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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.
May 20, 2013
Teira from South Frontenac Fibers asked me for an interview. She’s got the post up on her blog, so go take a look! Teira is a knitter and spinner, and has dogs and chickens. She posts on her blog frequently, and there’s a lot of great stuff to read there too. One of her goals this year is to create some patterns. Woot! I know I’m looking forward to a sock pattern, even though I’ve only made one pair (those were made special for the Darn Good Husband)!
I had so much fun answering her questions, and even made two video responses. Haha, I’m glad you got a good laugh, Teira.
Here is the video:
Thank you so much for doing this feature on your blog, Teira.
Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn
May 3, 2013
Hello! I gotta tell you about Che. She’s a sweet young woman who is love with DGY just as much as the rest of us. But here’s the cool part. Not only does she live in Maine, she’s also going to be providing us with some AWESOME soaps! Feeling a goat milk soap lather on your body is just heavenly.
And the goats themselves are super cute! The does are milked daily, so this is really a hands-on small business. Che, we’re happy to have your soaps available on the DGY website!
She’s got a lot of great soap fragrances available, and most of her soaps are all-natural. Head over to her blog for the low down on Che!
Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn
June 10, 2011
Take a moment and watch my Friday update!
I also talk about the new Free Pattern (click here) I posted this week.
There is also a new and improved discount plan on the site that I explain a little more on the video.
Phewwww! Crazy week here:)
Does anyone have some cool plans out there? Leave a comment and let me know!
May 27, 2011
It’s finally Friday and just after 10am to boot…where did my morning go? Oh I know where…watch the video to find out! Also, have you seen the new Silk Sari Ribbon colors? If not, check them out here: New Sari Ribbon Colors
Also, the shop that was featured in the video below is
Oh and if you’re interested, my new site that I just launched is called http://thecraftywiner.com
Have a wonderful day everyone!
July 29, 2010
Watch the video! I need help! Want to give this a go? Let’s talk! Email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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
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
July 19, 2010
Have you been to Kathy’s Quilt Shop or her fantastic website: http://www.kathysquiltshop.com/ Go visit now!
Not only does this great shop carry Darn Good Yarn but she also has a wonderful array of classes and everything else crafty that will fill up your supply drawers quickly! If you’re driving through or a nearby resident of Prince George BC you should poke your head in to say hi!
Here’s the store info:
Kathy’s Quilt Shop
1260 4th Avenue, Prince George, BC V2L 3J4, Canada
Want a map? Click here.
And they have great hours! 10-5 Monday- Saturday!
From the website: Every Thursday is Community Play Day. As always, we feel donated quilts should have the same good quality fabrics that you’d use in your own quilts. What you make represents you. You’re worth the best and so are the recipients of our donations, whatever their circumstances. We have a big box of donated fabric you can use while you’re here. Come and work on a community project (there are many needy people out there). You’ll never know how good you feel until you try.
Check out this great video too!