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Get Cozy with Darn Good Yarn

December 13, 2013

Darn Good Yarn has hit Hollywood.  That’s right, the crafters you know and love now have famous fingers.  Their knitting needles and crochet hooks shall be bronzed for prosperity.  Ok, not that last one, because then they would be difficult to use.  But some fun and silly cozies made by Darn Good Yarners have been featured in a nation-wide commercial!  Check it out:

As you may know, Darn Good Yarn won a FedEx Small Business Grant at the beginning of this year.  Watch a super cute video about it here, and read even more about it here.  When they wanted to make this fun commercial all about cozies, the FedEx folks came right to Darn Good Yarn.  Nicole rounded up her troops, had us all crafting madly, and made it out to LA all in about 1 week!  But who made what, you ask?  Let’s see:

Joie, one of the owners of Foxcroft Agway, a store near where Nicole lives in Maine, made 2 of the granny squares on the refrigerator cozy, and also helped out on the Christmas tree cozy.

We love our Cozies!

I (Marissa, your faithful DGY blogger) made the other 6 granny squares on the fridge, and also made the toaster cozy.  Nicole (our crafty leader) made the dog cozy, worked on the Christmas tree cozy, and helped put everything together on the set.

 

Tail cozy!

(The separate little tail cozy on the dog may be my favorite!)

Olga -- yarn-bomber extraordinaire and faithful Darn Good Yarn fan, check out her fabulous work here -- helped on the Christmas tree as well (that was the largest project!) and also made a cozy for a bush right outside the window.  It’s hiding right here:

Sue, Nicole’s wonderfully crafty Mother-in-Law, made the commercial’s crowning glory that is the kid cozy.

Also helping out finish the giant Christmas tree cozy were Wendy and Cathy -- local friends of Nicole’s who helped her out -- as well as Jackie, a fellow dedicated Darn Good Yarner, and Beth, a friend of Nicole’s from California.  I’m sure we have all tried not to let this overwhelming fame go to our heads.  ;)

If you have a silly cozy or other fun project, especially made using Darn Good Yarn, I’d love to see it!  Email me at marissa@darngoodyarn.com.

Happy warm and cozy holidays and happy crafting!

Marissa

Darn Good Yarn is on Flickr!

November 21, 2013

Have you ever needed to show off Darn Good Yarn products to generate yarn-envy in your friends, neighbors, or yarn store owners that you know?  Well, Natasha, Darn Good Yarn’s glamour yarn photographer, has given you a great way to show off Darn Good Yarn to everyone.  Our very own Flickr account!

Get up close and personal with our Silk Bubbles Yarn -

Or show off the different colorways of Silk Cloud:

All of these and more are available on our Flickr page.  Just click here to check them out!

Share them with everyone!

Marissa :)

Help Darn Good Yarn Take Over the World!

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.

Some of the people (and llamas!) DGY wants to visit!

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 :)

Expand your Business, Love your Local Chamber of Commerce!

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.

-Marissa :)

 

South Frontenac Fibers Interviews Darn Good Yarn!

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. :D

Here is the video:

Thank you so much for doing this feature on your blog, Teira.

xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn

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Meet and Greet!: Che Sweetland from Meadowfly Farms – 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.

Meadowfly Farm Goat Milk Soap

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!

Meadowfly Farm Goat Milk Soap

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!

xoxo,

Nicole Snow, President of Darn Good Yarn

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Discounts, Free Pattern, and a Move: Not bad for a Friday!

June 10, 2011

Hi everyone!

Take a moment and watch my Friday update!

Recycled Sari Ribbon Meditation MatI talk about an upcoming move (get your orders in before 24 June!!)

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!

Love,

Nicole

New Silk Sari Ribbon and Allergies Attack!

May 27, 2011

Victorian Rose Sari Silk RibbonHoly moly,

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

Taming of the Ewe
26 Public Square SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265 (256) 727-7081 ‎ taming-the-ewe.blogspot.com
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Way to go Detta!

 

Oh and if you’re interested, my new site that I just launched is called http://thecraftywiner.com

 

Have a wonderful day everyone!

xoxo

Nicole

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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