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Make a tassel already!

July 18, 2010

Have you noticed that here at Darn Good Yarn we’ve become a little nuts about our sari ribbon. And oh the varieties! Check them out here!

Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Tassel

This one I love! I was futzing around thinking about making a nice tassel. So, I did! I also beaded up a little strand of lime green seed beads and tied them around for extra embellishment. It was the perfect finishing touch. Use these to tie back curtains or tie around a pillow or you can just hang them on over guest hand towels– the possibilities are really limitless. Just don’t be afraid of color! Make a smaller one and use it as a pull on a light or a fan. Or you can make a mini one with a long tail and turn it into a bookmark. What a great gift!

For the tassel pictured you’ll need:

You’ll need 1 100g skein of Darn Good Yarn’s Around the World Sari Ribbon. You can also substitute this skein with the variety of other sari ribbons Darn Good Yarn carries. They come in solids, mixed prints, eye-lashed, and silk varieties.

Scissors

CD Case or heavy cardboard that has the same dimensions (this determines the length of the fringe of the tassel so you can make it as long or short as you’d like)

Optional:

Fishing Line

Seed Beads

Instructions:

1) Wrap the yarn around the CD case (or heavy duty cardboard). Do this until it bulks up to your desired “poofiness”. For the tassel pictured, it was about 25 times.

2) Cut  the remaining ribbon

3) Take  a 7 inch piece of ribbon and thread it through one side of the loops. You need this because you can use this ribbon to attach it to whatever you had in mind. Make it longer if you say had curtains that were very bulky. If you are having a tough time getting the ribbon through the loops, go ahead and go to step 4 and then carefully go back to this step.

4) Slide the recycled sari ribbon off the CD case.

5) Cut another piece of ribbon about 6 inches in length. This will tie the tassel together. So, tie it close to the top of the loops you just passed that ribbon from step 3. Make a neat and tight square knot for this part. this is especially important if you’re not going to add additional embellishments. You can tuck the ends of this ribbon underneath this band to make them lie flat.

6) It should really look like a tassel now! But you must cut and trim the bottom loops. Make sure to get them all and arrange the recycled sari ribbon so there is equal poofiness.

7) Go ahead an embellish as you see fit. Get funky! Try beads, buttons or leave it as is.

CROCHET: Colorful Silk Sari Ribbon Shawl

April 18, 2010

Made With Silk Sari RibbonMade with Silk Sari RibbonMade with Silk Sari RibbonDebbie, a fellow Darn Good Yarny emailed me one day with some amazing pictures of a shawl she made for her daughter. She adapted a pattern posted here (don’t worry it’s free) to use with our entire line of Sari Silk Ribbon Yarns. Check these out by clicking here. Isn’t this masterpiece beautiful?

Do you want to see some more pictures of her creation and others? Check out the new section of our webpage that features fellow Darn Good Yarny’ creations!

I got to thinking and you can also take the Solomon’s Knot and make a bed spread too. Wouldn’t that look amazing over a bed in a little girl’s room or your room? Want more info on how to make the Solomon’s Knot? Click Here or watch this video below:

Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon YarnRecycled Silk Sari Ribbon Yarn

Darn Good Yarners Projects!

April 18, 2010

This part of the site is simply a collection of your awesomeness! Check out all of the amazing things people just like you are doing with Darn Good Yarn!
You see, I told you dogs love Darn Good Yarn! Didn’t Laura do a fantastic job on this headband? You can get a free pattern for it by clicking here.

Maggie the Dog Loves Headbands made from Darn Good Yarn

Maggie the Dog Loves Headbands made from Darn Good Yarn


Wow the colors of the recycled silk sari yarn are amazing don’t you think?! Michele W is going to make a couple of these triangles and attach them to make a shawl. Yum! Recycled Silk woven Shawl
Recycled Silk woven Shawl 2

Check out what Debbie made! Aren’t these colors divine?!

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made with Silk Sari Ribbon

Made With Silk Sari Ribbon

Made With Silk Sari Ribbon

Check out what Fay did:

Click to get the yarn

Click to get the yarn

and now the inside...

and now the inside...

Have you checked out this awesome etsy shop yet? Feride is a Darn Good Yarn wiz! Check out a few of her awesome craftiness!

Click here to get the yarn

Click here to get the yarn

Click here to get the yarn

Click here to get the yarn


KNIT: 1/2 Ball Headband

April 16, 2010

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit PatternRecycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit PatternRecycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

OK give it a second… there is a video you should watch that will load right here.

Click here to get the Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

Click here to get the Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn

This cool headband is super easy to make and it only takes a 1/2 a ball of Darn Good Yarn’s Premium Recycled Silk Yarn.

So, you can use size 5 needles and it will make a nice tight stitch.

On DPNs or circulars, CO 3 and make an i-cord for about 4 inches (or however long you want the tie tails to be and how you’re going to tie it in the back). Remember, as you break the silk in and wash it, it will stretch a little so if you’re not sure, go shorter.
After you have the first side of the tie done, you’ll start some very simple increases by making one at the first stitch and last stitch of the row for every row until you have the desired width. I brought mine out to 11 stitches. You can increase in your favorite fashion. Your hair will cover it up probably so don’t worry too much. I like KFB (knit front and back).
Now, here is where you get to be creative and you should think about how many stitches you should have on your needles now. You can go straight garter (all knit stitches) or you can really play around with the stitch pattern. Remember to account for the number of stitches you have on your needle. For example, double moss stitch (which is fun and easy and doesn’t allow for too much stretching) is created in multiples of 4′s so you would only want 12 stitches on your needles.

If you started on DPN’s and you haven’t moved your work onto straight needles you can do that now. If you’re on circulars, you can keep the work on there. You’re not joining the work in any way but working back and forth as you would on straight needles.

Put your work down for a second and measure your head. Where are you going to wear your headband toward the front of your hairline, behind your bangs? Measure it from the middle of your left ear, over your head, the the middle of your right ear.  This is a great approximation of how long the body of your work should be. Again, remember, there will be some breaking in over time so while it seems short, it’s not.

About 12-13 inches will do though in case you don’t have a tape measure handy.

So after you’ve knitted the body up, start decreasing one the first and last stitch  of the row down to where you have three stitches. Straight needles users, put your work onto DPN’s and circular needle. Make up that i-cord for the same length you made the first one. Bind off and weave in any ends of course.

You’re done… that was easy yes?

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

Recycled Silk Sari Yarn Headband Free Knit Pattern

KNIT: Free Basketweave Baby Blanket

April 4, 2010

I was recently contacted by Melissa who is associated with this website

She wanted to share an easy basketweave baby blanket pattern with you for free. She makes these blankets and sends them to Romania.

And if you know me, you know I’m a knitter that needs pretty, easy and quick patterns!

It is an easy basketweave pattern with an eyelet border that can be easily enlarged to make an afghan or larger blanket. Here is the link: http://www.forgive490.com/EasyBasketweaveBabyBlanket.php

Click here to get the Free Pattern!

Click here to get the Free Pattern!

You could totally use our banana fiber yarns to make a beautiful and colorful blanket!

Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn in Tokyo Billboard

Nicole's Recipe a la Banana Fiber Yarn in Tokyo Billboard

Click here to get our solid colored Banana Fiber Yarn

Click here to get our solid colored Banana Fiber Yarn

Sarabee’s Little Yarn Shop

April 1, 2010

Click to Visit the Site

Click to Visit the Site

Guess who’s carrying a bunch of Darn Good Yarn’s yarn?
Sarabee’s Little Yarn Shop

Her awesome shop is located here:

74 South Main Street
Winchester KY 40391
The hours are:Tuesday                      11-7:00

Wednesday-Friday    11-5:30

Saturday                      12-4:00

Sunday & Monday         CLOSED

Darn Good Yarn in SB's Yarn Store!

Darn Good Yarn in SB's Yarn Store!

Sarabee's shop during setup

Darn Good Yarn's Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn at Sarabee's Little Yarn Shop

Darn Good Yarn's Premium Recycled Silk Sari Yarn at Sarabee's Little Yarn Shop

THE POOCHES NEED OUR HELP!

March 30, 2010

My favorite Schnauzer, Squeakers! (I'm a rescue too!)

My favorite Schnauzer, Squeakers! (I'm a rescue too!)

No, I’m not talking about that aggravating lower ab area that no matter how many sit-ups we do doesn’t go away.

WE NEED YOUR AWESOMENESS!

Help us!

Apr 1- Jun 30!

This past week I “virtually” met Mary and she told me about www.pekesandpoms.com in Colorado.

They need our help! Why? They are trying to collect 365 handmade scarves to sell next fall to help pay for the medical bills for the dogs that they rescue.

What can you do? A variety of things! You could

  1. Knit, crochet or weave a scarf and send it to Colorado Peke and Pom Rescue Inc. PO Boc 242  Morrison, CO 80465
  2. No time to make a scarf right now? That’s ok, between April 1-June 30th Darn Good Yarn is working directly with this rescue. I (Nicole the owner of DGY) am collecting money and will take that money and provide yarn to the rescue at DGY’s cost!
    1. Want to donate? Do you see the icons at the top of the page where the icons are for twitter and facebook? The one all the way on the right says “Donate”, click that and from there you’ll be all set!.

Mary tells me that the rescue was started 3 years ago and they thought they’d only take about 60 dogs on. Last year, almost 300 were rescued!

Most dogs need all of their shots, neuter or spay and usually a teeth cleaning so, Darn Good Yarners let’s help Mary and the pooches!

Here is a picture of a some of Mary's  rescued dogs with some of  their scarves.

Me and Squeakers thank you!

Free Lacey Crochet Scarf Pattern

January 20, 2010

New Free Pattern on my Blog!!

Free Scarf Crochet Pattern

Free Scarf Crochet Pattern

To get the free pattern to make this scarf please visit my blog @
http://theartofzencrochet.blogspot.com/
BTW: I think this scarf would work up really lovely in any of Nicole’s Yarns, especially the Banana Silk!!! I am going to give that a go next and will post photos on my blog for you to see, (and admire!)
Have the best day ever!!

CROCHET: Need a simple yoga mat bag pattern?

November 22, 2009

Click Me For the Pattern!

Click Me For the Pattern!

Have you checked out the other pattern Chriss made and decided you need a slightly easier yoga bag pattern? Well here it is! (and it’s a buck cheaper!)

Designed and Crocheted by Chriss Smith (in cahoots with Nicole, of course!)

This fun and colorful project is worked all in the round. The bag is designed to fit yoga mats up to 26″ high and 5 1/2″across when rolled up. This pattern is rated at advanced beginner.

Materials Needed:

3 Balls of Darn Good Yarn Premium Sari Silk
size 5.5 crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
Darning needle
1 coconut button
6 yards of sari ribbon (you can substitute this with a solid colored recycled silk. We tried black and it looked stunning!)

Click Here For the Pattern!

Click Here For the Pattern!

New Price For Our Yoga Bag Pattern!

November 22, 2009

Click here for the pattern

Click here for the pattern

Have you been scoping out the awesome yoga mat bag crochet pattern on our site? Well, if so, we have news for you! We’ve put it on sale for $3.99!

This is such a fun project! The entire bag is worked in the round, and includes tapestry crochet techniques for the Om symbol. The bright jewel tones and earthy feel is just such a great mix for a Yoga Mat Bag. You can also use it for those Pilates fanatics too!

Click Here For the Pattern

Click Here For the Pattern


Get yours today!

The finished bag can be worn across the body or backpack style, and the drawstring closure keeps your mat secure. This bag is gorgeous and versatile.