and Banana Fiber Yarn.

 

Please take a moment and check out the posting here to get your inspiration: http://misheldesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/banana-fiber-is-yummy.html

and if you would like to learn more about what Michelle is up to go and visit her full site: http://www.misheldesigns.com/

 

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend!

 

xoxo

Nicole

Friday’s Update: New Recycled Silk Yarn

April 22, 2011

Watch the video recap here:

Happy Friday to you!

What a wild week. Wow!

Wanna get the dirt on DGY? Check out the interview on the brand new ABoundlessLife.com. Find the interview here and show some love to the co-founder and fellow Darn Good Yarner Katherine:

http://aboundlesslife.com/2011/04/darn-good-yarn/

And now to the yarn…


Recycled Silk YarnRecycled Silk Yarn

A new shipment of yarn means that you can check out new colors of banana fiber, new colors of “Gumball” recycled silk yarn, spinning fibers and some fun notions.

27 Exclusive DGY Blends!!!

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW NEW ARRIVALS


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And in celebration of Earth Day, I have a special offer for the Premium Recycled Silk on the site.

Get 30% off a 20 pack of the Premium Recycled Silk Yarn:

CLICK HERE TO GET THE DISCOUNTED BULK RATE

Hurry, because this sale is only good until Sunday 4-24


If you didn’t see the new kimono jacket pattern I posted last week, be sure to visit this link (click me) to check it out!

 

Lastly, a hearty thank you to those of you who purchased yarn from Darn Good Yarn in this last month. We were able to donate $200 to the Red Cross for the on-going disaster in Japan.

 

Enjoy all of the new goodies and have a great weekend.

 

Thank you for all of your support!

xoxo,

Nicole, Mikey and Squeakers

 

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Winners of Nicole’s 2011 Winter Recipe Banana Fiber Yarn Color Naming Contest

December 21, 2010

Happy Winter my dears!

The first day of winter and I am getting blasted with snow here! Poor Mikey had to drive to work in this mess.

Did you see the new “How to make a tutu” post I set up this morning? If not, click here

But I wanted to share the results of the yarn color naming contest with you for the Winter 2011 Collection of Nicole’s Recipe Banana Fiber Yarn (or Nicole’s Recipe for short). I love the names you came up with.

Perhaps because it’s chilly here the winner of Yarn #1 goes to Brett H with “All Iced Up”. With the hues of a chilly blue, icey purple and a splash of sea foam green, “All Iced Up” seemed perfect to me!

For Yarn #2 Jo Karen M won with “Golden Gate Sunset”. Perhaps I’m missing wine country up in that neck of the woods or I have fond memories of driving back from Muir Woods north of San Fran and knowing exactly what Jo Karen is talking about.

Also, I’ll keep these yarns on sale until the end of the year. And how wonderful- because I am also running to promotion of when you purchase any 4 yarns on the site you get a 5th for free!

Thank you to everyone who participated. Lots more yarn and ribbon on the way so there is always an opportunity to win!

xoxo

Nicole

Yarn #1

Yarn #2

Name Nicole’s 2011 Winter Recipe

December 16, 2010

Hello my dears!

Oh Thursday, I figured you can use some color. Check out my Winter 2011 collection of Nicole’s Banana Fiber Recipe colors.

It’s your turn to name them! To submit your color names, just post your comment to this post.

If you you would like to purchase these yarns before they get named you can do so here..and yup, they’re on sale during the contest!

http://darngoodyarn.bigcartel.com/product/limited-editions-nicole-s-recipe-a-la-banana-fiber-yarn-winter-2011-a

and the other colorway

http://darngoodyarn.bigcartel.com/product/limited-editions-nicole-s-recipe-a-la-banana-fiber-yarn-rainbow-1b

Don’t forget, winners are chosen by me and get props on the labels that go on the yarn and on the website.

Xoxo,

Nicole

Yarn #2

Yarn #1

Darn Good Yarn’s Return Policy

September 23, 2010

Please note this fantastic return policy is for the yarn purchased on my site darngoodyarn.com, not ebay (Ebay is a 14 days in original condition–sorry it’s more strict, their fees make it very restrictive, feel free to order through this site and get a better deal anyway!).

Q: What’s your return policy?
A: Did you ever hear that commercial that talks about happy cheese comes from happy cows? Well, happy crafts come from happy Darn Good Yarn-ers. I (Nicole, the owner of Darn Good Yarn) know that shopping online can suck sometimes. When it comes to yarn, it’s a tactile experience… mmm to run your fingers over the yarn. So, shopping for these jewels online takes a wind out of the sales a little (but luckily I charge a lot less than your LYS, you’re still supporting one very small business and you can shop in your PJ’s at my store).

But, this is why Darn Good Yarn is so, well, Darn Good. Try it, Feel it, Love it, Hate it, Use it, Stare at it. If you’re not pleased with it (even if you’ve started crafting with it), send it all back in 30 and I’ll refund you even the shipping. Trying Darn Good Yarn is 100% Risk Free If you’ve started using it and you’re not delighted, just stop, take it off the needles, put it in the box and send it back to me. You have 30 days from placing the order, International orders have 40 days from placing the order. Prior to returning any yarn, please contact us at info@darngoodyarn.com with the reason and what exactly you’re returning.

Tunics you can make with Darn Good Yarn

September 13, 2010

Tunics!

Almost like sweaters but depending on where you are in the world, more versatile! And the great thing is that since most of our yarns (like the Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn) are lighter, these are great options in case you need to layer over to keep warm moving from the indoors to the outdoors! They also tend to go long enough to go past your patootie :) a feature I like in case I wear low-cute jeans!

Also, if you ever have a question about how many balls of yarn to get for a pattern, email us! That’s what we’re here for!

http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/bamboozle-tunic.html
Wonderful in any of our banana fiber collections except the Landscapes series

http://www.tahkistacycharles.com/media/File/06:13_FreePatSARIKnitBeaTunicSCU.pdf Wouldn’t this be wonderful in a bold solid colored banana fiber yarn?!

http://www.purlbee.com/leah-tunic/ Divine in Recycled Sari Silk!!

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/tunic/summer_tunic.html Perfect with any of our blends of recycled sari silks!

http://www.knitonthenet.com/issue4/patterns/talkofthetown/ A personal favorite and so easy. Great for any of our banana fiber blends except for the Landscape Series.

Minisweaters, boleros, shrugs you can make with Darn Good Yarn

September 13, 2010

Mini-sweaters, boleros, shrugs

I love them all! Why? They’re quick to make and add that little extra something over your outfit. I’ve been living in places where you need to keep taking layers on and off so they’re vital for me! Enjoy these free patterns I found:

Also, if you ever have a question about how many balls of yarn to get for a pattern, email us! That’s what we’re here for!

http://theyarniad.blogspot.com/2009/11/patternum-gratis-safire-minisweater.html This would be lovely in Nicole’s Recipe Banana Fiber Blend!

http://www.dailyknitter.com/allison.html
Use two strands of recycled silk together or our thicker banana fibers!

http://www.universalyarn.com/pattern.php?pattern=29
Use the Landscapes Handspun Banana Fiber for this one!

http://kellymaher.wordpress.com/2007/07/04/ribbed-lace-bolero/ How fantastic is this one? Use a bright colored yarn.. 2 strands of the recycled sari silk.. tres bien!

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=62184.0 In our banana fibers (except The landscapes series) just marvelous!

http://ria-saakshi.livejournal.com/57178.html wonderful in our yo-yo diet thick and thin wool yarn

http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/50718.html?r=1 you’ll have to login but it would be wonderful in our alpaca yarns or heavier banana fibers like Nicole’s Recipe!

http://feministsahm.blogspot.com/2010/04/indifference.html This would be lovely in our solid colored recycled silk yarn

http://www.knitlist.com/98gift/shrugrecipe.htm simple and wonderful in any of our sari silks

http://www.knitonthenet.com/issue2/patterns/unshapedshrug/ a nice way to move from scarves to something a little more. Try our recycled silks for this one.

Sweaters you could make with Darn Good Yarn

September 13, 2010

Yes, I openly admit to being a lazy knitter. It’s not that I’m lazy per se… I just have a lot going on. So, if I put a project down I want to be able to pick it right up again in about oh… 2 months. I also don’t like my yarns to be exclusive. Sure, I could round up some cabled fair isle craziness but that’s not what Darn Good Yarn is about. The complexity of these yarns will speak for themselves in understated patterns.

Recently, I was asked for a few recommendations for a slightly fitted sweater. Here’s what I came up with! If you know of others that should be on this list, please email me at nicole@darngoodyarn.com.

Also, if you ever have a question about how many balls of yarn to get for a pattern, email us! That’s what we’re here for!

http://parallaxknitting.com/about-2/kaleidoscope/ While on the intermediate side– you can really hammer down on shaping. Premium Recycled Silk Yarn would do the trick here!

http://www.mangomoonyarns.com/pattern.php?id=22 This one is not totally fitted around the waist however it’s super easy! This would be made with the Premium Recycled Silk (at a fraction of the price too :) )

http://www.whattoknitwhen.com/2008/12/ellie.html this does have more fit but it’s nice and light and slightly sheer. It would be wonderful in the Premium Recycled Silk

http://www.dailyknitter.com/grace.html This would work up in using possibly 2 strands together on 10.5′s You could shorten the sleeves how you see fit! The yarn would be the Premium Recycled Silk

http://www.lanagrossa.com/service/mdm/05_2004/index.html This one is a little tangier and could be worked with any of the banana fibers except for the Landscapes Series

http://www.dailyknitter.com/kelly.html worked in yo-yo diet, this would work up nice a quick!

http://www.pickles.no/late-summer-sweather/ A little looser, I don’t think you need to strip this one.. just go for it in our Premium Recycled Silk. With the nice wide stitching it would look stunning with a strong solid fitted tank top underneath it!

http://site.daisyyarns.com/marinaorganic.pdf an easy sweater with a fitted waist included! Perfect for our Premium Recycled Silk Yarn

http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEff10/PATTmythos.php I love this sweater and it will be on my to-do. Use the solid colored recycled silks or the premium recycled silk sari yarn.

http://chrisknitsinniagara.blogspot.com/2008/02/silk-v-neck-pullover.html Could you imagine this in one of our more subdued blends like Golden Temple Recycled Sari Silk.. oo la la!

http://www.bluealvarez.com/bluealva/patterns/purplesweater.html this would be stunning in solid colored banana fiber don’t you think?

http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/tonto/tonto_b.html Yes, whilst a little on the intermediate side, it’s really not too bad. Do a guage check.. you might be able to use two strands together!

http://www.bhg.com/crafts/knitting/wearables/very-cool-knitted-v-neck-sweater/?page=1 So easy and would look lovely in banana fiber!

The Barlow Guildhouse

August 5, 2010

I feel so lucky that Amy over at the Barlow Guildhouse found Darn Good Yarn.

They have been carrying our yarns for over a year now and they carry our great recycled silks and banana fiber yarns.

The Barlow Guildhouse is located on the grounds of Barlow Respiratory Hospital, next door to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles

The Guildhouse is a hospital gift shop with a difference.  They carry beautiful items from all over the world.

Being staffed solely by volunteers allows them to keep their prices low.  All proceeds directly benefit Barlow Respiratory Hospital patients.

You can keep up with the latest Barlow Guildhouse news and events by joining their Facebook page. Follow them on Facebook by clicking here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Los-Angeles-CA/Barlow-Guildhouse/331965215202?ref=ts

Please contact them  if you are interested in volunteering too!

Basics:

Location:

Los Angeles, CA, 90026

Phone:
(213) 250-3894
Sat:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

I’m making a cute sweater

July 12, 2010

Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn Do you know how diet people tell you that when you want to lose weight you should tell everyone around you so that you are held accountable? Well, I’m hoping  that same idea works for me; that is, showing you what I’m making will help me get to my finish line of making this super cute shruggy sweater out of my own recipe of Banana Fiber (which you can get by clicking here). I just started it and aside from knowing it’s my own “brew” of banana silk fiber yarn, I am so in love with the lush shiny nature of this it. I also love the little bit of lumpiness that comes with working with the banana silk fiber yarn. It just reminds me that there was a person at the other side of the creation of it not a big ol’ machine. It’s so soft too! And since I’m incredibly tough on my clothes, I know the banana fiber will hold up to my test and my washer! Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn