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February 21, 2014
From chats on Facebook and many inspiring emails, I know lots of you Darn Good Yarners do lots of great crafting for charities of all kinds. There are so many great places to donate knitted and crocheted items! It’s great that so many people are inspired to give to great causes.
Here at Darn Good Yarn we are all about supporting people. Supporting the families in India, Nepal and Chile that make our yarn, and supporting everyone that love and support us in every way that we can! Now we have a whole new way in which we want to support everybody out there that is crafting for charity.
If you have a charity event that you are crafting for, or items that you are donating for a raffle – anything for a good cause – we’d love to give you a great deal on our fabulous Assorted Chiffon Ribbon.
You can get great discounts on packs of chiffon and make excellent projects that will bring in the money for charity. Don’t know what to make? We might have a few ideas…
Interested? Want to get crafting for charity right away? Just tell us all about it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll let you in on all the great deals available!
February 19, 2014
Kristina Vetter, a design student in Germany, was glancing through Facebook one day and saw an ad for Darn Good Yarn. Little did she know this would be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. She says, “It was all by coincidence on some ad on Facebook. I wasn’t even looking for it. Isn’t that how all good love stories start?”
Kristina knew she wanted to put together a collection around the theme of “Catastrophism”. She was wrestling with the topic somewhat.
“I only had some silhouettes and a vague idea of the topic of the collection. It´s called ‘Catastrophism’ and I thought it had to be all dark and spooky. As I wanted to incorporate redesigned pieces from the very beginning, starting to work with the fabrics and old clothes and dye them, I realized that it´s not only the generic idea of a dark colour that could carry the message of a world after catastrophe.”
She had discovered Darn Good Yarn a few months earlier, and had become truly inspired by the unique art that imbues every skein. She found some new directions she could take in her own work.
“The idea blossomed that it was the story that those recycled and redesigned pieces carry that show the brutality, but also the comfort, of the topic. It’s all about making the best out of a new start with the little you have out of a lost world. And there is nostalgia and happiness in this. DGY carries exactly that. It has the same story. The fringes. The unperfect. The getting thinner here, thicker there. The many knots and ties and seams. The changing colours, starting here, stopping there. I love the organic ever changing texture and colour. It feels like it lives. Carrying the history of a past life as a sari or whatever else, assembled to something new. DGY very much inspired the topic and the designs.”
Some of the pieces were specifically inspired by certain yarns. Olga’s yarn, shown to gorgeous effect in this sweater, was one of them. (We no longer carry this rope-like yarn, sorry! But at least you can marvel at it’s loveliness here. )
“Darn Good Yarn inspired certain pieces, such as the sweater out of Olga’s Yarn. I saw that yarn. And I had that sweater in my head and I knew it couldn’t be out of anything else. Unfortunately, I can’t knit. My aunt did all the knitting for me. It was mainly the accessories that are made out of DGY. But I feel they complete the outfits and make the colours within the clothes in the outfits work together.”
Kristina has since been tentatively learning to knit herself. All the pieces in the collection were made by her very talented aunt, who has been knitting for 25 years and knit some commercially when she was younger. Like so many of us, Kristina is a bit of a craft-addict. Her most recent favorite craft is the Japanese art of fabric dyeing called Shibori. (You can learn all about it here.)
“I love about any craft I am fortunate enough to lay my eyes on. It’s amazing what people can do. But my favorite craft that I practice myself is Shibori. It is also incorporated in the collection. I love the changing of colours when you dye something yourself. It’s like it’s out of one’s control, but still you try to control it through the binding and folding, and every piece is unique.”
You can see the fun results she achieved with Shibori dyeing especially well in this piece, along with more lovely Darn Good Yarn accessories.
When asked if she had any tips for other designers or creators, she was very humble. “I don’t think I’m really someone to give tips about designing as I’m only in the beginning of a long process.” And aren’t we all? She did pass on some important things to remember though.
“What is important to me is that I don’t want the things I can’t do interfere with the things I want to do. …Whenever I have the feeling I HAVE to work with a certain material, or that I really would like to realize a certain product, I will find a way to incorporate it in my work… on the skill level I have. That includes so much trial and error. But that process is so much fun and you can discover so many new looks or ways to use something you weren’t even looking for. Just let nothing ever stop you. If you have that inner drive, try it, learn from what you try and enjoy it.”
Great tips for creating in general, especially with wild and quirky materials like Darn Good Yarn! I love the mix of starkness and drama, against the comfort and color of the DGY pieces in Kristina’s work. Truly lovely and inspiring! For more gorgeous photography, make sure to check out Christian Bacher’s photography here. What will Darn Good Yarn inspire you to create? We love when you share! Feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Happy crafting and creating!
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.
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.
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy warm and cozy holidays and happy crafting!
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!
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!